Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Over the past 2.5ish weeks I've had plenty of fun, ridden a bunch and got a new bike. Not bad.
Found the new ride on eBay. Its a Surly Karate Monkey and is lots of fun. I've rode it round Cheyenne Mtn. State Park, the Chutes, Palmer Park, and the ever-present commute. It handles great, and I'm more comfortable on techy stuff with the bigger wheels. Currently its strung up as a 1x9. I'm toying with the idea of running it ss, but George has a xtr derailleur I can get on the cheap that will hopefully clear up any shifting issues (looks like an old shop bike - bunch of cool old mtn components, but an Ultegra rear derailleur? - wtf?).
Aaron has been MIA for the weekend excursions as of late and I've been riding with Steve Crosby. He is a recent 29er convert also, but also rides road. Last Saturday we did what he calls a "Tour de Hills." It was Woodmen west, the Garden twice, Gold Camp, and then Cheyenne Canyon. Basically a 50 mile ass-kicker.
The Crawl continues to entertain. People are showing up despite the weather, which is good. I'd like to see some sort of Kentucky Derby theme for May, but we'll have to see about that one.