I’m quite happy with my new bike. 🙂
It’s a special day … new bike day!
I’ve long wanted to add a gravel/all-road bike to my stable and today that is happening, as I took possession of a semi-custom bike from Denver, Colorado based Rodeo Adventure Labs. Don’t let these sexy photos fool you, I spec’d this bike (Trail Donkey 3.0 is the model) to be a practical, blue-collar, gravel workhorse.
Complementing the carbon frame and fork, my build of choice includes a Rival 1 gearbox, 40 tooth crank affixed to a creak-suppressing T47 bottom bracket. The entire rig will be rolling atop carbon 700c tubeless rims, shredding dirt courtesy of 40mm tires. My ass will enjoy the luxury of a dropper post, and I’ll be navigating this steed via a carbon cockpit.
I expect to be pushing this go-anywhere bike over miles and miles of gravel, single-track, and even the occasional stretch of tarmac.
Big thanks to everyone at Rodeo Adventure Labs who helped me in this purchase process.
Happy new bike day to me! 🚵🏼♂️
As the sun began to set tonight, I couldn’t help but smile.
This area of southwest Utah has become really special for Kelly and me — proving to be the perfect place to celebrate the completion of our fourth year as roaming nomads.
As happy as we are sitting here, signs of Spring pull at us; tomorrow we will leave and begin migrating north towards the mountains.
People often assume Kelly and I must find it lonely living on the road, but the reality is that we regularly socialize with a diverse group of people.
The past six weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. We re-entered the States in Montana over Labor Day weekend and now sit in south-central Kentucky.
During this stretch Kelly and I visited with 74 people, four dogs, and two puppies (yes, we made a list and counted). It was great connecting with family and friends, all of whom graciously found time in their busy schedules for us – many on multiple occasions.
Of course my favorite visits were with my immediate family … the rag-tag group pictured above. By not living in Minneapolis, Kelly and I are the ones keeping this group two down more often than not, but it was nice to have the band back together for a few weeks.
With the whirlwind tour completed, Kelly and I are now decompressing deep in the woods of southern Kentucky and eastern Tennessee before resurfacing three weeks from now in Asheville for more socializing.
Photo credit @lauracarrollphoto