Strong. Light. Cheap. Pick two.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve started gathering parts for the rSogn. Some of the choices have been harder to make than others, and some have been no-brainers. Like every other bike in my stable, the Rawland will see duty on pavement, gravel roads, and dirt trails. Aiming towards versatility, I’ve been invoking Mr Bontrager’s holy trinity when making my component choices. Keeping my inner weight weenie in check has been a struggle at times, but my wallet almost always steers me in the right direction.
The best is the enemy of the good.
Spec’ing a bike is fun, and everyone wants to end up with that mythical, perfect bicycle. It’s important to remember, however, is that riding any bicycle is–or at least, should be–more fun than trying to pick the best components. Campagnolo, Shimano, and SRAM all make good stuff, and everyone has their favorites, but don’t make the mistake of falling into the “analysis paralysis” trap. Make your own choices, and form your own opinions. Internet message boards (or bloggers) aren’t riding your bike–you are.
Nothing exceeds like excess.
The media and marketing folks spend lots of time money trying to convince us that we absolutely must have a separate bike for every possible terrain or discipline. Pavement can only be ridden on skinny, rock-hard tires. Dirt roads require suspension with at least 5″ of travel. Only a Dutch bike will do for commuting or errands. Bicycles are versatile machines. People have been riding the wrong bikes in the wrong conditions for over one hundred years (whether they know it or not).
Eddy knows what’s up. We should all try to follow his advice.