I worked my tush off on that last post and I got nary a comment. Goes to show I shouldn't be wasting my time on trying to sound literate!
Dave and I took a fun ride last night, doing a soccer practice ride. Instead of 'cross we chose a road ride, as the 'cross course is pretty dang dark with the time change. I rode the Blueridge, which I an exceedingly in love with. It does everything I need it to do well, including participate in a spirited road ride like last night. We yo-yo'd the pace with hard and easy efforts via Indian Hills and St. Matthews. Once in the parks we saw a gaggle/mob/throng/group of lit-up cyclists, I presume a LBC club ride with everyone fully lit, many with bar and helmet lights and reflective vests. It looked like Close Encounters as a ship comes up over the horizon. Fun. After tempo through Cherokee we took the Beargrass Creek Trail and then to Mellwood for the return. After passing Brownsboro, Dave put in a big-gear attack; obviously he was feeling saucy. I had to dig hard to pull him back, which I did in about a half-mile. Once I took a brief breather I did the same to him, digging very deep for a while before leveling off. He and never ride like this, but it was fun. The evening's efforts gave me a very enjoyable 59min ride. Dave turned and rode home, prolly giving him 30m+ on the day.
As to the Blueridge, I just mounted a new front fender to replace the one I trashed on the Orleans ride. I need to tweak the front line a bit, as the rack in pushing it down a little close to the tire for comfort, and giving me some rub here-n-there. I'd also like to try a new bar. The Salsa Bell-Lap, for me, has no drops position whatsoever; I hate it. Patrick has a FSA Wing Short-n-Shallow which I might try. Many of the newish bars are 31c (or whatev the new standard is), but the present stem is 25.8c, so I'm leery of changing out a stem that is definitely working for me on basic tops and hoods riding position. Not sure what to do. I do want new bar wrap and to remove the interrupters. Fresh tape and easier access to the rando bag make the BR a perfect rando mount, or near-perfect enough.
I'm closing in on 4000m for the year as well. I'm excited about that and hope to have a productive Nov and Dec, as I usually do.