I was immediately concerned when I saw that there was a guy on a recumbant (sp?). But ended up having a great ride. 45ish miles through some very pretty country roads. The dude on the recumbant was a hero. I'm pretty sure he could hang in the BoCoMo peloton as long as there wasn't a ton of climbing.
The Mailot Jaune was unbelievable. Easily, one of the best handling and most comfortable fast road bikes I've ever ridden.
I keep going back and forth about how to approach equipment choices in mountain biking the season. Right now, I have my lynskey and 2 Kona cross bikes (1 geared, the other ss). I feel about the same with regard to the lynskey and the Major Jake as I do wih the Mailot Jaune. The folks I want to be competing with all are choosing different options and it is making it kind of interesting: dual suspension 26in, dualie 29er, hardtail 29er. I'm tempted to change something. I love single speed mountain biking; bought my first ss from Gino when he still worked at TC back in 2006 and my only experience with geared mountain bikes since then resulted in an irreparably (although questionably so) damaged derailleur hanger.
One gear got me strong last summer. It was also a ton of fun. But after this past cross season and some late-summer mountain bike races, it is partially that I have something to prove to myself, but also a desire to keep pushing it with regards to competition. I've always been intensely competitive with myself and one great thing about the small racing scene in Missouri is that the intention can be self-competition but also focused on pushing other racers. Making them less comfortable or just raising the bar. I hate to say it, but here it goes: beating butthead up that climb at the Mt Pleasant cx race flipped a switch. I want to see how hard I can push myself in relation to others.
I'm planning on sitting down with Karl @ Klunk and talking to him about ideas in terms of changing things up. I actually don't know if I want another bike. I love my lynskey and I've also come to appreciate how important it is to actually ride a bike before thinking that it would be good for me. Money is the biggest limiting factor in this decision but some ideas I've had are:
1. Only riding my single speed and changing the gear according to the course...basically hoping for that magic moment when I'm just as fast as the local hard-men
2. Getting a group for the lynskey: 1x9 or 2x10 for sure...but probably just 1x9 and then going back and forth a couple of times throughout the season between one or multiple gears and maybe also having the option of fully rigid vs front shock (I can't tell you the number of times I lock my fork out and love it)
3. Having a second mountain bike, maybe a dual suspension (which I've read are pretty well proven to be faster and a bunch of fast dudes will be riding them...but one, I've never even ridden a dualie and two, I lock my fork out so much as it is and am pretty well a full 29er convert...and a light 29er dual suspension is DEFINITELY not in the deck of cards at this point).
4. Selling the lynskey frame and then doing some combo for option 2.
I wish #3 were an option, but I really don't think reality is such at this point in my life to make it happen.