A summer of projects
I can't believe it is about to be the middle of August... where has the time gone. For me it has a different summer, busier, less riding, more projects. I still have not had time to finish editing my images from the Alaska trip. I have completely rebuilt my Salsa Mukluk, although I am still missing a few bits. I acquired a used Cannondale Hooligan and it has been a blast to ride, while the Muk was down and the Fargo & Spearfish have not arrived. I built up a new Salsa Mukluk for E as a gift and the purple theme of the bike looks stunning. The bike turned out perfect in every way with the exception of not finding a 'Grape Ape' frame, but instead having to settle for a black and red model. In either event, the Purple and red seem to work well. Pics coming soon when the rain finally stops.
I have some fun testing going on now, especially focusing on the performance of Flats over clipless for the style of riding I do. I installed a set of Canfields on E's muk and a set of Twenty6 on mine. Two beautiful sets of pedals, but uniquely different. The pins on the Twenty6's are very sharp and from what I understand, somewhat soft. They no longer make Ti replacement pins, so I am starting with the anodized versions and then will switch to the steels when they wear out. The patter of pins on the Canfields is less extreme, and the shape of the pedal is simply striking.
My quest for a new saddle commences with a test of several different models. I have a Gilles Berthoud leather saddle in house and a Fizik Kurve (courtesy of North Central Cyclery). Totally different saddles with totally different purposes in mind. However, there is only one way to know what works and that is to try them out. E got a 'cork' model of the Gilles Berthoud for her Muk and it is beautiful!
The new Salsa 2014's are out and I have a new Fargo coming. The update from last year is subtle, but welcome. I think I am most excited about the addition of a Carbon fork that has mounts for the Anything Cages. I had always planned on adding a Carbon fork even though it was going to mean the loss of the cages. Now I don't have to compromise. I am toying with the idea of going IGH and the venerable Rohloff. My Fargo is my go anywhere touring machine and the thought of not messing with derailleurs while in some far off land is very appealing. If you have an opinion on Rohloff's I would love to hear them. I have been toying with a little 3 spd IGH on my Hooligan and have become quite fond of it, shifting nuances and all.
There are a couple of other surprises coming, including a Fish and a special project being built just for me. Summer will soon come to a close and the traveling will begin anew!! Fall, late fall, and winter plans are shaping up nicely.