I was riding my Camargue, which is handily squashing my idea to have the New Albion Privateer take over its role. Better tire clearance, longer chainstays, and I like the handling better. It's too bad the NAP is a little handier to pedal.
Kate was very happy with the Wyandot Elementary playground. She's into monkey bars this summer, and they had a lot of them there:
Henry can do the monkey bars too (though not as well, shh!)
Sam is more about slides:
While Kate kept going on the monkey bars, the boys I went out to the fields to throw boomerangs:
We only got one stuck in a tree, but I was able to get it out by lifting Kate up on my head. She's not that light anymore.
On the way out, I spotted a bike in the school dumpster:
Just a department store cheapie, but it was in decent enough shape that Henry and I had thoughts about coming back for it to donate it to the Columbus bike co-op... though I forgot about it and never went back. So much for recycling.
As I mentioned above, I'm not overjoyed with the Privateer as a utility bike, so I spent Saturday morning stripping it down. Shades of my Cross Check, I ended up with a black fixed gear crossy road bike with AT-2 bars:
I'm pretty satisfied with the tight crankarm clearance here:
It doesn't look it, but there's about 2mm clearance there. Q factor, minimized.
I'm not so satisfied with the low trail fork:
Without a front load, it's a hair twitchy compared to the VO. I think the VO's mid trail is a better compromise for me, where I might be loading my bike any old which way.
I took it for a chilly ride on Saturday morning through the metro park. I stopped at the creek where there used to be a beaver dam:
I heard something splash behind me, and I was excited to see the beaver again:
But it turned out to be a group of three muskrats (the other two got away before I got my camera out):
Not a beaver, but I was happy to see something new on my Metro Park loop.
Rodents aside, I like the NAP quite a bit better as a fixed gear than as a utility bike. It's nice to be on a simple fixed gear again. I've had my Raleigh Technium set up fixed, but for some reason I like it better geared. Must be the chunky shifts from those down tube shifters. So if you know me, that leaves me at nominal maximum five bikes:
- NAP - fixed gear road
- Camargue - errands and camping
- Technium - road
- Ritchey - SS rigid 29er
- Mukluk - fatbike
Except that I just bought a Karate Monkey frameset that was too cheap to pass up. Oddly, my plan is this will threaten the Muk, not the Ritchey. We'll see how this plays out.
I rolled north through the Metro Park into Jerome Village, a newish development that is outside Dublin, but still in the city school district--and that goes to the nearby elementary where our kids currently go.
Later that afternoon, we signed the papers to start a build there.