31 July 2006 - 2:58A Real Rarity
It’s not often that Mandy and I get to ride together these days. Work and child care has a way of really screwing things up when it comes to riding bikes. Responsibility can really suck. The season is so short here in VT, so you have to take every opportunity you can.
With the discovery of some very local, and quite challenging trails, things are improving. No longer are we prey to waiting for group rides. We can ride from home. We can get a serious climb in, flowy singletrack, obstacles, drops, baby heads, log piles, dry creek crossings (more baby heads) and a screaming 45-55 MPH (depending on tires) descent, all in an hour and a half.
And as lame as it seems, there is seamless cell coverage. We can go out solo. If either of us gets hurt, it’s 5 miuntes away by car. It is very rare to be able to have challenging trails like this, that are this easy to get to and so close to home.
Mandy rode her EMD, I rode my KM, as I am “between bikes” right now. I had an interesting turn down this rock, as the amount of torque applied to complete the maneuver, actually sent the rear tire right into the left chainstay. The picture is of me sliding, not riding.
I’m a big fan of vertical dropouts, and I will have pictures of the new build this week, and a first ride report. I’m not going to say what it will be yet, you will just have to check back…
Also I will add that what I was wearing tonight was fished out of the clean laundry. It just so happend to be the exact same outfit of the last riding post.