|On the dam at Sugarpine Reservior.|
Back in late 2015, I explored Finning Mill Road via bicycle, (see: Iowa-Hill-ride-with-Finning-Mill ) on my Mercian. This year I wanted to try it on the Felt, "all roads" V-100.
|Looking back down the American River canyon, this is where the brutal climb from the river finally tapers off.|
|Just a bit of the flavor of these roads.|
|Sadly, the Iowa Hill General Store was closed on the day of my ride.|
|On Finning Mill Road.|
This is an old favorite of mine, and there were no surprises today. There was a bit of washboard but nothing really serious. The Felt took it all in stride. On the ascent back to Colfax, the day's heat was starting to be felt.
|On the way back up Yankee Jims road. Notice the emerald green of the American River below the bridge.|
|There's a small creek along the upper part of Yankee Jims Road.|
|Post ride shot, the Felt performed well.|
The Felt, with it's 34/34 low gear worked well with no problems. I was running the Conti "Speedride" tires, 700X42C, (actual width is a measured 39mm on my rims.) These tires continue to impress me with their performance both on pavement and on the dirt roads.
I used a new "bike-packing" type saddlebag on this ride to carry my extra water bottle. This bag expands to a pretty huge size but also compresses to manageable size to carry a bottle, tube and tools, etc.