It’s been a few weeks since my last update. I have been so busy lately I have not had much time for blogging.
I have two main bikes. I have a Redline Conquest Sport Cyclocross which I bought last year strictly so I would have a cross between a road bike and something I could also take on trails and outfit with racks and packs and use for touring. This is the bike I plan on taking on the trip. My other bike I won last fall. It is a Kona Lana Mountain Bike which had much thicker knobby tires and really more of an off road bike.
Last night I decided to try the Lana out on a short 12 mile ride our SpinOffs group had scheduled. I had given some though to taking the new Lana on the trip but ruled it out after the ride. With the the suspension the bike was very comfortable as far as hitting the bumps and objects on the trail, which last night were many. The trail had many sticks and junk that had been blown into it because of several days of high winds here. The over all ride was fine. The drive train seemed to be geared a bit different than the conquest. It shifted smoothly and was quick to slide through the different speeds. I liked how when shifting down to a lower gear I was able to with one stroke of the thumb shift down anywhere from 1 to 4 or 5 speeds. Shifting into a higher gears was one at a time which keeps was nice. This made it a bit easier for me to find the right gear as I hit a few of the up hill spots.