Here's another reason I subscribe to a different way of thinking than the "Road Bike = Fast Bike" philosophy. My bike actually is fast. The tires aren't as skinny as some road bikes. The steel that it's made out of is heavier than other materials. I don't average much more than 16 mph on most of my rides. But it is fast enough for me.
But those "other" bikes can't pull of the road, head down a trail and follow a creek to a secluded bench to read a book. I choose not to go fast. I choose to read a nice book (strapped to the back there) when the moment leads me there. It's harder to find opportunities like this when you're glued to the asphalt.
I love this bike. And I love this way of making a bike part of my life.
Get out there.
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