Lunch: Singlespeed on Hawes, Hold the Suspension
Lunch rides are going to turn into pre-breakfast break-of-dawn rides soon here in the valley of the sun. Today I had lunch with the converted Avalanche onespeed out on Hawes. No reservations required.
Hawes dished up a healthy dose of desert singletrack painted high with wildflowers and cactus. Riding a hardtail singlespeed is giving me a new perspective on XC trail riding. Hawes seemed flatter today, where were the hills? Hawes isnâ€™t all that technical to begin with, but as I was riding along feeling every rock on the trail I got to thinking that full suspension absorbs the essence of the trail.
It’s funny, years ago I dreamed of riding in the plushness of full suspension, now all I want is to feel the entire trail under my wheels. It feels like spending time with an old friend. It feels so good in fact, Iâ€™ve been considering going all natural with a rigid fork! Hopefully this is just a phase, because I surely donâ€™t want to be one of those guys riding National on a hardtail singlespeedâ€¦hey, that actually sounds funâ€¦especially if itâ€™s a 29er.
I better get to South Mountain and let the Fuel EX 9 free down Geronimo, that should cure the singlespeed craze Iâ€™ve been in and get me thinking about how great more suspension would be. El Guapo?
For dessert I chugged a Lime Gatorade. I love lunch.