I feel obligated to speak a bit about my new touring bike which should be delivered in about two weeks. While my bike won’t be exactly configured like the one shown above, it is close.
When I was young, many of my Saturday mornings were filled with cowboy movies. It was pretty standard fare with names such a Bonanza, Wagon Train, Maverick, Rawhide, The Rifleman, and my personal favorite Have Gun Will Travel. I understood the concept good versus evil but struggled a bit with the serious punishment delivered when someone stole a horse that is until I started riding my bike for any distance.
Once I started the long trips the thoughts of “what would I do if I broke down 30 miles away from home kicked in”. My bond with road bike only grew over time. I “trusted” my bike to get me wherever I needed to go with only minor difficulty. It became an extension of my personality.
Yeah, I know it sounds a bit weird but don’t mess with my bike!