TriCross X3

Just showing off my new ride… I picked up a “brand new” 2014 TriCross X3 from my LBS.

I was in the market for a new ride and was trying to buy a “Salsa Vaya” from another “LBS” until I found out how difficult it is to get a “Salsa” in a down market.  I stumbled across a shop that had a surplus inventory of the now discontinued “Specialized TriCross.” I really couldn’t go wrong for under $800 dollars. In the first few months I’m impressed with the ride and the build quality, although the factory seat is not very comfortable “already replaced with a Brooks B17.” Finding a new bike thats two years old is like getting a concert T-shirt from your youth at a local thrift store.

The Great River Ridge Trail….First Time.

Living in SE Minnesota as a casual cyclist offers numerous opportunities to ride on state and county trails as well as a bounty of trails available in towns like; Rochester, Winona and Austin. Great River Ridge trail is one such trail. A nice running from county road 9 just North of Eyota Minnesota to Plainview while passing through Viola and Elgin. In general there’s nothing spectacular about the trail, it’s a old railroad bed converted to a bike path by the state. In the future it’s going to hook up to other communities in SE Minnesota but for now it’s a nice get away from Rochester. Below are a few pictures I snapped along the way.

Elgin, MN Great River Ridge Trail
Elgin, MN
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Great River Ridge Trail
Elgin, MN Great River Ridge Trail
Elgin, MN
Great River Ridge Trail

Birthday Bike Ride

On my 46th Birthday I decided to go for a bike ride and get some exercise. For the ride I listened to “Live, Paradiso” and I used my favorite cheap cycle sport bike “Redline R540.” Here are some of the pictures from the “Douglas Trail” in SE, MN.

 

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