Nov. 25, 2022


Since REI started closing on Black Friday and encouraging customers to go outside, I have tried to do it (like I need a reason) and motivation today really helped. It started with rain and I couldn’t talk myself into a long hike in the rain, so I started to prep for indoor climbing when the sun came out. I know Uwharrie doesn’t get sloppy (or have erosion issues after light rains) so that is where I went. This is also the trail where I originally broke the Salsa Dos Niner 12 years ago, so it was nice to ride it there again

I had planned a longer ride but my elastomers in my Thud Buster completely disintegrated, I haven’t used the seat post in years, so not surprised. The failure gave me time to catch the second half of the UNC v NC State game

Oct. 27, 2022

I have missed riding my cross bike since I am not racing this year. I converted it to road for the winter and had to get a picture (bottom right)

As long as I was “playing” with bikes, I decided to try one last time to fix my Salsa Dos Niner. 9 years ago it cracked at the rear triangle weld and no one can re-weld Scandium. So I shaped an aluminum for inside the tube and tap and died for two small bolts. Then I wrapped the triangle with fiberglass, will sand and maybe paint.

Chance of success? 7.2%