Man, I am whooped. Tonights ride was great. We had a strong crew show up for this evening's tour de Hall. My pedals were still on the On One Inbred 29er from Sunday's ride when when everyone started showing up. Since Chris was on his SS, and I was too lazy to change pedals, I pedaled off on the On One. It's basic but a very good riding bike. Parts wise, this On One came outfitted rather nicely as a complete from On One. It's got a matching steel fork, 36 hole Reetard rims with On One disc ready hubs, FSA Orbit headset, On One post, stem, bars, and the sweet white Inbred saddle. Truvativ outboard bearing cranks, and Avid rim brakes and levers round out the package. Gearing is 32x18. It's got a 2.3 Exiwolf on the front and 2.1 Nanoraptor on the back. The bike is more than the sum of it's parts, though, and this thing is super fun.
We rolled up 36 to Apple Valley and the Antelope trailhead. I only had one goal for tonight and that was to not walk. Despite some steep switchbacks on Antelope, it's all very doable on SS. Not that the other side isn't, I just wanted a sure deal that I could clean to help with my self confidence/ego, that's all. It was a good climb. Glad I've got the Fleagle Bars on the bike, though. Their huge, huge width was definitely beneficial for cranking out some extra leverage. I'm sure I looked pretty funny on it. I was all over the front of the bike on the steep stuff. As I got to the top of Antelope, Chris rides back past me going the other way to check on some of the other folk. As he passes, he says, "Hurts like Hell, doesn't it?" Yep. No walking yet, though. We rolled on to the Nelson Loop. 2 quick laps up there was pretty much enough for me. From the loop back to Antelope was a fun descent. We climbed back up the the bench at the top of the hwy 7 side. I let everyone pass me before we got into the rock garden. I got smoked. I don't know what made the ride harder, the fact that I was tired from riding the 32x18 or if it was that rigid fork. Either way, though, my smile was at least as large as any muscle pains I've had. I can deal. The real beauty of SS? I rode it hard and put it away wet. And I didn't walk.