There was quite a bit of interest in the bikes we were riding. I rode the shop's 650b demo bike, and my friend Brian rode the shop's new-production Rene Herse 700c road sport. My friend Lee came along and represented traditional race bike steel on his 7/11 Eddy Merckx.
A number of the roades were chip sealed, and I heard a fair amount of comments. On the 650b, I noticed, but the ride was hardly effected. Still wonderfully smooth!
My old college friend Brian came out and he rode the shop-demo Rene Herse 700c road sport. He liked the comfort and stability. Note that the bike is being used with a Berthoud 192 non-rack type bag, and a model 786 seatbag. This frame was designed for fenders, but not for a load. But Brian reported it still behaved very well.
As you can see, the scenery is amazing in Moab. At every turn, it is as though you are inside a movie set. While a rando bike was not critical, the large temperature swings from the time we started until mid-day insured that having a place to store extra clothing was quite welcome. Plus, the handlebar bag provided enough space for me to carry on one day an old Rolleiflex TLR that I've been playing with. The fenders, though, in the dessert climate were unnecessary for this trip. But only days earlier, the weather had been spotty in Moab, so one never knows.
Mike Kone now back in Boulder CO