This is a very interesting question.
But, I was showing my cleaned up Alan bike in photos, and cycling friends became aware of my interest in older bikes. One friend, Kieran (mentioned again later) sent me a link to L'eroica, an Italian cycle event for old bikes (pre 1987) and for the preservation of the older chalk surfaced roads (white roads) of Tuscany. L'eroica in Italian means "heroic" and the cycle is a tough, long, hilly route for old bikes and for older people (not strictly older people - but they do make it easy for over 60s to enter, anyone younger has to go through a lottery system), the website is here if you want some more info L'eroica Website.
The suggestion was I might use my Alan bike for this. It seemed like a great idea, I was very enthusiastic. But a bit of research and consideration threw up a few issues :
So the idea of a 6th bike was born, one specifically for L'eroica and one which I could use, in addition to my Alan and Vitus, for other fine weather cycles locally (or sell off after L'eroica). After my work cleaning up my Alan, I sort of fancied building/restoring a bike from scratch and so commenced a search for a vintage frame. When I found one, Ann bought it for me as a Christmas present (proof, if I needed it, that as yet, I don't have any issue with the S definition of the ideal number of bikes to own).
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