Rough Riders Rally and Salsa Woodchippers

In a couple weeks AdventureCorps will be hosting the inaugural Rough Riders Rally in Marin. This event is based around the “anybike, anywhere” style of riding. I’m expecting to see bikes of all flavors there. From road bikes with knobby tires to mountain bikes with street tires. Somewhere in between lies the Fargo, my bike of choice. They just announced that Jacquie Phelan will be attending this year, so hopefully I’ll get to see her bike “Otto”. Jacquie and her bike were on the cover of Bicycle Quarterly last year and my Fargo looks like it’s a descendant of “Otto”. Registration closes tomorrow, July 16th, so make your plans and sign up now. It’s going to be a fun event.

In anticipation of the event I changed the bars to the Salsa Woodchippers. These bars are a different shape than the Salsa Bell Lap that came stock on the bike. They are wider, and they provide more leverage. I’m looking forward to trying them out on my recon trip to the Bay Area this weekend. I’ll be joining fellow Fargo rider/blogger Erik and his friends on a tour of the area. I hope the weather is cooler up there, as it’s been very hot here lately.

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  • I’m looking forward to hearing your comments on these bars, I’ve considered them for my 29er. Now that I think about it, I don’t think that’d work, with my mtb brake levers and shifters. damn.

    • I can tell you already that in the drops they are great. I’m still unsure about the brake lever position though, and I think I need a stem with more rise it in it. I’ll know better after the weekend though. Erik also has them on his Fargo, so we’ll be able to compare setups.