Journal Entry #4: Camille’s dream bike
Throwback to my weekend at the Bromont Velodrome earlier this year.
There I was, riding the track with my little fixie. Flat pedals, straps, super heavy frame, weird ratio because my cog is stuck. The coach is yelling at me to push it harder. I am pushing harder, but it’s not really cutting it. I get off the track, a bit bummed out, but still pretty stoked because sprinting in a velodrome is super fun. Then, I try Paula’s Bianchi, not even the fanciest bike, for a little ride on the flat ground in the middle of the Velodrome.
And that is exactly when I realized that my bike sucks. Sucks very hard.
The cool thing is that it got me looking into more bikes. I started to research more seriously what kind of frame I should get.
I guess it might seem pretty shallow, but I decided to narrow down my research based on the look of the frame. Seriously, if I am to shed a ton of money on something, it has to at least look nice to me. Also, being a bit of a design snob (hello art school), I like when stuff looks good.
What do I like? Vintage track frames, with equal-ish diameter tubing and classic paint jobs. That, in itself narrowed it down quite a bit. It pretty much removes aluminum and all aero-type track from the equation.
Also, in a purely, almost non-sensical way, I prefer steel. I’ve worked a lot with steel in my sculptures (hello again art school) and even if I’ve dabbled with aluminum casting and that pouring molten metal in a cast is so cool, I don’t like aluminum. It’s a bitch to weld and I just don’t like it. I don’t like the materiality of it, the feel of it (art school definitely ruined me).
I am objective like that.
I found myself looking a lot at the Keirin frames, but I really doubt I’ll end up buying one. I do find them beautiful, and a lot of them are in great shape, but they are most definitely not mint and the ones that are, well, are extremely expensive. I love buying vintage and second-hand for some very obvious environmental reasons, but sometimes it is not what makes the most sense quality vs price wise.
Here enters my actual dream bike, or actually frame.
It complies with my ridiculous criteria AND also complies with my values, which on the other hand are not ridiculous. Moth Attack frames are handmade in Boulder, CO by Megan Dean. She learned her craft from master frame builder Koichi Yamaguchi and has been making high quality frames since.
Credit: Bikurious Montreal
Credit: Soma Fabrications
I like the Soma Rush a lot for it’s more classical track geometry. On the other hand, the Marinoni Strada was adapted for city riding, which makes its geometry a bit more relaxed. As I am no racer, it is not really an issue, but it does change the general look of the bike. I also plainly just think the Soma is a prettier bike, but yeah, not the most valid reason.
I got to admit that I also really like the Look AC 364 Pista, but that, for sure, ain’t gonna happen, ha!
So yeah, next season, new bike. Still, I’m not certain of which.
Oh, and this is just for the track bikes, ’cause I’m also looking into CX and road AND I really like those Pompino On-One hardtail frameset. N+1, right?