Wednesday, January 30, 2013
So yesterday the weather was a balmy 65F and today we broke a record 68F. DW said, "I know you have work, but you'd better block off some time to ride out there."
I was under strict orders, so naturally, I complied. Took the new cyclocross rig, Sunstreaker, out for a shakedown cruise. As you can see in the pic, I had some major tweaking to do regarding saddle angle, handlebar angle, saddle height...whole nine yards. Everything was less than ideal, but I wanted to see how she rode.
Posture is aggressive, feels unusual to me, very compact and aero. Steering input is very quick and responsive, almost twitchy. Accelerates FAST and can sustain quick speeds. Ride is noticeably more stiff than Megatron, the steel commuter.
Cross calipers brake harder than expected and there is a distinctly different tactile feel to how they pull in comparison to mountain mechanical discs, I almost got thrown when I pulled hard when bombing down a hill.
Riding/braking in the drops and on the hoods feels weird and different. Will have to learn the proper body English on this rig and how it responds. Cross suicide levers are weird, my brain can't figure out which ones it wants to use.
I saw how Tiagra shifters and up are set up. I understand now, what the draw would likely be. Sunstreaker has Sora levers with the small thumb switch, which makes me have to reach a bit, but nothing with too severe a learning curve.
I had a roadie who had no lid and earbuds in stop me and try to fit me in the middle of the trail. I don't know roadie etiquette, but it seemed odd, if nice enough.
Anyway, had the opportunity to climb a bit, felt comfortable. Don't know if I'll be comfortable enough to try to ride it for Dirty Dozen, we'll see. Going to have to adjust the front derailleur.
Now that I have a CX rig, perhaps the opportunity to try a cyclocross race? Definitely something to mull over.
Hope your program is going well!