For all the failure I seemed to be experiencing with the upright bicycles, I just could not give up on them. If anything, the failures seemed to spur me on to find the right one. I test rode, I researched, and I asked for others' thoughts. I wanted desperately to keep the price of the next upright bike in the sub-$800 category. It's not as though I have money to throw around, and I believed that it was possible to find this bike because I had done so in the very beginning. I made a list of possible bikes and went to test ride as many as possible. I even considered finding a vintage bicycle to rebuild and restore. Despite my best efforts, I could not find what I wanted and ultimately had to raise the price range.
|I believed Linus bikes would be a good contender, but they just didn't satisfy.|
*Image from Linus
|This Bella Ciao is so gorgeous, it hurts.|
|*Image found here|
Currently, I have two city bikes in my possession which I will be using for comparison purposes (the Bella Ciao, and a long-term borrowed bike). Despite my best efforts, I can't seem to stop the need to compare. Maybe this curiosity will turn into something positive, or maybe it's just a huge waste of time and energy. I can't help but think that I still haven't found the right bike though if I continue to have the need to look. After all, even though there were many, many changes to him, the Hillborne has remained as the stable, long-term, all around, comfortable bike (of course, the Hillborne and road bikes in general could be yet another reason I've found the upright bikes so challenging, adding yet another layer to the puzzle). But, I honestly don't think the problem rests on my inability to find satisfaction in a bike, and even with all I've said, I still believe it is possible to find long term happiness in an upright bike.
And so, I press on - ruined or not. Have I reached any dramatic conclusions? Probably not. Are there others who identify with this mess? Maybe. But, if nothing else, perhaps my (mis)adventures are simply turning into a source of amusement for others, who can shake their heads and wonder what this nut will do next... and, I suppose, in some ways it is a way to keep me amused as well.