|Nice vintage Takara. All photos credit Sally.|
|Sally's Bridgestone overlooking Crater Lake.|
By May of the following year I was hankering after maybe a little lighter and
faster bike. Guided by size (hey this one will fit me) and not by any expert
knowledge, I bought a 52cm red Bridgestone 700 with crazy mustache
handlebars wrapped in a zebra-y black and white tape and thinner, 700 tires. It
became my Summer Bike. It gets a lot of "cool bike" shout outs.
Sally's LHT, fully loaded and ready to go.
3. Of course I kept an eye out for other bikes but with two solid, steel-framed steeds, it was hard to justify buying anything else. I didn't need a lighter bike (not a racer!) and these two fit my needs pretty well (commuting year around, weekend rides, shopping/errands). But then I began to think of touring....and hauling more stuff....and....and...this fall I fell for the Surly DiscTrucker. Hard. Boy, talk about a practical bike. Wide 26” wheels, front and back racks, disc brakes (did I mention it rains in Oregon?) and built to haul almost anything. I talked myself in and out of buying it many times but then it was Labor Day weekend and there was a sale at my local bike store...well. I did it. I bought a NEW bike. Paid for by the money saved in car costs from my 3+ years of commuting. It's a workhorse and perfect for wet, cold weather and when I need to haul almost anything.