Taking the Adventure off road

by Arlyn on September 16, 2008

I’m so stoked, I can hardly maintain.  I just bought this mountain bike!

I used to mountain bike years ago, before I got into road cycling with such passion.  In fact, the reason I quit mountain biking was that I wore out my bike, which I take as a good sign.  

With my Tour de France adventure over, I’ve been feeling a bit monochromatic maintaining a 150-mile a week road training schedule.  I wanted to find a way to keep my fitness up for racing next season while diversifing my activities.  I think mountain biking is the perfect way to go.

After my “best-ever” mountain biking experience in Germany last month, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of getting into the woods again.  There are some really great trails around San Diego, many that I think I can ride right from my door.  I also have to admit that I’ve been considering putting my name in the lottery to ride next year’s Leadville 100.  Not to ride it competively, but to see if I can survive it.  This would be the perfect bike if I take that on.

So, the Adventure is expanding…

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Donald September 17, 2008 at 4:07 am

Nice bike Arlyn… I have also been thinking about a mountain bike (that doesn’t mean I’ve borken the news with my wife). What other brands did you consider, if any… and why did you settle on the Santa Cruz?

Firger September 17, 2008 at 7:18 am

Congrats, that’s a really nice bike.

Arlyn Asch September 17, 2008 at 7:19 am

Thanks Donald. On the advice of some good friends, I investigated Santa Cruz (XC and LT) and the Specialized Epic and Stumpjumper. I know my offroad tastes are inline with XC riding/racing a lot more that doing bmx tricks or downhill mega-jumps, and those bikes fit the description. I also looked at Giant Trance, which looked like a good value, but did not get a warm-fuzzy feeling which is my first line buying indicator :) I think having a Madone 5.5 road bike has ruined me for value bikes.
The Santa Cruz bikes were really interesting cause all they do are mountain bikes and they go the distance, letting you customize you bike completely. In fact, a lot of what they do is just sell their frames and let other people build them up. I like that focus on building the uber-frame.
So, anyways, I was stuck wanting a top-end bike (champagne tastes) but not having the $4,500 to get a new one (beer budget), so I turned to eBay and found a killer deal. After the bike arrives, I’ll write more about how it turned out.

Arlyn Asch September 17, 2008 at 7:20 am

@Firger: Thanks! We’ll have to have a mountain division for TCO next year.

Donald September 18, 2008 at 3:45 am

Cool… thanks for the good info.

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