If you are a mountain biker (or roadie) and live in the Northeast I hope you got out today because the weather was simply outstanding! Saturday morning was 23 degrees but this morning it was around 40 by 8 AM and it felt like spring. Given the circumstances of this weekend's events I was unable to get out on the trails until 2 pm Sunday but I still got out and had a great ride, in shorts of course. Fifth ride on Dillinger and while the bike is performing, my latest part edition is not. The seat mount on the carbon fiber seat post is a little problematic. It keeps moving back probably because my big behind, riding rigid, and it being too far back. I readjusted again and this time it seem to hold better.
I went to the spot where I took this picture, Houses of the Holy shot , last week but I was probably an hour too early. I had to settle for a shot atop a roller, the first roller I rolled with the Dillinger today. On the second lap I ventured onto a side trail that I haven't ridden in years. It was much better than the forest road with it's trap rock that makes riding through there always a bone shaking experience. It turned out to be nicer but it had a lot of obstacles from the recent forestry practises this past summer.
It seems with every new bike there are certain events in which are engrained in your mind, like your first endo. I tried riding over a stick only to have it break and chunk get stuck in the front spokes causing me to go over the bars. I reacted like I always do and way able to break my fall without any injury. I will probaby alway remember this event, just like I remember my first endo at Ninham on my Trek, then crash on my Giant AC, the endo on the Qball on the Rock and Roll Trail at Huntington, and the endo on my Iron Horse, also at Huntington, on the blue trail heading down to Southpond.
I am starting to get used to the abuse you take from riding rigid. Aluminum is definitely harsher but I can feel the power transfer with every stroke of the pedal. It's time to branch out and try some other trails with this bike. Maybe I will take it Grayville on Wednesday.