Easy ride before the Horrible Hundred; Brakes for Bloodbear.
I’m very much looking forward to the Horrible Hundred tomorrow! I’m in pretty good form right now: my fitness is up, and my fatigue is relatively low. Hopefully I’ll put in a decent performance.
I’ll be doing my usual club ride this morning, and it’s a short one: just 32 miles/52 kilometers. After the ride I’m going to give my Madone a complete cleaning and tune so she’s ready to roll first thing tomorrow morning!
Oh, and my buddy Brian–the guy who sold me the 1972 Raleigh Super Course fixie last week–is bringing a set of brakes for the bike to this morning’s group ride. Yeah, after some thought and talking with a few respected fixie aficionados about the subject, I’ve decided to add brakes to Bloodbear:
As you can see, I’ve decided to add front and rear brakes. This just makes sense on every level: I’m way too old and have way too many responsibilities to take pointless risks with my health (and the health of those riding with me). Maybe some people are perfectly comfortable riding fixies sans brakes, but there are emergency stopping situations in which no amount of skill will compensate for lack of brakes. This is especially true in a group ride situation. In fact, riding without brakes in a paceline strikes me as right up there with riding on aerobars in a paceline: it’s just not a safe thing to do.
Hopefully I’ll have time to get the brakes installed after my ride this morning, as I’d love to get a few miles in on Bloodbear before next Sunday’s social bakery ride. That ride should be a blast, as just about everyone rolls on a vintage and/or fixie.
I need to eat and get moving. Have a great Saturday!