It seems like every time I find the two hours of spare time I need to write one of these little stories, I mention how it’s been so long since the last one, how I’ll try and do better, how I blah, blah, blahhhh….
Well, the truth is, I DO have a hard time finding even an hour of spare time anymore and that IS why the blog entries are so far and few between. It’s not a bad thing, being busy I mean. It’s the opposite in fact.
A few months ago, we saved a one or so year old pup from the guillotine. Just today, Ruth and I were hiking on Soda Mountain when my lovely bride begins to compare myself and Dot, the dog. She had a few things to say, some of which I’m too embarrassed to convey in this forum, but the main point she made was that neither Dot, nor I can stay still. We always have to be doing something. Yeah. I guess. Probably. And, to me, that isn’t a bad thing. Unless, of course I’m supposed to put out a blog entry every so often.
Get what I’m sayin’? Meh. Maybe not. But, here I am again.
I figure getting a new bike is reason enough to make some time this time.
After a few years of a love/hate relationship with my first carbon mountain bike, it finally bit the dust for good. Believe me, I milked that thing for all it was worth, but alas, it failed in such a way it didn’t make financial sense to repair it. NEW BIKE DAY!!!!
Enter the Orbea Alma. Now, I don’t really know that much about the bikes I ride, I just take other people’s opinions and advice and make a decision on what to buy. I’ve spent the last seven days riding only the Alma whenever I ride a bike.
The topic of ergonomic bicycle seats is an interesting one as there still seems to be some debate out there as to whether or not these kinds of seats actually work. I actually have some knowledge of this type of bike seat as I did plenty of research when doing my own investigations a few years ago.
Here’s what I’ve done this past week:
Alright, alright. The Alma has proven to be a great fit for someone of my questionable ability when asked to perform on different types of trails. But, really, how would it do when I had a long gravel ride that I knew I’d get beaten up on if I used my cx bike?
Gang! Let’s go do the Whisky Peak Loop!
The Orbea did great. It never felt like the bike was too heavy and I certainly wasn’t complaining about the gearing with the 12 speed cassette that includes a 50 tooth gear! To be honest, I barely used it but it was always a little slice of Heaven when I realized I had one more gear to use when climbing the steep stuff.
All in all, I think both the bike and myself are ready to tackle the Granite Man Duathlon in 2 weeks. Of course, that’s if I survive the final race of the Oregon Triple Crown this Saturday. 117 miles worth of road racing may change my outlook on things.
Local cyclist, crazy mofo, and good-natured masochist, Aaron Mock, is a Team Cycle Analysis rider with a penchant for taking the road less traveled. Sometimes, that isn't the best choice. Follow his weekly blog series for the latest on his never-ending escapades and exploits!