How ’bout them Mazamas?

There's snow in them thar hills.

There’s snow in them thar hills.

See that? No, not the nifty red Novara Mazama — the non-blue sky.

Yup. It started snowing on me during today’s ride. Snowing! And in late January, too. Who knew?

Naturally, I kept riding. A man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, and deadlines are deadlines. That Mazama review for Adventure Cyclist ain’t gonna write itself.

But when I got home I didn’t sit down at the iMac. Nossir. I got right in the kitchen and whipped up a steaming pot of posole.

Did I mention it’s snowing?

In unrelated news, we watched the State of the Union last night, as is our habit. The prez — when he wasn’t giving off a strong subtextual whiff of “Fuck all y’all!” — reminded me of the future Sen. John “Bluto” Blutarsky trying to rouse the Deltas with stirring oratory.

But the prez wasn’t speaking to Delta House. He was addressing Omega Theta Pi.


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14 Responses to “How ’bout them Mazamas?”

  1. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    Nice ride Patrick. I hear we have similar weather on the way here for Friday. As is usual in these parts, I’ll believe it when I see it. Up to now has been a warm spell that has given me the chance to ride a bike a little though; so there is that.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Of course, the GOP replied to the State of the Union Address using the voice of the Junior Senator from Dumbfuckistan, Joni Ernst. I turned off the tube lest I be tempted to fill it full of 9 mm diameter holes.

    • Larry T. Says:

      Sadly, we have to live part-time in Dumbfu_____n. Barely half the Iowa voters showed up and barely half of them voted for Ernst. But she’s claiming some huge mandate of course. I’ve been trying to find an email address for our new senator with no luck. I find it odd that this woman has been on the gummint teat pretty much her entire adult life one way or another, but she’s gone to DeeCee with her castratin’ tool to make our gummint smaller. My first suggestion is cut the Pentagon testicles down to….say… ’bout just twice as many as the next country has?

      • khal spencer Says:

        We have our first GOP led State House of Representatives in half a century, in part because of those absent voters. their first order of business is to try to repeal labor laws, i.e., pass so called “right to work” (aka right to be screwed by the employer) laws.

        We get the government we deserve. Or, as Larry’s wife says….

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Yep, it’s me again. All you presidential wannabe assholes couldn’t make it. I did it twice. Now, give me the ball. I wanna go home.

    Now, about those handlebars. Can you actually get on the hoods or drops on those things? I have no experience with bars like that.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Mazama bar

      Pat, I’ve tried a bunch of flared bars, from some oddly narrow, Eighties-vintage Specialized jobbers to deep-drop Salsa Bell Lap cyclo-cross bars to a number of Nitto rando’ bars to these insanely wide, shallow-drop REI bars, which extend to 60.3cm (!) at the MicroShift bar-cons.

      Mostly I don’t like ’em. I’ve ridden ‘cross bikes long enough that standard shallow-drop, short-reach road bars like the Soma Highway One are fine by me.

      But these REI bars are OK. Plenty of room on the tops for your hands, if you like to ride the tops, and the drops aren’t so deep that you feel like a center waiting to snap the ball. I spend most of my time on the tops and on the hoods.

      If this were my bike I’d retape the bars to have the shift cables exiting the tape a couple turns farther down. There’s not much room for a winter glove between the cable and lever.

      Speaking of those levers, expect to see more MicroShift bar-cons on touring bikes using 10-speed Shimano and up. Neither STI nor Shimano bar-cons make nice with mountain derailleurs anymore, and the third-party shifters are the only way to get that super-cushy 26×36 low gear.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I’ve got the Bell Lap bars on my Long Haul Trucker, mainly because I had them already and didn’t want to spend more dead presidents on yet another set of bars. They are OK on that bike, but I’d prefer simple drop bars. I do use both the tops and the drops but the tops are a little narrow for me, given my Sicilian ancestors were almost as wide as they were tall.

        I’m interested in what Shimano mountain derailleurs don’t work with barcons, as I have 105 STI on the tandem with a very wide range Shadow XT rear derailleur that will handle a 36t cog. I’ve been thinking of going back to barcons on the tandem. They are simpler, and I can go back to better braking using Dia Compe 287T brake levers, which have a very powerful built in mechanical advantage which when combined with V brakes, are quite formidable.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Thanks! I didn’t know about the Shimano bar end shifters not working with newer Shimano mountain derailleurs. Sandy doesn’t have a problem. She put flat bars with Shimano LX rapid fires on her 520. Damn near has a LX groupo which is unusual these days.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Gents, as I understand it, as of 10-speed, Shimano’s road and mountain groups are incompatible, meaning you can’t mix and match road and mountain components the way you once could. This is one reason we still see so many nine-speed touring bikes.

        I had thought that Shimano’s Dura-Ace bar-cons might still work with Deore and XT, but apparently not (unless you put them in friction mode, mebbe). Them sumbitches is road-only, just like STI.

        As one product manager put it, “This puts a limit on the gear range that we found undesirable.”

        Thus we see nine-speed tourers and 10-speeds with the MicroShift levers, which lack the finish quality of a Dura-Ace shifter but work fine. And if you like the STI-style brake-shift lever, Gevenalle is doing an interesting aftermarket setup that I’ve been meaning to try.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Oy. Looks like us 9 speed folks are slowly getting in replacement part trouble.

        Just like when I swapped the 2008 iMac in for the new model last month. Want to open a Pages document created on the old iMac? Can’t do that, it is too old says the error message box! It has to be saved using Pages 09, it says. I don’t have Pages 09. Luckily they are simple documents, and not many, easily copied in Preview and then pasted into Pages. But if I had a bunch of complex documents, I guess I would have to hunt up a Pages 09 to buy. I’m thinking Apple is not as user friendly as it used to be. Beam me up Steve, this Mac shit is getting too hard.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Too bad. Shimano is making itself irrelevant to some of us. I don’t need close ratio ten speeds. I need ten speeds that work for me. Of course like Shimano nine speed, I am obsolete and irrelevant.

  4. Old Gramps Says:

    And that recipe for the posole is? Thanks

  5. Dude considerin' new bike Says:

    Thanks for posting the bar pic and measurement. On paper, the Mazama seems a less expensive alternative to bikes with roughly similar “jobs” and geometries, ie the Salsa Vaya or Specialized AWOL. And the Mazama has a much lower climbing gear than many of them too.

    But, oy, that Mazama bar… any reason to suspect that swapping to another bar (Soma Highway One, Salsa cowbell, etc) would be problematic? Would handling still be ok?

    I’m in the market for my first new bike in 20 yrs (yea!) and have taken a spin on a Vaya and an AWOL. Nice rides but I’ve been surprised that both require extra cost and messing about to gain a nice low gear. In the case of the Vaya 2, the big issues seem to be a lack of gear range with integrated shifters and the incompatibility of road and mtn for Shimano 10-speed. Folks on ta interwebs suggest switching the stock Vaya 2 to a 9-speed mtn derailleur and an 11-36 mtn cassette… but my LBS says they would never mix 9- and 10-speed equipment. With 20 years between bikes, I’d been thinking I’d have a jet-pack option by now… not be stymied by a cushy climbing gear 😉

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