3 September 2006 - 17:40Fall is coming, quick, RIDE!
With fall showing it’s colors, we here in New England get an antsyness that can only be felt by someone that has experienced what winter here can be like. Basically, we sit around and wonder what happened to summer, wonder why it’s dark at 6:30, and wonder if we will get a chance to ride in the woods again.
Of course the answer is always yes. While we have ridden offroad well into November in years past, it is not always guaranteed. Hunting season can also put a damper on riding in certain areas, and depending on how much wet late fall weather we get, sometimes we are done by Halloween.
One of the ways we can extend our season, is to bust out the lights. Just cuz it’s dark, don’t mean you can’t ride.
Another way to extend the racing season, for those silly enough for such frivolry, is to race Cyclocross. It’s a pretty intense sport, centered around riding skinny tired bikes in cold wet mud, punctuated with leaping over hurdles and running. And it is a actual sport, and not some twisted deviant’s way of making people suffer. Sound like fun? No sir, I don’t like it.
Several of my friends choose to spend fall/early winter this way. And for those that actually like this sport, there are special bikes, and no matter what you do or how you ride, bikes are always cool.
Especially this one.
This is a Van Dessel Gin & Trombones, named after the swinging secret excess that went on behind closed doors during the Prohibition. I like to think of it as the spirit of life and fun, surviving, inspite of the fun wreckers who dictate the rules. Maybe this is the spirit that compels my friends to punish themselves in this manner.
Oh, and it is bright traffic cone friggin’ orange.
Meat-up is getting close…