|January.....no snow, no ice, and lots of mud and water!|
The ice storm from last week has also had all of its effects melted away, creating another issue- flooding. Since the water that melted and the rain that fell had no where to go in to the soil, due to frozen ground, it ran into all the rivers and streams instead. That has caused ice jams and flooding that is more akin to early March weather than mid-January fare. Hey, at least it isn't below zero!
So, I've been back to riding just recently since being sick. I have been spending most of my time on fat bikes and will continue to do so until I feel better and especially if it snows again. It might do so Tuesday. Anyway, with the water sitting around, and with what little ice there is, it all dictates that I ride the fat bike, which is more sure-footed. It doesn't have a tendency to sink in the mire in a couple of places where I have that on my commute.
I felt good enough to spend Saturday going down to see what was up at the Iowa Bike Expo in Des Moines. Plus, I got to eat lunch at Krunkwich Ramen House, which I highly recommend if you find yourself in Iowa's capital city. Anyway, following are a few of the highlights of the show from my viewpoint. I'll add a bit of commentary as we go here.
|Bombtrack Bikes are from Germany, but distributed out of Ames Iowa.|
|Possibly a gravel rig here?|
|The Bianchi "Allroad"|
Ha! Not good. 35mm tires were mounted and that's all you are squeezing in between those chain stays. Moving on now........
|My daughter liked the Cannondale 27.5+ bike on display, the Beast Of The East.|
|The Salsa Cycles Timberjack was in the house.|
It is quite evident once you get up close and personal that the Sequoia was meant to be a beast of burden. Big, beefy chain stays, stout tubing, and that massive front fork are obviously made to be stiff under load and track straight while carrying you on down the road. That said, a carbon fiber touring fork?
We had a good time there, saw a few friends, and zipped on to other business that had to do with the rest of the family.