Bikes of the 2014 Ramble

I had an opportunity to stroll around and take a look at a few of the bikes that were used on the Ramble. I took a few photos and decided to post them here because I figure there is probably someone out there besides me who’d like to see how various folks made their choices to enjoy the day.

A more comprehensive Ramble Wrap-up will be posted this weekend. But it will be disjointed enough, and content-heavy enough, without these photos included.

Emily wins this year’s “Hardman” award for riding the entire 50-mile course on the Pugsley. My daughter, Lisa, had such an impressive performance last year…

The “Hardman” award goes to someone who taught us all a little something about what it means to “shut up and ride”. That would be my daughter, Lisa, who did the entire route on a single speed BMX bike she’s had since second grade.

…I wanted to make note of her achievement. This year, Emily, showed us some serious gumption.  So two “Hardman” awards so far on the Ramble, both earned by women.

IMG_6910 IMG_6911 IMG_6912 IMG_6913 IMG_6914 IMG_6915 IMG_6916 IMG_6917 IMG_6918 IMG_6919 IMG_6920 IMG_6921 IMG_6922So what is the best bike for a ride like the Ramble? Probably whatever bike you have, or feel like riding that day. A skinny tire road bike might be a bit uncomfortable on gravel. However, given how we approach the day, my understanding is that each of THESE bikes did just fine.

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10 thoughts on “Bikes of the 2014 Ramble

    • I would have been great to have the bikes you and Tim anticipated for the Ramble, but it would have been even better to have your spirit of adventure in the mix. We’ll find a way to do a joint ride…somehow.

    • Hmmm…great question. Drop bars were definitely the most common. I was riding albatross bars on my Hilsen, and there was at least one other MTB (tricked out, steel, single speed) with straight bars.

  1. I had the opportunity to ride along with Emily the latter part of the ride. Not once did I hear so much as a “discouraging word”. Rather, just enthusiasm for bikes and riding them. “Hardman” indeed!

  2. I would disagree with your statement “my understanding is that each of THESE bikes did just fine.”. I seem to recall a broken crank bolt on one bike in particular (mine). Just glad it happened at the start of the ride and not 30 miles in! Still had fun sagging, snapping and enjoying the company. I can see why you like living where you do!

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