I bought my Musashi based upon reports of its rather good low speed stability and it closeness to the ground. I simply don’t feel safe or comfortable on the really steep stuff on the Bacchetta. For it’s second ride I attempted my steepest local climb, a climb I would not dream of attempting on the Bacchetta, with hope in my heart. The good news is the Musashi is rock solid stable even on the steepest stuff and I felt entirely safe and in control. The bad news is due to its weight I am going to need a bit lower bottom gear for some of the really steep stuff in the doubles I plan to ride on it.
I managed to get up the wall (steepest part of the climb) on Morgan Territories from the South side ok but my leg speed was more labored than I would have liked (at around 4-5MPH). After a week off the bike with a cold I know I am not on the best form at the moment but I feel on double centuries lower gearing would be a godsend.
You are probably reading this wondering about the blog posting title, well….
On the way home on a perfectly straight section of road I was trying to figure out why my chain tube was so noisy and happened to notice I could see my drive train in my shadow. I was watching it to see if there were any obvious signs of chain issues when I dropped off the side of the road into the rocks and gravel and had a 20MPH low side crash. Fortunately the Musashi only suffered some scratches on the left hand brake lever, gear shifter, pedal and a bit of scuffing on the seat base but I on the other hand did not fare as well. The 2″ lumps of granite lining the side of the road gave me some nasty road rash on my arms and a rather more delicate region.
I am gutted to have scratched up my moose on his first day of riding 😦
The Damage to the Moose – I cant show pictures of the damage to me as it would make my blog X rated 🙂
A Bit of Scuffing On the Seat (My bum took most of the impact)
Shifter and brake damage not too bad (my elbow took most of the fall):
Nice New Pedals a bit grazed