Forward, into the past (part 1,672,078 in a series)

The road to the clouds. OK, so it’s the road to the tram. But the tram is the road to the clouds, so there, smartypants.

How pleasant to enjoy a respite from summer before its official arrival.

The rain ushered in a brief spell of cooler temps, and I actually considered wearing knee and arm warmers for yesterday’s ride. But the sun eventually came out, and stayed out, so I troweled on some sunscreen instead and got after it.

The Eurocross lacks handlebar tape, but otherwise it’s all set for 1990.

What was intended as a short spin wound up taking a couple hours, and afterward Herself and I slouched on the back patio with refreshing beverages, helping the cats watch the birds.

On Saturday, while it was still raining, I continued my time travels, chucking my favorite Steelman Eurocross into the Wayback Machine for a journey to the era when aero levers and bar-end shifters ruled Velo-earth. That Shimano 600 STI was just too dern modern for me.

While I was about it I added a new, wider bar, a 44cm Soma Highway One, which has less reach and drop than the old 42cm Cinelli Eubios. The Cinelli may be as old as the bike, which says something about Cinelli quality, the luck I was pushing, or perhaps both.

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8 Responses to “Forward, into the past (part 1,672,078 in a series)”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I wore a vest on the ride yesterday. Temp was 60 when I started out.

    Hard to find fault with a Saga. The SOMA folks got that one right.

    Martin down at M&M let Mike transform his old Niner Sir 9 mountain bike into a drop bar, rigid fork, and 2.3 inch tires go anywhere bike. I’m not sure what drivetrain they used, but it had brifters. The rigid fork is a MRP Rock Solid. It gives me ideas.

  2. Carl Duellman Says:

    It was hot AF here over the weekend. Upper 80’s with about 70% humidity. I did a beach ride Sunday then hit the water. It was refreshing but I was a sweaty mess getting from the beach blanket to the car. My heat tolerance (along with so many other things) has definitely decreased with age.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That humidity is death. I remember that from my sprouthood in San Antone. Christ, it was awful. Come summer it was either hit the pool or stay indoors next to the Fedders, playing Monopoly.

      No wonder I was on a swim team at age 8. Sure beat sinking into melting asphalt.

  3. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Decided I wanted to emulate POG and POB my new hot temp heroes. So when it hit 96 here today I saddled up the Riv Joe App and headed out. Even with some wind it was hotter than the hubs of hell! How do you guys do it? Not only hot damnit but humid too. Michigan thus far in June is more like Florida. But relief on the way with cooler temps a comin. This 90+ degree jazz has got to go.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I certainly won’t reply with that dry heat bullshit that everyone in AZ loves to spout. But, sweat really works well out here. I think you commented to me about that on the Paseo del Bosque ride.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I ‘member cycling from Colorado Springs to Pueblo in the summertime once. Got the traditional late start (O’Grady Standard Time) and didn’t take enough water (a rest area I had counted upon was closed).

      That was a long hot ride. The voices in my head quit speaking English somewhere north of Piñon and switched to either Klingon or R’lyehian.

      “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!” they’d shout.

      “We need a serious immigration policy to deal with the Great Old Ones,” I mumbled. “A Wall won’t even slow ’em down.”

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Michigan motorist who mowed down 9 cyclists gets 40-75 in the Greybar Hotel.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hey Herb, get a load of my forecast for the next week. Let’s go riding; we leave at 0530 to avoid tires melting and sticking to the asphalt.

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