The Bicycle Collection
The first ‘real’ bicycle I ever owned was a ‘Western Flyer Dirt Duster’. It’s long gone, but these are bicycles I currently own and ride of a fairly regular basis.
Schwinn Sierra (1976)
I found this bike next to a trash can about 20 years ago. It was completely disassembled and in pieces, but through some small miracle everything except for one widget related to the shifter was there. I was able to find the missing piece on eBay, and it’s been (more or less) running since then. It weighs…like 5000 pounds, but looks cool. I really need to investigate replacing the tires with something a bit more modern. We call it the ‘Brown Bomber’.
1993 Specialized Hard Rock
Sometime in the early 2000s my buddy Martin and I stopped by the Colorado State University Surplus Store on our way to get some food downtown. They had this sweet Specialized Hard Rock from the early 1990s with a frame that fit me well. My intention at the time was to upgrade the components and turn it into a winterized touring bike, but it’s mostly just become my beater bike. It’s fun to ride and I don’t really have to worry about anyone stealing it.
2005 Trek 520
I had a 1998 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp M2 mountain bike that was the best fitting bicycle I’ve ever owned. Someone stole it off of the CSU campus from in front of the building I was working in. My friends all chipped in and bought me this touring bike as a replacement. I’ve ridden this bike across the state, across the country, across other countries. It’s a fantastic bicycle!
2014 Specialized Rock Hopper
When it comes to mountain biking, despite where I live (or maybe because of where I live?), I’m really a filthy casual. You may mock the Brooks saddle I have on this bike, but I will tell you unequivocally it is the most comfortable bike seat in the world.
2022 Specialized Diverge Comp
This is my newest bike, a 2022 Specialized gravel bike. I picked it up because I want to get back into touring, but I really want to start doing more of the dirt roads and forest roads in the mountains west of here, which this bike is well-suited for. It’s an absolutely great ride!