Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Topic of discussion: Is steel really real?
Its funny after owning a lot of bikes, riding a lot of bikes and seeing thousands of brand new bikes at countless industry tradeshows, I still get excited and to be honest, fall in love with particular bikes. Its like being attracted to another person. There are no hard and fast rules about what will be attractive, but when you feel it, you know. Well, needless to say, this particular frame caught my eye when looking through a bike magazine and I happened to catch a glimpse of it in an advertisement. Now the object of desire was in my hands.
I don't know what it is about steel, but it just looks right as a bike frame material. It has the right blend of strength and fragility to my eye, I guess. The other frame materials like aluminum and carbon with the large, oversized tubes look like they are trying to hard. While titanium with its dull gray color looks cold and uninviting. But steel in the raw with its rainbow of heat marks around the welds looks fascinating. Then when a lustrous paint job is applied on top of that it becomes this warm, inviting to the touch frame that just begs to be ridden.
I might just have to take that SIR 9 out and make sure its okay before anyone else tries it out. Kind of a quality control check...