The last day of November and I had some time to shoot out to The Pines for a couple of hours. I took the parts bin 29er out again, for shits and giggles and all, and rode a Green loop to warm up, followed by the Red loop with all the Black options.
Trails were a little slick where the sun was melting the frost. Most of the stuff in the shade was still frozen and easily rideable. The slick spots were very greasy, reminded me that tire selection is key on a non-fat bike. The Rocket Ron I had on the back is not a friendly mud tire thats for sure but my selection of 29er tires is limited to whats on this bike. I predict that with the temps in the plus digits this week things will get even greasier.
It didn't take much to go beyond the limits of traction with the crap-tastic tire on the back. Its great in dry conditions but sucks ass in the mud, maybe I should toss some decent rubber on this bike if I'm going to keep riding it as much as I have been, but then the list just keeps going on...... drivetrain, brakes, fork, yadda yadda. I wouldn't mind building up a sweet steel singletrack slaying machine tough...... hmmmmm.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.