Bike Repaired & Ready to go
I picked up my Fargo from the folks over at Bicycle Outfitters and everything was ready to roll. We had to swap out the handlebars for a set of Salsa Woodchippers; we switched from hydraulic disc brakes to mechanical disc brakes, largely because the hydraulic levers would not fit on the Woodchippers; and lastly we had to fix the bottom bracket that I damaged during last weeks training rides.
Needless to say, I feel like I have a completely different bike than the one I dropped off at the shop a week ago. I love the feel of the Woodchippers and think they are really going to be great. Clearly Salsa built the bike with those handlebars in mind because they just fit. The jury is still out on the swap of the brakes. I loved the hydraulic brakes as they really stopped the bike. The switch to mechanical Avid BB-7 and Tektro levers requires a bit more effort to actuate the brakes. I am sure I will get used to them and adjust accordingly, but for now, I really preferred the hydraulics.
The repaired bottom bracket is so smooth, I guess in hindsight I should have known that something was wrong. But, I have been away from biking for a while, so it just did not register that things were not quite right. Needless to say, Bicycle Outfitters did an amazing job fixing things up and taking care of me. I can't recommend them enough, really a great shop. Thanks Chris, Richard, Rob, Adam, Glen, and the rest of the crew.
The final touch was to adjust the positioning of the bars and then buy some tape and install wrap the bars. I don't have any bike gloves so I decided to go with gel padded tape. I like the tape and the gel, but went a little crazy on my choice of colors. The B.O.B. trailer skin that is being designed has a lot of green in it, so I thought some green tape would really go with the overall color scheme of things. Well, I think it is a we bit bright, but there is nothing I can do about it now. So, I will treat it as one more safety measure, because it is so bright, you can't miss the bike now. It almost seems to glow in the dark!
One week to go, and I am down to training rides and last minute packing and route planning. My ACA maps arrived last week so I have some time to begin reviewing the details of the route. I think the only issue is the weather, which appears to be building up to a cold winter throughout the country, somthing that I am not really looking forward to. Last winter was so cold paddling through the Atlantic that I was hoping for a warmer time of it this year. Who knows how it will play out, but it has already been a very cold December.
6 days and counting....