I did it. I pulled the trigger on a new bike. A Salsa Vaya. Just in time for the winter thaw, it arrived a few days ago and I’ve excitedly been riding it as much as I can. I went out for a nice ride after work yesterday, taking a familiar paved route out of town and turning off to check out the surface on a favorite packed dirt road which received a good amount of snow and ice this winter. It was mostly dry, with some bits of ice and mud, but it gave me an opportunity to test out the Vaya on some mixed surfaces, including a nice climb and a chance to test out the BB5s on a big, slippery descent. Here are a few photos, complete with a new top tube bag I made last week.