Recently, I received an OTS submission from a regular contributor to the OTSG. This person voiced their displeasure at all the fancy bikes that have been coming through the Gallery lately and offered their own old crappy contribution to lighten the mood. It is true that recent posts have featured newer or nicer or Frenchier bikes, but I always try to follow a fancy stretch with some real embarrassing dreck. I wasn’t too concerned that the SS OTSG was headed off course—that is, until last night. Yesterday’s Motobecane Grand Record and its steep headtube angle got a few commenters into a discussion on wheelbase, maneuverability, something called “trail” and the lack there of. What is going on here? It appears the OTSGerati have split, some think it, “Seems we’re getting a little highbrow with Cannondale, Trek and Motobecane…” and others are waxing poetic about “gyroscopic correction” and “productions costs“. I feel it is up to me, the curator, to right the ship.(Is that a mixed metaphor?) In an effort to discourage all this dizzying geometry talk and to quiet the critics, I am presenting the bike below. A Columbia “Dream Machine”. (I’m not sure if that is the actual model name or just the owner’s personal sentiment.) Surely no one will discuss the merits its Hi-Ten frame or the laterial rigidity of its one piece crank, but I could be wrong. Let’s try to keep the bikes heavy and the discussion light.
Just picked this up today.