Another New Bike

Rule #12
The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
While the minimum number of bikes one should own is three, the correct number is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation may also be re-written as s-1, where s is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner.

This new bike was necessary to be able to ride with my husband in his new activity of Mountain Biking. Careful observation of Rule 12 justifies another new bike in the interests of marital harmony.

I had sold my first road bike, a Specialized Roubaix Elite SL2 2011 road bike as it was superseded by my Specialized Roubaix Comp Disc SL4 2016 – the black bike. To keep the numbers up, a new bike was necessary.

The new bike – Giant Anthem 27.5 1

The new bike – Giant Anthem 27.5 1

Ian bought himself a Marin Mount Vision C-XM8. This is a full carbon, full suspension mountain bike. Admittedly – a high spec for a beginner – but he needs all the help he can get. It’s blue.

Building the Marin

Building the Marin

My new bike is also blue but it is made out of aluminium but also has full suspension. It is a Giant Anthem 27.5 1. So not quite such a high spec but I also need plenty of help in acquiring new off road riding skills.

Our pristine new bikes looking very clean and shiny

Our pristine new bikes looking very clean and shiny

We have been riding together 3 or 4 times a week (when we are at home) and having a lot of fun. We are lucky to live in West Dorset with such beautiful scenery all around us.

Great views from local trails

Great views from local trails

Chesil Beach shingle is a challenge

Chesil Beach shingle is a challenge

We have been to Haldon Forest Park three times to build up our skills in a more controlled environment. We are getting better on the blue trails – but red is still a challenge.

Haldon Farest Park Skills Area

Haldon Forest Park Skills Area

Haldon Forest Park

Haldon Forest Park

Bridport Cycles have a MTB ride every Wednesday and we have been joining in with that to get to know our local trails better and pick up top tips from the experts.

Riding our new bikes with Bridport Cycling Club

Riding our new bikes with Bridport Cycling Club

I am really enjoying this new way of riding. I am still getting out on my road bike just as much. But – something has to go – I am running much less.

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About Barbara

I am a lifetime endurance athlete and seem to still have the motivation now that I am 61 years of age to get out there and be active and adventurous. I completed a full ironman distance triathlon in 14 hours a couple of months before my 60th birthday and the London Marathon 12 minutes inside the Good For Age time in April 2016. In June 2016 I won my age group at the Exmoor 70.3 Ironman event. Since then I have become less interested in competing and more interested in having fun. Running has become increasingly difficult and not so much fun so I am doing less of that. However, I still ride my bike at least 300 kilometres in a 'normal' week and swim, gym , yoga etc to keep up my fitness and health . Mountain biking became a new feature of my life in 2016 and with that came a new cycling buddy. A wonderful suprise - my husband! This has changed what we do with our time together and in June 2017 we enjoyed a tour of the west coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides together. Audax riding is still a regular feature and in June 2017 I completed 4 years of AAARTY.

6 thoughts on “Another New Bike

  1. Stuart Ritchie

    I like the n+1 theory as it sounds plausible which is very important when adding to the stable. I try buying new bikes which are the same colour as my old bikes. I then relocate the old bike to the garage (my good bikes sit inside the front door which hasn’t been used for a considerable time due to the fact that it can’t be opened because of the aforementioned bikes) and it would appear that my wife is none the wiser or is too polite to say anything. I have to add that I too recently purchased a new MTB!

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    1. Barbara Post author

      My husband just decided to join in with the cycling which is great.(but he is unlikely to get a road bike). Is your wife not tempted? Tandem? Electric bike?

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      1. Stuart Ritchie

        She has two bikes, one hybrid and the one road both of which I bought her in an attempt to get her out and about on her own and to join me on the occasional ride. It turned out that she is a fair weather cyclist and even then only for short distances with a coffee stop thrown in for good measure. The thought of sitting on the back of a tandem riding a 600km Audax in all weathers, at all times of the day, does not appeal to her (I can’t think why??) As for the mechanical doping option (I mean the electric bike) there is no way I am letting her press a button or push a lever so she can drop me on the climbs!

  2. Barbara Post author

    Stuart – I think you can assume that your wife ‘s aspirations on a bike are different to yours.But an occasional gentle ride on a sunny day to a cafe isn’t all bad. (why were you up at 4.42am)

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