Do all avid cyclists do this? Rationalise the need for a new bicycle based upon the flimsiest of arguments?
In my case, the arguments were that the Cognoscenti rides would be in Boulder and the surrounding area. Alchemy Bicycle Company is in Denver. The two places are only 56 km / 35 mi apart. I would need a bicycle for the ride. If I bought a new one in Denver, I would save the hassle of having to travel with a bike from KL to Boulder.
Of course I needed a new bicycle!
I looked at the Alchemy Bicycle Company website. I am an avowed metal frame rider. So my options were the titanium Eros, the titanium Aiolos, or the stainless steel Skylla.
An email exchange and then a Skype consultation with Ryan Cannizzaro of Alchemy followed. Ryan’s suggestion was to go with the Eros, which is more performance-oriented than the Aiolos. Interestingly, Alchemy is considering removing the Skylla from their line of offerings. Stainless steel is a great material for ride quality, but it requires care to prevent corrosion and ensure durability.
Alchemy already had my frame dimensions. This would be bicycle number three that they have built for me. Read about the first bike here.
I stuck with a SRAM Red 22 drivetrain. I have SRAM on my other bikes. I must admit that if the SRAM Red eTap wireless electronic groupset was already commercially available, I would have opted for it.
The handlebar is a Ritchey Carbon Streem II.
When it came to choosing a wheelset, Ryan told me that Rol Wheels share workshop space with Alchemy. Ryan recommended a pair of hand-built Race SLs.
All I needed to do was bring my Speedplay pedals and my Selle Italia SLR Superflow saddle with me to Denver to complete the bike build.
The bicycle that Alchemy built for me is gorgeous.
There are a couple of personalized touches on this bike. My first Alchemy bike is purple. The second is orange. As a nod to those bikes, the front fork is painted orange and purple.
Each of my Alchemys has a decorative element related to where I was living when I got the bike. One bike has a Texas star on the seat tube. Another has the crest of the City of The Hague on the seat tube.
And for my KL bike . . .
Ryan took me out on a 70km / 43.5mi shakedown ride along the Cherry Creek Trail. This bike rides as nicely as it looks.
The Cherry Creek Trail is very picturesque.
If the riding in Denver was anything to go by, the riding in Boulder promised to be spectacular.