I went so far as to dig out the bike my Dad bought me in high school, on which I have ridden many miles, mostly in the rolling hills of the Ozarks, but also in the steep hills of Salt Lake City, and the flatlands of Houston and Boston.
The last time I rode the Trek was in 2008, which I remember all too well because I was right hooked.
It was the only time I've had an accident in four years of daily commuting. Robert was in the shop, so I rode the Trek. I was filtering up, and someone in the slow moving queue suddenly turned right. I managed to stop/ swerve/ push off their quarterpanel, and was only scraped up by falling, but it was scary, and I was convinced that if I'd been riding an upright bike it wouldn't have happened. It wouldn't have happened if I weren't filtering either, and it's one of the reasons that I generally don't anymore.
So I thought maybe I could make it into a touring bike. I have it, it basically fits (maybe a touch small) and it's a decent frame and a perfectly fine set of Shimano components (Biopace!!). Additionally I was having a stressful summer and decided that strenuous exercise was a better solution to stress than Ben and Jerry's Despite years of neglect, all I had to do was pump up the (Specialized Armadillo) tires, remove the misguided clipless pedals *, and re-install the original toe-clip pedals that were still lingering in my bike parts bin. (moral of the story-never throw ANYTHING away)
* there's a whole post about how terrible an idea the clipless pedals were...I also raised the stem to the "max" line.
|Gilbert looks on in horor, as I excavate the Trek from the depths of the bike shed|
|Why yes, that is the legendary "flickstand"|
I took a couple of 10 mile rides, mostly alone, but a couple with the Scientist. And, well, I'm not sure it's worth the effort of conversion. Compared to Gilbert, the Trek was so squirrely- feeling like it will turn on a dime, when all I want to do is cruise effortlessly along. It probably doesn't help that while I feel comfortable going fast on it, I'm very tentative when going slow, which unfortunately, makes me slow even further, when perhaps I should speed up for greater stability. (I have this problem skiing too). It's a lot of fun to really go fast, and with legs honed by pushing 45 lbs of bike around an hour every day for years, I could easily keep up with the longer legged Scientist. I even tried drafting for the first time, which was a bit too much for my fledgling confidence.
|The downside of no chain case|
|Turning veeeerrrrry carefully.|