A sort of popular and perennial thread on the forums is a thread that posits this dilemma:
"If you could only save one of your bikes, which would it be?"
It's supposed to be a fun hypothetical.
Well, I faced this dilemma for real this week. I thought you might be interested to see what I went with.
1 in 10 residents of the State of Oregon has been evacuated. I personally have friends who have lost it all this week.
Parts of my town were evacuated, but so far our neighborhood is ok.
None the less, since we are still going to work and work in a remote forrest location, we are now carrying around an evacuation kit in the car. It is comprised of a binder full of essential documents and identification. A suitcase full of a few items of clothes for various climatic situations, a box of photos from our decades in Nepal, and.... the subject of this thread: the bicycle component of this evacuation kit.
So when it came down to it... I did not choose 1 bike.
I chose 2.
I didn't go for monetary value.
I chose the OM because it is my go to daily rider and in a total societal collapse it would be comfortable transportation.
I still had some room so I put the loop tail quadangle in... I've known this bike for 35 years, and my childhood friend, who owned this bike, and who happens to live 20 minutes away from me in Talent, Oregon lost his house this week in the fires. So... if I had not acquired this bike a couple years ago... it would have burned the other night.
I just decided I wouldn't let it burn across town either.
So... it was a mix of practicality and sentimentality that brought me to these choices.
I'm not looking for feedback on what you would have saved from my collection.
I'm just sharing what I did, when the hypothetical became real.
The good news is... the threat seems to have diminished for us personally. All it would take is a change in wind direction though... so we'll keep the evacuation gear in the car for a few more days probably.
My thoughts go out to those who lost it all, including hall of famer, John Palfreyman Jr