The grand Wazoo

The Bloo Wazoo in rigid 700c trail-bike mode.

Everybody in Albuquerque was on the trails today.

And why not? It was nearly 60 degrees. Seriously. In January.

I was slouching around El Rancho Pendejo, doing bits of this and that — retaping the handlebar on my Soma Saga Disc, giving the cats a good airing, lunching on some leftover farfalle with sausage, mushrooms and peas — when I noticed the day was slipping away from me.

Or, more accurately, was reminded of it.

Remember seven-speed freewheels? They still work.

“I thought you were going to ride your bike,” intoned Herself, who was in full-on chores mode and eager to see me on my way, as filth and clutter trail me like Homeland Security.

And so I did.

I’d planned a longish ride on the Saga, but instead took the Voodoo Wazoo for a short spin on the southern foothill trails, between ERP and I-40.

Stripped of its townie regalia and sporting a pair of 700×42 Continental CrossRides the Wazoo is almost the perfect rig for these trails, even given the tallish 38×28 low end; it’s easy to forget that’s all the granny I’ve got, which can be an issue at stall point on a dusty, twisting, narrow, occasionally rocky trail packed with pedestrians bearing dogs off leash and babies in backpacks and whatnot.

But all were in an expansive mood, it being nearly 60 degrees in January, and everyone was yielding trail to everyone else, Alphonse-and-Gaston style, and we all forgot for a short, sweet while that our Republic is in the tiny hands of the criminally insane.

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7 Responses to “The grand Wazoo”

  1. Carl Duellman Says:

    It was too cold to ride this weekend but not too cold for some trail maintenance. No bugs and no sweating. There was also the CX Nationals yesterday evening so on the cats and I curled up on the couch to watch some excellent racing. No spoilers.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well done on the trail maintenance. Also on reminding us of cyclocross nationals. When I say I’ve lost interest in racing I ain’t woofin’ — I’d forgotten all about it.

      Folks can read all about it at the usual sites.

      Gonna be cooler here for the next couple of days, too. Mid-40s to mid-50s. I’m not complaining. I still have memories of January in Weirdcliffe.

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      We’ve got a local guy racing in the Nationals and in Europe so I’ve been following the cx scene. Plus the cats enjoy it.

      Supposed to be 24 degrees in the morning.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I think a 30 tooth chainring would suit the ole Wazoo just fine.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aha: Like Kerouac, you favor the first and third Noble Truths (life is suffering; and the suppression of suffering can be achieved).

      But I kinda like suffering in that 38×28, and anyway, to achieve an end to it I’d need to go to a 110 BCD crank. Sitting on the cushions won’t help.

      It’s amazing what you can ride in 38×28 when you know you don’t have any alternative.

  3. Herb Clevenger Says:

    “The sharper is the berry, the sweeter is the wine. The stronger the resistance, the sooner you are mine.” So when Spring does arrive it’s soooo much appreciated and celebrated. it’s NOT 60 degrees here in Michigan, rather more like 18 and snowing. Perfect weather for hosting the International Auto Show. I can only imagine those flying in from warm climes and stepping off the plane into instant brain freeze. I’ll bet a whole lot of visitors have thought or spoken “who in their right mind would ever live here!”
    Brooding Nordic, Herb kinda types who know that Michigan summers and autumns are worth the suffering. And there is that wine to drink….a nice French Beaujolais that is going down well after an hour of xc skiing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I recall Jim Harrison saying something along the lines of the worst winter anyone from {insert your place here] ever endured wouldn’t even move a Michigander to don his heavy coat.

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