SF Cyclotouring

Ride reports and other ramblings from a San Francisco cyclist.


Marshall Wall Loop

Distance: 107 miles
Bike: Kogswell 59x700C P/R
Time: 7:30am to 5:30pm (10hrs)

Rode w/Greg and Carlos. Lowered the saddle 5mm on the Kogswell to good effect. Also tried the old-style 700x35 Pasela TG tires (30mm actual measure) -- these seem to cut down on the shimmy and speed wobble somewhat, but don't carve turns as well as the new-style 700x35s. Consider getting some new-style Pasela 700x32 tires, might be a happy middle ground? Constructed a new battery pack for the dual-Cree LED headlamp, which worked OK for the little bit that I used it, but the power plug popped out of the headlamp jack -- investigate this. Cold temps throughout the day, coupled with my overall lack of recent riding made this a very hard ride. Greg and Carlos dropped me at the Marshall Wall and again on Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. It was all I could do to slog home in low gear. Wool socks and the thin booties were not enough to keep my feet warm -- liner socks might be a good idea, or wear the heavy booties next time. Also a 2nd vest might've been a good idea to help block the wind during those times when a windshell got too hot/sweaty. Overall, however, 107 miles is a great way to kick off the new year! Food/liquids input: 1 bottle Gatoraide, 1 bottle H20, 2 pop tarts, couple handfuls of roasted+salted almonds, 1 clementine orange, 1 small Marshall Store clam chowder, 1 can Coke, 1 small Java Hut coffee, 1 cinnamon pastry.


Blogger Marco Velo said...

I have been riding the Pasela Tourguards in a few different versions and sizes:

My current favorites are the 700x32 folding and the wire bead version that is slightly lighter, narrower and maybe a bit faster than the folding version.


9:21 PM  
Blogger Jim G said...

Mark, which wire bead version is lighter than the folding TG version?!?

9:28 PM  
Blogger Marco Velo said...

It's the same tire, Panaracer Pasela Tourguard and in 700x32, but it's an earlier(?) wirebead version that is definitely narrower than the folding. I bought both versions recently from JensonUSA.com:


9:42 AM  

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