I find myself in uncharted territory at this time of the year with all the commuting that I have been doing. 37 doesn't seem like a lot but when you think about it, it's almost 20% of my yearly commute to work by driving the car.
|Looks like someone was naughty on the Boulevard
From a mileage perspective, my favorite route is 20 miles round trip and to hit this year's goal of 1000 miles I figured I would need to ride 50 times. However, unlike years in the past, this one I have gotten more and more into road cycling and on many occasions throughout this year I have added additional miles so at this point I am pretty close to my 1000 mile goal but not by the number of rides. Seeing that I still have almost three months to go till the end of the year we'll how close I can get to that real goal of 50 commutes. If I hit that number, I will be well over the 1000 mile goal, but more importantly is I will have ridden my bike to work a quarter of the year.
The Qball has a new fork! It's a carbon fiber fork from Carver that came with my Kona Unit. I traded it away for some handle bars last year, only to find out the person I traded it to sold it to a friend of mine, who didn't need it anymore, and sold it back to me. It's great and makes the bike a few pounds lighter. It also really makes some of the bumps a lot softer. I also took off the Topeak Handlebar bag. It was gnawing at me too much to keep it there and the mount really eff'ed my cockpit so I am going to put it back on the Burley.
The steering tube is much longer and I think I have to lower the stem an inch. Riding it to work felt like I was on a comfort bike. The other thing I discovered was my front tire has a bulge in it, I suspect it's from hitting something and I think it's time to replace it. I think I got 1500 miles all together out of it so it's served me well. In it's stead, I am going to try something thinner and with a little more aggressive tread pattern. Next year's goal is to ride D2R2 on the Singlespeed and I will need a more aggressive tread pattern if I want to get up any of those dirt roads.