My Karate Monkey had been hanging on its hook in the garage since last fall some time. I was almost ready to sell it, since it wasn’t getting ridden.
I’ve ridden it a few times in the past 2 weeks just for something different. I had forgotten how much fun it is to take it to the woods and run over rocks and stuff.
I think I’m keeping it.
I took it up to Stony Creek today, and made a foolhardy attempt to climb Stagecoach road (steep!). I abandoned the attempt after about 100 yards, when I thought I was having a stroke.
Here I am all red-faced and sweaty after the attempt.
I’m thinking of getting one of Shimano’s new-fangled CS-HG61 cassettes for it. It’s unlikely that having 2 more teeth on the low gear would make that much of a difference, but it probably wouldn’t hurt, either.
Anyone know if this thing would work with a Phil Hub and a plain-old Deore dérailleur? I have a
34-tooth 30-tooth low gear now, and don’t have any problems with it.
Anyhow, 17 miles for the day, and I like my Monkey again.