Things change, constantly. Ideals, dreams, desires, reality, goals, etc. They change. It appears that even I change. I had a goal and and a dream and those were fulfilled. I came, I saw, I stood up and pedaled that single speed to the best of my ability. I stood on some podiums, I dnf'ed some races, I pushed myself and enjoyed the ride.
Then I got burned out. Maybe it was training through the cold, wet, winter for my 10th and final Pisgah Stage Race. Maybe it was a myriad of other reasons. I'm not really sure. What I do know is, I was not looking forward to riding my bike much anymore. I was tired, my legs were tired, my mind was tired. I was still doing it, but it wasn't fun like it used to be. Something needed to change.
|The Single Speed that made dreams come true.|
I finally admitted that I liked it, and I was having fun again. But something wasn't right. Something was missing. While this bike climbs great and descends just as good for better than any steel frame on the market, I could feel the difference from the Ti El Mar.
Dilema. I wanted to keep the Ti El Mar set up single speed so I could still ride it when I felt like it. But the Ti material is so much smoother than steel. What to do. Again, it took a little while, but then I sealed the fate of the steel framed El Mar and did the inevitable.....
....I put the gears on the Ti El Mar!!!
|Beginning of an Era|
I'm having fun again, sitting on the climbs, pushing gears on flats and downhills. Relaxing, enjoying, railing, ripping fun times!
I might have a steel framed El Mariachi (large) for sale. How else am I going to pay for upgrades to my new geared bike?