Well… got through the week without too much riding. Actually, the last two weeks have been noticeably under-mileaged, as work reared its ugly head with crashed networks and the resultant catch-up of tasks. It will actually feel quite nice to get out on the road with that all behind me now. Tomorrow’s the Marin Century, a very local ride that I’ve actually never done before.
Got all the tech stuff shaken down: the new cog works nicely - the chain is no longer grabbing as it leaves the top of the sprocket, and that’s even quieted down the drivetrain. It’s a SOMA brand, which is what the kind folks down at Bicycle Odyssey obtained for me. Nice plated/CNC’d cromoly. We’ll see how it holds up. While I was there, I got some new-to-me RavX “Stitch Wrap” bar tape for the Zeus, but after munging up the cork tape wrap the other night, it ended up getting used on the Quickbeam. It’s nice, grippy stuff - looks pretty cool with the holes in it. We’ll have to see how it holds up.
Anyway, washed and lubed, got everything in place, checked all the bolts and went for a short shakedown ride this evening. Felt hotter and dryer this evening than it has for weeks, so it will be interesting to see how things feel. Looking forward to seeing quite a few folks out there - they say there’s somewhere north of 2300 riders on all the different routes.