There are changes afoot. The X bike is getting a new look, and the Cannondale is back in the shed until I figure out what to do with it (again).
I had not been riding the X bike as much as I would have liked. In the end, I think it was the thumb shifters that I just could not get used to; so it was easier to just hop on the Trucker and go do whatever I needed to do. Additionally, Son#1 commented that he likes the looks of the X bike frame better than the C-dale.
So you guessed it… I’m switching the X bike over to drop bars, pulled off the racks, and moved the saddles around. To run drop bars, I have to switch the brakes around, and I decided the easiest and cheapest route was to swap out the V-brakes for cantis. Ted at Pedal Pushers let me root through their take-off box and I found two sets of Coda brand that fit the bill, along with all the hardware. Last night was assembly night, and I managed to get the bars, the brakes, the cables and the saddle all mounted up; with fine tuning the shifting set for later in the week.
But here’s the rub: around 10pm I took the bike for a quick spin up the street…and it felt incredible. I have the bars level with the saddle, but I moved the brake levers up a bit, which creates a nice, balanced feel. But the real epiphany came with mounting the Selle Titanico on a suspension post. The Selle has longer rails, so it sits over the rear tire more (probably a little too far), and I had tied it off a few months back, but had not really ridden on it much since it was on the son’s C-dale. If butts could smile, mine had a wide grin. It just felt really, really comfortable.
So I’m going to try a few things to see if I can’t replicate this with the Trucker: tie off the Brooks Flyer to pull in the “flaps” and look into a VO seat post with major set-back. If that doesn’t work, and the Titanico still feels as good as it did last night, then I’m going to switch back; which just boggles the mind. I can’t believe that the feel of those two saddles has is completely opposite of what they were from last year.
Other than that, the X bike is looking like a rough and ready dirt bomber with nasty 29er tires, no fenders, Carradice Barley, and the 44cm drop bars. Depending on finances, I might try to find a rear wheel to match the spare I have and mount a pair of 32mm tires that will allow switching out from a dirt bomber to a street machine. Son#1 and I will end up flipping coins to ride it.
As for the Cannondale; I’m thinking returning it to the grocery bike configuration that it was last year, but I’m not in a hurry.
Pics and updates to come.