immutable opinion is one thing, but when people start talking about immutable facts i take issue.
again, i liked sheldon’s writing and valued his knowledge of all things fixed and single, not to mention older bikes. he seemed to be a pretty cool old curmudgeon from what i knew, but the nearly religious fervor that surrounds him should be taken with a grain of salt.
FWIW, I rode the MS150 once on a MTB with straight bars, no bar-ends, no gloves, no real thought to varying my hand position, and my hands were numb for weeks afterwards. I was in a band at the time and couldn’t play – fretting the strings was complete agony. I was extremely worried that the damage was permanent but eventually it went away.
I put on a set of bar-ends the next year and didn’t have a problem. Drop bars this year, even better. I spent a lot of time on the hoods, but there are at least 5 different ways you can grip the bars (plus you can ride no-hands) and the point is to vary things. Don’t get hung up on being in the drops – especially when commuting you won’t be spending much time there.
I should have actually purchased the bike on Friday evening, because I went with a Specialized Sirrus Elite anyway. Standard everything, all I added were fenders (some plastic german things with safety features, the package said they were recyclable and I plan on testing that should they fail). They moved my rack over for me, the basket will follow when I get the different sized little pieces to fit the different handlebars (which I love). I was concerned over the seat, turns out there’s a magical little non-embarrassing measuring device to make it somewhat scientific, and the stock seat is pretty much “my size” in addition to being the most comfortable (as far as I can tell) for me.
It’s waiting for me at the shuttle stop to ride home (I drove it there), and I’ll get to toodle around tomorrow on it some. I’ve gone past excited to just relieved.
And I’m going to fix up the Crate Bike anyway, because there’s some stubborn part of me that insists anything that CAN be repaired and reused SHOULD be repaired and reused. That and it just looked so forlorn and naked when they took off the racks and everything, like a puppy at a pound that lost it’s home-made sweater or something.
And so a huge and giant “Thank you!!!!” to each and every one of you – the information, stories, and just plain support has helped me feel very confident making such a subjective choice from a relative place of ignorance
edmonds – it’s actually in the trunk of my car. I was going to lock it to a light pole by the shuttle, but decided that was too out in the open. Then I was going to lock it in the bike racks behind the building, but decided it was too hidden. I thought about the bike racks in front of the building, but decided that was too… something not right. So I figure if they can get it out of my locked, alarmed trunk without security or shuttle staff noticing (it took me 20 minutes to get it in, bigger wheels are trickier), then they are craftier than I am and perhaps deserve it more – all I did for it was pay some money.
i wonder if this isn’t what edmonds meant. my first thought was he was thinking security, but then i remembered how much i actually enjoy just looking at a new bike, and smiling like like an idiot, then deciding at 11pm in the rain that it must be ridden right this moment.