OK, so I started a long rambling diatribe involving me arguing with myself about what kind of bike to start building, and then I realized "You know what?" (here I am, back to my inner discourse) "People are probably tired of the 'what bike should I get' posts."
So I deleted all my rambling and I'll break it down to this:
- My commuter bike needs minimal work to keep going for another 17 years
- I'm doing more long distance riding (and really enjoying it)
- I don't do, or plan on doing, any touring
- I want to get into longer/ultradistance riding
- My current road bike is too small for me (but I ride it anyway because it's fun)
I realized that this all adds up to one decision: Ultradistance road bike build, CliftonGK1 style. The odd mix of racing and touring equipment which will combine to form the Voltron-like awesomeness of my next bike. Most probably a steel racer as the frame (maybe CF, not sure yet.) Road-triple components. Aerobars (for relaxing on those long rides.) Dynohub lighting for going at all hours. Lightweight fenders for going in all conditions.
Maybe I'm just thinking silly thoughts after stepping on the scale and seeing that I lost another 3 pounds. It could be my goals of riding the Chelan Century Challenge, RAMROD, and finishing StP as a one-day which are clouding my usual better judgement in bicycle building. Then again, I just might be on to something, here...