Slop and Chop

We got a couple of mountain bike rides this weekend despite adverse conditions.  Snow melt and heavy rain made for some soft trails.  I jokingly called the Punji trail knowing it’s a mosnter to ride even in good conditions, I guess everyone didn’t realize it was a joke.

Tires were on my mind alot this weekend, specifically tire size.   Riding in the very soft terrain seemed to hamper me much more then everyone else.  There is a generally excepted theory that mud requires narrow tires that will dig down and bite into the harder ground under the mud.  I was running the narrowest tire this weekend, 1.95 while Eli was at the other end of the spectrum with an actual FAT BIKE TIRE on the front and a pretty big 2.4 on the rear.  He was doing better in the mud than me.   Here’s something I found while searching for information.

Let’s also think about your weight/size. Anyone under 10stone should be running a 2.35” or narrower tyre. Those over that weight as a general guide should be running a 2.5” and be going on a diet unless of course you are “Big Boned”.

My current weight is around 230, and my GT Peace is like 33 pounds, factor in camelbak and gear and I’m guessing I was pushing 280 pounds or 20 stone.  I had to be the heaviest rider on the ride on the narrowest tires.  I was digging deep and could really feel it, but it may have been just as hard on a fat bike?

That’s enough analysis, lets check out the pictures.

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Dave masters a creek crossing.

Dave masters a creek crossing.

What's going on here.

What’s going on here.

checking out the water fall.

checking out the water fall.

Taped up Gore Tex socks.

Taped up Gore Tex socks.

Peacer by Pounds Hollow Lake.

Peacer by Pounds Hollow Lake.

The Mazarti ready to rock.

The Mazarti ready to rock.

This tire did the entire Tour Divide with Luke, now its Eli's rear.

This tire did the entire Tour Divide with Luke, now its Eli’s rear.

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The Half Phat

The Half Phat

Luke jumps a creek. Photo by Eli

Luke jumps a creek. Photo by Eli

He's Down.  Photo by Dave

He’s Down. Photo by Dave

I'm to wet to care at this point.  Photo by Eli

I’m to wet to care at this point. Photo by Eli

 

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About Matt Gholson

Cycling, school teaching, husband.
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2 Responses to Slop and Chop

  1. I’m not a mountain biker, but the fat bike movement around here is out of control. The guys I’ve talked to about them say those things will just about float over anything, so I’m wondering if the idea of “digging down” to solid ground is no longer applicable when talking about those bikes?

  2. Kate says:

    Cool pictures. We hit up the gravel on Sunday and it was SLOPPY (and super fun).

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