Lame rides happen. My commute home from school today sucked. And it's a long commute. So as it sucked from the start, I had 20 miles to ponder why it sucked. Which, of course, doesn't really help to improve a sucky ride. But whatever.
Here's a stack-ranked list of why it sucked:
1. I was tired. I slept like crap last night. So that makes me tired and grumpy.
2. There was a monster, MONSTER headwind today. Dig it:
3) OMG -- look at all the crap on the back of this bike:
It's hard to appreciate from this picture how turdy and heavy that is. In the yellow bag are papers, books, clothes and a U-lock. In the saddle bag thing are tools, another lock, and other stuff that isn't really heavy, but still. God. Too much on the bike. And recall: the old Rawland is mid-trail, which makes rear loads just turd the bike into a turdy oblivion of crap handling and heavy-feeling sluggery.
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4) Cable disc brakes are a waste of time, space, and money. Sorry: but they suck. I've set these up per the Avid BB7-Road specs. I've tried normal pads, sintered pads, "organic" pads (whatever the f that means), and they just suck.
So for once: I had the proper tires at the right pressure to go bombing around the trails off the FLT and the ridiculous brakes just make me grumpier. Go hydro or go good canti's or go home. Well, I guess you can go good caliper-brakes too -- but that's a different use case, so you can go home too. Screw v-brakes too.
For the record, I really want to try the TRP HY-RD brakes on this bike. The TRP brakes use a cable to actuate a hydro unit at the brake. Duh. How simple/smart is that? Kent turned me on to it. Sign me the f up.
5) New music. I'm an annoyingly stubborn creature of strict, near-obsessive routine when it comes to what I listen to when I ride. It's about 85% Bad Religion, 5% This American Life, 3% Bjork, 3% Wayne Krantz, 1% Beastie Boys, ~3% other stuff. Today, I loaded up a chunk of new music and with a full nights sleep, tailwind, good load distribution, and decent brakes, I probably would've loved the music. But in this context, it bugged me.