I didn’t get a cross bike to race. I got one because I wanted a bike with little gears and room for fat tires so I could ride the West Hills when they are at their best. When no one is up there — meaning the winter. Conventional wisdom says you should avoid hills during the first part of your base miles. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of rides in these parts. And with my impending departure from these roads I need a way to access them without blowing my top. Hence the winter rig. Which just means I converted my cross bike to a more stable road machine. Meaning fenders and 28c road tires, as opposed to wet ass and 33c tires.
The idea of course is not mine. I first encountered the idea a issue of Bicycling which featured pictures of Michael Barry and friends riding around on the dirt roads above Girona Spain. After reading that I found a post featuring the very bike he was riding in that story, which is here. Then last year, Michael himself did a post (complete with video) on riding the dirt roads around his adopted hometown.
Yesterday was my first ride on the newly rechristened rig and almost all is good (still needs a few tweaks). Now I’m looking forward to doing some “Girona” style roads around Portland before I leave. More importantly I’m looking forward to exploring this type of terrain in the Seattle area. Onward to adventure.