The ones that got away...
I'm fairly new to the forum, but have been an avid cyclist since I was 12...and I'm 42 now. Every once in a while, I think about "the ones that got away" -- those bikes that you either sold and later regret selling, or that you had a chance to buy but never got around to it until it was too late. As a bike junkie, I've got quite a long list...
- Panasonic DX4000 - my first bike. Traded it in for my second bike, a
- Motobecane Prolight (Vitus 979). It was "borrowed" by an acquaintance and run into the back of a taxi; he gave me $1000 in compensation, which sent me shopping at a very nice shop in Chicago..."Turin", maybe? There they had some very interesting rides...
+ The Specialized Allez bikes from American Flyers
+ Several used 7-Eleven team bikes
- I ended up buying a new DeRosa with complete Super Record. That was my main ride until I sold it to a bike shop coworker for a...
- 1st generation Specialized Allez Epic. This was the beginning of a period of time that I call my "bicycle packrat phase". During this period, I acquired:
- A Nervex-lugged Schwinn Paramount in pretty rough shape
- A Teledyne Titan that had been in a front-end collision, so it had about an 80 degree head tube angle
- A 1970 Cinelli Supercorsa, all Nuovo Record
- A 1967 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, all Nuovo Record
- A Ron Cooper track bike drilled for brakes
- A Specialized Rockhopper Sport mountain bike (my first) with under-chainstay U brake, which was replaced by a...
- Specialized Stumpjumper with all Deore XT, which I ultimately gave to my best friend; his son is now riding the bike almost 20 years later.
- A Schwinn Cimarron, which I later sold to a coworker. I've never seen a mountain bike with such huge tire clearance. It also had beautiful fillet brazing.
- A KHS mountain bike...I got it as a spare for friends to use but ended up riding it more than the Stumpjumper
- A Mark Zeh offroad tandem that my wife and I had big plans for (touring the Loire valley) that we never got around to doing.
A new phase in my life. I was in the Navy, stationed overseas (London, UK), and newly married. After I got out of the Navy, I went to college and again found myself working in a bike shop to pay the bills. First was a series of regrettable decisions that were necessitated by finances...sold both Cinelli's and most of the other bikes, replacing that entire collection (except for the tandem, which we kept for a bit longer, and the KHS) with:
- A Specialized Sirrus Sport
However, as time went by and fortunes changed, I found myself in a whole new phase of pack rat-ness:
- A Cannondale M800 (bought new)
- A WTB Phoenix (bought new)
- A Salsa La Cruz 'cross bike (bought new)
- A Salsa La Raza road bike (bought new)
- A Specialized Allez Pro steel frame (58cm)
- A second Specialized Allez Pro steel frame (56cm)
- A Proctor vintage road bike (all Nuovo Record)
Which was followed by another period of bike divestiture, which left me with the two Specialized Allez bikes (couldn't decide which one fit better, ended up selling the 56), along with a...
- Burley Rock-n-Road tandem, which we still have, but I don't quite fit properly on...I think I need a different bar/stem combo.
- Independent Fabrications Deluxe with full XT, which for some reason I sold (OK, I know the reason, I wanted disk brakes and it didn't have the braze-ons) after not too long and replaced with a...
- Klein Attitude, which I still have, and which I hate. Why? Because it's aluminum. I hate aluminum. I love steel. In the 2 years that I've owned this bike, I've probably only ridden it a couple of dozen times. I think this one is getting sold this winter.
So, here I am after 30 years of cycling with 3 bikes -- a vintage Specialized Allez steel with a full Ultegra triple group and some other goodies, the Klein, and the Burley. Which bikes do I regret selling? Well, not all of them, certainly. I do miss my old De Rosa, as well as my Stumpjumper. I really liked my WTB Phoenix, but the super-long seatpost was impractical for someone my size (I'm a clydesdale). I really dug my Cannondale M800; it was a killer woods bike, even with the rigid fork. I do wish I could find a Panasonic DX-4000, but the Shimano 600 components that came on it (the "Arabesque" style) really were terrible. I think I went through a rear derailleur every month. However, the one bike out of all of them that I wish I could snap my fingers and have sitting in my garage is the Cinelli Speciale Course. Ah well, someday perhaps we shall meet again.
What's coming next? Well, I definitely want to sell the Klein, at least the frame, and replace it with a Salsa Ala Carte; it's all I need for the basic off-roading I do anymore. Also, a retro-ish road bike that is ready for fatter road tires and fenders if I need them...probably a Rivendell of some sort. I won't get rid of the Allez, I'll just hang the frame on a hook in case I regret the decision.
Sorry it was so long, thanks for listening. What's your bike history?
Ah, bikes I sold which I shoulda kept?
58 Legnano with first edition Campagnolo cranks.
LeJeune track bike with first edition Campagnolo cranks.
Raleigh Pro track bike.
They come and go. No regrets...