24 January 2012 - 7:01Counting Down
In less than one week, I will be in Arizona. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this little break in the action. Winter here is rough, and even though it hasn’t been the worst winter I’ve ever experienced, I can safely say that a few days in the sun can go a long way to recharge the batteries. I’m flying a little bit by the seat of my pants this time, opting for a true cosmic wave experience. I think it’s good to have just a tiny bit of uncertainty in life, it keeps things interesting. I know that I’ll be among friends in a very beautiful place, and that’s all I really need.
I also did not pick the Gozarian for this little trip either, instead favoring the Spot Brand Rocker. As they were kind enough to send me the bike, I felt it’s the least I could do to ride it. I installed the new 30t rear sprocket and a quick tour-du-store told me I would enjoy the new gearing. I’m very much looking forward to getting more miles on the belt drive, and it will be even more fun to ride it on some unfamiliar (esque) terrain.
Since my last trip out west, I’ve pawned off all of my excess tires, which means that I get to try something new. I chose a set of the tubeless ready Syncros FLavor K tires, a low tread, fast roller that looks like it would be pretty good out in the desert. The sidewalls didn’t seem too flimsy, and I’ve had a few of these tires hanging around the shop ever since they were first released last summer. I mounted them, and they sealed right up using my super awesome Topeak floor pump, holding 30 psi overnight.
With a little luck, myself, the bike and all my gear will arrive in Tucson safe and sound. I’m itching to go ride without having to wear 3 layers of clothes.