On this Fourth of July I finally made it to Ohio's Mohican State Park Mountain Bike Trail to test out my new 20 tooth Kick Ass Cog that I recently installed on my Yeti single speed. I got up as early as I could for a weekend and after 45 minute drive I arrived at the trailhead and got started at 9:40 am. It got hot quick even in the woods. Luckily the night before I had filled my 70 ounce Camel Back bladder with ice cubes so that in the morning I could just add water and go.
The Camel Back is a small insulated backpack that holds a large capacity plastic water bag and fits tightly on your back. A small section of vinyl hose runs from the bottom of the bladder up and over your shoulder so you can easily have a sip of cool water while engaged in the adventure sport of your choice. The Camel Back that I have used the past few years is called the Mule. It has an insulated pocket for the bladder and several other pockets in which I carry a tire pump, patch kit and a small multi-tool. There is also room for some snacks and a light jacket for the cooler seasons. The Camel Back has been around now for about fifteen years and it has revolutionized the way endurance athletes stay hydrated. Not suprisingly Camel Back's biggest customer is the U.S. Military. Sure beats the old metal canteen! Dehydration is the enemy no matter what your mission.
I accomplished my goal for this ride which was to cover the entire 25 mile loop. My ride time was 4 hours and 5 minutes, including stops for photography and food. I felt great and I could notice a difference in the one tooth larger cog in the back. Climbing was much more bearable and I even found myself able to stay seated longer on less aggresive climbs. As far as spinning on the flats I could not really tell a difference so thumbs up on the new 20 tooth cog.