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.
- 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.
- 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.
More after the break…
I started at 05:00 like usual and headed south out of Seattle. It was cloudy and cool and remained so for many hours.
Further south, after I had entered Tukwila, I also saw the Museum of Flight getting an upgrade.
After getting onto the Green River Trail, then exiting it in favor of the Interurban Trail, I stopped at the Starbucks in Kent for some water.
Some drizzle here and there.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
Water plz. (@ Starbucks in Kent, WA) https://t.co/XJkooO1ybk— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
My knees still were a bit wonky with the new fit and the drizzle was a little disheartening, so I got some coffee to push ahead.
Riding ol' reliable today. Knees are still adjusting to the fit, but they're used to a freaked-out saddle position. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
After rejoining the trail, I noticed a familiar sight (UP #1215) with a fresh coat of paint.
Like usual, I left the trail at 15th St SW, then took the C St Trail to the East Valley Highway, then that to Sumner. At Sumner, I got onto the Foothills Trail and headed toward Orting.
I stopped when I saw what appeared to be a new substation. This has happened before, but I'm still not sure if I'm actually seeing new substations instead of just noticing ones I had ignored previously.
Been seeing folks here and there picking blackberries along the trail.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
I also stopped to take a close look at the local bridge across the Puyallup River, as it's being replaced with a new one very soon.
Shortly after crossing the river, I chatted a little while I ate with a who stopped when he saw me.
Just chatted with a guy who said he saw me on the STP. He was riding an old Trek 930 he told me he's toured on multiple times. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
He recognized me from the STP, and was curious about my touring bike. He thought his bike wasn't really up to the task, though I told him that it's just his current tires. He said he'd tried some WTB tires, but they had sidewall blowouts eventually. I suggested the Schwalbe Marathon series of tires.
When I eventually got to Orting, I was a bit saddened to see the local shop closed. The guy who runs it is pretty cool!
Closed due to a trail closure I didn't know about. (@ Trailside Cyclery in Orting, WA) https://t.co/9uwKtwjxTO— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
Looks like the coffee's finally kicked in: the Sun is out!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
Unlike recent rides, I pushed forward to South Prairie, discovering that the closure was gone. I also discovered the effects of a large fire.
Looks like the trail is no longer closed in that section. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
In South Prairie, I stopped by the local gas station for a soda, then drank it while eating at the Trailside Espresso park thing.
Heading back along the trail was rather uneventful, though it was getting pretty hot out with the Sun.
Once back on the other side of Orting, I found a nice, peaceful place to eat off the side of the trail.
I then passed through Sumner, taking the West Valley Highway instead. Next I jumped to the Interurban Trail again, leaving it for coffee in eastern Auburn.
I'm at Zola's Coffee in Auburn, WA https://t.co/YkdJJYTa8I— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
My Aurora Elite definitely rides more harshly than my Double Cross. It's mostly the tires, but the frames also contribute. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
DC is a bit noodly with a load, and the BB flexes when I stand on the pedals to climb.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
AE climbs more confidently with a load.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
DC's flexiness contributes to how smooth it is on the road. I wonder what the Soma Saga feels like.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 8, 2015
From Auburn, I zipped up the Interurban Trail like usual and cut over to Oakesdale Way using the 'secret' shortcut I found last time.
I then headed up the Lake Washington Loop. I was dealing with some hotfoot at this point due to the power I was putting out.
Came up with a word for pedaling hard out of the saddle while out on this ride: "wiggle-waggle." #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
Seeing lots of signs for #Obliteride out here, which takes place tomorrow.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
I had to deal with a bunch of car congestion once past the Arboretum, but left it when I took the LWL route that led to the Montlake Bridge. There was a lot of pedestrian congestion there due to the night's event.
Bernie Sanders is apparently here tonight.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
To cross Montlake Boulevard, I took the new overpass which had opened recently.
With this new fit, my legs somehow have even more endurance before, even though my knees haven't fully adjusted. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
Once back on the Burke-Gilman Trail there, I hurried back home. My legs were tired, but I was still able to extract power out of them.
I saw more of the same drizzle when I got to Seattle, but I got home before any real rain.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
Just like the bike for specialist said: bracing my core allowed me to get more out of my tired legs. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
And then I got home before dealing with any more precipitation.
Had some minor abrasion pain on my big toes (especially the right). It got pretty bad, but not enough to stop me.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
Need to ask him about that.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015
Well-designed touring bikes really ARE stiff! #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) August 9, 2015