Today I rode Hedwig for the first time since the Pashley arrived. It's amazing how different a bicycle can feel if you haven't ridden it in awhile! Like putting on your street shoes after roller skating. She felt so small and light. And she is, compaired to Violet, but I wasn't expecting to feel that big of a difference.
Which got me thinking. I've had my old Fuji mixte sitting in the kitchen since last July.
The original plan was to rebuild her with new alloy wheels instead of the original chromed steel. Mainly to increase braking in the rain. But I now have two bikes that brake wonderfully when wet, so why bother replacing the wheels on the Fuji? By using the perfectly good wheels that she has, I can actually afford to fix her. Riding Hedwig today inspired this thought. I found that I love the sportier feel of the aluminum mixte frame, and love the heavier, sturdier feel of the Pashley. So how about a middle ground bike? A heavier lugged steel mixte for those sunny days.
Now, it's just a question of whether of not to keep the drop bars.