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Friday, February 3, 2012

mud season is road bike season

there is no arguing that this blog is well-marbled with images of mountain bikes and cyclists riding them in various locations, conquering heroic, technical moves, and generally having fun. we have also been known to do the occasional trail report from our home base in Palisade (which is a pretty good indicator of conditions in the surrounding area). we help build and maintain sustainable trails in our region, sanctioned by the BLM and constructed by the volunteers of *a local trail building organization*
but there comes a time most every winter (and spring) here in western Colorado that the MTB's are best left hanging in the shed and the soggy, muddy trails be left well alone. riding on snow in sub-freezing or thereabouts temperatures is one thing, but complete Euro-wash and overhaul with every ride is another. let the mud dry out and ride the roadie for a few days.

we finally got Jen's new Soma built up and on the road. here's a few images from the shakedown run- a flat and leisurely 65km recovery ride the day after 4+ hours of tough Moab trails the day before. let's begin with a few from the prep/build up, just because i think they are cool. a feature on the bike and rider impressions will be forthcoming.

all pro builds begin with the specified frame prep using the correct tools. Campagnolo calls for the bottom bracket shell to be reamed. and so it shall be reamed.

facing the bottom bracket shell with the Campagnolo tool.

a bike that will provide many years of reliable service must assembled with the best available components (within all budget requirements, of course,)

these NOS Campagnolo Record hubs have been out of production for 10 years or so. laced up to a set of DT Swiss clinchers- with their Revolution spokes and alloy nipples as well. they roll endlessly and will last forever.

the red sandstone backdrops and low traffic volumes of Potash road make for both an enjoyable and scenic first ride.

several signs along the route called our attention to something called "indian writing". we were looking for some kind of Sanskrit grafitti.

Indiana Jones- pointing in the wrong direction this time.

actually, there are several large panels of excellent quality petroglyphs.

Jen provides scale for the ancient artwork high on the wall above.

ancient artwork along the Colorado River near Moab.

desert bighorn sheep also inhabit this area. we haven't actually seen any in Utah, but we have seen them a few times here in Colorado.

passing by the Jug handle arch on the way back to town. i am very pleased that Jen has a new roadie in her personal fleet- and that we will be cycling in many more cool places together.

have a great weekend everyone.


  1. What's the chainring combo on the crankset?!

  2. compact drive 50/34.

    there are plenty of good hills in Colorado, the consideration was for ease of climbing. when she starts motor-pacing for race prep, the crank set will get switched out with a standard 53/39.

  3. It looked like a 52 with the 34 for some reason when I first glanced through the photos. Zooming in on the last photo makes that big chainring look bigger than a 50, and far bigger than my scant 49!