Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Shredding some Tundra

Got some epic tundra riding in this morning.  No really, it was freezing outside!  I checked the weather before I started riding, and it was 25 stinking degrees!  I dominated 8 miles of frozen goodness on the Gainesville College trails.  The singletrack was seriously frozen solid, and it was fast.  It felt like I was ripping through the woods on a bumpy, curvy sidewalk.  I had heard about the wonderful traction afforded by frozen mud, and now I believe it!  The trails weren't really muddy per se, but the frozen sand/clay composition of the singletrack at GSC had a very interesting feeling undertire that I thoroughly enjoyed!

Before I ventured into the bleak, windy wilderness for what turned out to be an awesome ride (barring a couple numb fingers) (more like ten numb fingers), I contemplated waiting until the afternoon to see if it would warm up anymore.  Despite the fact that its only supposed to top out at about 31 or 32 today, I made my decision to ride early based mainly on the fact that I wouldn't ruin the trails, and my bike would stay cleaner.

See, here's the thing:  I Hate Cleaning My Bike.  It's a nuisance, and I have so many other things on my plate (like cleaning the dishes) that cleaning my bike is the last thing I often want to do.  Lately, during my whole busted brake debacle, I've been told in no uncertain terms that I need to stop being such a bum and start taking better care of my bike, especially due to the number of miles that I put on it. So I'm going to take better care of it.  But if I can keep it from getting all dirty in the first place, then bam! we have a winner!
Frozen bike track from who knows when


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