The first nice weekend of the spring....... how I've missed the warm weather. I'm not about to waste it either. Friday was a family bike ride and picnic / park visit. I pulled Little Bric on the Trail-A-Bike while Mrs. Bric pulled Princess in the trailer along with our picnic lunch. I was impressed that she pulled it as far as we went without complaining, she just put the power down and soldiered on with a loaded out trailer in tow. Lunch and park time was great, a perfect sunny day and 17 degrees out, followed by a lazy ride back home and nap times.
Saturday was my time to fly solo at Turkey Point. In spite of the nice weather, most trails are still sloppy and closed but Turkey Point is always ready to ride. The trails in the Provincial Park were closed due to a prescribed burn, so I headed out through the Anderson Tract and into the old dump trails. I had the Norco out today, first time in a few weeks, with my newly added Rocket Ron rear tire. I always like the Nobby Nic front and Rocket Ron rear on my 29ers and felt the Nic didn't handle well and slid out alot on the back. This trait was exasperated by the wider tires on the b+ platform and the Ron was a great choice. Much better cornering than the Nic in the rear and more traction that I could find the limits to.
This bike likes to be ridden hard. The harder I rode, the more confident it felt. I was carving the berms and even catching air off the little jumps. This is pretty good for a big dude who likes to keep it close to Terra Firma.
I rode out the dump trails to Motorhead and Wild Turkey, making a nice loop back via Big Easy. I came across a group of riders at a trail intersection and stopped to have the usual mountain biker friendly chit-chat when one of the ladies yelled "Hey, you're the helmet model!". Seems that my wife's photo of me showing off my helmets has made the rounds on facebook. I had to laugh at my minor moment of celebrity fame being that.
I headed back to the dump trails to finish off with Toxicity and Hot Flash. I have to give it to the LOST (Ladies On Single Track) girls for the Hot Flash trail. It was build and designed by them and is one of the more aggressive trails out in Turkey Point. Well done!
Back through the Anderson Tract and a short road spin to get to the West Side (again, the park was closed) for a nice loop through there. By the end of the ride I was in serious butt pain from the OEM Norco saddle, its needs to go in favour of something that fits better ASAP.
A perfect day of riding in anyone's book. Today is going to be spending more time with the family and taking our bikes to Delhi for a ride with Papa, who surprised the hell out of my by buying a mountain bike last year to bomb around town on. My son has been asking to go for a ride with Papa since he got his bike, I'm sure he won't be disappointed.
Welcome back spring..... I've missed you.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.