Saturday, January 12, 2008

We just hadta ride!

Dave C. and I just had to get out today and do some riding. The crusty snow was tough but do-able. I had to ride my new 96er/69er/whatever that I just built. I can't say it was better or worse than using a 26" front wheel, but it did seem to roll right along in the rough. We rode New Corby 1st and followed some tracks laid by 2.1 Motoraptors (I measured em). We then went to the new stuff at the scout camp area and these same tracks were there a couple of places also. I gotta believe we followed Mr. Jason , as he is the only one I know of currently running tires like these front and rear.
The trails at the scout camp were a bitch to ride most places. They are gonna be great once they get cleaned up and a track gets set. We need to be getting out there and finishing the rough cutting of the whole loop so it can be clean by the time the ground starts drying in the Spring. Soil compaction can't happen in the wet, but the rest can be done for when the time is right to ride the piss out of it and set it hard. This is gonna be our best trail yet! Peace.

7 comments:

jdoug_jt said...

You caught me man! I was stirr crazy from not riding so I cut out of work friday and went snow patrol on your asses.

Corby north was fun. However, I am new, so I had to find out the hard way that wood bridges in the winter only look dry. That friggin spill hurt..You know it was fine to ride, minus about 3 spots where the snow had drifted and was deep.

GSC is going to be awesome, I can't wait. I did not play in there too long, while fun, sticks and twigs were running through my deriailer like crazy, I had to get out before I broke someting. (again)

I would have called you guys, but I did not plan on getting off the road. I was just trying to get soem base miles in but I just could not help myself..
I am ready to go again. snow, ice, mud, whatever, I want to ride..
I know you guys are game...

I do need to find a way to keep my toes from freezing though..

lansenm said...

Okay dude - here's my warm toes secret that has served me well for over a decade. Start with a thin pair of biking socks, layer up with a heavy pair of wool socks (no cotton - cotton bad). Then, get a couple pairs of sandwich baggies (the fold-flap kind). Put a couple layers of those on your toes inside your normal mtb shoes. This will serve you well down to about +15F. Below that and it will help you if you take your insoles out and duct tape the holes where your cleats attach, if there are any; replace the insole. Then, tape the insides of the air vents in the shoes. This should take you down to about zero. Below that and you will be more comfortable with good shoe covers or winter boots. Shoe covers are anywhere from like $15-$75. Winter boots are expensive.

When it really gets cold, be care full about your junk - nothing worse than when that starts freezing up. Only took me once, then I started carrying an extra sandwich bag in my pack, just incase I need to wrap up the goods to keep warm. Sounds weird, but it doesn't feel so weird when you're catching cold air right in the crotch.

Thinking about hitting up the Tuesday ride this week again. Hopefully the trails will be rideable, but if not we can cruise the parkways. All in favor?

jdoug_jt said...

I am in for Tues... Thanks for the tips.. I bet its damn cold after the sun goes down..

I hate to be the berrer of bad news, but yesterday I went out to ride again, and Corby S still has some work left to do.. On the east side by the school needs a saw back in there. And one more spot I don't know how to describe where..

Jason

lansenm said...

How big of a saw? Hand or Chain?

jdoug_jt said...

Chain. One tree was almost 3 feet in diamater..

rustbucket said...

Man am I ready to ride...been over a month since I've been on the bike. It's gonna be painful, but I'm sure you guys will whip me back into shape in no time. I plan to ride tonight after work and will also ride Tue/Thur. The battery for my lights is charging under my desk right now.

jdoug_jt said...

There he is, was beggining to wonder about ya...