Monday, March 07, 2011
Waterloo is a train center though, so it isn't any surprise to me. Lots of train activity here and there is a roundhouse turntable still in use here along with a repair station separate from that. Trains are coming and going all night and day. This particular train was all tank cars and had just been assembled before I arrived on the scene. In about ten minutes I was on my way again.
Burton Avenue had great gravel though, so the road was fine, at least, and with every up, I was able to get over the top without getting into a bad place, or even having to stand much at all. The 40 X 20 is working well so far as a gear for these sorts of rides. Now, I don't have a computer on this bike, so I haven't a clue as to speeds other than to say that if I do 10 miles covered per hour, or better, I am happy. I kept track of the miles mentally, which was good for taking my mind off the wind. After 9.5 miles were gone from the Burton Avenue-Donald Street intersection, I reached the bridge pictured above, just inside Bremer County. If you ever ride up this way, there are a couple of cool old country churches on the two corners previous to this spot. One is from the late 1860's, the other from the 1880's. Pretty rad.
A mile more north, then a bit of zig-zagging over towards Leversee/Hawthorne which takes you back to Cedar Falls. With the wind! I felt like I had a motor on the bike.
Also, I noticed that the frame must be fairly stiff in the bottom bracket area. Of course, I have a square taper crank in the bike, but still- There isn't much more than about 2mm clearance around the Geax tire, and I think I might have rubbed the chain stay twice in all the riding I've done on very hard efforts. Pretty impressive. (Yes- some bikes flex more than 2mm side to side when I have mashed them.)
Finally, I am liking the fit on the bike, which I modeled after my fixed gear, rat-ride, Raleigh Gran Prix. It's definitely more stretched out and lower in front than most any 29"er I have. I seem to be responding well to the positioning. There are not many of these around. About 50 or less. I have #42. You can check out the frames from Black Mountain Cycles here.