Thursday, September 20, 2012

Naughty Nurse Ride and the Raleigh XXIX

Rode the Naughty Nurse ... I mean ... the Raleigh at XXIX at Wadsworth State Park for the CT NEMBA Chapter Meeting RAW.  Got there early and went out to see how I could do on a Strava Segment that I created, called the 4 Corners Climb, but blew it on the final climb.  The rocks were just too much for me on the rigid.

I actually got almost a good 2 mile ride in before meeting up with Glen and Al to start the main ride.  We hit just about all the Single Track that Wadsworth has to offer and created some new Strava Segments along the way, like Alex's Trail Up and Alex's Trail Down, and of course our favorite trail, Taco Bell!  Al brought up an interesting point about Strava in that people are cheating to best everyone else on these segments by trying to take shortcuts and are making trail braids to shave time.  The other negative outcome is it identifies people who are riding illegal trails.  This got me thinking about that new trail braid on the Gussy that I discovered the other day ... I think you know what I will be doing this weekend!

Starting out, the Raleigh was performing really well but at about mile 3 the EBB started creaking.  On the way back from Taco Bell I dropped the chain.  So I took it easy for the rest of the ride.  I am going to try getting new pinch bolts, preferably titanium, otherwise I might have to get a replacement EBB, such as the Carver or the Bushnell.

After the ride I was introduced to the Naughty Nurse and she was delicious!  Can't wait to try the Blonde on Blonde next time around!  

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