Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
We arrived home and had some tasty espressos before we got on with our Sunday routines.
The Fam and I booked it out to Dupage County for some Pizza and wine at the Brother in laws. It was great to hang out and see my old pals D-dog and STrangelife. It turned out to be a good day after all.
Tomorrow starts what I hope will be another great week at the bikeshop. If you haven't gotten a chance to check out the Salsas come on out!
best to all,
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Russ-Cle on the GWT at night
Started the march night session and I have been lucky to have found Russ-cle to join in on the fun. He is my new workmate at NCC and he is a real good riding partner. Yesterday night we joined up at 9 pm and rode the GWT (Great western trail). It was really doughy since it had received 3 " of rain the night before. We had a stiff wind, with rain and snow mixed in for fun. We rode all the way out to route 47 via the I.C. Trail and then looped back . We were out for about 3 hours and that meant soaked to the bone, cold and hungry.
Monday, March 9, 2009
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I was lucky enough to go to Frostbike this year and meet all the guys from Salsa Cycles and ask some pretty specific questions about a lot of their bikes. I was most interested in the Fargo since it was supposed to be a new genre of bikes for this coming season. The Fargo is a 29" wheeled touring bike. It has all the mounts imaginable to carry racks front and rear, pump peg and 6 waterbottles. The tubing is nicely welded Salsa Cromoly which is butted at the necessary places. The bike has a compact frame look which offers tons of stanover height.
I bought the size 22" since that coincides with my 22" Gunnar Ruffian 29er. I left the steerer long and am still playing around with the stem height and so forth. This bike, according to the person who conceived and designed it, is built around the concept of riding the drops as the main position. I copied my On One Mary position on to the Fargo and as I rode away on it it felt perfect. After 10 miles I moved the seat back a cm. and I was dialed in.
I bought this bike complete, which is something I have not done in 15 years. The list of components is impressive and I will ride the stuff stock until it wears. I like the Deore Xt cranks, Deore XT front and rear derailleurs, also how Salsa did not cheat and stuck a Deore XT cassette on their rear hub. The bike also comes stock with bb-7's from avid and oh I forgot: Deore XT hubs.
Rubber is WTB Vulpine in 29x2.1 with a smooth center that is delish on road and gravel. STem, bars,seatpost, seat, tape and rims are all Salsa. 9spd barends hang of the end of the bars. I rode the bike for 1.5 hours this morning but will do an extended ride tonight with lights and all. I am excited about this machine and I think it will be a long summer with it and yes we do carry them at North Central Cyclery.