Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More fun than ought to be allowed


Had a *great* time riding through Wilderness Park last night despite the heat and humidity. Rode a Surly Karate Monkey and, boy, that'll go over anything. It's also a lot easier to manage at faster speeds than the Waterford on the trails. ;)

I have to say that today I think the off-road riding is pure unadulterated fun, while the road riding is a vicious sufferfest, but each appeals to different aspects of my personality. (Those of you who know me better probably know what I'm talking about.) Moreover, I think the handling skills one develops XC improve the road riding and the road conditioning and spinning really boost speed and endurance for the XC. Consequently, I am more convinced than ever that I have to do both. Sigh. More bike purchases.

11 comments:

gravy said...

I can't hang with them peeps. I'm Mr. Gets Dropped After The First Turn.

So'd all you guys go wheelin through the valley just past the pyramid?

sda said...

do it all. road/xc/cross ... its the only way to go. i did a bike inventory the other day when i was working in my garage. i'm up to 9, which is totally ridiculous.

mg said...

nice... 9 bikes built, 'eh? i had to cut my inventory of built bikes down because it simply took too long to maintain them all.

syd, i think it's cool that you're so passionate about just riding bikes -- whatever kind of bikes that may entail. that's what makes riding with you so fun. you just love to ride.

sda said...

well they are not all built ... i've got 6 out of 9 rtr currently.

latest project is a new townie - an old triumph three speed. flat black and chrome. yesssss.

sydney_b said...

I think you're right, sda. I just haven't yet tried the cyclocross but is sure sounds and looks like fun.

sydney_b said...

sci~fi, we went past the pyramids, then past 14th to what they call "ep's' bridge." Had a rest break there, then came back some other way. Are you talking about that dip with the concrete pieces at the bottom?

gravy said...

Yeah, the first ravine about 50 meters from the beeramid. It's not quite what I'd call a dip, I'm what I'd call a dip.

Anyways, I look at that and say sticks and stones gonna break my bones, so I carry my bike through that. But I remember the bottom just being some rocks that people kinda placed around there. Nothing concrete about it.

sydney_b said...

I there are some pieces of old sidewalk to make a flat (so long as u stay in the middle) path over the bottom. I have to confess, when I rode the new bike through Wild. I carried it through there too. Didn't want to scratch it up if I miscalculated. [sheepish grin]

podunk said...

If you carried your bike through there, that sort of means you have done cyclocross. ;-)

mg said...

sda -- i'm down to 6 built bikes too, down from a max of 11 built. i've still got 11 bikes worth of frames/parts tho... it's kind of insane when i think about it.

cx is fun. masochistic fun, but fun nonetheless. every cyclist should try it at least once for perspective. i never thought i'd have as much fun as i do racing 'cross.

mg said...

sda -- remember that old specialized epic i have (the road bike -- circa 1991)? it's now a singlespeed, and soon will be a fixie. 42/17 is perfect without a chainguide, believe it or not...

talk about a smooth riding bike... that thing is the magic road carpet.