At The Small Hall we subscribe to the popular cyclists’ theory that the correct number of bicycles to own, is current number +1. For me that equals one and three-quarters plus one, Although I have a summer bike and a winter bike, they don’t quite equate to 2 bikes, as each has to borrow pedals and a wheel from the other.
I’ve not really fathomed how many bikes the Mechanic has, he has devious stealth tactics, that are designed to make me believe that he only has three, but I suspect his number is really 5+1
The +1, is the next bike on the wish list, that is wanted/needed. There is a very fine line between wanted and needed, if you want something enough, you can usually convince yourself how much you need it. I need a bicycle to run errands, one that I can nip to the shops with, to pick up a few things.
My fantasy addition to the bike fleet, will have the facility to transport shopping. Traditionally delivery bicycles such as Butcher’s bikes carried goods upfront, I favour this method. I’m not looking for panniers or a rear bike rack, I like the idea of re-purposing, possibly shopping baskets, crates or wine boxes.
It will be my winter project, here’s my research so far. I particularly like the idea of matching handlebar and pet, although I do not have a pet. Any ‘re-purposed’ suggestions welcome.