Glenn Charles

AERIAL | TRAVEL | LIFE-STYLE

Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Going Skinny & Fat

Fargo is getting two new sets of sneakers this week.  First I am going back to 700x35 Schwalbe Marathon Supremes as my main form of road tires.  I love my 2.0 Supremes and think they are one of the best all around tires available, but I want something a bit faster for simple road travel.  The 2.0's are solid on pavement and hard pack dirt roads, gripping nicely and rolling fast.  The 700x35's are going to be a little bit rougher but will add some speed to my upcoming road trip on the Fargo.

Next up will be a pair of 29x2.3's for dirt trail riding, something I have been doing a good deal of lately.  While the 2.0 Supremes are adequate for short trail riding, it is certainly not their forte, so I will move up to something bigger and with tread.  When I get back on the road I will simply switch things out.  I have to say, the ability to do this type of switching on the same set of 29er rims is one of the great benefits of having a 29er bike.  It would be easier if I had a separate set of wheels built up, but in the end, it is not too difficult to just switch out the tires when needed.

As I alluded to in a tweet, I believe this next stretch of road work will be the last big haul for the Fargo on pavement.  I plan on converting it back over to a single speed, which is how it was originally built up when I bought it.  My replacement for the Fargo is still in the works, but suffice it to say it will be a bit more along the lines of a cross bike or a gravel grinder (aka, Salsa Vaya), something lighter and a bit faster.  I will still set it up as an ultra-light bike-packing rig which should make for a great bike on road and the occasional rails to trails type surfaces. 

While the Fargo has worked well as an all around bike, I would like to make it a bit more of a trail bike, more along the lines of it's intended DNA.  Going with a bike that is a bit lighter will mean I am more limited in where I ride, but I have found that for most of the touring I am doing right now, pavement and hard pack roads are the primary surfaces I am travelling on.  More details on the replacement as they evolve.