I am now squared away on a 2005 Dakar XC Expert, and I think I’m going to like it.
As always, I am indebted (quite literally) to Joe of Joe’s Bike Shop www.joesbikeshop.net
for understanding that I can’t not have a quality ride. This is my fifth Jamis since 1988, and my 3rd bike from Joe, although he had a hand in the other 2 deals one way or another. Now he has moved another notch up the “people I would have to take a bullet for” list.
Now that the PSA’s are over, let me address this road bike thing.
It is not about the workout for ‘Tops and S’quatch. Those guys prefer to ride the road because it keeps them in cell tower or payphone range so they can call on their wives to pick them up when they: cramp up, get lost, have a devastating mechanical like a flat tire, or it starts raining.
I was riding “10 speeds” back when the housing looped up above the bars and you had to move your hand to shift. I get it, trust me. I used to chase Dogboy up and down Tram road. The Silver Lake Triathlon. Innovation Park Crits. Me going back to road bikes would be about as ridiculous as Lebron James going back to high school basketball.
I have evolved man.