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An ode to Jessica
Last Post 04/04/2016 05:29 PM by Frederick Jones. 4 Replies.
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04/04/2016 12:01 AM
Jessica J, the second Jessica.  The original is now retired.

I rode her 45 miles today.  Just out for an easy ride but thought I might like to go climbing so I geared her 43-17/22.  (Double sided fix-fix hub.)  Beautiful warm day.  Decided to mosey up Hillsboro-Newberg Highway on the 22; a gorgeous 4 mile easy climb out of the Tualitin Valley.  Continued up Mountain Top Road to the high point, stopped and flipped the wheel while overlooking the Yakima Valley on the other side.  Rolled on to Bald Mountain Road and did the first easy climb and descent then muscled my way up the high point at Bald Mountain. 

Took in the view, put my armwarmers on and started down.  I was out to prove nothing so used liberal amounts of brake shoe for the 1400' down, not going for it until I was almost down, then hit the flat pedaling really fast.  Fun!  Settled down to more moseying, added a detour to and through a park I like, then home.

The day was weather change light overcast, but unusually warm, ~70F.  Light wind, just enough to lift the flags.  Had the gentle feel of some humidity.  Dry, clean roads.  Great day for a ride.  And a great day for a ride on a bike I love, my favorite all time, hands down!  And she was at her best.  I've been riding her enough that she is used to me and she behaved beautifully.  With her quick race steering, highish BB, steel fork, stiff ti frame and quality alignment and workmanship, she is a high strung woman.  If I am heavy handed, she is a wild ride.  Today she was at her best.  Didn't hurt that she was strutting her blue dress, the 43 tooth 1/8" blue anodized Campagnolo chainring I got from a forumite in Seattle after he heard about this bike.  Apparently Campy did small track chainrings for the BMX crowd a few years back.  Jessica approves and loves hers.

So, fun, fun, fun!  Got to loaf on a great bike on a beautiful ride with my favorite drive train.  (I did forget my 13 tooth cog so I had to do my descents on the 17.  No problem.  Good brakes make loafing easy.  And they don't get much better than SunTour Superbe.  I tell you, this woman is pampered.  And I get to benefit.)



04/04/2016 02:09 PM
by the title, thought this might be a sad post! Sounds like a great ride. Almost a pg-13 report

A touch of summer in April. Got a little sun yesterday myself and scored a century on April legs (which are the best legs IMO).


04/04/2016 02:19 PM
+1 on thinking sad post. It sounds like a wonderful day.


04/04/2016 03:21 PM
Snowing here today. Sigh. I did manage a few March rides though. Pretty unusual for Vermont. Looks kinda ugly for a bit. Cold and lots of rain, occasional snow. This after like 10 months of above average temps on a historical level and almost no winter to speak of. Now, April is forecast to be colder than usual!


04/04/2016 05:29 PM
Condolences thinline. April is the cruelest month.
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