30 March 2010 - 7:15What just happened…?
During Sunday’s ride I made a rather profound statement. Any one that knows me, knows that my profane language is less than profound. I was not cursing this time.
Rather, I was taken aback at how poorly I was riding my RIP. It seemed at times I was all over the place. In the short amount of time that I rode before I turned the Garmin on, I had crashed n0 less than four times. We had stopped to regroup, and I added some air to my front and rear shocks when I said:
I think I’ve become unable to ride a full suspension bike.
To which Maggs replied:
Yeah, you probably have.
I think he might have been on to something. I know that my trail skills were rusty, but I was unable to have my body in the right place at any given time on this day. Every time I tried a difficult maneuver, I would bungle it. It was a ride of recovering from mistakes. Thankfully the RIP is capable of getting you out of most of these sorts of situations.
What we were talking about though, is that I may be on my way to not being able to ride one at all. I love my RIP. I love full suspension, gears and everything that comes with it. But I think I may be headed to that place where I would be happier on my singlespeed.