Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Beautiful day, lots of hiker folks out there and lots of communication, trying to be a good steward for us MTBrs. I find if you greet someone with a smile and be courteous it goes a long way, so far I haven't pissed anyone off that I can tell. Nice spin around hawes, becoming a habit these loops.
Monday ride was not going to happen so Tuesday was the day. I had an appointment in the morning and then off I went for a noon ride. Feeling particularily good as I spun around Hawes, got my 15 in and barely in time to pickup me boy from school.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Look at that beauty! I was so happy the frame only option cae in matte black with black logo. I am going to strip down the steel bike and use the parts along with some new one to make the salsa close to a dream ride. I also splurged with a gift certificate from Christmas and was able to buy what I consider a really nice wheelset, Industry 9 101 trails S. Sooooo excited, a little sad for the trek but I will probbaly still ride it 50-90% of the time. I have everything I need now except chain and seatpost if I want. Next week will be exciting waiting for the frame and slapping the parts on, won't be long.
Felt a litte wonky on Monday when I happily pedaled into Hawes on the Superfly. It felt just a little different most the ride but quite familiar. I had some chain sensations going on which made me veyr nervous as to the strength of it since I snapped my chain twice last week on the cracked bike. My mind was also on a new bike, I now down to one bike was really picturing what I wanted for a new bike. DO I need two not really, but for years I have been looking for the excuse to have to get some fresh new gear since my trek has served me tremendously for the last 5 years and will do for another 5 and beyond. My mind was on singlespeed obviously, which was santa cruz chameleon, specialized fuse, salsa timberjack. I have ridden all three in parking lots, the end result was the timberjack frame only option. Warantee is short but for the price of 450 it is a very fair risk worht taking. Specialized wanted twice that for their fuse and I could see for now good reson, plus I have always wanted to do business with salsa Luckily all was well and had a good ride on that that lightweight scalpel of a bike!
Friday came as another beautiful day on the bike, I was doing the pinwheel loop and found the two little connectors, doesn't change much but give quick access to and from High noon to boths sides of stinger. All was pleasant until I was looking down whie riding and noticed a odd scratch I wanted to check out. After a close look that scratch was a crack in the top tube. My heart sank but quickly rebounded as I was fortunate it made it this long. This is the 2nd belltown I have cracked and likely my last, they just can't hold up to me. Sad to not have another one of Bob's home built beauties but happy for my time with them. I wondered if pedaling was safe. Given the location I felt ok about it, I figured if I took it easy I has the lower tube and head tube to back up a catastrophic heade tube snap to faceplant. I took it real easy and got back to the car and one piece and was not realy bummed, but anxious to get back on the Trek.