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Monday, July 26, 2010

A Ride To The Cabin

We are still in Montana.  I had a great ride on Saturday, almost 60 miles, four hours plus, and about 4,000 feet of climbing.  Hamilton to Skalkaho to Stony Creek.

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I rode the new bike.  The one with gears.  Yeah, I know, it's heresy.  But, I must admit, I forgot how to spin, and that is bad.  When on a singlespeed, you do whatever it takes to keep from bogging down.  Stand up, sit down, stand up, sit down.  What ever it takes, just keep spinning.  I stayed in 36x19 for a while.  When I tried to just sit down, I bogged.  No problem.  Cick.  36x22.  Did I say it was steep?  Again, I could not just sit and spin like I once did, 12 years ago.  Click.  36x25.  Float, toes forward, high cadence, use the hamstrings, calves, and ankles, and just spin.  Yeah, I remember this.  Not as fast as 36x19, but a lot less effort on a long, steep, 4000 feet climb.  Yes, a singlespeed will make you a better rider.  If all you ever do is singlespeed, so will a geared bike.  Yeah, I know.  Heresy.


  1. Hey sport! Sounds like a good time, gears or no gears. Would love to be on the road to Montana to see y'all but work has sucked me in. Take some more photos!

    We all need another gear sometimes.


  2. I've already changed my mind. Do you need a geared cross bike?

  3. Mmmmm..only if you'll take that REI Randonee bike in some sort of trade . . .


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