Let me start by saying that we work with some of the best bicycle makers in the game and they keep surprising me with their innovations. Furthermore, Snowbasin, Utah was an incredible sight for this east-coaster and the riding was great.
The new Surly ECR is the perfect machine to help me formulate my aspirations for 2014. The DIY acronym, "ECR" has as many variations as the bike has capabilities. Its stable, sure-footed, and rugged; which inspires you to go further and take the path least traveled.
With a bike under my butt in 2014 I'm looking forward to being creative - to pick the route most interesting, even if it keeps me out after the street lights have turned on (and off again); to get faster and ride slower; to sleep under the stars once a week (once the spring comes); to stay organized; to keep hopeful; to reach for my toes once a day (keep those legs straight!); to write more, and better; to get the girl; to be patient; to discover new music; to stay healthy; to accept a help up when down; and to fight for our future. I don't think that this bike will give me all these things, but I suspect that the motivation inherent in the bicycle will create the situations necessary too fulfill any goal you can believe in.
Thank you to everyone that made 2013 so special. Now, Here's to an inspired 2014!
More ECR pictures here: Surly ECR Build
Borealis is an exciting addition to the fat bike world. The frame weighs in around 1270grams making it among the lightest in the game. Utilizing a 190mm spaced rear end and a 135mm thru-axle front the Yampa provides a super stiff and high-performing platform with the capability of 5" tires on 100mm rims. The big tires fit really well with the fat carbon tubes and the internally routed cables round out the clean aesthetic of this beautiful bike.
I have always taken a rather cynical view on the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to New Years Day my otherwise sunny disposition clouds over with grumpiness. It's something in the air this time of year - a combination of stress, rabid consumerism, and the lack of Vitamin D that just makes me want to hide. This year I spent Christmas alone and it turns out that is not an improvement. So, I headed for the hills. Hayden Hill, to be exact; where The Fellowship of the Wheel has, for a long time now, maintained some of my favorite trails in the area.
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