Soothing My Utter & Soft Tails
Hotel Rooms and Lubed Up Chamois Bitz
Not too much going on today ride/training wise. Just some logistical stuff for upcoming races. Hotel rooms booked, new tent purchased, directions got, lists being made, etc,. All the mundane stuff that you have to do to make the mid pack magic happen.
At lunch, I hit Target today to pick up THIS much needed item...From the utters of Vermont cows to my chamois ensconced boyz. Bag Balm is in za haus. Used my last two finger fulls of Greyhound Juice on Ssssssssssssaturday, so I needed to pony up for some utter cream to get my boyz & cheeks through.
Let me ask you this- Why the f*ck do they keep Bag Balm behind the pharmacist's counter at Target? Are THAT many people stealing Bag Balm? Or is it like cold meds, where some douche bag is making crystal meth or something with it? If THAT'S the case, at races I'll lube the boyz, then smoke it, eat it, or whatever, to make those late race hours go faster! Nothing beats the late race "bonk" like some late night, skin absorbed hallucinogens right? I kid of course.
Other than that, just chilling with B-Man, playing, watching Kim Possible and counting the minutes until WIfey comes home. Not sure why, but this third and final week sees me and Brennan missing her big time. God's speed WIfey! I'm gettin' "randy"! KIDDDDING!!!
Is your tail soft or are you just unhappy to see me?
I'm a long time fan of the soft tail bike. In my opinion, the soft tail platform has only got better with the advent of the 29" platform. I continue to dig what the soft tail 29er (in my case the Salsa Dos Niner) can do for me. I think of my Dos Niner like this- Take 1" of pivotless suspension, add in 3 extra wheel inches (over a 26" tire bike) and you got yourself an extra FOUR inches of rock gobbling wheels and a little added comfort. And NO REAL maintenance other than experimenting to find my optimal air pressure in the Relish. Great for a mechanical putz like myself who barely knows how to properly lube a chain.
I think it all goes back to the days (yesterday?) and one of my all time "dream bikes"- the Moots YBB. I always loved the idea of corrosion free Ti, combined with a hint of maintenance free suspension to take the edge off the trail. Unfortunately, a YBB will always be a dream since the YBB is nearly $3,000 F.F.O. (F.F.O. stands for F*cking Frame Only!) compared to the Salsa Dos Niner at just under $1,000 retail, I gotta tell you, the Dos wins on price. Plus Scandium is corrosion resistant too.
Ti may aid in dulling some extra trail chatter, will win in the high zoot "bling" department, and may win in the llllllllllllong term durability department, but I feel the Dos Niner's flattened chain stays help too, and hell, I can barley keep a bike 1 year before I lust another so I'm not super concerned about it. I'm married to my wife, not my bike. Give me SOMETHING to slut around with, PLEASE! Not to mention Salsa has proven to stand behind their frames big time.
I do wonder why Moots seems to have ditched the air shock option for the YBB? I guess they've been making it long enough to know what works for their customers. I like the options that an air shock like Salsa's Relish gives me. I can't honestly tell you how well the Moots elastomer shock works, but it must work, since the YBB is sort of a freaking classic. Ti is pretty damn classic too. Just freaking pppppppppppricey.
I started thinking more about soft tails and 29er suspension recently when I saw that Guitar Ted and 29" Dot Com is going to be reviewing the Siren Song 29er soft tail soon. The Song looks to be sort of interesting. A 1.5" travel soft tail that uses a Cane Creek rear shock and a "flex-plate" to aid in the suspension.
I like the idea of an extra .5" of travel over what the Dos Niner gives my ass, but I have to say I personally don't know if and extra .5" is worth the possible "worry issue" of only a handful small bolts holding my bike together (see above pic). I will be anxious tor read what "G-Love" says for sure. One neat thing about the Siren other than the added travel, is that they can build the frame to your spec with a pretty fast turnaround (according to G-Ted & 29".com).
Guitar Ted is also going to be testing out a Fisher Hi-Fi 29er with 4" of rear travel. I'm also interested in this. Not that I can envision myself on one, but I really don't see much out there about FS 29ers, so I'd like to hear more about how they handle. Personally I like the fact that with a 29er you can achieve many of a FS bikes ride qualities with simpler shock set ups (soft tail baby!), less travel, and or lower maintenance set ups. Not sure I'm crazy about what the Hi-Fi offers exactly, but I'd still like to read some feed back.
I think in the world of FS 29ers I find myself drawn more towards bikes like the above mentioned soft tails (including my Dos Niner of course), the 3" travel Titus Racer X 29er and it's now dead (?) cousin from Asylum Cycles. Not to mention I'm more than a LITTLE interested to see what comes out of Salsa land in the coming year or so.
That's all I got. Since today is St. Patrick's Day, I celebrated not being Irish, but married to red headed Irish chick. She's mostly Irish and the rest Scotch/English. Which means she enjoys 5 to 15 beers, wants YOU to pay for them, and can't cook to save her life. HA! That's a joke baby! I swear! You know I dig you the most!
Looking at the M.A.S.S. French Creek, registration. Anxious to race there again. Looks like they're gonna have a field for $5 tent camping. Sweet! The 6 hour endurance info has one of the best quotes ever- "The Endurance race will be 6 hours. If you are considering the Endurance race you should really have your head examined". While I've never had my head "officially" examined I have occasional been on medication. HA! The FC course is challenging, but I'm not sure it's "head examined worthy" The old 24 Hours of Snowshoe course... THAT was head examination worthy! ;)
Siren photo from: iHeartSingleSpeed