Here's my stable of human powered transportation...
I name my bikes after Greek mythological creatures.
First up, my primary road bike, α Scorpius
. 2014 Giant Defy Advanced SL1. This is my sprint, road bike. Carbon fiber frame, Ultegra DI2 electronic shifting. I've snuck up on many experienced riders, 20 years younger than me, and stung them with this bike's ability to sprint at a high rate of speed, in a moment's notice. The first time I rode it, I went from a dead stop to 30mph, in about 15 seconds.
My secondary road bike, β Pegasus
was originally purchased to be a back-up beater bike for bad weather. 2016 BMC Teammachine ALR01. This was an entry level aluminum bike, and I only paid $650 for it. But it rode so fast, and so smoothly, that I started doing a lot of upgrading to compliment its ability to fly. One more upgrade in the near future, I'll give this bike DI2 integration, just like my primary road bike.
My third bike, was originally a 2005 Jamis Citizen hybrid bike, which I purchased for $250 back in 2005. δ Chimera
, was slated for charitable donation last fall, when I stumbled upon a video on YouTube which showed how to convert it into what is known as a "gravel grinder", a bike meant for off road, but not a mountain bike. This has actually become my favorite bike to ride, and is slated to get an upgrade to disc brakes in the next couple of weeks.
Bike number four, is my newest bicycle. ε Cerynitis
is a 2014 Salsa Mukluk 3 fatbike. I walked into such a sweetheart deal on this bike, as karma was smiling upon me the day I walked into the shop and spotted it. I had no intentions of ever getting a fatbike, but I was curious as to the entry level price of one of these. This was the first one I walked up to, and when I saw that it was only $750, I was completely baffled. Then I saw that it was marked as "Used". But I inspected the bike, and there was no way that this ever did more than one ride in the four years of its existence. Some guy bought it, then it sat in his garage or basement for four years, and he decided to trade it in for a different bike. It originally sold for $1,895. How's that for walking in at the right moment?
Finally, this is my all purpose errand bike. γ Cetus
is a 2016 Specialized Sirrus Hybrid commuter.