Oddly Enough It Felt Good
This week, this month, this year can not be over fast enough. This "no riding" shit needs to stop. I think no matter what, I'm at least gonna head out on the rail trail this weekend. What harm could come? OK, yeah sure a pulmonary embolism could kick in, but I highly doubt it. Usually I find comfort in not riding at the bottom of a pint glass or two, but until my blood is a little more stable I need to have nothing. No riding. No beer. And pretty much no crime fighting due to schedules and what not. What's the point of even getting out of f*cking bed??? HA!
Work has sort of sucked too. Lot of deadlines and my mind is just NOT on work, but rather on my leg. I did find a safe haven at lunch. I retreated to the confines of Pro Bikes to bullshit with Jesus Jason, Tim & Chuck. Man that was a mistake! Chuck had his salesman "game face" on and I almost walked out with a $6,000 Specialized Carbon Stumpjumper FS. Chuck was in the zone! One minute I'm asking him what's new, the next thing you know I was riding around outside on a $6K bike. I'm not sure but I think I almost reached for my credit card! I felt sooo DIRTY! I felt like I was with a hooker. A sexy bike, but hard to enjoy because I felt like I was two timing my own bikes. On top of everything... IT HAD 26" WHEELS!! I do have to say it felt damn good. VERY quick acceleration and light as hell. Chuck is a pimp. So watch it! Yeah I'm talking to you Don!!
The rear suspension felt great too. I didn't even notice until I went off of a small curb and felt it kick in. Nice stuff. As cool as it was the price was very UN cool. And there were just too many bells and whistles to contend with maintenance wise. More shit on a bike the more shit that can break. "Brains" "Terra-Logics". When they work, I'm sure they kick ass. But if they don't you're sort of f'ed. Unless you now how to take care of it yourself. And I don't.
Oddly riding a bike with 26" wheels felt kind of good. It had that "flick-a-bility" that I do miss. In 2006 I used an El Santo and a Dos Niner. In hind sight that was a pretty good combination. The El Santo rocked on technical courses and the Dos Niner shined in more open flowing courses. I don't think I could see myself on that Specialized, but it does make me think that if I go FS again in the future a lightweight 4"+ travel 26er might be the ticket. I think that 29ers are best as soft tails and hard tails right now. Who knows? There are so many bikes that I'd like to ride. I would need to be a millionaire to ride them all. Hell there are like 5 Salsa's I want to own, let alone all the other bikes out there. Drat!
As it is, I can't ride the bikes I DO own right now do to "The Clot" but soon I will be in the saddle soon. I hope. Blood thinners be damned!!