Off weekends

Occasionally on should use a weekend for something other than multiday trips. Thankfully the weather gave me a respite from the past month. It had been above freezing high up into the mountains for a week, was 45 and drizzly in the valley, and rivers were starting to rise. Good hiking destinations aren’t yet in shape, the skiing was sure to suck, and boating seems a bit premature. The solution: install a new cog and ride sticky singletrack until the legs don’t work.

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With the Grizzlyman Adventure Race on hiatus this year, I have no compelling need for gears, and the Karate Monkey can return to the form it which it rides best. I’ll try not to get too poetic about the ruthless economy of effort or aesthetics of singlespeeding, I’ll just say that I’d missed it.

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The new gear is 36:22, a hair lighter than the 30:18 which was standard back when I knew how to ride a bike.  I’ve become a firm believer that more teeth in the system pedal better.  Otherwise it’s all the stuff that’s worked for the past ~six years.  The bike is a good reminder that I could buy less new stuff and usually do just as good.

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4 thoughts on “Off weekends

  1. Is that Reba at 100mm? I’ve got a rebuild kit waiting for mine, and I think I’m going to bump it up from 80mm, I figured a little extra axle-to-crown might do the KM a favor.

    That Hill People Gear bag looks like just the ticket for short-ish rides.

    • Yep, 100. It’s always been that way and the monkey handles great. The HPG bag is a great size, and unlike so many saddle bags well sewn.

    • I case of numb pinkies after the ’07 Kokopelli race convinced me to get the fork. I often ride it locked out, but concern over long term nerve damage keeps it on the bike.

      Realistically I ought to replace it, the last rebuild didn’t work as well as previous ones. Not an enormously exciting thing to spend $$ on.

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