Tinkering

For the first time in a few weeks I felt like this weekend was fairly open.  We didn’t need to be anywhere for anything at any specific time, so I took advantage of that as much as possible.

Dean and I got in an early ride on Saturday.  He was on the road to my place close to 6:30AM and then we rode back to his house so he could get his day underway.  I took a fairly random way home from there.  Heading out towards Tigard and Progress Ridge and then following River Rd all the way back to home more or less.  I was done with 3 hours of riding in and it wasn’t even noon yet.

I took the change to swap out the handlebars on my Niner RLT.  I’ve been running Ritchey Logic II, the same as on my road bike, but I have a set of Salsa Cowbells sitting around that I wanted to try out.  I used to have them on the Salsa Fargo before selling that bike.

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Note the flare on the Salsa drops
The Cowbells are 42cm and the Ritchey are 40cm.  That right there was a big difference.  Add in the slight 12 degree flare on the Salsa and they definitely feel different.  Did almost 30 miles,with a couple gravel farming roads, today and was happy with how they felt.

Mia and I hit up the soft opening of Insomnia Coffee’s newest location in downtown Hillsboro and then had date night at ABV Public House.  Great food!  Definitely will  be going back.

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Ritchey is done!
I got the Ritchey P-650b completed this weekend too.  Now I just need to get it out on some rides to dial it completely in.  I messed around with it last Monday night and it felt okay in the 15 minutes on it in the park, but I need to get it out in the woods and give it a good virgin voyage.

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Oval 30 tooth on the Trek Farley
I also installed a 30 tooth oval chainring on the Trek Farley.  I used some cashback money to get a deal on an Absolute Black chainring.  Really interested in the concept of an oval ring, this is supposed to be a 28 equivalent at the weak spot and a 32 in the power spot.  Briefly tooled around the complex, but really won’t get to know how it feels until I also get this into the woods.

Lastly, I finally got a chance to do a quick setup of my NEMO Apollo tent.  I sold the Mio (similar to the Gogo) and got this one specifically for “light and fast” trips such as bikepacking.  The Apollo is a floorless design and comes in at barely 1.5lbs!  They claim it is a 3 person tent, but after setting it up I would say it is a 2 person tent or 3 people if 2  are adults and a child maybe.  Unless of course you’re all really “close” friends.

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1 pole, tent and stakes

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Took less than 1 minute to setup
I’ll have to practice the stake placement in order to minimize the gap at the ground.  The ideal setup gives you a small gap between the ground and tent.  Enough for air to flow a bit, but you also want to discourage critters from just walking in while you sleep.

Going to be a few months before this guy gets a good testing, but I have at least 2 ideas for trips this summer to get a good opinion about its function.

That was my excitement for the weekend.

Thanks for reading,

-Pete

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2 thoughts on “Tinkering

  1. You know, after a backpacking trip where the ground was almost all rock for a week, I decided I would never again use a tent that depended on good staking to be able to stand… 😉 I’ll be curious to hear how that tent does you:)

    1. Hopefully this first trip on this will be May(ish). Plus on top of that I do have a nice LL Bean 2 person tent that works great without stakes for trips like you describe. I’m a sucker for choices (and gear).

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