I'm giving myself a headache. I'm trying to figure out why I love the way my tarck bike handles, if it would translate well into my "road bike" dreams, and if it's even possible.
I think I want a bike that feels like my track bike, but places my hands something slightly less than level with my saddle when I'm in the drops of a Salsa Cowbell 2 Drop Bar (without 100mm of spacers or an ugly boner stem), but also parties like it's 1999.
Of course, if I really wanted to pursue this, I should sit down with an experienced frame builder and sort out the details, but with such a low probability that this could happen (< 37%), I'm not wasting anyone's time. After all, who would really know what I'm talking about when I say I want a bike that "parties like it's 1999?" I would expect to get hung up on or at least blocked on FaceBook.
Here is my 1992 tarck frame geometry:
Let's say I like the fork's offset... well good luck finding a tarck bike fork with clearance for 40s and disc brake mounts. And yeth, I want disc brakes... because I do. They're my reasons. Maybe you like getting black brake residue on your hands when you change flats or blowing out rim sidewalls when your brake pads eat through them or one of those other advantages I can't think of... Whatever.
I haven't even ran the HTA and offsets in a trail calculator and compared anything I come up with to anything that will work... because... effort... and burrito.
That Alfine Di2 dream? I think it's sunk.
Or the cable actuated version?
So all this time and energy for nothing or suck it up and go Alfine or use normal things like normal people or have FattiMagic build up a SS bike with my stupid geometry ideas or just rent/borrow a road bike when I need it (like this weekend) and save so much money that it sounds sensible.
Or just wait until I see a squirrel outside my window and forget about all this.
Fuck it, I'm hopping on my mountain bike now to ride pavement and mixed use trails and greenways. Who needs dreams anyways?