Great weekend of riding. Waiting to receive a gpx trace from Jamie to post, hopefully tonight. Until then, check out this outstanding blog post Pascal sent around today by offroad fixed gear master frame builder Matt Chester. My favourite chunk:
"As little bike as possible" is a statement that resonates with me more than any other in matters of cycling. As alluded to before, how another might interpret it is a personal matter, perhaps resulting in a freewheel, simple multispeed capability, or other concession away from the notion of bare asceticism. The idea is to yaw towards self-sufficiency and simple independence in a way that is motivating, embracing the experience through acceptance versus a warring frustration to crush and "overcome" what is ultimately an empty universe.