Well it has been a strange winter. Last week we broke a record with an overnight low of -36.5c/-33.7f before windchill. Then just a few days later it was above freezing. Happily we have a decent amount of snow. Could use more though.
Went for a ride at Silver Falls Provincial Park. There is a sweet curvy downhill that I discovered snowshoeing there. So I went back with my fat bike. Turns out the steepest section was not rideable. Plus some of the corners were too tight, so I had to foot dab a few of them. Still had fun though!
Video footage of the downhill.
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Went out to the family camp/cottage this past weekend. Kinda kicking myself for not going out earlier this winter. Some sweet riding to be had out there. We had a warm spell recently and then back to the cold. It really hardened things up. Best riding of the winter so far.
Well winter is on the way out. I didn't get out this winter as much as I had planned. But frigid temps can have that affect. Sometimes you just get the winter blahs.
Early spring transitional time. Wet, sloppy snow and wet, sloppy mud. Not much fun to ride in. Hopefully things melt and dry up fast.
So time to make some upgrades. I found the 36 front chainring by 34 tooth rear combo not quite easy enough in the snow. I spent a lot of time in the gear and up any grade of note I would of liked a 36 rear cog instead of having to drop into the granny up front.
So time to upgrade to 10 speed. Last year I converted my Yeti Arc-X cross bike to flat bar for the summer. Went back to road bars on it this year. So I had a sweet set of Easton EC90 flat bars and EC90 Barends laying around. Also had the 10 speed shifters the bike used. So I had those moved over to my Necro. Added a XT rear mech and 11-36 10 speed cassette.
Ready to rock with less need to drop into the granny.....
Well another week and another snow storm. Winter doesn't want to leave this area.
Saturday I threw my fat bike in the back of my car and drove 100 km's outside of the city. I figured the gravel roads would not be plowed until later and be white and snow covered when I got there. I was part right. Some sections were beautiful white. Others were plowed and becoming a muddy mess.
I did a 3 hour hilly ride on quiet country gravel roads. It was a slow slog. Through the snowy sections and the plowed sections. The gravel roads are thawing and soft and damp. I wasn't enjoying myself the last quarter of the ride. But after I was done the feeling of accomplishment was nice. Felt mildly epic.
I had planned on doing one of my patented boring 20 min vlogs. But I forgot my second memory card. I got some footage from the first half I thought was worth posting. Your opinion might vary.
There is one long(long for around here) winding, gradual downhill section on the ride that was still snow covered. I rode it like single track . Since someone had been down it in a truck/Suv. I used one of their tire tracks. The snow was heavy and wet so if I went off track the handling was sketchy. I think I found a snow condition the fat bike does not like.
Haven't been riding my fat bike much lately. Trying to be more 'serious' about my riding. Trying to take off the winter weight and slowly succeeding. I generally would consider myself in shape for only 2 months of the year. July and August. That has been the cycle for the past few years. Been riding my Cannondale F4000sl and my Yeti ARC-X cross bike. My favourite kind of riding is hard hilly gravel road rides. We have great riding for that around here.
I will try and do one off-road fat bike mountain bike ride a week. I did go this past Saturday to Shuniah Mines. Some decent single track to be found there and it is right on the edge of town. I could ride there from my door in 20-25mins.
At slow to medium speeds, I was very impressed with Clown Shoe and Bud 4.8 front wheel. Over small to medium sized roots and rocks I didn't feel the need for suspension. The bike handled well enough in the tighter stuff. Doesn't like slow speed tight turns.