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Thursday, July 06, 2006

GULP....What was I thinking?


Did I really think this would fit into my "if it sounds fun, do it" plan for this season?

Now the big question is 15 pound Trek with 34-29 or 20-something pound Rivendell with 22-34. If I'd actually been riding my Riv besides commuting to the bike shop it would be a no brainer. Maybe I'll just take them both.

12 Comments:

At 7/06/2006 9:34 AM, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

I'd say go with the Trek ... just use that 34x29 more often than you usually would.

the steepness isn't really the killer, it's the endlessness of the climbs that is.

spin them gears, from the 1st pass to the last.

i'm so jealous. i really wanna do this ride. Next year, i think.

go get it, gurl.

 
At 7/06/2006 9:50 AM, Blogger velogirl said...

Ummmm.....I already use the 34x29 all the time. Well, not all the time, but a lot.

Funny thing is, all my girl friends say take the Riv. My guy friends say take the Trek. I must look skinnier to the guys!!!

Maybe I should take the Riv, leave the racks on, and take Julie with me in her basket. Do you think they'd give her a pin too?

 
At 7/06/2006 11:39 AM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

Which one is the better descender? So much focus is given to the climbing of the climbs, that people forget how tiring all that descending can be.

If the votes are relatively equal on the acending aspects, then go with the descender.

Which one feels great on the descents? Which one has the better brakes?

 
At 7/06/2006 11:47 AM, Blogger velogirl said...

Yeah, that's my feeling. The Riv is a solid descender -- hit 58 last summer in NY and felt completely stable. But, the brakes are canti's........

I guess the real question is which one will be the more powerful guy magnet!!!

 
At 7/06/2006 12:41 PM, Blogger Velo Bella said...

guy magnet? Well in that case you should bring your cross bike.

 
At 7/06/2006 1:03 PM, Blogger Olaf Vanderhoot said...

word

 
At 7/06/2006 4:13 PM, Blogger alicat said...

i am so damn jealous.
what about shammy on the bottom and bikini top? i rode from SF to San Luis Obsipo like that alone one year...big ole guy magnet...

during that trip i got a flat on rte 1 near davenport (just N of santa cruz). there must be some mountain bike trails around there cause within seconds, about 5 guys appeared out of nowhere, asking if i needed any help. it was a trip!

 
At 7/06/2006 9:58 PM, Blogger Wild Dingo said...

"and take Julie with me in her basket"... well, since you're offering, i'd be happy to ride shotgun! gee thanks VeloGirl! oh wait, that's not me? damn.

 
At 7/07/2006 8:17 AM, Blogger velogirl said...

If I could haul your butt and mine up five passes, I'd be winning some hill climbs or something. But it was a nice thought, Jules.

 
At 7/07/2006 9:02 AM, Blogger PAB said...

go with whichever bike is most comfortable for a long day in the saddle

the road surfaces are pretty good, so it's not so much about shock absorption but what will make your neck, back, and shoulders hurt the least after 10 or so hours....

olaf--you and the bella come up anytime and we'll have our own private death ride

 
At 7/07/2006 9:02 AM, Blogger X Bunny said...

ack!

 
At 7/07/2006 10:41 AM, Blogger bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

Good luck, lady!

 

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