Josie's Bike Life and Decorah Bicycles Explore SaddleDrive PT 2
My excitement and over-zealous enthusiasm made my body quite fatigued. It seemed that I could eat an endless amount of snacks and drink as much Skratch hydration mix that I'd want and I still couldn't get myself energized.
For the start of the second day I rode the Surly Instigator, which boasted 26+ wheels, which equates to feeling like a 650b set. At the show there were some set up as 650b and others as 26+. For the life of me I can't remember which I got- I'm pretty sure 650b tho.
The downside of my ride on this bike was A. the gearing just wasn't "Josie Friendly," especially for the climbing I had been doing. B. I needed to let air out of the front suspension fork- most of my ride was pretty harsh because I didn't eat enough cookies. (Ha!) In all honesty, the bike was alright, but it wasn't my favorite ride. Traction was great, handling wasn't bad- just a few things I'd need to tweak to make the ride a better fit for myself.
Travis rode the Surly Karate Monkey SS- "The Karate Monkey is a steel classic and is a trail machine all day. Being single speed, no rest for the wicked on this bike."
|Not in Iowa anymore!|
The funny experience I had with this bike will forever stick with me. I'm too comfortable with 1x systems to think about paying attention to bikes not set up the same. This was a double, and I failed to realize that on a half-hour climb. I made it to the top, but I was questioning myself on how much more climbing my legs could take. Travis noticed it was a double, "You can shift!" along with "You are a strong woman!"
Let's say that we were both dually impressed with my leg strength that I didn't know I had. I can also say that the rest of the ride (which we found a full loop that was super fun!) was most excellent and less challenging.
Lunch was a welcome break and something that I knew we had to partake in so we could fit in one last ride. Our goal was to do the loop we found one more time. I made probably the most huge burger ever. (Well, no world records were broken, but I did eat it in under 10 minutes.)
My final ride was the Salsa Mukluk, which I found to be an alright bike but a bit more "bike" than what I needed due to the tires. I'll blame the fatigue.
The suspension was nice, but I felt like the tires were overkill for me, but I will say that it made going over rocks easy.
SaddleDrive was an amazing experience for the two of us and I feel so fortunate to have gone. We got to meet some awesome people, make new friends, and see/try new products. For example, the Skratch Labs cookie mix is AMAZING! Holy cow. I was so grateful for a delicious tasting cookie, and if you were lucky- you got one with bacon!!!
Things we are excited about:
New Women's Five Ten Contact shoes
(available around October or so.)
Salsa Mukluk X7's that will be brought in for fatbike rentals!
(The yellow and blue bikes- can't loose 'em in the snow!)
This bike for me!
(a future 650b+- see the white Beargrease below.)
El Mariachi X7-
Glittery grips! Really dig the brown/gold tones of this bike.
Salsa Beargrease X5
An aluminum fatbike with TLR rims in a reasonable price point of: $1,599 (also comes as a frameset for $999- aka custom build one of these!)
Thanks again, QBP, for a wonderful adventure!
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