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.
So 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.