So I'm selling the Bianchi Eros and the Raleigh Sport on Craig's list. Kinda sad. Neither bike was really in the Big Plan of Bikes, but they were too nice to pass up on and both grew on me. If I get close to what I'm asking for, the sales will have subsidized *all* of my bicycle activity the past four years, with the exception of actually purchasing the Little Red Rocket.
I'd dithered on keeping both (and moving with 4 bikes) but each is invading the Little Red Rocket's and the Lotus' niche. While LRR is not a touring bike per se, I doubt I'll be taking serious bicycling trips in the next few years. (Sigh). I will be doing long day trips and overnighters, which LRR can handle with ease. The Lotus is the city/errand/fun bike, and while the Raleigh is true retro non-hipster stylish, I ride it once every two months, tops and don't see that changing. I'll need the Lotus's fixed gear to fight law sloth.
I can't imagine I'd need a mountain bike in FL, but that and a recumbent/long tour bike would be all that I'd need to really flesh out the stable. However, as there's no need, I'll end up getting those later, if at all. If I stay in FL for good, I can't see myself needing anything but one road and one errand bike.
In other transportation news, an old friend just got new/old wheels as well - a very much battered SUV. She wrote, "It looks like it had a few too many tanks of gas and went out looking for a fight - then fought dirty. . .This thing's not pretty and not apologetic. The more you look at it, the worse it gets."
I've had the bike equivalent of that. It snarled up the hills.