I’ve got four road bikes. My wife thinks I only need one…I think I could probably do with four more!
I got myself a new bike last year. It’s a carbon Felt F4. A couple of months later I started thinking about my next machine. Most cyclists are on the look out for the ‘next bike.’ My personal ambition is to get titanium. Walking to work each morning a couple cycle past me. Actually they purr past. The’ve got Van Nicholas titaniums. Beautiful machines with campag. Classy. When I see them I get ‘bike envy.’ What I like about titanium is that it’s a bike for all seasons. It seems to have the comfort of steel and also a little stiffness for a fast ride. In our club the guys ride them winter and summer. I love the Mistral model with its thin classic tubing and the fact that it’s fitted with Sram, a group set I’ve never tried. (The double click shifters intrigue me).
With a daughter travelling abroad for the year the purchase will need to be deferred (children are so unreasonable). However I have opened negotiations. Fellow club riders know what’s involved in negotiations.
- Stage 1 Outright Refusal (you’re not getting a new bike)
- Stage 2 Silent Tolerance (your wife does not launch into anti-bike tirade but watches TV silently as you oohh and ahh at the frames in Cycling monthly)
- Stage 3 The If Discussion (if you get a new bike then x,y,z must happen)
- Stage 4 Reluctant Acceptance (discussion is prefaced with the phrase ‘when you get this bloody new bike’)
- Stage 5 Agreement Principle (Right you can get this bike in the autumn)
- None of the 5 stages apply to Ian Harkness who has a ‘stable’ of bikes and can be hired as a negotiator for some of those new to road cycling.
Our club has several female cyclists. I’d love to know if the negotiation process is the same for them!
I’m happy with my bikes. The Felt is a great fit and the gun metal Ultegra group set is really reliable. I’m not a big fan of the double but the frame is nice and stiff. My light steel Tommasini is Italian with a 50-40-30 – a great spinning bike. Anything Italian in cycling is cool. It’s so classic I think that if it could speak it would probably say ‘Cazzo di budda -Why have I got this fat arsed chav spoiling my style!’
Although I have some good bikes it most definitely does not prevent bike envy especially regarding my fellow cyclist’s machines. Here’s my top 5 of Bike Envy in the Dumfries CC peloton
- 5. Cube – the bike I wish I’d bought; modern thick tubing with a blaze of colour and decals which harmonise the whole frame.
- 4. Wilier – No top 5 of bike envy would be complete without Italian sophistication. I love the clunk of the campag drivetrain.
- 3. Cervélo -No disrespect but Canada makes great frames??? Believe it. The wishbone stays look great. Vroomen!
- 2. Storck – classy in every department, smooth and elegant. I always feel kind of inferior when this machine cruises by me.
- 1. Look – I mentioned this bike in other posts. The chic French pip the Italians in sheer coolness with the Look. The Look ‘pour les branchés’