I began training this week for a local race scheduled in April and I thought maybe I should get a skinny tire bike to actually race with. I got my brothers Columbia Trailhead 26er (cheapo bike) and started swapping necessary components to it (Mary handlebar, BB7 brakes, Thomson stem, fenders etc.). So I got it all together last night, rode it around the block a few times, then up and down the 18% grade hill at the end of the street. It was all good, or so it seemed...
So today I took the 26er out to the island where the race is to be held and attempted to do 7 miles. I made it 1 mile. The ride was so harsh. The bike felt so small. Every root, rock, bump, and obstruction stopped the bike dead in its tracks. There was NO momentum! There was NO float! To keep moving, I had to keep pedaling non-stop. I was tired and my arms were sore after just 1 mile.
I went back home and got the Mukluk back together and took it out to the island. I managed 8 miles, after yesterdays 13 miles. I breathed a deep sigh of relief and promised to never doubt the Mukluk again. I'll be riding it in the race instead of the 26er.
If anyone is curious, the race is called the Sylvan Island Stampede, held in Moline, Illinois on April 15th.
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