Even though the weather is what they called "blustery," I made it out on an inaugural ride on the new bike in the stable. Blustery isn't bad. It was actually nice to be out.
I rode some rut trails as well as some sand roads. After I loaded up the pictures, I realized I snapped no pictures of the sand roads. To me, the sand roads are especially interesting in the morning. The tracks from the previous night and early morning activity show easily. I am of the opinion that there is a lot more going on than most people realize, and seeing the tracks is only a fraction of it. The trail cams we have out give proof to that.
The bars on this ride are 750mm wide, wide. This is also the first time I have used Ergon grips. This setup feels great.
I had decided on the centered 170mm 9:ZERO:7 because I still have another fatbike in the works that will also be centered. The frame, wheels and some of the other components came from Penn Cycle & Fitness in Blaine, MN. They were the closest dealer of the 9:ZERO:7 to me, so that is where I went. I did most of the planning over the phone with Brian. He was great to deal with and would recommend him to anyone that is interested. His input was great, he returned my calls promptly and also called with the progress of where parts were in the order process. This one I built up with a 3 x 10 drive train with 82mm rims. It still has room and with some minor modifications can also run the really fat 100mm rims. I am no wrench, but Steve at Penn Cycle is, and he too is great to deal with. I had all the tools with the exception of a fork cutting guide, so I had them cut the fork, install the headset, and build the wheels. Well, I guess my previous post shows that. I have a few minor details to work on yet, but I am happy with how it turned out.
I want to give a shout out to Trevor from the Purple Traveller blog. He has 10,285.49 miles so far this year. That is a big number. He is a great guy with a great blog. Click on this paragraph to go to his blog. Congratulations to Trevor!!
Lets get outdoors and have some fun!
PS...As always, thanks for reading and your comments. :-) :-)