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.
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!