May 8th: Ride or bus to Denver, fly to Amsterdam via Keflavik, Iceland; ride all over the place from there. Much to do until that date. Which bike to ride?
The Pugsley, in any of its fat, non-fat, or 29″ permutations?– maybe too much bike, but would allow for trail riding in the mountains and exploring the network of GR footpaths in France. The Velo Orange Campeur?– not enough tire clearance for some of the intended riding, but just right for much of it. The new Velo Orange ‘Bronco’ dirt tourer?– perhaps perfect, but not quite ready yet.
Which bike to ride? Lael is almost certainly riding her blue Raleigh 29er, with lightweight bikepacking kit, comfortable handlebars and platform pedals. She wonders, suspension or rigid fork? Which tire? Schwalbe Big Ben or Mondial would be a good candidate for durability and volume and some, but not too much tread. The Rubena Cityhopper comes in 29×2.0″, at a good price. There are other options. Much to do.
Photo: “Jumping Into Water”, Lael Wilcox; all others Nicholas Carman