This week I went to Elk Meadow Park in Evergreen. This is a great easy trail with stunning views. I took the Singlespeed out to try to get my biking legs under me. It really has helped me gain some strength back into my legs. The thing I like about riding this bike is that there is only one gear. There is no shifting, just riding. It takes a little to get used to the idea, but in the end it is worth it.
It also resurected my Trek Carbon fiber racing frame that I’ve had for about ten years. Originally I bought this bike at Wheel and Sprocket in Milwaukee, WI. It was $1500 and I would still consider it a deal. I broke the frame in New Mexico, but Trek warrantied it and sent me this one. I think it is a very photogenic bike. Since I have a ton of spare parts downstairs in the basement I figured I would rebuild it into a singlespeed to see what the hype in the bike industry is all about. It seems as though almost everyone is getting on the band wagon to promote this retro idea.
I have to admit I do like the simplicity of just pedaling and not shifting. I also like the weight savings for putting the bike on the roof rack of the car.
The trail was awesome as usual with little or no hikers or other riders. That was probably because of the impending storm, and I was riding on a Monday afternoon when most normal people work. I figured the storm would head east and I would not run into it. I was alittle wrong I ran directly into a hail storm. No problem though, some of the trail is covered by really tall and old evergreen trees. I just parked under one until the storm let up a bit so I could get home. While I was on the trail I did run into the owner of the bike shop I have been going to in Denver, so that was cool. But, time was not on our side for chit-chat. We had to get going before it really started pouring. All in all, I would say it was a great time.