Posts Tagged ‘mountain’

So after my bike was stolen from my garage last month, I now have an insurance check to get a new one. But which one? I had a Globe commuter bike that served me well, but it was like a tank when I took it out for long (25-40 mile) rides. Especially when my companions have racing bikes.

Now I am deciding between this:Specialized CrossTrail

And this:

Specialized Hardrock

The first bike is the Specialized CrossTrail. $580. It’s a hybrid with a mtn bike frame, a locking front shock, and medium sized tires that are flat in the middle for easy riding on the road, but knobby on the sides for grippage on the trail.

The second bike is the Specialized Hardrock. $610. This is a straight up mtn bike with large knobby tires, a locking front shock with a larger travel, disc brakes, and slightly better components like derailleurs, shifters etc.

So…which one should I get?

My riding style for the last two years has been primarily inner-city road riding. Lately, I had taken the globe on some light trails. My usual ride would be 3-6 miles around our park and neighborhood streets with the baby in the carrier on the back. One of the parks we ride through has some trails, but they are mostly smooth. Sometimes I have an urge to ride down the steep sides of the hill though, but I obviously can’t because of the baby on the back…and I had a commuter with street tires.

If I got the Crosstrail, I would get a bike that fits my needs perfectly now. But maybe not in the future. It would be easier to keep up with my dad on long road rides, but hard trails would be beyond my reach.

However if I got the Hardrock, I could still ride around the neighborhood, but have potentially more fun going off little jumps and taking some gnarly trails that I used to ride several years ago. Skytop anyone? I think that a mountain bike might fit my idea of outdoor fun a little more than a commuter bike.

So…cyclists out there, what do you say?

The Presidentials 5-4-04

Snow sifted down through the screen mesh in the tent. Outside, the wind howled past the rock we were huddled against. There isn’t much forgiveness for being slow in the mountains. As we lay shivering in our sleeping bags, I contemplated on what brought me here in there first place. (more…)

Yes we may or may not be bad parents for taking our three month old up a mountain but he seemed to enjoy it even if my back and shoulders didn’t. He just looked at the trees all day. He loves being outside. We met some of Lydia’s BASIC (brothers and sisters in Christ) friends up at Lewey Lake campground in the Adirondacks this past weekend. The campground gets a C+ from me. Nice scenery but bad to nonexistent facilities and too many stupid rules. ” No athletic Games on the beach” Oh, we wouldn’t want people to have fun now would we. And no open space for frisbee or volleyball. Besides that though, it was a great weekend. We had good food, I got to go golfing and did decently well again, we climbed Snowy Peak, and got to hang out with friends.

Incidentally, Snowy Peak, elevation 3,899 ft. is the 51st tallest mountain in New York even though it is actually taller than the 45th and 46th tallest. How, you may ask? When they were surveying all the peaks in the 1800’s they were a little off sometimes so there are two mountains included in the 46 High Peaks that are below 4,000 ft. and there is at least one that is 4,000 ft. but it’s number 47. Ha!