Usually, this time of year I re-evaulate my cycling habits. I look at what type of riding I did, what I wanted to ride, and overall what my enjoyment level was for the year. I also fall into reading more about cycling in the colder months, and usually that reading is from Rivendell bikes, so whatever I have been doing I usually think I need to make a change. That said, it’s new bike day:
I didn’t mountain bike as much as I would’ve liked this year. Granted, I just bought a Surly Ice Cream Truck, and it is fantastic. It has opened up a whole new world of mountain biking that I never knew existed. But, when pressed into “normal” single track duty, it is a little cumbersome. Still fun, but a little slow. Ever since my first fun ride, I had the thought in the back of my mind for a more “regular” 29er for single track only duty.
This is where Rivendell comes in. I have recently turned my Fargo into a road/gravel/anything warrior, complete with canvas bags and a front rack. It has been an absolute joy to ride on the roads, and is one of the more useful bikes that I have ever owned. Like a poor man’s Rivendell. Thanks to the Fargo getting some serious love, the Colossal was somewhat shelved, looking pretty and collecting dust. What if I could sell it to get another bike?
Instead of a sale, I found this steel hardtail, and offered up a trade, and it was a go! Bikes are currency, which is a statement my wife is appreciative of. We traded the bikes straight up, which was fair in my book.
The Raleigh XXIX is from 2015, featuring a steel frame, Fox suspension fork, 29″ wheels, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, and the Gates Carbon Belt Drive single speed drivetrain. Raleigh stated making the XXIX a few years ago, and I have always thought they were cool, but never threw a leg over one. Time to change that.
With the loss of the Colossal, I gained a solid single track platform for days that I want to go a little faster. The Colossal was fun, but I really find road biking boring for the most part. If I’m going to do a long ride for a few hours, I prefer to spend that time in the woods, not droning on and on the pavement. Should be fun to get to know this bike!