Downsizing

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Hm, which one to ride today.

You are probably used to tuning in to the Singletrack website and seeing what new and wonderful toys have come through the door. I won’t lie, getting to try today what was only released yesterday is one of the best bits of the job, and there’s often a lot of excitement when a new bike lands here and we play guess the weight and price. Fun times indeed.

Side note: Amusingly the thing that gets us most excited here at the office is a box of innertubes, everyone always needs innertubes.

The down side to all these new test bikes we get to ride is that our own bikes can end up languishing unloved and under-ridden. This isn’t because we don’t love them anymore, but time constraints mean test bikes take priority over personal bikes and, well, we’re all curious to try as many different bikes as possible.
This leads us to the inevitable, and slightly dirty, topic of downsizing. Actually owning fewer bikes. I know, it’s just wrong. The golden equation of bike ownership is n+1, with n being your current number of bikes. But sometimes the numbers don’t add up. A cellar has a finite amount of room for bikes, there’s only so many rides that can be squeezed into or out of a week and bikes need to be ridden or they get grumpy and seize up or leak fluids everywhere. Much like people really. I’m sure it’s not just us magazine tarts who have this problem; buying  a new bike can result in the previous favourite being relegated to the back of the shed and being dragged out only when the newer model needs some TLC.

When this happens there are a number of options; pass the seldom ridden bikes on to someone who’ll love and cherish them and if you’re lucky they’ll give you money/beer/cake/love, to let them continue to sit untouched in the corner in the hope that one day you’ll be able to drag them out for a ride, or to make more of an effort to ride more bikes more often.

I think there’s an obvious answer there.