Lots and lots of work on my mountain bike lately. I'm sure nobody cares but me, but just so I have notes somewhere, here's the rundown.continued
As hoped, I've had a little time to ride lately. The new Rekons are awesome, and fresh air and dirt and smiling hikers & bikders are good for the soul.
And today my bike got a pretty serious (and long overdue) upgrade. I swapped out my old, heavy, leaky Marzocchi fork for a shiny new Fox Float 32 Factory fork.
I suspect a top-of-the-line fork is wasted on me, but when you find a screaming good deal, why not buy the best out there?
I installed it myself, which feels good. Definitely took a deep breath before cutting the steerer down to size, but ultimately that's not that hard an operation. Ideally, I'd have a star nut driver tool ($25), a bench vice ($70), and saw guide ($45) to do the job right. But I got by with my old stem as a saw guide, and hacking together an improvised star nut driver, and it went fine. It just takes time and care.
I set the pressure and the damping in the garage, and can't wait to get it outside and go for a ride.
After a tough few months, I'm feeling like myself again, and my motivation to ride and train is coming back, and new gear definitely helps stoke that fire.
Got a nail in my tire a while back. Weather, flu season, and life in general have made me unmotivated to make time to ride, so I treated my flat rear tire with zero urgency. When it became obvious that the hole was too big for the Stan's, I just shrugged and walked away for a few days before deciding what to do.
But hazy plans for upgrades, riding, and racing are forming on the horizon, so it's time to get my act together.
I always think I'm going to love fast-rolling XC tires, but then when I get them, my favorite thing is that I finally have traction again. So, in the interest of getting older and wiser, I've ordered a set of Rekons.
And it's finally time to admit that the rear tire on my road bike has been toast for a while now, so a new Gatorskin is on the way.
Life has been taking a bite out of my my workout schedule recently. I've been getting workouts in when I can, but my last actual trail ride was back in 2017.
I have training goals, but first things first: I just want to get back into a normal rhythm. For now, that means rest & get over a chest cold. Near-term, I'd really like to be in shape to race in the OtH series summer. Looks like the races will kick off in about 8 weeks.
Lots to do between now and then. We'll see how this shakes out.
(Photo originally taken Feb 20, 2016.)
Somehow, a combination of this video and an adorable gif of a little girl learning to hop her balance bike made the light go on: "Oh! It's like an ollie! Jump straight up, then hop the bike!"
I was on my lunch ride last week, feeling pretty good about neatly hopping a curb when I realized my saddle was gone. It's clearly been broken for a while, and I guess the bouncing finally shook it loose.
Given how long it took to finally come apart, I can't bring myself to eat the price of a new one right away. I stuck it back on, and it felt exactly the same as I'm used to, so I'm just going to wedge it back in place and ride on for a while.