Saturday, January 22, 2011

Get a little mud on the tires.

There comes a time when you just have to say "Screw the mud and the snow, I'm going for a ride!" and do just that.

That moment came today for me. I finished Tri's new wheels yesterday, it was 50 degrees out, and I had an itch to go for an off-road type ride. I knew everything was going to be muddy and wet, so I stayed off the single track and stuck to forest roads, which were already pretty torn up.

Tri rocking the new wheels. I think they look much better than the old ones. They definitely ride better.

For the first few miles, it wasn't bad, as the ground was still pretty firmly frozen, and the snow was firm in the shade, letting me ride in tire tracks. But then I wandered into the areas where they've been doing some thinning, and things started to get muddy.

Saying "Hi" to a snowman.

By the time we made it back to the road to head home, having ruled the test ride a success, I was pedaling through mud 3 inches deep, with another inch or more of water on that. Normally I don't like mud that much, but this wasn't that sticky gumbo-mud that binds wheels. By the time I got home, there was one thought in my head:

Most trucks around town only dream of doing what Tri and I did, and bringing home the mud coat we did.

Mileage: 10.4


DH said...

blerg, how did you manage do ride through mud that thick? I'm surprised it didn't try to eat your bike's poor wheels down to the ground. Hopwfully you didnt get to messy on the way home (though sometimes that can be half of the fun, LOL. I was a 'dirty biker' as a little kid. ruined my fair share of carpets.)

also, 50'F? man, you need to shoo some of that weather up here to IA. Its been in the teens all week long. :P

Polar bear said...

Oh, I got plenty messy... I got home and took my shoes and socks off outside, and rolled up my pant legs. The bike and the shoes got washed off before I brought them inside.