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Posted Apr 17 2009 11:50pm
When it's your day off, you're too tired and wheezy to go for a real bike ride, and your Friday doctor's appointment has to wait until Monday, and you feel tired but you don't want to just go back to bed all day, what do you do?

Well, I putter. Today the object of my puttering was the Kona.

I swapped in the new Crank Brothers 5050x pedals -- the warranty replacements arrived from Crank Brothers this morning -- moved the saddle, lowered the bars a little, and pedaled a bit around the block a few times. I wanted to ride more but I'm still too wheezy and was worried that if I tried to take it over to the park I'd end up walking it home. But in the half a mile or so of just messing around I began to notice some things:

1. The bike is SO much lighter than what I'm used to riding that it feels like there's no bike at all under me. This is actually an unsettling feeling. Part of it may have to do with where the handlebars and stem are; I'm considering trying something that puts my hands a little farther out and lower. Unfortunately, with a 1 1/8" threaded fork, my stem choices are somewhat limited.

2. While I like the bigger platform grippy feeling the new pedals provide, I wonder how on earth I'll work with them in a 'cross situation; all that hopping off and on the bike, and I'm supposed to find the peadl with my foot and power down in a split second. Yikes. How on earth do people who ride clipless do it?

3. It's been a long time since I rode anything resembling a straight-across ATB bar. I remember now why I stopped; my wrists and hands were uncomrotable being turned out like that. I wonder if there's a bar out there that would provide just a TINY bit more sweep-back without getting in the way of my knees.

Obviously there's more tweaking -- and riding -- to be done.

I am really tired of the wheezing and I wish it would stop already. I'd love to be able to go for a longer ride.
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