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.