Several things worked out this week and my new steed was up and rolling on Saturday. It was rainy and warm enough to keep me from heading out for a test ride. Looking at the forecast it looked like the temps were going to drop a lot over night and some possible snow. I thought if it got cold enough, I could head out for a ride. When I woke up, it didn’t look too white out side and I didn’t feel the urge to head out. But, as I drank my coffee and took care of some stuff, the snow started to fall even more.
I love riding in the snow and with a new bike I was just itching to try out, my mind was made up. I loaded up and headed to Ferdinand as soon as I could. The snow was really coming down at times and there were some sections of road that was covered. I knew I was in for a good ride.
The trails were in great shape and full of snow. The new bike was riding great and I was having a blast. I could not believe how light the bike rode. I knew it was lighter then the 1×1, but I never thought I would be able to tell on the trail. Even with the trail conditions, the lack of riding in general much less at Ferdinand and the fact that I was rolling a bigger gear, there were several times that I thought I needed a bigger gear. I sure hope this is a trend that will keep up. I need to be able to roll a bigger gear if I want to keep improving on some of the longer rides. I will say that I was very happy with my riding. I could make it up all of the hills except for two. One of them I had too much trouble keeping traction and the other had a stick hanging out across the trail.
I did figure out something I want to adjust on the bike fit, but it should not be that big of a deal. The front end felt like it was riding a little too high like the Fuji normally felt. I just flipped the stem on the Fuji to see if it gives me more of the ride that I am used to with my other bikes, so I will make the same change with this bike. Other then that, the only thing I need to get used to is putting the water bottle back. There is less room to play with then what I am used to, but it will fit and works just fine. I figure that part of my problem was the winter gloves that I had on and the numb fingers. I can hardly wait for my next ride.