Picked up the 'Horse on Friday after getting the Zoke's seals redone. Riding out to the trails this morning was weird because the temperature gauge at the house said 35 degrees but felt a lot warmer and I wasn't 5 minutes into the first climb before I needed to shed my jacket. Riding with gears and suspension was an extremely alien feeling after riding single and rigid for the past three months.
Riding up and down the Gussy is cool because in both directions it's a completely different trail. I found, though, that riding in the snow, I was the first on the trail since the last snow, that I needed the fork locked other wise the breaking through the crusty snow was sapping all my momentum. Climbing the Gussy always leads to new insights and ideas on future tweaks. Last weekend I found a section in which I could add a half pipe as a cut out section.
Besides the snow, forcing myself to stay in the saddle while climbing and ensuring that I am in the right gear at the base of a climb added some frustration to the ride but having full squish allowed me to flow through all the tech.
I don't know what I have been thinking but this bike is too much fun to sell.