Well, it has been interesting getting back on the bike after I broke my collarbone. It has been tough yet fun. I still compare it to a 10 year old getting a new bike for Christmas. Yeah, it feels like that! It has been difficult getting my breathing right but I'm getting there.
My wife and I managed to get a ~45mile road ride in on Saturday. It was real nice and incredible to be with her. We have not ridden together like that in over two years. I look forward to a lot more of that with her.
Sunday morning I cut my Alfine 8spd IGH out of my commuter wheel so that I can have it put into the new wheelset for the MTB. Harris @ the Old Spokes Home is lacing them for me. I now have practically everything I need (maybe not a shift cable) to get this new bike rolling this week. Tires will be here today and all the rest is just waiting for assembly.
The bummer part of robbing the hub is that I don't have my road bike any more. Technically I can swap the wheelset between bikes by just changing the tires. The rims are 28mm wide which is on the wide side but I could probably find a tire to go on there. Surely my 700c X 35 studs will work for this winter. Or maybe I will just get some 29er studs and some crud fenders and ride the MTB this winter. I do have to fall in love intimately with this bike at some point. After all, it is the TD training rig!