After 4,863 miles of shifting nirvana (5,217 total miles on my Di2 drivetrain), today I had a bad shift. I’ve grown so accustomed to absolutely perfect shifting with Ultegra Di2 that this was a rather soul-wrenching experience. The reason I don’t have 5,217 perfect miles is that it took me a little over 300 miles in the beginning to figure out that Di2 is less forgiving of lateral chain sway than a conventional drivetrain. Once that was solved, Di2 has been a dream. What follows is the reason my record of perfect shifting ended today.
A bill was recently introduced in the Idaho legislature that would treat a certain classification of electric bike as a plain ol’ bike. This action spurred much needed debate about the legal status of ebikes in Boise, where their current classification as motor vehicles makes them illegal to use on the greenbelt. I’m convinced ebike naysayers have no pedal to stand on.
Perhaps Celebration Park’s biggest attraction is Guffey Railroad Bridge. It was built in 1897 for the Boise, Nampa, and Owyhee railroad, intended to carry ore from Silver City to Nampa for smelting. However construction of the track never made it further south than Murphy and was used instead by the farming community. It was “abandoned in 1947, saved from demolition in the 1970s, and purchased and restored by Canyon County in 1989”(1) as part of Celebration Park. It now connects Owyhee and Canyon counties via a rail trail suitable for walking, biking, and horseback riding, providing a rare opportunity to cross the Snake River without getting wet. The nearest bridge is about 4 miles downstream at Walter’s Ferry.
Day 1 • Sept 3, 2016 • Boise to Celebration Park • 42 miles
The tale of a 10 day, 450 mile doorstep-to-doorstep ride around Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains with family and friends, told in installments. This is a ride I’ve wanted to do since moving to Idaho; it did not disappoint.
It’s been five years since Slash, Zoe and I last made our traditional weekend overnight ride to Givens Hot Springs, about a 100 mile round trip to the Snake River and back. Slash hasn’t been on a trike since completing our trip across the country. It was past time to get back in the saddle, and this time around we recruited an accomplice.
Chain drop, an aborted descent, and a strange tire failure.