Yesterday I was at the Kettle Moraine trails. Nice day to ride in Southern Wisconsin. Trails were just perfect. I did ride through the puddles on the Gunnar Rock Hound SS thanks to ENO.
Anyway, I usually stop at “Mosquito Bench”, which is about half way of the big Blue Loop…little did I know that in the group if guys that were hanging out at the bench, my buddy Juan from Trek was among them.
So we said hi, and I asked him if I could ride with all of them. Ok, so off we go. It was all of us on Treks, Kleins, Gary Fishers…and me, the only one on SS bliss. On my Gunnar. Well, do the math…they all work at Trek.
They looked at me, at my bike, and thought “single speeder, whatever…”
Juan says, “who wants to set the pace?” and none of them answered…so Juan n’ me were the first ones…
Juan races down hill in Mexico and is rather a skinny fit Mexican. Awesome rider…
So after a few stops to wait for the geared slackers, I began to understand that they were getting their egos broken by me…the SS guy.
At the final stop, before the stretch to the parking lot, the guy who had been trying to keep up with me goes: How do you do it? No gears or anything. Must be your huge calves!
So by now, all seven of us are there, chit chattin’ left and right the bike talk. A guy asks me what frame I was on…Juan says “A Gunnar Rock Hound painted at Whitewater (the other Trek plant)”
And another asked me: How do you keep the chain from flying all over the place…and I went on my ENO schpeal. They liked it…but one guy goes to another: “I thought single speeds were for just riding around town…”
And another guy: “not for this guy!”
I felt good!
After getting to parking lot, we were all friends.
Today I am riding with LakeRaven and a few others.
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