I’ve been following the 30 Days of Biking challenge and have been watching lots of YouTube clips of various cyclists: commuters, road racers, Audax, tourers and mountain bikers. It’s been quite inspiring.
Cycling has always been my first love. During most of my 20s, I used to cycle commute 70km every day along busy roads. I loved it. I don’t really know why I stopped.
Anyway, since I started Audax cycling on 1 January this year, I have been falling back in love with cycling. Since putting the new Tiagra groupset on my road bike it’s been a dream to ride. And the new mountain bike is amazing.
But I still love my purple monster, for all her flaws. It’s the only one of my bikes with a name, so I must be attached to it.
I’ve decided to turn it into my project bike. A single-speed commuter / tourer. I like the simplicity of single speed bikes. They look fantastic and I have heard that riding a single speed will improve my cycling. One of the guys in our Audax group rides his single speed road bike everywhere – even on 350km+ rides. So I’m no longer afraid of the lack of gears because I know I will be able to learn to ride without them.
The other great thing about converting the Purple Monster to a single speed is that it will help me continue to learn more about bicycle mechanics and maintenance, because I’m going to do the work myself.
Better take a good look at how the Purple Monster looks today because she’s going to go through some changes over the coming months: clipless pedals, front pannier rack, handlebar bag … maybe even drop handlebars. Who knows …
And not to be forgotten, here’s portraits of my other two beauties: