First ride today of my newly completed Bianchi San Jose. James, Yukon Cornelius, and myself tested our new rides on gravel trails with some bonus singletrack. Aside from a few adjustments, and a flat tire on the San Jose, it was a pleasant 22 mile ride in teeth-chattering 20 degree temps. The Bianchi complete comes in at 21.8 lbs, and I cannot say enough positive things about my new ride, it feels light and responsive, it feels great!
Did I say complete? I carelessly forgot to install a rim strip on the back wheel.
Anyway, the singletrack rocked, the bike feels great, and the boys enjoyed the galettes.
Winter Solstice Race, Gravel Edition bike preparation
SKS X-tra Dry rear clip on fender, MOB Fat Bikes downtube splash shield. I had to cut the splash shield down quite a bit to allow it to clear the pedals. A quick test ride showed no interference with my pedal stroke. I am a little concerned it will act like a sail on descents. I also put fresh batteries into the blinkies, since I anticipate the cold will kill them.
45NRTH Xerxes studded snow tires (700c X 30) @50 psi, mounted on my Shimano R501 wheelset. Gearing on the bike is 48/34 chainrings with an 11-32 SRAM 9 spd cassette.
It’s already snowing in Herman. Tomorrow should be interesting.
19 degrees is stupid cold, but ride-wise it’s do-able, despite looking like a member of a hi-viz special ops team.
- fleece balaclava
- ski goggles (critical)
- underarmour cold gear compression base layer top
- Specialized thermal soft shell jersey
- Specialized windproof shell
- Specialized Lobster gloves
- Padded thermal bib tights
- Saucony Nomad windproof pants
- injinji toe socks
- smartwool wool socks
- Bontrager Mountain Race shoes
- Pearl Izumi toe covers
- Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier 3mm neoprene shoe covers
The rest o’ the Chainsuck crew; Yukon Cornelius and The Welshman, enjoying a respite. This was before my phone froze and died, and all picture taking stopped.