I guess I have just become soft after 6 years on full suspension, but my back may not be able to survive a full day on the hard frame & single track. It did feel better w 45psi vs 70 psi tire pressure.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Got out on the Fargo on Sunday with Wendi & Fred and road the fire roads at Hi-Tor. The first down hill was a bit scary as as the steam had come a bit loose and there was a bit of slop in the front end, lots of vibration any time I used the front breaks. We stopped in a beautiful section of pine forest for some photos, but the bugs where to thick to fix the bike. we took a casual pace as this was Freds first big ride of the year. We stopped for lots of photos, partial to fill Fred's facebook page and partially for the My Fargo Adventure Blog. We started at brinks road, went over ot the Basset Rd parking lot, over to the Canandaigua lake over look, down the hill to he big pond and then back up and to the car.
We stopped at the Basset Rd parking lot and I lowered the bars by about 20mm and tightened the stem, the bike handeled so much better on the down hills and breaking when the front end was not vibrating!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Had a great ride in to work and home today. A bit chilly this morning but had on plenty of warm clothes to keep me warm, the mittens really made a difference. Starting to really feel comfortable on the bike, maybe the callus on my ass is starting to match the profile of the seat. Still need to tweak the handle bars a bit, I think I need to roll them forward a bit more. The slicker 40mm tires are quite a bit more efficient, I averaged 18.5 mph going in and coming home over the 12.5 mile distance. I took the middle road home, lots of ups and downs, but probably a bit more scenic than York road. Lots of people out walking today. Approaching 100 miles!
Friday, April 16, 2010
Swapped out the standard tires with a bit skinnier 40mm 700c tire. I struggled getting the new tite on the front rim, but the back one went on with no problems, gkadd to lnow fir sure a700c will fit the 29er rim! The new tire has a pretty smooth center section and knobbies on the outer edge. A but less rolling resistance @75 PSI. I average 1 mph faster on the way to work with it. Calling for cold weather this weekend so I will not be taking it to Buffalo.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Good ride yesterday with the tandom, another great day with wonderful summer time weather in early April. Stopped in Ellicotville for an ice coffee and break. read a good editorial about the Mich militia that arrested - "Gun and religion are my two favorite kind of crazy" - classic
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Got in the first commute to work on the new bike yesterday. The Fargo did fine, a bit slower than the skinny tire aluminum road bike, but speed was not what the bike was built for. Tried to race Goebel on the way home, did fine keeping up for the first few miles, but eventually had to let him go. My legs paid for it by the time I reached Honeoye, luckly that was all I needed to do and was not going all the way home, the Pinewood climb would have killed me. Probably need to make some adjustments to seat height and may go with a slightly longer stem, ,but over all really enjoyed the upright position, but still comfy when I used the dropped portion of the handle bars.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Finally had a chance to get the fenders and rack installed. The front disk break made aligning the front fender a bit tricky but after a bit of sculpting of the support racks got centered on the tire. The front support rods for the rear rack are bit short so the rack is not parallel, will see if I can make new ones at work. It started to rain as I got done and am still not wanting to get the new bike wet.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
My first day with the assembled Salsa Fargo... I am in love. Took the new bike out for a lunch time ride today. The sun was shining, a bit cool but with plenty of layers a perfect day for the bike. A a small 6-7 mile loop around work stopping occasionally to make some adjustments, raise the seat, align the handlebars and fork.... At 60 PSI the tires rolled with ease. I am definitely seated up straight, and can actually enjoy the drops with out straining my back with a standard road bike. Saw Dan was at home for lunch and stopped by. he was out walking but Amy was around and took a look, she thought it was a "girls" bike because of the steep slope of the top tube...silly girl this is a manly mans bike if I ever saw one! 5 water bottle holders, 29" tires only a man could think up a bike like this.
Got home and took it for a ride in the woods with the dogs. Sadie @ 14 years was a bit slow, but kept up with us. I went out with the tires still at 60 PSI, and it felt like I was riding a hardtail bike (6 years on a full suspension has made me soft). I let some air out for the ride back and it was a completely different bike.I was quite impressed with the way it handled, the only trouble was in the patched of deep snow , but most bikes are squirrelly in the snow.
Still struggling a bit with the bar end shifters, but they should become natural with a few more rides.