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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Hate to say it but at this time of year, Mud is the norm for our bike rides. Luckily, I have a bike that can cope with it, much to the annoyance of the rest of my group. Wet mud is not a problem, that just slips off the bike as soon as it gets on. Unfortunately, for the others in my group, there is a kind of dryer mud that blocks the treads in the tyres, holds onto the tyre expanding the tyre until it gets rubbed off on the frame, but does not leave the frame either so acts as a very effective brake. That makes mud riding extrememly hard work, and as you also have no grip, it is time to get off and carry the bike. Pushing the bike does not work as you just collect more mud.
The answer is to use a narrower tyre that will push through the mud to the firm ground underneath, and as it is a narrower tyre, the mud does not get out to the frame before Gravity makes it fall off. On the Snow side, we haven't had any in the S.E. corner of britain for about 3 or 4 years, and the only generrally accepted advice on riding in it, is to avoid the Yellow snow, Particularly if it is spelt into a name.