We follow up on our discussion of the ‘Rotor’ stepping stone and the continued evolution of drivetrain design. We also discuss professional racing hot topics including the results of Strade Bianche, the first stage and the history of Paris-Nice, and Nicole Hanselmann’s speedy start at the Omloop Het Niewsblad. Finally, Chris gives us the update on the bike shop stops along the Orange County, magazine delivery route.
A collection of trails and side roads make up a fun way to spend the day in Fullerton, as demonstrated by riders of the OC Brakeless Fixmas Toy Drive Crit on the first week in December. This college town has a classic downtown with numerous food stops and bike shops. The mix of road and trail make for a fun training ground, or even a local grassroots ride.
“Every time I’ve been in traffic these past two weeks I’ve thought ‘what else could I be doing if I just rode my bike to a bus stop, took the majority of the ride to work on the bus, and then rode the rest of the way.’ Every time I’m sitting there I’m thinking ‘man,I could be doing something else, I could be reading a book or working on my website.’”
Setting aside the obvious ‘building’ vs.’vehicle’ distinction, the experience of modern cycling is very similar to the museum experience. The combination of physicality, mental challenge, and a factor of enjoyment are shared by both.
For the event, we purchased a bag full of disposable cameras and divvied them up amongst our group. These are the resulting photos. The OC Granfondo is a recent addition to the classic recreation rides of Southern California. With past events bringing out well over 1,000 riders, we were interested to see how a significant route change would impact attendance.