Saturday, May 17, 2014

Irrational Bike Lust Therapy Session, Part 3,251

I made the horrible mistake of test-riding a Felt Burner last night:

Regular readers already know of my cruiser obsession, matched only by my retro-mountain bike obsession. So when you mash two of those things together into one package and add those comically large 700c knobbies (I refuse to say 29er, so there, marketing flacks), I'm doomed.

Of course, I immediately started justifying one. "The kickback hub and coaster brake would make for a low-maintenance commuter! It's much easier to find good studded snow tires in 700c!"

But let's face it: Justification number one (and at the end of the day, the only one that matters) is that it's just freakin' cool.

Our chief graphic designer/spousal reality checker wasn't helping at all. "If you think you can sell one of your other bikes, you should just get it." Heck, she was almost loading it into the car for me!

I didn't pull the trigger, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about what's in the garage I could cut loose, in my ongoing bicycle catch-and-release program.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

just repeat after me... "hi, my name is Jason, and I have a bike problem". There, now don't you feel better?

You have a thing for cruisers? That's news to me. The 2 speed kickback hub is pretty cool, though. Maybe you can build up a wheel with one of those hubs and use the wheel on a bike that is already taking up space in the garage??

Besides.. I thought the rule was that you were supposed to buy some of my bikes. Maybe a lovely Olmo Competition with pantographed Campy components?? Very classy!

Steve in Peoria
"hi, my name is Steve, ....."