If you've been reading this blog, you know that I never, ever do anything irrational. Right?
So, what I just did doesn't qualify as irrational. Perhaps if I were more religious, or were still enamored of Kierkegaard, I would say it was a leap of faith. To those who know me best, it might just be a typical act of visionariness (Is there such a word?) or pure and simple insanity.
What did I just do? I've bid on another bike on eBay.
However, it isn't just any bike:
It's a 1997 Miss Mercian. The fellow who's selling it bought it after a hip injury prevented him from using a diamond (or "men's") frame. He set it up, he says, as a tour/commute bike.
If I were rich, I would buy the bike just to give it a good home. And, yes, that is one of my intentions. However, I thought of some practical ways in which I could use the bike.
The frame size is a centimeter bigger (at the seat tube) than any of the Mercians I now have. And its top tube is a centimeter and a half longer. If the bike fits the way I think it will, I might swap the drop bars for North Road-style bars, or Porteur bars (like the ones on Helene) on a stem with a shorter reach. And, of course, I'll change the saddle. Then it might become my transport bike. (In that case, I might even put drop bars on Helene.)
I've given myself a limit as to how high I'll bid because the bike is in England, which means that shipping it will be expensive. But I do like the way the bike looks. And I don't think I would change anything else, at least in the beginning, besides the bars and saddle. The components are all good-quality, and the bike has a rack and fenders.
The auction for the bike ends Sunday afternoon. This will give me something to obssess over between now and then!