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Planning for failure

Old 07-11-17, 08:46 PM
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Planning for failure

We had to make a quick trip to the Midwest on family business and I set about guaranteeing that on the 2,000 mile round trip drive I would not find the '80s full touring frame/bike I'm looking for to replace my RB-T. I got a wad of cash from the ATM and packed my Allen MT-2 Compact two-bike rack that would go on the trunk of the Civic, bungee cords, and a cable and padlock to keep it secure. I deliberately did not check Craigslist before departure for the cities on the route and I did the driving to make sure I could not burn up data minutes searching while my wife drove. But I did check once we reached our destination in Illinois. Turns out I had missed a Miyata 610 in 25" and an early Trek 520 in 25", two fairly desirable bikes in a size I can ride and have owned, but I'm holding out for 24"/60cm since I'm getting shorter in my old age and have sworn not to buy 25s any more. The Miyata in Lexington KY was only $200, so someone might be interested. The Trek (Indianapolis?) was an early caliper brake model like the one I built up for my then-girlfriend (now wife) back in '83 and I'm holding out for cantilever brakes.

Meanwhile, on with the search. While there I decided to check out CL for the cities on the way home by a different return route and found nothing of specific interest although there are some neat bikes out there, including several Raleigh Sports 3-speeds along the route but I'm stocked up with them.

So you see, there is a way to have the thrill of the hunt and not have to rationalize a purchase to your spouse. Just make sure you don't find what you're looking for! If I had not prepared so well I assuredly would have found the Trek 720/Miyata 1000/Specialized Expedition/whatever that I'd like to find and then I'd have had to spend the money and deal with the complications.
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One of my maxims is "set low expectations so I will never be disappointed" .

Not a tourer, but you should get that 60 cm De Rosa that keeps popping up in Richmond.
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If I had not prepared so well I assuredly would have found the Trek 720/Miyata 1000/Specialized Expedition/whatever that I'd like to find and then I'd have had to spend the money and deal with the complications.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Not a tourer, but you should get that 60 cm De Rosa that keeps popping up in Richmond.
No, thanks. I don't need a bicycle that looks faster than I've ever been.

Below is a photo of the trunk kit that accompanied me on the unsuccessful search. Very compact.
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