Wednesday, September 10, 2008


While browsing a couple of websites late one evening I ran across the deal that I had been waiting for. A Salsa Mamasita, I tried to buy one back in the spring but the price was a little more than I was willing to pay. I was hesitant on letting the cat out of the bag until I had the goods in my hand because last time I jumped the gun and the next day my local shop called me to say that they couldn't get the frame. I was disappointed and went for the Haro Mary instead which I loved and would keep if my finances had no boundaries but they do so Mary must go to help pay for Mamasita.

I finished the fine tuning today after waking up (night shift this week) and the dogs and I took her for a couple of hot laps around the yard/neighborhood. Jackson and Moonshine gave their stamp of approval but not till after they got done laughing at me for running through a fresh pile of dog sh*t. So if your wondering why my bike is wet in the photos I figured that would be better than a dog turd hanging off the tire. Plus Melinda would not be happy if I brought that into the house.

I love the way Salsa sculpted the chain stays and seat stays which are carbon. It's a really nice touch and I can't wait to go hit the trails and see how she performs. I pulled out the trusty bathroom scale and she weighed in at 27 lbs. Not too shabby for a ride with middle of the road components. That is just 2 lbs. heavier than the Monkey which doesn't have any need for all those gears and squishy parts. Am I getting soft? Nope but I sure am having fun. I did take the Monkey out for a ride Monday while the transformation was taking place and I felt good, a little beat up on the roots and rocks with the rigid fork but I'll get used to that again. I forgot how good it felt to have the instant power transfer without all those gears.

Last week I finished the 2nd week of my push up challenge. My goal is to complete the six week program that is supposed to help you reach a goal of 100 consecutive push ups. Week 1 and 2 were fairly easy but so far week 3 is alot harder. There is a significant increase in the number of push ups required. I thought the first day I wasn't going to be able to pull it off but I did just barely. If at anytime I cannot complete all of the repetitions I plan to repeat that week over before moving on to the next week.
Have a good one


Alan Sparks said...

sweet ride yo! That thing is awesome.

Duckman said...

Running through dog crap is an interesting break-in technique. Kinda lets the bike know who's the boss.

Nice bike!

Riding with dogs said...

lol, yep now I know it can handle anything