Last easter I had intended on taking my Trek Crossrip touring, sadly a broken spoke put that idea firmly back in the bin where it came from and the On One was pressed into service, since that night the Trek has sat in the back of the garage in kit form, well until now anyway.
With being out of full time work right now I have had time to get a few of the little jobs done, the bike being one of them. I had to order in a couple of parts to re assemble it and replace the broken spoke which I have now done, despite everything being bagged up things still went missing, I am not sure how but I am certain they will turn up sooner or later.
The question now is what do I do with it?
This I have been mulling over for a little while now, the original idea was to sell it to offset what I spent on the Troll frame but now that I have built it I am almost tempted to keep it and sell the On One, I want to keep them all really but both bikes are not quite what I am after, something must go.
It took a ride this morning to make my mind up, it was a shitty wet ride in strong winds and to be fair the Trek performed very well, in fact with the weight I have lost recently it was a better fit, I could even ride it in a lower position than I used too. It was as I trundled along that it came to me…
This isn't me.
And I was right, don't get me wrong, I enjoy riding on the road but on a road bike, no. From here I have had a good think about were I am heading in the evolution of my cycling, the Troll is staying, it is no good trying to pry it from my cold dead hands because I will get all zombie on you I like it that much; so what am I getting at? Both the Trek and On One are going, I am going for a third option providing I can get enough money from the sale of the bikes and provided I can get some part time/full time work, a lot of if's, it may be that I need to sell my Nikon camera equipment off as well, hell I don't use it, I tend to pick up my compact these days.
Given that I will be racing next year I want to replace my On One with another bike, the Surly Karate Monkey. A steel 29'er and a versatile frame, kit it out with a Shimano Deore 2x10 transmission and disc's and build a set of wheels up, I have rims ready to go and I would just need some finishing kit, it will be perfect for the endurance races next year and it can be equipped as a semi fat bike as well using 29+ wheels and tires.
It is very much food for thought and largely depends on a few things happening like work and getting the Sam to agree to the idea as well, at least working in the bike shop of a weekend I get some staff discount which will help not to mention access to the frame prep tools as well.
This winter is going to be a tough one, I have much work to do to make this happen and I will.