Oct 21, 2012

Oct 21 - Talkin' bout My Bike...

For the past 10 years or more I've been using a hand-me-down Specialized (brand) hybrid bike as my daily driver. It's nothing to be proud of, but it gets the job done. At least most of the time.

I love being on this bike. It feels natural for me... very relaxed and comfortable. But I'm feeling the urge to change... to upgrade?? to something that might serve my needs better.

There are two things that I'd like to change about my bike. First, often I truly wish it were a mountain bike. I spend very little time biking on paved roads (consider it too dangerous as cars and trucks usually win any conflicts) preferring crushed rock and dirt trails... often the old railroad grades converted to bike trails. I'd venture onto more primitive trails, roads, and fields, but my skinny-ish tires prevent that. Thus, my wish for a mountain bike with wider tires.

Second, bikes get abused in this lifestyle... hanging out in the open on a car-mounted bike rack they're subjected to road grime and dust, nasty weather, jostled around, cabled to picnic tables in campgrounds... it's just not the way a bike should be treated. So my second wish is that there's some way to keep a bike inside, out of the elements, while living in an RV. I don't want to buy a new bike only to have it outside 24/7, in the dirt and elements of nature.

Sure, people with a toy-hauler RV, a van tow vehicle, or a cargo trailer do have a place inside for the bikes. But it's really not practical to keep the bikes inside our motorhome. And there's just no room in those storage bays in the basement, ya know? Dar's got 'em pretty full.

What if I could come up with an affordable mountain bike that folds up and could be stored in the back seat of the car or truck? That could be a solution to both of my wish-list items.

I found this online:  from Montague Bikes, a company headquartered in the Boston area. What do you think? Here's a link to a short video of how it folds.

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