It’s mid-September, and there’s an autumn crispness within the air, like piercing the pores and skin of an apple or cracking the binding on a brand new college textbook. Sure, this bracing sensation confirms what you already knew, which is that summer time’s over and also you’ve obtained to start out sporting pants once more, which is type of unhappy, however it additionally means peak driving season is upon us, and you could lastly put on wool and climb hills with out sweating your [insert your preferred genital way here] off:
By the best way, can you notice the wildlife in that picture?
Right here’s a better look:
I don’t know something about searching, however is it the time of yr when you’ll be able to shoot these fuckers but?
By the best way, shortly I took the picture above (and completed urinating–you’ll be able to safely assume most photographs on this weblog had been taken throughout pee stops, sorry if that makes you uncomfortable), the deer and a associate galloped into the street and into the trail of an oncoming automotive behind which I used to be intently following.
Only one other thing to be cognizant of while driving street bikes, I suppose:
Good factor the bicycle owner was sporting a helment…and the deer was sporting antlers.
That’s why I by no means trip a motorbike with out first placing on antlers.
Talking of driving street bikes, and the Cervino specifically, I’m not nearly sure that my one-handed shifting principle is appropriate, as a result of it’s nearly beginning to really feel pure to take action:
It was more durable to take that picture than you’d suppose…and no, I used to be positively not urinating on the time..
Certainly, the whole bike is beginning to really feel fairly pure, and I’m rising very keen on it. However do I prefer it as a lot as I ended up liking the Vengeance Bike?
I by no means anticipated to fall for the Vengeance Bike after I obtained it largely for ironic functions within the spring of 2022, and it did take me a while to heat to it–however by September of that very same yr it had turn out to be my favourite street racing-type bike, which I do know as a result of that’s after I determined to take it to Switzerland with me:
I feel the story will lastly seem in a sure mainstream publication shortly, however principally I obtained invited on some huge trip in Switzerland final yr, and by that point I’d turn out to be so keen on the Vengeance Bike that of all of the bikes I personal* it was the one I wished to take with me–42×21 low gear and all.
*[Actually, the bike I really wanted to take with me was my A. Homer Hilsen, but I knew everyone else would be on road racing-type bikes and that I’d need the extra speed.]
Now it’s nearly precisely a yr later, and as I climb up the deer-infested hills of suburbia on the Cervino–which additionally has a low gear of 42×21–I discover myself questioning, “Would I take this bike to Switzerland proper now?”
I dunno. By that point I’d had the Vengeance Bike for like 5 months, and whereas I didn’t fall for it instantly, I ended up creating a bizarre and admittedly disturbing affinity for it that troubles me to at the present time. (Once more, I wound up liking this ridiculous hunk of historical plastic a lot that I took it with me to Switzerland. With out altering the gearing. And I don’t even remorse it.) In the meantime, it hasn’t even been two months since I took supply of the Cervino, so maybe it’s untimely to attract any conclusion at this level. It might be that come January (that’ll be 5 months because it arrived) I’ll have turn out to be equally hooked up to the Cervino–definitely among the many very most interesting classic bicycles to have come beneath my purview. Or possibly the Vengeance Bike merely touched my interior Lone Wolf in a manner no different bike has or ever will once more:
We don’t all the time select our bikes. Typically they select us.