The fastest I’ve ever gone on my bike is 65.7 mph. My biggest air, about six stories and my days best run 135 miles. I’ve been mountain biking since before it was a sport. Back in the good old days the rangers would threaten us with arrest and heavy fines but it never stopped me. I pioneered El Prieto in 1984 and have never looked back. Bikes have grown a millennia from my old custom built 5 speed Schwann beach cruiser but I still ride for the same old reason, because it’s fun.
Ive ordered my new karate monkey but still am working on the build. I love riding single speed and rigid and have been since 2005 but my cranky old body is asking for a bit of plushness so I’m considering upgrading to something like the image alone which I bamboozled off of the web. This bike and it’s luggage is rapidly growing in price and since I’ve already gone a cool grand over budget I’ve decided to top it all off with a Chris Bling pink headset, why the hell not. I’ve also rented a cabana to store it and a place where I can focus on my knee with plenty of space to stretch out.
I’ve invented a new type of yoga, called angry yoga, when I enter my studio there is a yoga dummy hanging by the front enterence, every time I enter I say namaste and then punch the dummy in the face. Angry yoga is a cross between San Soo and yoga and is great for strength training and relaxation.
I chose the Surly because I’m a creature of habit and my old Surly was the bomb. Strong, fastish and relatively nimble, it also tracks like a freight train and those big 3″ tires will float through the Baja desert. Staying true to my now 8 year boycott of cars I will ride my bike to the trail and that’s my biggest fear. My complete failure at making it to the Mexican border last year is hanging heavy on my mind. If I fail this trip I’m going to give up everything, grow a daddy belly and make crazy kids in a suburban hell and go back into banking. What I’m getting at is that I have everything riding on this trip, aging sucks balls!
In the meantime I don’t want any anchors so I’m culling my life until there is nothing to distract me from focusing on making my body unstoppable. My gear list is mostly complete and I’ll be adding a page here soon enough but that elusive pink riding skirt is still on the top of my list.