It’s springtime, the season to sell a bike. I tried to sell my Schwinn Heavy Duti right around Christmas. I knew that it would be a tough sell for winter, but I hoped that maybe someone wanted to buy it for a present. Despite a few nibbles (and a total low-ball offer), nothing much came of that. I took it off the selling block for the time. I wanted to see if I still wanted to sell the bike come spring.
It’s spring, and yeah, I want to sell that bike. The desire to ride it again did not come about, though I tried to come up with a reason for keeping it. It was my most “cargo” bike, and since an actual cargo bike won’t happen for a few years, maybe I should make it more of a cargo bike again? I thought about mounting the giant Wald basket to it for added utility. Then I remembered how much of a beast it was when I did have either the giant basket or the “pizza” rack on it. Do I really want to go back to that? No, I don’t. So in a week or three it’ll be listed again.
There will be more bike parts a’coming with that sale. I still need to strip more bits off the Robin Hood path racer, another bike that died for me last year. There’s other stuff scattered across the garage that needs to go. I was holding some of that stuff in case I found another nice vintage mountain bike, so I could build it up like I did with the Raleigh Crested Butte. Then I realized what I was doing: I was going to build up the same bike, again. I don’t need to do that. The days of reimagining bikes is over. It was fun for a few years, especially when it got my mind off of other things. But now if I want a new bike I want it to be something different. And my Bantam is everything the Crested Butte was, and more. The only thing it doesn’t have is upright bars, but I could change that if I really want to.
It’s been a few months now with just three bikes in the fleet. All three of these bikes, the Bantam, the Brompton, and the Raleigh Superbe, are nice bikes that fit me and are enjoyable to ride. It feels liberating to have to worry about just three bikes. I get anxious when I have too many bikes to think about, so three is the magic number for now. Of course another bike or two may enter the stable at some point. But they’ll be different than what came before.