Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Labor Day

I already posted of our bike packing trip but additionally we got out for some high country riding on Sunday and Monday all the while trying to taper for the Vapor Trail 125. It is hard for me to taper down. When the weather is great and you live where I do it is hard to chill out. Laura and I rode up Roaring Fork on Sunday over to the Divide Road and onto the Colorado Trail and down Scotch Creek. A very good ride with both road and single track thrown together. 38 miles and 4k of climbing. I took the Vassago with the full rigid for this ride as the Airborne is ready and primed for the VT125. It was a fun filled weekend with Paul Adams and his wife Kari coming up to the house from Cortez on Sunday evening for some dinner and drinks.

At the top of Roaring Fork.

Hey now!

On the Colorado Trail posing for a pic..

Laura cruising the Colorado Trail.

Additionally I got over to Durango on Thursday of last week to have Chris at 3D Racing install two additional water mounts on my bike. One bottle mount just doesn't cut it on long rides and I rather not carry a pack on rides shorter than 200 miles. Chris at 3D Racing is a super nice guy and we hung out for two hours talking bikes amongst other random topics. I could have hung out all day talking to him. He has been building bikes out of his shop at the same location for 20 years. Awesome. I don't get why Vassago doesn't install at least two mounts on the small frame. I now can get a tall bottle into the seat tube cage. Sweet! And for longer rides I can put on my third bottle cage that is located on the down tube.

2 of my 3 bottle mounts. The 3rd mount is on the down tube near the BB.
 On Monday Shawn Gregory and I rode up Scotch Creek to the Colorado Trail and down salt. 25 miles and 3500 feet of climbing. I need to rest now.

At the intersection of Salt and the Colorado Trail.
 I upgraded to the smaller and lighter SPOT 2 and took it for a test run. Works great.


Anonymous said...

Digging your blog and reports from Rico. Just a lurker here that grew up in the same hood as the BPR crew and was curious as to what kinda of handlebars your have on your vassago. Looking for some similiar for a Kona huma. Thanks in advance for your answer!!!

Jeff Hemperley said...

Yo Lurker......LOL!! The bars on the Vassie are the ON ONE Mary bars. Sweet ergonomics with these bars for the long hauls. The Airborne has the Ti Cycles flat 30 degree sweep, same as the Marys but flat no rise. Soma makes a cool white bars that I have as well called The Clarence.