Inspecting The Fleet

The Co-Motion Divide Rohloff takes a break so a herd of young dudes can shred the gnar without rear-ending some poky senior citizen.

Being at liberty, more or less, with all my paying chores completed, I’m riding my way through The Fleet as something of a palate-cleanser. Sure beats riding a desk.

First up was the Voodoo Nakisi, which is overdue for an little love. Brake pads at the minimum; chainrings, chain, cassette, wheels and brake calipers at the maximum. The last two items I have on hand. Decisions, decisions. …

Unzip over to Voler to join the team! Use the Secret Code (OLDGUYS15) to get 15% off your purchase. And no, goddamnit, for the last time, it does not come with fries!

The Co-Motion Divide Rohloff has gotten out three times in the past week, and it needs tires. The old Geax AKA 29×2.0 rubber is not getting ’er done on the Duke City trails. They’re heavy and not particularly solid in the loose stuff, which in the absence of precipitation is pretty much everywhere, especially in the scary bits.

I saw a dude on a plus rig nearly slide right off the oh-shit side of a sketchy descent yesterday because he couldn’t find any traction. I like traction.

Today it’s the Bianchi Zurigo. This 55cm aluminum-and-carbon rig is a little small for me but I like it anyway. Or I did like it. It’s been a while since we’ve been out together.

Today’s high is supposed to hit the low 70s. I find that hard to believe. Still, I had to peel off the arm warmers yesterday and was wishing I’d worn shorts instead of knickers, so spring must finally be here.

Until it isn’t, of course. Never trust a sunny day.

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7 Responses to “Inspecting The Fleet”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Gee, a seated desk cycle for $99. Must be a first class piece of equipment. My diminishing faith in the intellectual capability of the U.S. population just slipped a little more.

    Last bit of my ride yesterday was in shorts and a short sleeve jersey. And my old ass, with a declining internal furnace, was not cold. Pretty soon I will be complaining about being cold when the temp is below 100. Good thing world wide carbon emissions went up last year, so I can stay toasty warm. Talk about good timing!

    Now with all that depressing shit out of the way, what kind of tires are you considering for the Co-Motion? Are you having puncture problems with the Geax tires? I am still using the Schwalbe Smart Sam Plus tires. They are so puncture resistant that I no longer use sealant or thorn resistant tubes which lightens the rotating weight to acceptable levels. Off road traction is pretty good at 40psi in the 29×2.1 size.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No puncture problems, Pat, but they’re wooden and not all that grippy in the kitty litter. 2.1 might be a bit big for the Co-Motion. I’m already pushing it with the 2.0.

      I’ve actually thought about downsizing to the Bruce Gordon Rock n’ Road, a 700×43. That’s a really good all-around tire, the ones I use on the Voodoo Nakisi.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    I’m running 700-40 Donnelly MSOs on the cross bike (see, I only have seven bikes) and they are pretty good on the Rail Trail.Sure I can slide out, given my ineptitude, but can’t blame that on tires.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    I have the Clement/Donnelly MXPs and USH (33mm and 35mm) on bikes and they do pretty well. I’d lean toward the MXP if it were available in anything bigger than 33mm.

    I’m not sure about the MSO — but I see Donnelly does it in a 50mm width now, which would be about right.

    I have a set of WTB Nanos in the garage, unused for reasons which elude me. This might be the pair with the weird hop in ’em. I should mount ’em up and see what’s what.

  4. mooremediaone Says:

    Hi Pat, I see you’re not only rocking the Rohloff, but biking the belt drive too.

    I have the same setup. And, yesterday on the way to my ass-sitting job, took a wicked pedal strike on the drive pedal.

    The bike took a nice hit – as did my spine. Now the crank belt ring is warped and the belt is groaning in protest every pedal stroke.

    Anyway, though you could relate. Kinda wish I had chain drive right now.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yep, got the Rohloff, the Gates belt, and the eccentric bottom bracket. And I can definitely relate. I’ve put about 45 mostly dirt miles on it since the hub service, and yesterday I picked up some unpleasant racket from what I hope is just a dry, dusty belt meeting the Gates CenterTrack ring. The trails are powdery lately.

      I gave everything a wash and a brush-up but haven’t ridden the beast to see if that solved the problem.

      Man, you must’ve really slammed that pedal. What did you hit? A land mine?

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