Connecticut’s 2011 Mountain Bike Adventure Series Ride was held last Sunday at Collis P Huntington State Park in Redding, CT and two members of NEMBA Racing who reside in CT were present, Art Roti and myself.
This year’s Happening at Huntington was a resounding success! There was not just one demo truck, but two! We originally planned on having Trek but a last minute addition by PK to the event brought Shimano who was show casing their equipment on a plethora of different bikes including 29ers and 26ers, full suspension, hard tails, and even a geared rigid bike.
Needless to say, I spent most of the Happening riding demos and relearning what it means to ride with gears. The first demo I rode was the Lynskey Ti Pro29 with a Shimano 3×10 drive train and hydros. 10 gears was more than plenty to get me up and down everything Huntington has to offer and except for a shifting mistake on the return climb to the picnic area I never shifted out of the middle ring. Titanium never disappoints, it’s got the smoothness of steel and the structural integrity of Aluminum.
The other bike I rode was the Carbon Fiber Gary Fisher Superfly. This was my first time on Carbon Fiber and it was super light and very fast. Not sure if I can take care of a carbon fiber bike the way I treat bikes, however, with a lifetime warranty it becomes a game changer.