I’m the kid in corner, forcing a square peg into the round hole. Maybe it is stubbornness, a desire to do things “my way”, or just an attempt to be “different”. At any rate, I decided to take the Krampus, set up as a fully rigid (no suspension) single speed to Elizabeth Furnace. Elizabeth Furnace is a popular 22 mile ride in the Shenandoah Mountains near DC. It has nearly 3,000′ elevation gain, including starting off with a 7-8 mile climb, and features non stop technical, rocky riding. It is a phenomenal ride, and some would argue the Krampus is the wrong tool for the job.
So what happens when you bring the “wrong” bike? A whole heullva lot of fun. I rode hard, coming in well under the average ride time of 4 hours, exhausted but grinning ear to ear. Here are a few pictures from the day. Enjoy, thanks for reading.