Day’s Verse:
A good life gets passed on to the grandchildren;
ill-gotten wealth ends up with good people.

Proverbs 13:22
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Here are some things I saw on my Fourth of July bike ride, which took me around the Wachusett Reservoir (shown at the top), into Princeton where I accidentally rode on a portion of the Longsjo Classic course and where I later took the middle picture on Route 31. After a 60-mile ride, the saddle on my rented bike had turned into a torture device. “Rented bike?” you say. “Yes,” I admit, “I rented a carbon fiber bike from my bike shop because my other bike is on its way to Seattle. Scroll down to read more about it.”

Wachusett Reservoir, July 4, 2009

West From Princeton

A Torture Device

The bike was a Trek Madone 5.2 WSD, my first-ever time riding a carbon fiber bike. I loved the feel of the carbon fiber frame — it smoothed the road, responded quickly and smoothly, and most of all was incredibly lightweight. Once I adjusted to its incredible responsiveness, I hugely enjoyed the feel of riding the bike. The bike was built for speed, and I took great pleasure in riding a bike so single-mindedly built for going fast. I didn’t like the gearing, the shifting components, or the saddle, so I had no trouble returning the bike. I came away appreciating why people love carbon fiber frames: Because they are freaking awesome. Even so, I can’t wait to get back on my own bike.

KF quality

One thought on “4th of July Bike Ride

  1. Yup. Joe thinks his carbon frame is both freakin’ and awesome.

    I, myself, have become quite attached to the hand-me-up steel frame “Poppy” that you sent me last Fall. She and I have made a wonderful team through many a rough ride and nasty rainstorm. I must admit, however, that I do occasionally drool jealously over a triple when I am grinding rather than spinning up a hill – and even more so when I have resorted to walking up a particularly steep stretch. I comfort myself with the knowledge that Poppy is a cyclocross bike, so I should expect to do some carrying and pushing of my rig!

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