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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Ride on the Black Thumper

Today after I got home from my trip to Atlanta I rode my Norco Torrent 7.2 for the first time off road.

I rode around on the bar ditches in my neighborhood.  I have ridden these paths before on my Green Thumper, the Jekyll, but this time it was a lot easier on the 27.5 inch tires.
Lonnie Wormley on private gated community lakefront.  I access this lake on bar ditch right of ways.

The Black Thumper
I changed out the stock pedales and added my Speed Play Frogs.  These pedals and my Nike Nuba shoes have been on  five of my mountain and road bikes since about 1989

I won my dream mountain bike in a raffel

I have been dreaming of getting a mountain bike made in this decade for some time.  My Cannondale Jekyll that I bought used from the first owner way back in the mid 1990s really showed it's age when I went to the IMBA Southeast Mountain Bike Summit in Brayson City North Carolina.  I got to see first hand how MTB technology had changed.  I intentionally have kept my eyes off of new MTB technology because I know if I see it I will want it.

Well last week I got a call from Terry Palmeri, the Southeast Associate Regional Director of IMBA, and she told me that I had won the drawing for a Norco Torrent 7.2 bike, courtesy of Cartecay River Bicycle Shop and Norco Bicycles.  Frankly I had never heard of this company or bike, but I was excited to get a new MTB.  Once I checked out the bike online I thought that there must be some sort of mistake that I had won a bike that I had been dreaming of.

This bike is a bike that can do bike packing.  The tires are 2.9 inches wide and run on 15-35 PSI.  One of the features that is broken on my old Jekyll is the shock lockout.  Having a manual shock lockout on a bike that is easy to use is wonderful, this bike has one.

I am sure to have many happy trail rides on this bike in the future.  I am also finally really excited to attend the IMBA World summit this November in Bentonville AK with a bike that I can really test the trails with.