Mountain Bikey News
Look closely and you can see the TREK STP sitting in amongst the foliage. This was about halfway between Pence Park and Lair O' The Bear, yesterday.
I took off from the house, yesterday morning and, after a stop at Kaladi Brothers for some coffee and scone (plus a bagel, egg and cheese sandwich I had made at home), I headed west to Mt. Falcon. I was planning on doing the ride which got cut short when I broke my derailleur, a while back.
I made the climb, and looped around back to Morrison, and completed the 5 Parks loop with the same equipment on the bike that I had left home with.
After lunch at the Blue Cow, in Morrison, I headed back to the house. My legs felt good, and the old back was fine with the weight of the CamelBak pack, but I made a decision about another piece of equipment. The Flite saddle is coming off, and a Brooks is going on before the race. I just can't make more than about 4 hours in the saddle with the Flite.
Years ago, when I rode Flites all the time, they were an all-day seat for me. I don't know if it's just an age thing, or the fact that I ride on a Brooks(or Adga, Wrights or whatever leather saddle happens to be on the particular commuter bike), every day. But, I need the comfort of the wider leather saddle enough to not worry at all about any added weight.
All in all, about 55 miles of mountain bikey goodness.
In related news, I'm sure I added some weight to the (former) 69er when I installed the Marzocchi Bomber suspension fork and a 26-inch front wheel on it. I am going to take it on the next long ride, and see how it feels in relation to the STP. How it goes will determine which bike becomes the race bike and which is the backup bike.
I may mess around with the gearing a bit, on the KHS, too.