I’m stuck, and my stuckness is part financial, part indecision, part inexperience and part simple laziness. What I did was strip my mountain bike. That it’s a mountain bike is only incidental. It could be any kind of bike. It just happens to be a trail bike in this case. It was a single-speed, 650B bike, which is/was great for simple, rolling, New England single-track, but, and perhaps this goes without saying, it had some limitations I decided I didn’t care for. So I stripped it with the intention of welding on cable stops and a derailleur hanger.
But this bike was also built right as 1-1/8″ headtubes were all changing over to 44mm headtubes for tapered forks. There is nothing wrong with the fork I have, but it gives me pause. As long as I’m applying heat to the frame again, why not swap out the headtubes, right?
What wheels should I get? The pair I have are dished for single-speed, and I don’t want to redish them.
I know I want a 1x system, but which one. SRAM does this well, but the new Shimano looks great, too.
Those are just logistical and financial issues though. I can make choices, as long as I can afford them.
The real mess starts when I let my mind wander. What if I put a rigid fork on this bike and ran thin file treads, or even 40c studded tires for winter? It’d be a flat bar trail killer, not so suited for really technical stuff, but fast everywhere else and good on the road in inclement weather.
Then I’d build another, more traditional mountain bike to replace it. Except that’s another bike and more money and more choices. So now the frame is sitting next to my desk, looking like the drumstick the dog left behind, and my parts box sits out back depreciating by the day. I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually. Some precipitating event will transpire, like a ride I want to do.
This week’s Group Ride asks, when is the last time you got stuck? What was it over? Do you keep a bike project going at all times? Or are you swift and decisive in the face of these big life decisions? How would you resolve my dilemma(s)?