Sunday, August 11, 2013

Teaser Shot

I finally have my Mongoose Beast pretty much done. It will need graphics yet, and the brake lever will do something, but it is mostly done. I am completely happy with the entire bike and what I have done with it. I took it out twice last week for a couple of 25 - 30 mile gravel shakedown runs, and I was laughing and smiling the entire time. I don't remember being this happy about a bike in a very long time!
I want to do a graphic set for a counterfeit Ralph frame. Basing it on a Ralph t-shirt that I scored at our local Salvation Army store.(There is an entire post worth of story about Ralph Cycles, later...) But then today I had the idea of doing a Nuke Proof graphic. Tough choice, maybe I will do one for a year, and then do the other. Neither Ralph nor Nuke Proof ever thought of doing a fat bike, so it would be cool to have one of each.
Also, this tease shot is on the day prior to me trying for a couple more of my "Wish List" items for the year, a 12 hour gravel solo, and meteor shower viewing. (BTW, I didn't post about it, but I did Iowa Games gravel in July, substituting it for Guitar Ted's Death ride Iowa. Third in my age group, fifth O/A)) I'm calling it U.S.A.G.E., or Un-witnessed Solo All Gravel Enduro. The weather tonight is not cooperating for Perseid viewing, although the lightning show is a fair substitute. Monday night into Tuesday morning I am riding gravel for 12 hours. Because I can. Because I want to. Because the Beast is so much fun. Because the Perseids are supposed to be brilliant this year. So I will lay out a good 6 mile loop with a lot of treeless expansive views, and ride myself silly from 9pm until 9am. I will park my car out there on the route so that I have a base camp. Should be fun!!!!! Later!

6 comments:

MrDaveyGie said...

That is a sweet looking ride....

Jon said...

The 12 hour ride sounds like fun. Maybe i will do the same on my Beast (which I love, btw).

Travel Gravel said...

Thanks for the kind words guys. Planning to do some graphics next week, and making some carbon faux-ber pieces too. Posting some

Travel Gravel said...

bike check pics after.

Matthew Moggridge said...

One more thing...has Fat Ralph got any brakes?

Matthew Moggridge said...

Also, just to say that your post on the Fat Ralph and the ride was great. I did write another post, but I can't see it so it's either lost or awaiting assessment, not sure how it works, but great stuff all round. In my currently lost post I mentioned how I was in Cleveland and Pittsburgh a few weeks back. I'm guessing it's miles from Iowa.