Wednesday, November 29, 2017

That month seemed to fly by

I kept thinking I needed to drop in another update, but like usual, I procrastinated. Then all of the sudden, we're at the end of November?

At least the weather has been nice.

I started riding my mountain bike again, and it feels great although I'm pretty slow and my legs definitely have little to no stamina. I guess that's to be expected, and that means things will only get faster from here on out.

So my last post was all about goals and being deliberate about what I spend time doing. One of my goals for next year is to ride 50 times. I'd say anything over 5 miles is a ride, and it'd be great if they were 50 rides on dirt, but sometimes the weather and/or timing doesn't line up for that.

I'm hoping to snag a new bike towards the end of next year or thereabouts, and I feel that it doesn't make sense to get a new whip if it just is going to hang on the wall. Especially in light of how freaking expensive bikes have gotten. I was thinking that way back when I worked at bike shops, $3k would get you a Trail Ferrari. Like dang near anything you could possibly want. That's a lot of money, but it's within reach for most people if it's important to them.

Fast forward 15 er 20 years, and now they are cresting $10k. $10k can get you a well-maintained Honda Accord. Or 1 bitcoin.

Obviously I don't need a Trail Ferrari (does anyone really?) but to get a nice bike that I can ride for 5-7 years it's going to cost a fair bit. My current bike is over 10 years old now, and I still like riding it but I question its long term durability and the fact that there have been so many advancements in bikes make me at least want to demo some bikes and see what all the hype is about.

At least I'm not still riding v-brakes.