I’m home sick this week with my second bout of flu for the season, which is frustrating, but also a bit sobering in light of the pandemic currently sweeping the globe. One hand I’m incandescent with rage that I’m sick again. On the other hand, I’m grateful I’m not more seriously ill, that I have access to treatment, and that I should be fine by Monday. With all that going on, I originally had an FGR in mind dealing with adversity and resilience, but frankly I’m tired of wallowing in it now.
Instead let’s just talk about great bikes. NAHBS is coming, and so is the first day of spring. We’re going to be awash in beautiful bikes soon and the sun is gaining ground on the night every day now.
I am fortunate to work with people on high-end bikes, but I am equally fortunate to rub elbows in the community of custom bike builders. I have gotten to see so many jaw-dropping creations through the years that I’m easily overwhelmed when I think about which was the best.
I was really impressed with this bike from Sanomagic last year.
And then this bike from Dear Susan, which, I think, simultaneously destroyed the idea of the “NAHBS bike” and showed all of us what creativity could mean in the context of the shoe.
The big players in the industry will have bikes out too, but they’ll mainly be iterations on previous themes. I hope to see some game changers, but I don’t expect much. Arrivals may well be late, due to supply chain stoppages caused by the coronavirus pandemic, anyway. Not to be too gloomy.
This week’s Group Ride asks two questions, the first of which I’m not answering in order to avoid conflicts of interest. The first is, what is the best bike you’ve ever ridden? And did you get own it? Or did you only get a fleeting glimpse of its brilliance? The second question is, what is the most amazing bike you’ve ever seen? The Cherubhim, above, is on my list.