Wrapping up times two

Today's weather was Traitorous.

Today’s weather was Traitorous.

I’m wrapping up my review of the Traitor Wander, and had to wrap myself up to do it.

By the time I waddled out the door wearing winter bib tights, two jerseys, and a jacket in addition to the usual, we had already seen a light rain, a soupçon of snow, and finally a brief splash of sunshine (that was what sent me out the door).

When I stopped to snap the pic a bit of popcorn snow was flitting about like the media at a Trump rally, awaiting the outrage du jour. Must be December or something. Next thing you know, Christmas. Sheesh.

Next up for a test ride is the Salsa Marrakesh, which shares a nine-speed drivetrain and a Brooks saddle with the Traitor, but pulls the bulk of its components from a slightly higher shelf.

Most welcome right off the bat is a proper bailout gear for a loaded tourer: 26×34 (around 21 gear inches). Baldheaded old farts everywhere rejoice.




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6 Responses to “Wrapping up times two”

  1. bromasi Says:

    Happy Festivus(spl)

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good morning! Good review on the Opus Legato. I wonder why they didn’t use the 105 long cage rear derailleur and an 11-34 cassette. I have them on my Soma ES and they work great. The derailleur is designed to go to 32 teeth, I think, so just a little B screw adjustment was required to use 34. But the ES has a compact double crankset. Maybe the triple crank on the Legato prevented them from using those parts?

    Anyway, even young folks need a 26×34 on a touring bike. Are you liking the Microshift bar ends?

    Your dedication to work is inspiring. I hope Khal is inspired since I gave up work 11 years ago. I just need some motivation to get my ass back in the saddle. Been 8 days since I put a foot on a pedal.

    Happy holidays to the O’Grady clan and critters and all who visit here! Duffy is healed up and back to normal. That is the best Christmas present for us.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Dedication to work. Sigh.

    Someone once said that the ideal job is more like play than work. Mine is somewhere in between. So was Hawaii, since I was non tenure track and in an academic department, that relegates one to second class citizenship. I do miss the old place, though, where I could pop open a beer while running the mass spec on a Friday afternoon during the department’s TGIF, and no one flinched. One of my colleagues, when I was packing my U of Hawaii office for BombTown, asked “you really mean you are going to take a job that has MANAGERS all over the goddamn place?”. Well, after close to 15 years here, I see he had a point. I’ll always wonder if I should have taken the Dean’s last best offer, which included a tenure line, but would have meant living on an island getting so dense with people, high rises, and cars that I’m afraid it will sink into the ocean.

    At any rate, the Monty Python 16 Ton Foot of Doom may fall on my career in 2017. The Dept of Energy contract with the present management company at LANL will end, and I suspect the new masters of the place will encourage old farts like me, who are adding to our defined benefits plan, to define ourselves into retirement rather than let us roll our bennies over to the new bosses. That may be a good thing. It will force me to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

    Today is my first day of enforced winter vacation, as the Laboratory mercifully kicks our asses out of our labs and offices for the week between Christmas and New Year. I may break out the Long Haul Trucker in a few minutes and spin over to the co-op for a few things, which is a way to get 15 useful miles in using my warmer SPD shoes, and without freezing solid by doing the Bandelier Loop in this cold.

    Merry Christmas to all, or whatever greeting floats your boat!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I was a manager. Managers are like diapers; they are all over your ass and full of shit. We jumped on our town bikes and made a very short gift delivery run this afternoon. First time I have touched a pedal in a week. But we have plans for the morning, mountain bike ride, and then the weather turns to the dark side tomorrow night until next Tuesday or so. Lows in the 20s in SE Arizona. Possible snow for crying out loud. That bullshit needs to stay in Flagstaff where it belongs.
      Happy holidays to the Spencer clan and critters! Stay warm.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Just got back from the Tour de Food Co-op. Letting the circulation get back in my toes. Tomorrow’s high is supposed to be in the twenties. Ugh.

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    Still 6 inches of the white stuff (snow) on the ground here up Bibleburg way…..so another exciting 50 minutes on the stationary trainer on my old Lemond Buenos Aires steel steed.

    Should reach a high of 26 tomorrow with perhaps a dose of afternoon snow showers. Adding character to an already white Christmas.

    We’re doing up our usual Christmas Eve kielbasa and veggies soup, hot homemade rolls, and perhaps a wee bit of vino or stronger beverages. Friends and Family seem to enjoy it as much as we do.

    To plagiarize a very wise man: “Merry Christmas to all, or whatever floats your boat!”

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