|Old friends on the road|
|Autumn under the oak trees|
That's where we usually stop for a taco, and then the route home can either be taxing or crushing, depending on whether you head left or right at the T intersection!
|Your next guacamole may be growing out here!|
There was another group of our friends who opted for the longer route, and it was fun to hear them bitching and groaning when they made it back to the rendezvous spot (just as we were heading for home after our lunch.) I was glad we opted for the less difficult route this time out.
|We must have been going downhill if the tandem was out front.|
Since this was the Silver Queen's debut, everyone was very interested in her new components. Roger was in his element, explaining how we'd had the back triangle re-engineered to provide a better touring experience. Here's a little run-down on the work she had done:
|New brakes, wider fork|
The brakes were changed to V brakes (I think that's the right term) to allow room for a fender to be installed. This was one of the most troublesome retrofits that Roger attempted for our tour, and he eventually got tired of tangling with them and pulled them off the back wheels. I definitely suffered the consequences of not having fenders when we hit rain. I was just soaked, while Roger managed to stay relatively dry up front (where the fenders remained.)
|Beefy wheels and 32 c tires|
|My fancy seat post shock absorber|
|Larger disk brake|
The change that got the most attention was the belt drive that replaced the linking chain. For some reason, this just really got everyone all hot and bothered. I admit, it's pretty! And it's nice to know that I don't have to worry about getting greasy on the left side of the bike anymore. But I am not sure what all the fuss is about.
|Belt drive linking our cranks|
Roger had already made the shift to bar-end shifters while we were on the tour, and he really likes the increased control they provide. So he had them installed again. He's been very pleased with the performance of the bike so far. Shifting is working great, and he says it handles very well with the larger tires.
I think he was initially worried that it would be sluggish or something, but that seems to not be too much of an issue.
In addition to all this cool stuff, the lugs for mounting the racks are beefier, and the good folks at Seven cleaned her up, polished everything and put new decals on. I've even reinstalled my bell! So the Silver Queen, v. 2.0 is back in action. Long may she reign!
|I think the folks at Seven were having a little fun with us!|