Things to do before I cross the line. Peel back some stickers. Trim the wires. Find a longer stem. Some road pedals. Decide which wheels to use. Get excited.
That last thing get excited is real. I haven’t had a new road bicycle since the middle aughts. Maybe earlier. And last night when I was shaking down this one in the ‘hood, I wondered. What for? Just to have new? To have different?
That other one, the one facing west. It’s my CX unit from 2007. My daily rider. Part of a matching pair I raced on. This one has had a good nine paint jobs since birth, each to match the ever-changing RSCX livery.
It all comes down to this. What happens to what I know, to what I lived with for so long, and put it all aside for something new? In the past, moments like these would excite me. Now, less so. Today at least.
All This By Hand