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Friday, January 8, 2010
It's been a while since I rode 50 miles. In fact, given the lack of snow this winter, it's been way too long.
Tom, Nate, and I rode out to Rockford today via the back roads of the Palouse: about half paved and half dirt.
It was damn cold. About 20F on the way out there and about 25F on the way home.
I pinched these pictures from Nate, who has a blog that requires permission to view.
I had two sort of interesting experiences on this ride.
The first was that I finally rode an Elephant CX bike for a few miles. This was Tom's bike. It fit eerily well and was set up with sensible components (by race bike standards) that are lighter than anything I run: nice wheels for light guys, carbon forks, 105 stuff.
I really enjoyed climbing and sprinting on it. I expected to like Glen's bikes, but I wasn't expecting to be this enamored with them. I need to ruminate more on this experience, and perhaps ride the bike some more to square it with my firmly-held religious beliefs on standard tubing and low trail.
The second experience, which fell out of riding the racey-Elephant, was a thought: the Ron Van Palouse is going to be f'ing rad. Which led to the question, "could I race a 50 mile dirt-roller "road" race?"
Which led to: how would the 747 like to be stripped of its fenders and shod with 30 mm Grand Bois Cerfs? How about putting my old n'er-used-by-me Ultrega brifters on there? Maybe a lighter wheelset?
What kind of heresy is this? What's happening to me? Maybe I'm just tired and rummy from a long, cold, hard ride?
Oops. Almost forgot
The new Pedals2People shop is open. Tomorrow (Saturday) we're open 11-6! Come down and rent a stand, hang out, buy some used stuff, say hi. 1802 E Sprague.
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