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Location =  Albuquerque NM  
Distance =  15.0
Time =  1:34:04
Ave. Speed =  
Max. Speed =  
Monthly Dist. =    92.99
Yearly Dist. =  366.21

The Speedplay "Frog" pedals came in the mail today, so I put them on the new bike, and headed out for a ride. The calibration on the computer was way off, so I have disregarded the average and maximum speed data, and estimated the total distance.

I left the house and rode over to the bottom of the road to Tierra Monte, and La Luz Trail, because I know that distance is right around 2.35 miles. The computer said 3.87 miles, so I adjusted it downward, and rode back to the house to try again. It was still way off, so I made another adjustment, and then rode back to the Tierra Monte road. It was getting closer, so I dialed it in a little bit more, and then headed up to the La Luz trailhead. I didn't worry about trying to go fast, I was just feeling out the new ride.

The bike is a Santa Cruz Superlight, just like my other mountain bike, only this one has the newer frame, with the bent top tube. It also has all Shimano XTR parts. Everything is top of the line. I was able to get the whole bike for what it would have cost me to buy a new shock and fork for the other one. The bike was owned by a guy in Florida, and it hasn't seen very much use. I'm going to use it mostly for racing, and ride the old one for general use, and especially when conditions are muddy and poor.

When I got the bike, I took it over to Sportz Systems to have it put together, and give it the once over. Unfortunately, they did a lousy job, and I would have been better off just doing it myself. I won't get into all of the specifics, but suffice it to say that I probably won't be giving them any repeat business.

Getting back to the bike ride... I made it up to the trail head, and then turned around for the fast trip down. The bike was smooth and quiet, and I can't wait to get it out on the dirt trails.

The day was sunny and cool, with temps in the 30s. It's supposed to warm up into the 50s by this weekend. I'm looking forward to that!

To cap the ride off, when I got back to the house there was a postcard from the Leadville Trail 100 people telling me congratulations!, my entry into their mountain bike race has been accepted. Colorado, here we come!



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