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Breaking in the Lynskey

I've been sick with something for the last few days. My head has been full of noise and nonsense. Stress has been building up at work and at home. On Saturday, the weather was nice enough and I was feeling well enough to ride out to Axtell Bridge to get the bugs out of my new bike and clear my head. What was supposed to be a quick 12.4-mile ride ended up being 20 miles instead. The direct route to the bridge was closed due to the wet and muddy road conditions so I ended up doing an extra few miles to get out there and back.

The weather started off pretty nice, with it being about 46°F and a decent headwind on River Road. I was only passed by a few cars. I didn't see any other cyclists although I saw evidence of a recent ride in the mud. Someone had been riding a set of Richey Speedmax tires. I really miss riding skinny tires. Maybe I'll build up another cyclocross bike in the future.

I thought I would take the long route out and take the shortcut back. Unfortunately, I had …

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