So there I am yesterday, cruising along and feeling the gear love all the way. Testing out the conditions for Camp Lynda day 1 things start to get a bit mucky. Then it happened, that crunchy grinding sound every geary fears. I stop, look at my rear derailleur, cuss, then laugh and pull out the camera. Oh the irony.
25 or 30 miles from home this was not a pretty sight. No phone, long walk. Or make it a SS? It took some field service that’d make the boyz at Desert Cyclery cringe, but I got her running again.
In any case, I was so unimpressed with them gears at this point. Is this how it all begins? The unavoidable fall into retro-grouchiness? Not quite yet, but if I had to walk it’d be all over.
How about a roll call for Camp Lynda? Me first – I’ll be there ;) What to ride is the question. SS days 1 and 2, gears day 3 is the likely call. Small gears like 32.18 on the 26er may get the nod, we’ll see. For sure on day 1. Day 2 may see the 17. If I was gonna SS day 3 I’d prolly go with the 16 and plan on doing a bit of walking on the steep Smithsonian climb. It’s all downhill except that climb ;)
The weather forecast last time I looked is mid 50s and sunny for the extended weekend. Can you handle that?
Here’s a descent we’ll hit day 1. This is about as close as we’ll get to snow. Snow is pretty when miles away.
LOL I just realized this is my first post of ’08. A fitting title to frame the season methinks.