Last weekend I purchased a 1987 Raleigh Kodiak touring bicycle off of the Asheville Craigslist. I found the bike to be in great shape and decided to buy it instead of a new bike. It's definitely rad to reuse something. Besides, the eighties have produced some seriously good products: the falcon, this bike, and ahem, myself (among other awesome things like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
Lily and I plan to bike the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway south from my ten year high school reunion in Pottstown, PA this June. Exciting times. After our halfday today, we biked 25 miles around the western end of Lake James from town. We're easing into this cycling business. I'm fine tuning some homemade saddlebags for our journey and hoping to overcome the steep learning curve in bicycle mechanics.
Spring is here and we're already drinking our snickers. I got a call from Scott B. yesterday who shares similar concerns about the looming BMT fastpack. Thinking of it in terms of ten back-to-back ALTARs doesn't really make me feel any better. Sure I'm fat and out of shape, but I'm still gonna enjoy my snickers and black mocha stouts.