Monday, February 15, 2010

Brand New Brakes!

Today I got out for a ride with my brand new Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes.  (Sorry, I left my memory card in the computer, so all I have is cell phone photos.)  The switch from hydraulic to mechanical definitely felt different, but these brakes were seriously still rocking!  I was thinking about it as I was riding, and this was my first ride all year with both of my brakes at 100%.  Believe me, it felt awesome to have the security of knowing that you can actually stop without braking for about 50 feet.

I knocked out about 12 miles in the chilly low 30 degree temps today, and made up a lariat with some USFS roads from the church, and then over on No Tell and down Turner Creek.  The singletrack was actually the driest part of my ride today.  I did manage to get my bike seriously gunked up with cement-level Georgia clay. The cement penetrated every little part of my bike, even causing one of the guide wheels on my derailleur to seize up.  I'm serious, that stuff was bad! 

Despite the cold and some of the muck, It felt awesome to be on the bike again after a week off due to weather, mechanical issues, and personal time off. If I'm going to make my goal of 2,000 miles offroad this year, I really need to start dropping the hammer and riding 4-5 days a week.  It's time to get serious!

Exit question: What disc brakes do ya'll recommend?


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