So, I finally went out and did it. I got me a new bike.
For those paying attention, I had a child in 2008, and celebrated that happy occasion by building a custom Orbea:
It is a bike of surpassing loveliness and happiness. It is also 100% unsuited to the hauling of child trailers, trail-a-bikes, or anything else in which it is legal to drag a kid around.
Thus, in 2010, when I had a second child, something was going to have to happen. My old road bike wasn’t suited to trailer hauling, and my old MTB works okay over distances not to exceed about 20 miles unless I want my back to require medical intervention to move later.
Thus, I have now procured this fine beastie. I’ve been making initial modifications to it already since this image, as it required bottle cages, a way to carry tools/tire supplies, and, of course, the trailer skewer:
This bike in some respects is completely unlike the Orbea. Where the Orbea is European, carbon, and fast, this baby is steel. It’s got wider, more solid tires. It is designed to take a beating. It can go plenty fast, especially if not attached to a 50-pound trailer, but it can also support fully-loaded touring.
I’m excited about having the new bike. When I can abandon my kids (with a trusted sitter, duh), I can frolic on my Orbea. When we want to go to a soccer match or bike racing at the NSC, or find ice cream, or go look at trains (my older child loves watching trains go by), the Surly will allow me to hitch a child behind and go. We now have two bikes that can haul a child, so everyone in the family can bike together. Yay.