Friday, November 28, 2008

In The Land Where Fatties Fit Fine

Since I strained my back and neglected to train I have bowed out of the last CYCLOCROSS RACES of the Season. Man I love cyclocross but to keep sane I am trying to explore as much as possible in the pancake land of Illinois.

I live 20 miles west of the city, which is actually not a bad place to be at all. This is the begining of a series of rides through the winter and spring where I will find historical routes, places and learn more about where it is that I live.

This weeks edition is the introduction to the Surly Cross Check and the 700X45 WTB Mutanoraptors wrapped around some Dt Swiss Touring Hoops. The bike is perfect for off road adventures.

This bike is set up as a fixed gear 38x18. The crankset is from Sugino. I had a dura-ace 7801 crank but with the external bb I ended up wearing out (bb) more than I changed my undies. So I left out the bling and went with durable. The handlebars are WTB road/mountain bars. Awesome, incredible leverage, and when you run a ss you need what ever power you can get going up hills. The brake levers are from Shimano and the saddle is a Fizik Gobi and posted up with a Thomson Seatpost that matches the thomson Stem.

Excuse the long introduction and unfortunatly there is no real story to report except the Cenntenial Trail is closed westbound from Lemont till March 2009! Hmm... that only mean I will have to find a detour.

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