He may have a point I guess. How many of us own multiple bikes which could, if pressed, function perfectly well in any given situation we are likely to ride all year? Maybe we are kidding ourselves that we need all these different bikes, and maybe the niches we claim they are for are just chimerical and don’t really exist?
In which case, just get on and ride and stop… fussing… about how you are going to do it. I suppose it’s a bit like tech guys who only wear black, so they don’t have to think in the morning about what they are going to wear.
There are caveats of course. Principally, he reserves the right to swap wheelsets for different conditions (MTB, road etc.) and allows himself to use Citi Bikes and Cargo bikes as he sees fit, while imposing draconian penalties to keep himself on the straight and narrow.
Given all that, I guess you are all wondering what bike he is using for this biking equivalent of a hair shirt; at least its a hair shirt to us ‘enthusiasts’ but for most people, its a reality anyway.
Well, if you haven’t managed to identify the contraption in the photo I can tell you. It’s a Marin Pine Mountain such as I own myself. Unlike mine it has been ‘upgraded’ with the addition of some Jones H bars and, for road work, a set of 29er wheels with skinny tyres. The original semi-fat wheels are for his MTB riding.
Now I’ll be honest. The idea of riding my Pine Mountain for a year would fill me with dread and despondency, but I see why it’s his choice – it will be able to go anywhere, be low maintenance and with those skinny road wheels would probably zip around town just fine. It doesn’t matter if, during the course of town and country riding it gets knocked, or bashed and it won’t fall apart on rough city streets. But I can’t imagine there will be a great deal of joy in this particular exercise.
Just for the avoidance of doubt, I have no intention of emulating his grand experiment, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on. The questions uppermost in my mind though are ‘what bike would I choose?’ and more importantly, ‘what would everyone else choose if they wanted to give this a go?!’