Today, I was thinking about bikes of Dalmac past. It would seem presumptuous of me to tell you what to ride on Dalmac. I have seen and sold a variety of the bikes on Dalmac over the years. It's been 10 years since my first Dalmac, I feel I have earned the right share my advice with you. Before I do, I wanted to talk about the bikes I have ridden on Dalmac.
My first 2 years I rode a rigid steel 1994 Barracuda mountain bike. Dalmackers would say "wow! your on a Mountain Bike, must be hard to go 90 miles on that" I felt I had a secret that no one had ever discovered. It was hard, but I was comfortable. I loved this bike, and it went up The Wall without drama. It could also go fast downhill. Unfortunately for me the friends I rode with the first two episodes both rode road bikes. I would make it to lunch spent, my legs hurt and I would ride the afternoon by myself. My friends would get into camp about 1pm unload my bags for me (Rick) and I would roll in about 2pm exhausted and wonder where everybody was.
My third and forth editions were spent on a 2005 Specialized Sirrus Pro hybrid . This hybrid was fast with Mavic 700c Speed City's, an Ultegra compact drive drain and Hydraulic Disc brakes. I rode with my Dad on his superlight Trek 8000 Easton EA60 ProGram aluminum Mountain Bike. That was the year we rode the East Route. I rode with Aaron on his vintage Giant steel bike the next year. I remember 2007 as the year I was quoted as saying. "This is my first day of training for the Dalmac" as we left the MSU Pavilion.
#5 was spent on the Seven, Aaron had a Lemond. Greg was on the Cannondale Tandem with Andy, everyone else just wanted to go our pace, Tony amazed me with his endurance on his Mountain Bike.