A buddy recently told me I'm too intelligent for lap racing.  Dunno bout that.  Maybe.  Perhaps everything pales in light of the intense stimulus of the dual Grand Loop experience this spring.  For now I'm going with Shane's assessment more or less - brain and body need new stimulus.  That's the beauty of cycling, there are soooo many ways to get your spin on.

Yesterday I went out for a rolly singletrack ride on the Lev, but with a twist.  I picked a roughly 2:1 gear and stopped shifting.  That was an hour of fun that was so sorely missing last weekend.  I've never had a SS bike and have spent a grand total of 10 minutes on one.

See where I'm going with this?

Out with adversity, in with diversity.


Published Friday, October 19, 2007 4:55 AM by Dave


# @ Friday, October 19, 2007 5:20 AM

Single speeds are for losers who need a built in excuse for poor performance.
Unicycles are where it's at my boy.
Doh, I guess you wouldn't have any handlebars to mount your death-light on.


# @ Friday, October 19, 2007 5:34 AM

Hey, I'm all about excuses these days. Besides, I always have a noggin to mount the death ray to.

Speaking of death rays...more coming there too. It's hard to control the post race overactive underfatigued understimulated morning synapses.


# @ Friday, October 19, 2007 7:48 AM


Simple speed for a thinking man?



# @ Friday, October 19, 2007 12:11 PM

Singlespeeding = nice change of pace for me. It's brought my mojo back from time to time when it all seems the same. The change in the weather here is the same medicine-- it's getting cold up here & there's a world of desert below to explore now. J-tree, Mojave Preserve & some other areas are calling my name.

I certainly appreciate all the merits of non-lap racing, and there are plenty. But I see a bit of thinly veiled snobbery going around that bums me out a bit. Different strokes for different folks. The irony in this of course is that most of the few events I'll actually participate in next year are non-lappers..


# @ Friday, October 19, 2007 2:59 PM

I love the SS. It makes old trails feel like new ones. Plus, it makes me feel uber tough when I go by gearies. :)

Adam L.

# @ Friday, October 19, 2007 5:19 PM

Oh crap!

your gonna be even faster now!

whats the dumb sharel crow snog, A change well do yah good!


I think there's snobbbyness in all forms of cycling heck all aspects of life?


# @ Saturday, October 20, 2007 3:13 PM

Just imagine a ride with no noise from the drivetrain. Imagine a drivetrain that costs several hundred dollars less. Imagine a ride with no ghost shifts, chain suck, or other mishap. One the is truly reliable.

You are almost there, and don't be afraid of the light(er bike).