I thought I'd wake up and post a new thread, recently requested, and hope it sparks some comment.
Like most here, I have some carefully chosen and much enjoyed bikes. They're in storage in UK. Spouse and I are travelling, and have included some bike riding since we left BAHRAIN in early January.
(I know this deserves photos - forgive me, I'm travelling with just a little device called a kindle and I'm not sure if sending photos is within its capabilities)
Anyway, so far bike rides have included Barclays rental bikes in London (heavy and a bit wonky but nice to spin alongside the Thames), a friend's Jamis Bosanova in the Yorkshire Dales (fantastic countryside,fantastic bike,suited me down to the ground), a dahon folder to explore Fort Lauderdale Fla. , (I was seriously impressed), unbranded beach cruisers in GRAN CAYMAN and Curacau (I was . Seriously unimpressed), a Trek District to explore Lima (great city, great city bike), a Trek somethingmountain bike to speed down a volcano off-road outside Arequipa Peru (fantastic day, but rather a tired bike), and most recently a Specialized downhill bike, maybe a Status??, to blast down the Camino del Muerte outside La Paz. Very confidence inspiring bike, which is just as well - steep and rocky unsurfaced road with 1000metre precipices, dropping from 4500 metres to 1450 metres over 62 kms. Whizzy.
And I've loved the variety of new bikes, many of styles and types I've never owned. Next will be a bike tour of the vineyards in Chile!
(I know I don't deserve it. But I' 've 25 years in offshore platforms and refineries in the Middle east to get over!)
(And in another thread - now 66 kilos. 78 when I left BAHRAIN!)