Well, That Didn’t Take Long Now Did It…?

Indeed barely a day after the demise of The Phoenix and its corpse still warm where its been hung up in the garage, on my lunch break today I somewhat $keptically went online with no clear purpose other than t0 see what I could see in terms of potential new singlespeeders out there… and hopefully not come away to sticker shocked. I looked at various manufacturers: Windsor, Surly, Motobecane, Soma… everything looked great but conversely had prices far greater than I wanted to spend. See, I’m just not interested in spending $600-$800 to replace a bike that I spent a couple Saturdays and about $300 bringing back from the brink.


Then I rolled on in to bikesdirect.com and found this classic baby:




Beyond it nicely possessing a very similar geometry to The Phoenix, there were certain seemingly inconsequential old-school aspects of the frame had me practically gleeful — mainly the fact that it was conveniently drilled for the type of brakes The Phoenix sported, and that its frame is steel instead of aluminum (the latter being less forgiving of the bumps and thumps ones bound to encounter on the road). By far the biggest selling point was that it was available for well less than half of its MSRP. And bonus: free shipping.


But we’ll see how long it takes to get to me because there’s a bit of a discrepancy as to whether Bikesdirect has this one in stock or if it’ll be unavailable until March. If that resolves to be the sooner rather than the later then I’m ordering me up one o’deez right quick like.

UPDATE (01.23): It’s in stock and shipping via UPS today!

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."