After giving up on the Pashley Princess Sovereign and any hopes of living remotely near "stuff," I happily moved on to riding the Hillborne. He was faster than any bike I'd owned for some time, I could go much longer distances, but had the benefit of being able to still ride him to the store or places that were relatively close to home. He was my all around bicycle, and I needed nothing more.
|1976 Schwinn Suburban|
Then, one day as I was searching for a part for the Hillborne, I happened upon an advertisement for a Pashley Poppy that a shop in Texas was having a hard time selling. The owner had discounted the bike so drastically that I fully believed it would be completely idiotic on my part not to purchase the Poppy. If all else failed, I would ride her for a bit and then sell her to someone who would appreciate her. It was a win-win situation.
|Enjoying the Pashley Poppy modifications|
It would appear that I had reached what I had been looking for - a kind of bike utopia one might say. However, when we went on vacation a few months later, I had the opportunity to finally test ride the Public Bikes I had been reading about for months, which only brought trouble to the equation. I told Sam I would sell the Poppy and in its place, keep the J7 from Public because I was excited about the swift nature and set up of the new bike. I believed I would be fine selling the Poppy - a bike I'd originally intended to sell anyway. After all, it was just a bicycle like all the others.
|The J7 with the modified handlebars|
I had truly reached a point at which I thought I just couldn't and wouldn't have an upright bike. However, as had happened before, I knew that there are times when I would really appreciate having a loop or mixte frame of some sort. The search began for the ultimate upright bicycle, with high hopes of finding the one that would remain in the stable of bikes...(to be continued).
Part 4 can be found here.