There are a lot of great things happening right now, but the most important one is definitely that I finally ordered the bike I will be cycling on next summer! Yes, I do have two bikes already, thanks for asking, but one is a carbon racer and one is a hybrid, none of which are really made to cycle for long distances with panniers packed to the brim with gear.
The Scott Sub 20 hyrbid was my choice for the trip across Sweden in 2013 (it was my only bike so not much of a choice, but still) and it was fine, but after 5 days my fingers were numb and I could barely sit down. Not very pleasant. The Bianchi racer was the one I used for the Paris trip in the summer of 2014, and I love it so much, but you’re really not supposed to put a lot of weight on a carbon frame, so that’s out of the question unfortunately.
The bike of choice for next year will be the Surly Straggler, a fun and pretty cyclocross with a steel frame and disc brakes. If the classic touring bike Surly Long Haul Trucker is the old and reliant grandfather, then the Straggler is definitely the crazy little sister that likes a lot more speed and a little more prettiness. Kind of like myself.
Thanks the enormous generosity of one of the few Surly dealers in Sweden, the amazing bike shop Cyclecomponents is giving me a pretty great discount on the bike of my dreams. The thought of getting a bike sponsor was something that I could only dream of, so when they told me that they would do it I was ecstatic. Such a nice surprise, and the choice of the Straggler was an easy one to make.
And while I’m at it I just want to raise a warning flag. No one told me this when I bought the hybrid in 2012, but I thought everyone should know. If you buy a bike, there is a big risk that you might find it a lot of fun to cycle. If you do, there is a good chance that soon you will not have just that one bike you started out with, they will multiply. You started out with one little nice bike and all of a sudden – boom, you’ll have to move to a bigger apartment. You start noticing that they take up more and more space. And all of a sudden you sit there and there’s three bikes surrounding you and you have seriously no idea how it happened. Just wanted to raise a flag of caution, I speak from experience…
Anyway, it will take a few weeks for me to recieve it, but I will give you a nice and thorough update once I do.
What’s your bike of choice when cycle touring?