Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Little cottonwood canyon reconnaissance quarry trail

cobes and i decided to ride over to little cottonwood canyon to look at what we already new was going to be a still snowed in trail. and it was.....

but i needed a ride before the weekend of medium effort and it was such a NICE!!!! day. did i mention the weather? sunny skies, warm temps(68 degrees) and just a few riders out. female ones at that. but the sad truth was that everybody was passing me as i was huffing and puffing.

but it was still one of those days that put a smile on yer face and can be exaggerated to your grandkids many years in the future how much better life was.

we headed south on wasatch, then meandered a bit after big cottonwood canyon thru the neighborhoods. with such nice weather, it doesn't really matter were you go as long as you are riding.

eventually we made it to little cottonwood.

here cobes went around the still locked gate. that is the first indication that the trail is still snowbound.
under my decision(or whining however you want to see it) we rode up the road instead of the trail and with in 400 yards of the begining of the trail there is snow and wet wet sand. unless you have a pug under you, its not too ridable.

here is a nice pano of what we saw.

the ride back was more of the same nice stuff.
although one note. cobes had slick roadie tires on his cross bike and i had cyclocross knobs and 29er wheels on my cx bike. so while he coasted, i pedaled my a$$ off and he still pulled away from me.
so on the way back while he broke the wind(or broke wind) i drafted and it almost seemed equal. although i am still out of shape.

good ride. its good not to work today, but money is hurting.

Cannibalizing the vassago due to redundency.

well the vassago got redundant after the cyclocross bike got ridable. even thou it is no finished. still has half mountain bike parts on it. none the less i don't need two rigid road/trail bikes and i do need the space.

pulled off all the parts off the frame and upgraded the single speed with the lighter parts. as i started taking the vassago apart i got sentimental and almost put it back together. this has been such a fun and great riding bike!!! what am i doing. no no, i need the money and space so it must go.

the carbon forks will be switched on/off the single speed.

the xtr cranks and formula k24 brakes also went to the single speed along with the white stem. i did a spring time maintenance cleaning as long as i was moving parts around. bearings, chain, xo derailleur, chainring all got a deep cleaning and they needed it.
here is the dirty vassago waiting for its bath. you will get to see it clean when i post it up for sale. email me if your interested.
i had training gears on and noticed a few teeth had been worn/torn down on the 32 chainring. it was a raceface so i didn't freak. well i did at first cause i thought it was my new xtr one. i forgot i changed them last fall.

i like things neat and tidy. parts i don't use will get put in a bin for future bikes.

here is the single speed, well dingle speed actually.
i know, i know, i get it all the time. expensive parts on a cheap frame, but hey, the frame is very light, strong and cheap.