A while ago I was able to finally get to a semi-distant trail that promised miles of relatively unused singletrack, or at least uncrowded miles. What we found was a great trail, limited in scope mostly by our time and leg limits. So this time we came back with more hours in our pockets to dole out, but the same old legs to do it with. Navy Mike on his SS Jabberwocky, FFW with his newly minted Superfly 100, and I on the Carve Pro SS.
This trail is a real stunner and is very singlespeed-able for a strong rider. We ended up with 27 miles for the day, and we were pretty worked by the end. In the last few climbs, I was actually cramping up in between my shoulder blades from pulling so much. However funny that was to experience, it paled in comparison to the swoosh-fest that defined many sections of that trail.
For the beginning miles, I was struggling with line choice, bike control, mind control...flow was not happening. But by the end, 5 hours later, the mind was well in hand and so was the bike. Flow on! The Carve is turning into a real contender for my heart. The ride is very decent for an aluminum frame and the pedaling performance is top notch. Handling is much better now with the short term Fox F100 set at 100mm, not 80mm, and it was all I could have asked for on that trail ride.
I am still fighting poor picture quality out of the iPhone 4 ever since the iOS upgrade, but that just makes me want a real camera even more. But, here are a few shots of the day.
"Please don't let me die."
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