An older bike, in good mechanical shape, that still rides great, but is rather scuffed and well broken-in, no longer shiney, not going to turn any heads for sparkling aesthetics... feels very different to me.
Maybe it feels like it can be abused. Or maybe it's that it's already been through it.
I don't know exactly why or what it is, but I notice a very significant difference in the relationship with the bike. It feels like it can go anywhere, and that riding is the main thing, not looks. It's a lot more enjoyable.
It feels like the opposite of 'walking on eggs.'
Anyone else experience this? Any ideas on what it's about?
...and any notion of how that attitude can be transferred to other bikes?