Many people leave their jobs and decide to spend their time traveling. Some fly from place to place, some drive from hotel to hotel, and some get an RV and live on the road for weeks or months at a time. But in these recessionary-times with gas at $4/gal, none of those options seem very economically feasible.
So in this time of high prices, global warming and an ever increasingly eco-green environment, what's a newly 'retired' guy to do? Buy a new bicycle, of course! I call it my Recession RV (or just RRV for short).
For the bike geeks in the crowd, the frame is an Independent Fabrication (IF) Independence built with S&S couplers for easy breakdown to facilitate shipping and air travel. The rear wheel is built with a Rohloff Speedhub (a 14-speed internally geared hub) which means no derailleur adjustments ever... because there aren't any derailleurs! A Brooks saddle, Shimano V-brakes and front and rear racks and fenders round out the build. You can see more detailed photos in the album called Recession RV. Many thanks to the guys at Focus Cyclery in Gilbert, AZ for helping me build my dream touring bike!
If you guessed that a new touring bike means a bike tour can't be far behind, you were right! Leaving tomorrow for Flagstaff with plans to cycle back to Phoenix via Sedona, Prescott and Wickenburg. Will post a few pics along the way if I find computer access, or when I get home.
Tom (the VeloVagabond) :-)