One step beyond

The Marin Nicasio is part of the company’s “Beyond Road” line, so naturally I took it beyond roads. I’m funny that way. Maybe not.

Weekend? Holiday? Your words are strange, friend. We have no such things here on Freelancia. What a paradise your world must be. Tell me more.

OK, awright, yeah, so as work goes, riding the old bikey bike hardly qualifies. And glad I was to be doing it, too, after a couple weeks of a dodgy back. But still.

The pic is a screen grab from a bit of video I shot Friday for Adventure Cyclist to accompany my review of the Marin Nicasio. Yesterday I was rolling around and about on a Fuji Touring Disc, which is next in the pipeline.

Fuji has been doing touring bikes for the better part of quite some time (anybody remember the Fuji America from the fabulous Seventies?). The Touring model has been in the line since the Nineties, and for 2018 — like pretty much everything else — it is available with disc brakes.

This one I won’t drag out onto the singletrack. That wouldn’t just be be one step beyond — that would be Madness.

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11 Responses to “One step beyond”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Putting words, pictures, and video together for magazines and web sites sounds like work to me.

    The steeper pitches must have been interesting on 700C/30 rubber and those gears. If I owned one, I might spring for some 650B wheels. Then I could run bigger tires, and it would drop the gearing a little. Did those brakes get noisy when the rotors were dusty?

    I got some badly needed dirt time today my ownself, but on 29/2.3 inch rubber.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      PS: That Fuji Touring Disc model has some really nice components for that price.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I used to race ‘cross mostly on 28mm rubber, Pat. And with a low end of 36×28. Of course, that was back when I was a man instead of whatever it is I am now.

      For “adventure rides” on the Nicasio I challenged Marin’s design limitations a bit. They say the bike can handle 40mm tires, but I got away with a couple 42mm Continentals (CrossRide rear and SpeedRide front).

      And yeah, I got a bit of “eeeeeeeeeeee” out of those brakes after a short bit of shreddin’ the pow-pow.

  2. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    We ventured out into the local state park trails on our ancient 26″ wheel, hardtail MTB’s stopped by cable-operated V-brakes this afternoon…and we survived! The 2.3 Vittoria Saguaro tires on ’em say their minimum inflation is 40 psi but I let ’em down a bit and like the ride a lot better. After a couple of weeks off the bike combined with a week of wrenching on ’em at PBMA, it was past time to get out and ride one even though it was almost an antique!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      All bikes are good. Some are just better than others. (The ones with rim brakes are best.)

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Yessiree! For as much as we play around in the dirt the “improvements” in modern MTB’s would be a waste of $.
        If I have trouble keeping up I know it’s NOT the bike’s fault even if it is a Schwinn-branded Durango-built “Homegrown” with only 8 cogs in the back, 3 chainrings up front, 26″ wheels and V-brakes yanked by cables. A Rockshox “Judy” bounces up and down in front to take the sting out of bumps while the entire bike is still more bike than I am MTB’r.
        When I (rarely) show up to ride with a group, I’m always the winner of the combined old guy/old bike age calculations!

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    Great to see pics of you on the trails in/around Duke City, PO’G.

    I did a 1+1/2 hour tour of the Falcon Trail (Air Force Academy) today on my MTB (that’s all I ride nowadays) as the weather gods decided that 44 degrees (for the high) and 20K winds would appeal to Bibleburg residents.

    My only advice (free and worth absolutely nothing) to you,PO’G, is to watch those disc brakes…..lots of injury potential there! Just kiddin’!! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      JD, that trail is part of a network surrounding the Elena Gallegos picnic grounds. Lots of fun loops that you can zip together or enjoy separately, and most of of the terrain is totally doable on a cyclocross bike.

      Hell, some of it I could ride on a road bike. And actually, I have, as part of bike reviews. If somebody tells me their touring bike is good to go off road, well, off the road it goes. As you know, I will never be smart.

      The EG trails are not unlike the trail network in Palmer Park, but with fewer technical bits (and more cacti). Perfect for a quick 90 minutes away from the Mac.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        PO’G: I assume you have some sort of bodily injury insurance coverage provided by the publishers and bike providers that you serve so willingly (and Shakespearian-like) as a “TEST PILOT”!

        Mebbe not, eh?

        BUT, as you exemplify better than most of us, “With age comes wisdom/prudence/good judgment/COMMON SENSE, etc.” so it may not be an issue. Ride on, mi compadre, and gracias for the bicycle/philosophical/political/and occasionally scientific enlightenment! 🙂

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Aaaaaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

          “Mebbe not” is exactly right.

          Last time I broke a collarbone I didn’t even have health insurance, if I recall correctly. That bad boy was cash on the ol’ barrelhead.

          One thing cyclocross taught me besides a new way to lose bike races is that it’s OK to get off the bike if some course feature gives you the ya-yas, heebie-jeebies, or a rectal infusion of chamois.

          Which is the long way around to saying that I ride like an old married guy who doesn’t get sick leave. No work, no eat.

          • JD Dallager Says:

            I too, PO’G, am a big believer in the hike-a-bike approach to cycling/MTB’ing!

            At age 70 I plan to still be enjoying the joy of cycling in, say, 20-30 years.

            And, yes, I’m married, with two great kids, and two great 5-months old and 21-months old grandkids.

            No injuries, no problem! 🙂

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