Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Drop bar mountain bike lovin'
Went through Wilderness on the way home from work today on the Fargo. Glad I had my light with me cuz it got dark before I knew it. Keeping the light charged is gonna be a daily ritual from here on out until Spring next year.
Tonight was my first off road ride with the Fargo. I've taken it on plenty of gravel and crushed limestone, but no dirt. Just never had the opportunity. Well, after hitting the dirt I gotta admit, drop bar mountain bikes on flat singletrack such as Wilderness Park are quite amazing. It felt much more natural than a traditional flat bar and the fat tires chewed everything up. I pretty much felt invincible on that thing. To be fair, my perspective is probably a bit skewed right now since I ride cross bikes all the time. Anything with a fatter tire will feel better on singletrack. But it wasn't just the tires. There's something else that I can't quite put my finger on. I will say the bike fit really well and is obviously well designed. Kudos to Salsa.
Maybe this drop bar mountain bike thing will be the next new old school craze. Travis Brown rocked a drop bar on his 26 inch mountain bike for Leadville last year and did really well. He's convinced it's the way to go for a race like Leadville.
Wills you were right. Drop bar mountain bikes are wicked.