I’m not sure what exactly happened to me, but I’ve got a case of SS fever lately.
About 3 months ago, I finally got my Vassago Jabber Wocky frame and built it up. I parked my squisy geared bike, and figured I’d give my new bike some quality time….and I havent’ swung my leg over the FS bike since.
Then recently, I built up an old Redline cross frame I got in a part swap with a team mate. I wanted to build up something for local riding around town and for training. I have a Giant TCR road bike, but I’m not 100% comfortable on it, especially locally, as I don’t always have a nice paved surface, and I don’t completely trust myself on a racy bike with lil 23mm tires. Something that rolls a lil better then a MTB with fat knobby tires, but not as high-strung as my road bike, and something I could still take on a dirt road comfortably. A CX bike seemed to fit that bill. To make the project a bit cheaper, I decided to go SS on the bike.
So, I’ve found myself riding nothing but SS bikes for the past 2 months or so. My Ti FS bike sits in the living room, without even having pedals installed (I stole them to build up the CX bike temporarily.) I figured that this would be for a week or so till I got additional pedals, but I really haven’t had the desire to pull the bike out for a ride yet. I’ve been having just TOO much fun riding the SS’s.
I’ve always loved my SS’s, but I sort of fell out of riding them over the last year. My old GF Rig had an eccentric bottom bracket, and it was a constant source of irratation. When Marty wanted to build up her Redline Monocog frame she picked up used, I figured that I’d be building up my new SS in the near future. But, it ended up being months. When I finally did get the frame, I didn’t want to ride anything else, because I had been waiting for it for so long. But, as the newness finally wore off, I just didn’t have any desire to go back to FS geared yet.
I don’t know if this is just a stage I’m going through, or if I’ve sipped the kool-aid one to many times, and now I got the sickness. But, the FS bike continues to sit unused, and with fall/winter starting to peak it’s head up, I don’t know if I’ll be riding the the gears till next spring.