Re: [rootsradicals] misc...
- On 7/26/07, Devian Gilbert <asanacycles@...> wrote:
is beyond super stoked to get a "fast" bike, as he's been in a 2 decade affair with the MTB.
the CX bike is his first 700c.
awhile back i had sent him a rack and set of panniers. that blew his mind. its funny how
we get caught up in our ways. me not being an exception. using a set of bags, and
getting the messenger bag off of my back is a welcomed luxury.
Y'know, the funny thing here is that my MTB (OK, an OLD Jamis! that I got FREE 'coz it was being tossed in the dumpster! the P.O, GAVE it to me, I didn't just snatch it, done that before too however! got a really nice simple road bike a while back that needed a wheel true to get it perfect!)
Anyway, My Jamis felt pretty sluggish with the big ol fat tires on it, so I swapped them for a cheap set of bald tread street tires I had laying around ($10 Wal Mart tires!) and It was pretty nice! then I finally popped for a set of decent street tires. In this case Primo Comets. which are 100 psi road tires and pretty sturdy. 26 x 1.5. THAT alone makes the bike much "faster"/easier to pedal. My "off road" riding is pretty much confined to bike trails or gravel roads, not singletrack.
Secondly, I may not always stick fenders on a bike, but I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS put some way of carrying things because unless I am REALLY desperate or in a HUGE hurry, I almost never carry a backpack or messenger bag. i have an ancient pair of low cost panniers that work pretty well, and a new set of Banjo Brothers bags that I don't really like much. But then the X will be here soon and I won't have to deal with that any more. On the other hand, I shall make sure I install a hitch for my little yellow trailer and for my Trek Transit trailer so that my grand daughters Olivia and Sydney can ride along! My X is going to be MY SUV. SWMBO can HAVE the Minivan! at least when it is not raining or -10.....that heater is nice to have! i can't afford to move to where the weather suits my clothes!