Sand

Just south of the Winooski... lots of driftwood.

Just south of the Winooski... lots of driftwood.

Explored near home this afternoon after working this morning. Took a quick post lunch ride to check out a stretch of beach on lake Champlain. Part 1 turned into hike a bike over driftwood and through some boggy marshy reeds so I climbed out and tested the fat tires at North Beach. Firm and semi loose sand was no problem – but the pea gravel like mush didn’t like the bike nor the bike shoes very much.

Stunning November day. Hike a bike warmed me up.

Stunning November day. Hike a bike warmed me up.

1/2 mile or more to get to where I thought some decent sand was... so I backtracked it out.

1/2 mile or more to get to where I thought some decent sand was... so I backtracked it out.

North end of North Beach.

North end of North Beach.

2.2s at low pressure. Seemed to work well enough. Compressed snow maybe?

2.2s at low pressure. Seemed to work well enough. Compressed snow maybe?

The pea gravel mush was tough going.

The pea gravel mush was tough going.

7 Responses to “Sand”

  1. Apertome says:

    Hey, looks like a lot of fun! Makes me want to try some sand, too …

  2. patrick says:

    have you done a stealth ride over on rock point yet? the north end of north beach provides access to rock point, some fun trails and stunning views of the lake. there’s also a sneaky way to get back there from my place. let’s do a mtb morning soon . …

  3. jason says:

    i think i have plans for the morning now…

  4. jason says:

    also, those tires work ok for packed snow. Rode snow machine trails last winter with those exact tires. Only thing is they will sink now and then, plus you take a beating over snowshoe tracks.

  5. jim says:

    gears for sand baby!

  6. electric says:

    Looking forward to some thoughts on snow and 29r… was thinking it might be a good commuter bike in the sloppy stuff with beefy treads.

    Jason:
    There is a 2.5″ dh type tire out now in case you want more plush, Niner is selling them!

  7. mb says:

    Jason’s got a Pug built up now – so his tires will dwarf mine…

    My CrossCheck was used for 3 years as muy everyday bike – fixed gear, fat cross tires (35, then 42s and studs). Worked great as a snow, ice, all overe bike. Miss it already – but also missed a proper MTB… so… enter the Soma.