Yesterday was my first day back on the bike and it went alright. The ride was to be mostly a show and tell with Rich concerning a La Costa to Elfin Forest connector that I would like to get legalized and improved upon. I currently have BOTH of my geared bikes out-of-commission with frame cracks which meant I had to bust out the single speed. The hills that are required on the ride today are not exactly single-speed friendly. Now for a borderline clyde who has been off the bike for a couple of weeks it was downright hostile. I put on my recently “Pushed” fork on the singlespeed and gave it a go. I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the work Push did on this fork. It felt better than it has ever felt. I wanted plush, I got plush. I wanted the Terrorlogic gone….Poof..Done! The blowoff threshold on the new RLC damper was even better than the one on my other fork. When the threshold is dialed why down and the fork is locked, it operates like the terralogic was supposed to work. Mainly no harsh transitions when going from locked to unlocked. Being that I was on a singlespeed I cranked up the threshold pretty good since I spent a good deal of my climbing time out of the saddle. Money well spent in my book.
(Note: Fork is pre-push in this pic)
Rich and I made good use of the time getting a good close look at the lay of the land and getting a better idea of exactly where we want things to go. Part of that meant a good chunk of bushwhacking up a pretty steep slope or two. I did not think my legs got too exfoliated at the time, but the hot after-ride shower throughly convinced me otherwise.
If we can get this connector approved, it would make for a good day’s worth of riding in North County. I won’t use the word epic, but it comes to mind. We are going to discuss the connector idea more thoroughly with the most of the principals during or after the trail day this Saturday at La Costa. It is way freaking early in the process, and there are lots of potential landmines out there, but I’m excited about the idea. Here is some additional information of the Trail Day as well some of the on-going concerns and talk about the areas.