Sunny Ride on the Safire
This past Monday Patrick and I went to escape the heat under the shady canopy at Sandy Ridge. I took out the Specialized Safire Comp, a women's specific full suspension bike. I had never ridden this bike before, and I really liked some of the thoughtful details that went in to its design. The gearing is 2 by 10, and I never had a difficult time finding exactly the gear I was looking for, from the 3-mile climb to the top to the pumpy rollers at the bottom. I am a short 5' tall, and I was glad for the 26" wheel while picking my way through some of the more technical portions of the terrain, as well as hitting some of the tight 180 degree berms. Its nice to be able to pedal through turns without worrying about toe overlap! The 68.5 degree head tube angle makes the bike feel nice and stable while descending but doesn't make it too difficult to pedal uphill.
Sandy Ridge itself is just a beautiful area. I love the views of Mt. Hood and the flowing sections of trail where you can pick up speed (and maybe catch a little air). Its definitely worthwhile to stop at a viewpoint for a mid-ride break. All in all, it was a beautiful escape from the city on a very fun bike.