I’ve had my Bianchi Milano Alfine for about 6 months now and I really like it but…I’ve been dreaming of other bikes. Something about it is a bit sluggish and heavy. Part of me wants something zippier, lighter, more efficient. I stare longingly whenever I see a cool girl coasting by on a single speed or fixie with not a care in the world, nothing but a messenger bag on her back. I myself am eternally carrying two panniers on my rear rack. So here’s what came to me: I need a fast, simple, single speed bike (and a messenger bag) and a slow, comfortable, plush bike that’s good at hauling stuff. My current bike is somewhere in between and doesn’t really satisfy either need quite well enough. So what kind of bikes would suit these needs? Perhaps a Surly Steamroller and a Pashley Princess Sovereign? I think to have 2 such different bikes would be divine! The single speed for when I just want a light bike I can jump on and go – a bike that can easily be brought up the stairs at my office or my boyfriend’s house. And the Pashley for shopping trips, leisure rides, tweed rides, or whenever I just really need gears.
The dream pair?