UNIVERSAL TRUTH OF CYCLING #29: MORE THAN ONE TRIP A YEAR MEANS YOU NEED A TRAVEL BIKE.
Hi, my name is Rhys, and I’m a travel-bike-worship-aholic.
Recently I was staring down the barrel of yet another two-week business trip. To Helsinki. Three days before leaving I went through a very familiar process that myself and Brian have both repeatedly gone though. It goes as follows:
Step 1: We admitted that we were powerless over travel bikes – that we were constantly Googling all the different brands and possibilities, day and night.
Step 2: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Specifically, Brompton, Dahon or having S&S Couplers retrofitted on one of our road bikes.
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to friends and colleagues at our destination, asking if they had a spare bike to use.
Step 4: Made a searching and fearless inventory of our fitness level to see if it could last two weeks without cycling.
Step 5: Switched your Googling focus and searched for bike rentals, local forums, and rides at your destination.
Step 6: Took your browsing of folding and travel bike forums to the next level. Became an expert on the comparative merits of foldable, break-aways, S&S coupling, airline regulations, fees and the 62” rule.
Step 7: Convinced ourself that we needed a travel bike, and attempted to convince partner.
Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had bugged via email about borrowing their travel bike and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9: Realized that we already have a lot of Goddamn bikes.
Step 10. Postponed purchasing a travel bike due to pervasive pragmatism that always spoils everything.
Step 11. Traveled without a bike. Drank like a fish while we are away.
Step 12. Returned from trip, miserable & even more convinced that we needed a travel bike
And repeat. Exactly the same steps next time. Which for me will be in six weeks.
And an alternative step which I have succumbed to with absolutely no success. Buy running shoes and read of the merits of cross training.
Anyone want to spilt the cost of a travel bike?
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