This past Summer Eric G introduced the boys and I to singletrack mountain biking. All three of us really enjoyed it and therefore I started looking for and purchased our first good mountain bike. Since buying the bike I have gone out at least once a week to the trails around us. Today I learned a few new things:
- While Fall makes for beautiful trails it also makes for leaf covered trails which makes it difficult to see certain obstacles, such as a bigger than expected rock (1 fall), and also makes it slippery when going up hill, for example you reach a point where you stop going up the hill because the back wheel is freely spinning (1 fall). Probably not the best day to move from traditional pedals to clipless pedals.
- Deer seem to think that the singletrack trail belongs to them. I saw lots of them today at Standing Rock Park and unfortunately I saw one much closer than I wanted to when I rounded a corner at full speed and it was standing right in the middle of the path. Almost ran into it (1 fall).
- 45 year old men are not meant to fall off a bicycle more than once a day. I will be very sore tomorrow.
Lots of fun. I’ll go again next week.