Berry Pie..the Holy Grail
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Weaving thru the cowpud outside Modesto CA
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FWIW, I have an old sport touring bike, Bridgestone RB-T. Stoutly lugged with bombproof Araya wheels. It's summer iteration (Winter its a drop bar trainer bike) is moustache barred, Pasela tired, dirt road/urban cruiser. Cantilever brakes & bar-ends on the moustache. Not a "serious" hang with the guys road bike, it is probably my most light-hearted, gonzo, take a break and have fun bike. Looking forward this summer to dirty gravelly roads, canal banks, light trails etc. on this one. Great sight-seeing bike as well.
My point: perhaps not for your main bike, but for a fun bike it can be rewarding to put together your own hybrid/poor-man's cross bike for alternative days in the saddle--which can be very important if you plan a long career as a cyclist.
..... "I renewed my youth, to outward appearance, by mounting a bicycle for the first time." Mark Twain, Speeches