Excuse me for bringing up one of the two most important subjects that can be broached, but I just had a novel thought. Wouldn’t it be the same if ‘congress’ (and I use that term with hesitation), were to put the welfare of the republic ahead of their own self-interests? Hey fellas and fellettes in DC–how about functioning according to principle rather than carefully and cowardly first and always consulting the eight ball of polls and purses.
So as with many things, this too is nearly inevitable. The stock Kona Wo has what I think is a great handling frame with the geometry that I like for the trails that I ride here in New Hampshire, but lacks somewhat in the component area. Serviceable, but with room for improvement. Starting with my trusty old Speedplay ‘Frogs’ to replace the Wellgo heavy plastic flats for clipped in days. Next some blue bling in the form of a Salsa seat clamp and anodized attachment bolts and cage. More serious stuff now includes a 27″ Carbon Monkey Lite bar and Surly Nates front and back. The cheap and heavy triggers and levers had to go so ‘Black ‘n Blue Beauty is now sporting a 2×9 drive train using SRAM 9 Gripshifters and rear D and a much better and lighter (I think) XT cassette and my trusty old Altek alloy levers. This stuff is easily a third of the weight of the original kit and oh so smooth. The grip shifters are what I am most used to, will save my arthritic thumb and allow me to keep warmer hands this winter. All good.
Thanks to my friend and excellent mechanic, Justin Rigoli.
Its been a long time since I’ve written on the blog. My attention has been drawn to both starting up a new business and as a result of doing manual labor again (residential remodeling), working to gain back an improved level of fitness. I chose to get back on the mountain bike and so glad that I did. I’ve lost twenty pounds, my blood pressure is back down to when I was in my twenties and I have much more energy. My blood pressure had not been good and my PCP had been trying for a few years to get me on meds. I told him that I had a different strategy. My upland hunting and fly fishing has taken a back seat since June, but this is only a hiatus of sorts. I am looking forward to carrying my 2 weight here and there on the fat bike this winter and combining the two. I hope you all are well.
Mountain biking is great fun and a fabulous way to stay in shape or to get fit. Fat bikes take this to a whole new level of fun. The grin and smile factor is several levels of magnitude greater.
Steelhead and lake run brown time is getting closer and closer. A mere 3 weeks away in all likelihood and I’m starting to have dreams of giant salmonids taking my fly, line, pole and me holding tight screaming into the icey depths.
Backing delight. My Tibor is well greased with high temp lube sourced from a NASA provider and reported to withstand re-entry temperatures.
I’m told this will prevent smoking and the distraction that goes along with it. Let’s hope so…this pilgrim will need all of his attention on the game.