|Photo shoot prior to Friday's cherry popper ride.|
Enjoy these glam shots of the El Mar before she sees the dirt. She's a 2012 El Mar 2 with upgraded shifters (X9) and Ergon grips. And one unexpected upgrade at the shop was a maxel adaptor for my roof rack (du-oh).
Glad I had them change the tubes at Garrison's Cyclery (1.96 26-ers to reduce rotational mass). In the process we discovered that the Continental X Kings are really tight on those Stans Arch rims. How tight? Well 5 minutes after Rob started preaching to me about the importance of never using an iron to put a tire back on the rim (I agree), he was using an iron to put the tire on the rim. Oh and he busted the iron in the process. So these tires are tight and the rim sidewalls are tall. I hope something loosens up because that could be a real bitch out on the trail.
Small green globule in middle of the Salsa headtube badge is a bug who met his unfortunate but mercifully quick demise during the car ride home from the bike shop. Next post will be a first dirt ride report.
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a bicycle, must be in want of another one."