So here is the elevation profile for this particular ride: view map here. I've got 39 miles mapped out but there is a lot more there to ride that I've found since I last mapped it out. The best part of this ride is the low traffic! Only about 7 cars passed me on the last ride...and I don't think I've ever had more than 12 pass me.
Most people think of Texas, especially North Central Texas, as very flat, and it is in a lot of places, but this ride has some great hills. They aren't long hills, but there are a lot of them!
These are pictures from one of my favorite rides. It's the back roads behind Erwin Park MTB trails. It's about 40+ miles of almost no traffic roads. "Roads" is used loosely. Most of the roads are fine but to get to all of the "fine" roads I have to go down an almost cobbled road, a few dirt roads, and a gravel road. Hills are good (considering this is North Central Texas).
Just ordered these wheels last Monday. I should have them in just a few more days! I paid $676 at Plano Cycling. Now, with frame and wheels the bike total is up to $1,426. I'm going for the Shimano Ultegra 10 groupo and, so far, I'm thinking about Vittoria tires. It's all coming along...slower than I originally thought...but better, too!
Sometime in April...maybe it was even in March, the most beautiful, spectacular, shiny, wonderful frame was delivered to me. Touching it was like touching royalty...whatever that feels like. Anyway, I am a slacker. It has taken me what...nearly three months to post the debut of my sweet Ridley frame.
So this is what I ordered - just the frame. I'm going to be building it myself. The frame is a white 2008 Crossbow! The company I ordered it from was out of the 2007 white frame...so I paid a little more to get the white 2008 model. They had to then order it from Belgium. It's been almost 4 weeks...so I should have only about 4 more weeks to wait!!
So the drama started when I decided to get a Ridley cyclocross bike. I thought long and hard about the best bike to get. In the end, how can you go wrong with a Belgian bike for cross? My normal frame size is a 53-54. After countless measurings, much research, several sleepless nights, and a phone call to Ridley I decided they must be right...a size 54 Ridley frame would be way to big. So I ordered a 48! A 48! I still can't believe it...though it makes sense based on how they measure it.