Headed over to Chicopee to give the outer loop my first attempt since the injury, and also my first trip there on the new bike. Before the ride, I -fixed- this problem that my bike has had with squeeking whenever the rear shock compresses…put just a little lube in the joints where the shock connects to the linkage and the frame…problem solved!
The ride went fairly well. Slow, but thats what I expected. On the downside I did have two dabs and also walked a downhill section that is paved with chunky rocks. On the upside, I made both of the clmbs I usually have to get off and walk on!
My overall impression -so far- of riding with full suspension, is that it gives me a net energy savings per ride compared to the Talera which is rigid back and front. On the Talera, I spent a huge amount of energy soaking up every single rut androot and bump i the trail with my body, while on the full suspension most of the small stuff just gets ridden over without even tensing up. The forks are still a problem. They are so lightly sprung that when my fat butt gets on the bike, they sag so much that I only have about an inch of travel. It’s like -almost- having suspension, because when I really need it do absorb something big, it just bottoms out. Oh well. Even though the ride was slow, it was great fun and I am glad to have taken it on.stats: Time Moving: 57min 18sec Distance: 6.94mi Avg Speed: 7.2 Max speed: 19.6