My bride joined me in retirement on 1/2/11. Now we are free to travel, play, or just veg to our hearts' content. Naturally our thoughts turned to what bikes to take when we are on the road. We have Ruby/Roubaix road bikes, Rockhopper MTBs, and a couple of bents. All fun bikes, but which ones to take on the back of the SUV when we are pulling our Casita or on the back of the Mini when we are plastic-camping - hmmm? The road bikes are light and wonderful on paved roads - not so great on campground dirt, gravel, whatever. The MTBs are FUN in the dirt and can go anywhere, but they are heavy and slow on the road.
We visited Absolute Bikes in Flagstaff (our nearest BIG CITY) and began eyeing different wheels, tires, and whole bikes. They had just received their '11 Specialized TriCross Sport bikes. After giving it a test ride each, we retreated to Winslow for prayerful thought and discussion. Last Wednesday we ordered a pair of TriCross Comps. We took delivery yesterday and will be taking our maiden voyage today with a trip to Clear Creek or the Little Painted Desert (I'm leaning towards a picnic at CC which is only a 12 mile round trip, rather than a 35 miler on a new bike.)
I'll post our impressions later, but I've been awake since 3:00 a.m. itching to get out and ride. I've gone over both bikes removing stickers etc. and now there is nothing to do but wait until the sun comes up and the thermometer starts to climb from its present 27f reading (oh yeah, I'd better wait until my bride is up and ready to ride)