Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by jppe
It was one of those times that I really hated that I didn't have my camera with me. I wonder if Stapfam gets that muddy on his off-road rides????
I have to admit that I do not intentionally roll in the mud but Why is it that I always seem to find the deepest mud when I do not have the strength to pedal through it? Worst out of the lot is on the Tandem. It takes a lot of Skill to keep that thing up at the best of times so you can imagine how many times I suddenly find myself inverted and wondering what happened.
Just a couple of incidents- Slight downhill and I decided to take My partners through and area that I knew would be deep mud. Put the speed on and as soon as I hit the deep mud, the front wheel stopped. Quick somersault and my skid mark was about 50 ft long. Then the best was when I was last in line along a really muddy path. The others kept falling off but they were showing me where not to go. Got to the end of the path and the last one fell off the Ridge in between the Ruts. I took the rut and it was deep watery mud. Only 10 yards to go and I accelerated. Going great and the front wheel fell into a hole. Quick somersault again and Splosh. At least 2 ft of water and apparantly I went right under. I can vouch for that as I was covered head to foot, front to back in white clay.
By far the best though is where there is a deep muddy patch and all the others gingerly creep along the edges to miss the mud. The Tandem cannot do that so it is speed up and try to stay upright through the middle. Ok if you have enough speed but anyone trying to stay clean by going along the edge will be covered in our wake.
Only problem though is when you get back- I am relegated to the Garage and the Dressing gown is thrown at me. But before that can be done- You have to clean the bike. Attachment is from one of our normal rides where we did not fall over but I had already changed into less muddy clothing
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.