Cycling Along The Way...

My photo
Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Thursday, July 12, 2012

More Time On The Silvio Today...

Tuesday was an overcast day most of the day, akin to what I was used to in Upstate NY when growing up.  So, I lollygagged the day away.  Sometimes, it's good to do that.  Yesterday, I started out for Pinos Altos only to realize halfway up the climb that I'd left my water bottles at home.  So, ended up doing an hour of riding then returned home.  Oh, well, those things happen, eh?  This morning, I got up with Eileen at 0630, skipped breakfast since I was only doing a 20 mile ride, and headed out the door at 0730 when the air was cool and the humidity made it feel even cooler.

This was my longest ride since the crash/burn event that was 2 weeks ago yesterday.  I felt good on the Silvio and got up to 38mph.  Granted, I was nervous.  Memories of sliding along the road bed were ever present and kept me anxious, but I managed to do the descent and start the ascent without any issues.  Having the new, smaller chainrings has helped with the climbing and have not really slowed my overall time down.   Along with other adjustments I've made, I have better control of the Silvio.

To be honest, which I need to be with my evaluation of the Silvio re: touring and riding in general, there are two significant issues that continue to concern me.  One, the finicky front end.  With a DF frame, I never had control issues.  With the Silvio, every movement of my upper torso is reflected immediately in the bike, the front end in particular.  Second, the issue of front wheel slippage.  On the Cruzbike website, other Silvio and other Cruzbike owners have claimed to have ridden up 12%/13% climbs.  Call me skeptical, but I need to see videos of this before I'll believe it's true.  In two attempts to make a turn from one road to another with an incline, which is pretty common occurrence, I've been unsuccessful in preventing serious front wheel slippage.  Serious enough to, in one case, fall and, in another case today, have to unclip and stop the bike before I fell.  Not good signs for touring considering some of the climbs that I know exist out there in the world.  I'll give the Silvio another 500-600 miles to see how these two issues develop.  If there's no improvement, I have to be realistic and recognize that the Silvio may not be the touring bicycle I'm looking for.  Reality.

If that should be the outcome, the next bike I'd seriously look at would be a trike.  I've read that they are much better climbers, even than an upright, DF bike, and have all the advantages of a recumbent with much improved stability.  Last week, while in Tucson, Eileen and I were eyeballing a few trikes at Ajo Bikes.  Next time we're there, I'm going to test ride a few of their high end touring trikes.

Enough for today.  Tomorrow, I'm headed to Pinos Altos for the climb, then home to do housework.  Trials and tribulations of a house husband.  I refer to myself as the "house boy".  Eileen likes that.

A tune to listen to...John Prine, one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters, doing, "Jesus: The Missing Years".  Too funny and toe tappin', too.