This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Hunqapillar, a no morning backache bike!

 Yesterday was the first of April, also the first day we have seen temps in the high forties.  I wanted to show off the new Hunqapillar to a friend who has a shop about 30 miles away so I took a break from the mechanical stuff.  It was a lovely day for a ride, the wind was moderate although dead in my face on the way back.  The Hunq performed beautifully, not a rattle or squeak except for the seat springs(good old-school brooks).
I still have some tweaking to do before I will be totally happy, you know the saddle a little forward, the brakes a little tighter, the pedal clips loosened a bit.  Overall I am thrilled with this bike.  For a full blown touring bike, it is great.  The handling is so much better than the LHT.  It's not quick to turn like a roadie, but where the LHT handled like a bus this handles like a Bentley roadster, a little heavy but gets you right where you want.  I wasn't sure where I would end up for the day

but it was bound to be fun getting there.
     I can see right now that the berrie flavored Powerade you find on most fountains will never work out.  It conflicts with the color scheme!  That will never do!   I'll have to find a new source and flavor(that stuff all tastes alike anyway).
    But I felt good that I rode my age the first day of April and the surprising thing was the comfort.  I felt no stiffness while riding, no sore neck or back.  Although my old TREK is incredibly comfortable, if I ride more than 30 miles on it, I will pay the next day.  Just having those narrow handlebars set lower than the saddle will make my upper back and neck sore and stiff the following day.  After 60 miles on the Hunq I woke up with no soreness anywhere.  My quads were a little stiff but that is to be expected since it was the first longish ride of the year.
     I just need a little warmer weather and I will be ready for a weekend trip to the Lake.

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