Friday, November 27, 2020
Met up with Robbie for a early morning spin. With riding lights it was a dark dusty ride up Beverly Canyon reminding me I want a brighter light. Robbie was having some popping issues with his drivetrain and feeling winded on the ride. His crank loosened just 10 minutes in. He tightened it and we pedaled on only for it to come loose again, this time his crank felt stiff, there was a major friction somewhere and that explained how hard he was pushing, poor guy. He decided to hang back and work on it so I went forward and felt terribe for him.
It was an afternoon spinner for me, home schooling has been tricky and it felt good to get out for some trails, the shade felt great 1/2 way thru when I got it. I notice the tires loosing quite a bit of grip and ad to control a few drifts which are kinda fun but very very sketchy cause there is a thin line of controling them.
I trekked on over to SOMO on Tuesday in despiration for something different. The plan was Gila to National and the new trail Ma Ha Tuak. It was a grunt up Gila and I questioned my gearing but once I got over the pass it was all gravy. I enjoyed a descent down Gila and realized I have not been here in forever. Actually only once, it was a few ups and then alot of flat riding over to Ma Ha Tuak. Once I got on that it was wide and straight forward, the DH sections were rippers and the change of scenery was very nice. The ride back I was headed for Gila and then dropped down into a neighborhood for a mile of pavement to connect back around the mountain to Busera connector which is another brand new one I like. Great mix of trail without too much effort.
Sunday, November 15, 2020
Friday came with an evening ride, I was stoked on it! I love riding that time of the day. It was a solid ride at Hawes, I put the 18t on the Surly and no problems. I am a lttle concerned now that Robbie sent me a pic of two teeth ripped off his cog. Probably a matter of time befor mine does the same, steel is on order to secure my future. Great ride, I didn't want to stop but figured 90 minutes was great and home I went for the weekend. Tried to get out Saturday but unsuccessful.
I was excited to get the 18t to Hawes and Thursday got the opportunity to do so. It was a fast spin, I caught up to a warrior riding with artifical limb. I rolled the other way and set off on some proving succssful 18t climbs. I cleaned all the steeps and proved the 18t is here to stay, got some personal records too! I was about doen and got greedy and went up the road for a little more dirt. When I got to dirt I went into a dip in the trail and then the pedal felt real funny. I thought for sure I bent a pedal and after looking I pedaled on in uncertainty. I stopped again and dertermined to see what was up I found it, a crack half way thru my crank. Not mad or surprised about it I rode on. Time for new cranks.
I have been running 32x20 for a long time, I knew I could run less but when Robbie gave me and endless 18T cog as a birthday gift I had to put it on. I picked a place that didn't have too much climbing. I was immediately impressed and was soooo much faster everywhere. I even cleaned broken back climb. I also set a whole bunch of personal records! I am excited to see how it will do on Mine.
Robbie finally got a new bike, it's a dean titanium. We were scheduled to ride at 6 at Gold Canyon and unfortunately I set the wrong alarm that only goes off weekdays and not weekends. I woke up just before 6 and ran to the car. He did a pre ride and I met up with him just 25 minutes late. We set off and I was feeling good. There were some clouds and some rain just enough to feel a few drops, lightening in the distance and a change in weather coming soon I was in a great mood. It was over too soon and I thought of riding more but I did say I would be home before 8am to ym wife.
Got out on my Hawes, headed up for Gidro. I knew I was having front brake issues but man it's a sucky descent to have the lever on the bars. I fared fine but planned to address it when I got home, which I did without a bleed, just hooked the funnel up and added oil and cycled the lever and out came alot of air bubbles and back good again!
Sunday, November 8, 2020
I was into my ride and caem across the hawes sign scrambed into the word shame, I have no patience for that negativity and promptly switched it back to Hawes. The presidential election is here and I'm tired on how some Americans are behaving. Found a rattler on this ride, were back in the 90s so I'm not surprised.
Oh man my allergies have been bugging me but certainly not my itch to ride!
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