@racinbob We rode through that area a couple years ago. Before we decided to have a campground base, we rode from my buddy's place in Shullsburg up to Lacrosse, and then back the next day. We ate lunch at the brewery. We fell in love with the Driftless Region on that ride.
Part of my rush to purchase was 1) Limited availability of the Mineral Weiss Pearlcoat option, and 2) changes or departure of the model in 2022... I couldn't be happier with what I got, and it was totally worth flying out to Ohio to get it.
I'm in a similar predicament with the WRX STI. This is the last year for the current generation and the long-lived EJ motor family. The next generation is said to come with a healthy bump in power and efficiency, but also will come with the current-gen Subaru tech-centric interior, which I'm not sure I'm all that into, and the radically different powertrain that lacks the history of the rally-rooted EJ and may miss the mark on 'feel' with the effort to go to digital inputs and better 'refinement'.
@highlander That's also an excellent idea... She wants to come along after seeing the pics but I'm not sure how she'd hold up to the trail! Maybe the answer is drive to the campsite and then bike from there.
@spacekraken I was a doubter for a very, very long time. I never had too much trouble pushing my plus size 2.8"s through most of the light snow we get here, but we actually got some genuine snowfall this year and it was nearly impossible. Also, during the freeze/thaw period here you shouldn't be riding trails to avoid damaging them, and I got tired of riding only road from late February to late April, so I finally pulled the trigger. I guess I'm a believer now.
@wrong-wheel-drive that's what we did! How'd you know? you musta been there... cool thing was, my wife brought along a basket of cheese, crackers and wine, so we went under the bridge on the north side and snacked with the view....then to Salsalito for the ferry back. that was neato!!
And then you can be like those 'Dark Side' Harley owners!
Oddly, it was Honda riders that started that “trend”.
Probably Goldwing riders most likely.
I’ve read there are some good reasons to move to a car tire on a big cruiser bike that are related to higher load ratings than what you can get with a bike tire, not to mention longer life. And that the downsides of a car tire not being rounded like a proper bike tire don’t matter as much on a big cruiser bike.
Those are the reasons they give for using them, but none of them are valid. They do it because it is cheaper. I know what many here would consider “shitty bikers”, but they take motorcycling seriously, put several hundred thousand miles on their bikes, and take tires very seriously. My uncle crisscrossed the US back in the late ‘70s on a Gullwing without issue, performing tire changes in parking lots when necessary.
@tripper A cyclocross bike could be a good choice. I've been riding one since 2007. Nice and light feeling on pavement and it still handles well on firm dirt trails. Nowadays they come with disc brakes too. The only things I found less than great about my cyclocross bike were the Avid Shorty cantilevers it came with. The cantilevers on my previous bike (a Cannondale M800 mountain bike) were great so this came as a bit of a surprise. I replaced the Avids with Paul brakes just to get the brakes up to a state I considered acceptable.
@bicyclebuck I've had a B17 for many years...I still haven't found a bicycle that it works with for me. Hence, n+1...
Perhaps it's the saddle, not the bike. I have a couple of saddles that I refuse to use. One has all the "right" features, including a generous perineum cutout, but the foam is wrong and the shape of the cutout is wrong for me, so the edges of the cutout dig into places we don't discuss in polite company.
Perhaps. However, I do get on with the saddle but only in an upright position. Once I'm leaning forward in the "I'm really trying to make progress" position, I find that the deep side wings of the saddle tend to get abrasive on sensitive areas. So it suits a more cruiser oriented bike.
The saddle should match the intended use, that’s for certain. A banana seat has no place on a road bike!
@ita97 I was pushing hard when I lost the chain and the sudden lack of resistance upset my balance and caused me to lose control too, but brakes probably would have helped (but not for sure) I managed to keep it upright until I hit a curb and landed on my chin!