The thinning of the fleet continues. What started with the Karate Monkey and the Smoothie continues with the Azor Kruis. It’s almost starting to feel like I own a reasonable number of bicycles. Almost.
I bought this elegant beast in 2008 after a nagging shoulder injury made it nearly impossible to ride in a non-upright position–and certainly made it too painful to do so. I used it for non-winter commuting and utility cycling for a couple of years, but then stopped riding it much after my shoulder healed to the point where I could ride a road bike again.
A dynamo hub up front and an IGH (both Nexus) in the rear, both with roller brakes, made it basically maintenance-free and good in all weathers, and I never even had to lube the chain until the cheapish vinyl chaincase suffered its demise at the hands of a ham-fisted and overzealous mechanic (me). The AXA Defender frame lock with its chain extension made it easy to lock up to anything and everything–though I often didn’t bother with the chain unless I was parking it all day long.
However, for the last few years, it’s been mostly taking up space in the garage, except when we used it for a big load of groceries and/or a case of beer–the frame-mounted front rack was especially good for that sort of thing. I listed it for sale a couple of weeks ago, lowered the price once, and that was enough to entice a friend and and sometime riding companion buy it. He took it home last night, and I’m sure he’s riding it to work this morning.