...well, the more they stay the same.
Lately some really cool stuff has been coming though the garage. Carbon wheels, carbon bikes, etc. And I will tell ya', carbon when it is done right is a real game changer. Last weekend I did a pretty big ride with the carbon wheels on the Epic and they are pretty amazing.
You know what I miss the most right now? My singlespeed. Crazy huh?
Then, when discussing the possibility of a WRIAD ride next year, I was talking about it with Ed The Tall and I casually mentioned that many folks do it on an SS. "Really?", he said? I could see the wheels turning.
And it brought out from the shadows of my mind that I really would like to do it on an SS as well. Silly me. I worry that my body may let me down. Gears and full suspension help a lot when it comes to avoiding a beat down. But the SS always amazes me as to how well it can cover ground. I swear there are times on the trail that I am going faster than a geary guy and not working as hard. Over and over again, if you compare my times over a typical ride between SS and geared, I am the same nearly to the minute. But there is little grace there to tired legs. No cruising gear. Just a pedaling gear and a walking gear.
Then there is the punishment to the low back. I avoid geared hardtails due to all the sitting and pedaling and most hardtails these days come with oversize seatposts. Whap...whack...smack to the back. But could I make it work with a very compliant post, a good saddle and a low pressure tire? I would sure like to find out.
I just think that it is funny, when I could be riding a uber-bike or when I am considering doing the longest MTB ride I have ever done, I find myself drawn to the simplest bike I have. I do have one consolation though. I am building up another SS, just to make it even harder to choose.