Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Riding to the Gigantic Bicycle Festival (2015-08-22)

I wanted to check out the festival. I think I'll do the overnight stay next year, as it'll be more interesting.

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For more information, see the Gigantic Bicycle Festival website.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Middle Fork Snoqualmie (2015-08-15)

Another gravel adventure! I went up to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie campground on my Soma Double Cross.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Getting Serious Again (2015-08-08)

After trying to get the fit on my bikes right on my own, I gave up and decided that I'd been wasting my time for too long. I had R+E fit my Double Cross and Aurora Elite, and now I'm adjusting to the new fit.

After riding my Soma Double Cross for so long, riding my Jamis Aurora Elite made me realize a couple things:

  1. My Double Cross definitely has a more flexible frame. It's most obvious when climbing, as the chainring hits either side of the front derailleur cage an the bottom bracket area flexes, and it tends to be a little noodly when unloaded, and kind of unpredictable when loaded. However, the frame combined with the wider tires makes the bike much more comfortable on rough roads.
  2. I prefer the modulation of the low-profile cantilever brakes on my Double Cross over the Avid BB7 disc brakes on my Aurora Elite. I was kind of freaked out when braking on the latter because they just didn't feel right.

Of course, both bikes are excellent in my opinion; they just have different design goals.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Cedar River Watershed Tour (2015-08-01)

After a couple of attempts to see what it's like in there by riding to the boundaries, I finally went on an official tour of it.

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