It’s been a very mild winter so far, last weekend we were riding in near 50 degree temps. This weekend was a different story. We had 7 folks turn out for a mountain bike ride with temps just barely 20 degrees and a strong wind, it was cold. Before the ride I loaned my trusty 5mm hex wrench to another rider and forgot to get it back. When we arrived at the trail head I found my wrench sitting on the bumper of Tom’s truck. This is amazing, it sat there for the 15 mile drive, and I really like that wrench.
The ground was frozen but the riding wasn’t easy as it had frozen with all the muddy horse hoof holes intact. Still it was way better then riding through mud. I was on the 26 inch Cannondale Beast of the East, which performed very well. This was the first time I’ve ridden it at the more technical One Horse Gap trails and the 26 inch wheels were a bit scary. Even more scary was the super narrow racing type handlebar I’ve got. It takes awhile to get used to the steering and its no where near as a comfortable downhill, though I love the bar-end position for climbing.
We woke up this morning to snowfall overnight, not a huge snowfall it looks like maybe 5 inches but it is our first actual snow of the year. At 19 degrees its not the kind of snow that is much fun to be outside in, but Shanua and I went out to do a bit of shoveling and take some bird pictures.