Buddy's transport. A Specialized Tricross Expert, it's admittedly luxury transport, but transport all the same. That was the main purchase motivator. There is a secondary motivator that I'll test out when the season comes - Cyclocross. Just as in the case of sports cars, a bike ought to have a practical use and a "fun" one.
Buddy's name was adopted by the family when I concluded that locks were only needed if you were leaving the bike outside the store. I don't. Buddy accompanies me inside any stores I visit with it. At work, it parks behind my office door. I keep my heavy duty lock at work, just in case.
The tires were picked for their combination of comfort, low weight, puncture resistance, and low rolling resistance. Continental GP 4 Seasons in the 28c width. They're the widest folding road tires I know of, and they're holding up well. This may be the first time I wind up rotating tires on a bike. Typically, I carry two pumps (one a CO2), a spare tube, and a patch kit for commute duty. That stuff all fits in the fairly small seat bag.
It's got mounting for racks and fenders, should that be necessary. Right now, the commuting mode makes that unneeded weight. Our new joke at home is we need a spare tire cover for the Land Rover that has "Laundry Recovery Vehicle" printed on it.
Buddy gives up two minutes for the 20 mile run to work compared to the road bike. It's a joy to ride, and that, my friends, is the real major factor in making bicycle commuting work. Each of my bikes is a joy to ride, they're just joyful in different ways. Buddy IS a fast, long range commute bike.
At the time of this post, Buddy has about 1900 miles, accumulated since the beginning of February. I'm currently riding my road bike most of the time, since the days are long and I don't want to have to overhaul Buddy until after cross season. However, the days of the road bike commute are numbered. I had to fit my "be seen" lights on it this morning and, before you know it, it'll be dark enough at departure time that the skinny tire road bike will be relegated to recreational use until next June.
We've started down that long slow slide into Winter and ice storms. Enjoy the heat while you can. This is, after all, Texas.
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