Spring Dirt

~65 miles with lots of spring dirt on stretches of the Fall Classic route. Frozen dirt in the morning, mud later in the day. ~3k in climbing, much of it in muck, which made for an interesting day. Eye freezing, ice cream headache headwinds pretty much everywhere.

The day started off well with my coffee and hoping for some warm sun, then 10 miles later a wreck on Poor Farm Rd. Crossed up the wheels as best I can figure going over some frozen ruts. Cut up my elbow and knee, didn’t rip the jacket or pants though. Shoulder and hip are sore today. Made my way out to the shoulder of the big mountain and climbed up to Irish Settlement Rd. Wheel stopping mud in some places – still tacky and walkable – but fender and brake clogging. Explored down Nashville and Stage Rd. and had to do a roadside fender cleanout and adjustment to get the rear wheel to turn. I was in the 32×30 quite a bit on the last stretch through West Bolton – fighting both the climb and the wheelsucking mud.

Ended the day @ On The Rise for lunch with the wife and little one who had visited the Vermont Audubon Center sugaring festivities earlier in the day. Blue skies + warm sun (when out of the wind) + and some nice dirt (when it was frozen!) = good day out.

9 Responses to “Spring Dirt”

  1. Apertome says:

    Beautiful! The IF looks proud to be out on some dirt. Those skinny tires seem like they wouldn’t be ideal for mud. Not sure how you do it! I’m glad you weren’t seriously hurt in your fall.

  2. mb says:

    Apertome -

    Tires are my usual standbys – 28mm Conti GP 4 Seasons for dry dirt / road riding. I tried some slightly wider alternates last year and was disappointed. They are certainly not ideal for mud season – I should have pulled the fenders and threw on the Ritchey 32 cross tires – but I left the house not knowing I’d feel like dirt, and early morning things were frozen solid – so it was hard pack, if a bit rough.

    What I’m figuring out how to do is get my hands on a Fargo… ;) Then I’ll have skinny (IF), chubby (Fargo), and fat (Pugsley) to cover me for just about all conditions.

  3. pommes says:

    Ever wonder if any one actually reads your ride reports? :)

    Just wanted to say nice blog, keep it up.

    -gv in NJ

  4. Allison says:

    I’m totally impressed you’d ride in these conditions, but this post serves to remind me why I only ride in the warm part of the year! I’m glad you weren’t hurt from your spill.

  5. Tim says:

    As the proud owner of a club racer I can’t yet imagine torturing it to this degree. Hats off to you.

  6. mb says:

    Tim, I used to feel the same way, until I found I can easily fit 35 cross tires in there, with room for mud. I wish I had those on Sunday!

    Allison, Thanks! As you know, I’m not quick, just stubborn. Hoping to see you and Dan out this year.

  7. jim says:

    Mike, I’m glad you weren’t too beat up by your gravity check.

  8. mb says:

    Just banged up. Here is the knee:

    knee

    Can’t get a pic of the elbow / arm. It has been pretty sore. Hip is sore too.

  9. jim says:

    Stretch, ice, repeat? :-)

    Heal up my man.