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I just went on one of the most slippery rides I've ever been on. No, it was not muddy. Not even a little wet. Not dusty, well, not quite. It was the pollen man. That stuff is unreal. It was about as bad as I've ever seen it. Check out this picture of Whiteroom. Not a great pic, but you can see the "dry line" through the pollen.

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Here's Mike on one of the rare sections of fresh, non-slippery dirt.

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and here's Bushwacker cleaning the infamous "Chainring Rock". Not easy to do when there is NO traction.

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I got to ride Mike's Intense Tracer29 demo bike a bit today. Been demoing a bunch of bikes, Santa Cruz, Intense and Specialized. I think I have finally found a 29er that I like, I still prefer Fox suspension bits, and definitely solidified my feelings toward Shimano. But that's another post when I have a little more time.

 

P.S. - I even got Josh to concede that on our trails here, a 26" bike may be the better way to go.

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I just went on one of the most slippery rides I've ever been on. No, it was not muddy. Not even a little wet. Not dusty, well, not quite. It was the pollen man. That stuff is unreal. It was about as bad as I've ever seen it. Check out this picture of Whiteroom. Not a great pic, but you can see the "dry line" through the pollen.

DSC_3218.jpg

Here's Mike on one of the rare sections of fresh, non-slippery dirt.

DSC_3184.jpg

and here's Bushwacker cleaning the infamous "Chainring Rock". Not easy to do when there is NO traction.

DSC_3211.jpg

I got to ride Mike's Intense Tracer29 demo bike a bit today. Been demoing a bunch of bikes, Santa Cruz, Intense and Specialized. I think I have finally found a 29er that I like, I still prefer Fox suspension bits, and definitely solidified my feelings toward Shimano. But that's another post when I have a little more time.

 

P.S. - I even got Josh to concede that on our trails here, a 26" bike may be the better way to go.




its the better way to go because I am certain some of the older parts of the trails were laid out by drunk monkeys....and my bike sucks less when I dont have slower moving obstacles up ahead ;). So far the town loops are the only trails that I have ever been like man these are tight, not ever at Kingdom, not at millstone, not anywhere in Ny, or Pa, OR Wv.

 

 

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I took the hardest fall I've had on a bike in a while on that ride... I generally know I'm about to stack and can control the carnage (even if 'control' means I get to drive myself to the ER later), yesterday's fall was like a sudden body slam. Ouch. I'm really not a fan of the 'Root-Loops' and that ride really reinforced my dis-like for them. I'm for a total re-do if the Stowe Land Trust and SMBC can raise the funds to buy that property, it's great land for trail, it's just that the trails are purposely built bad/techie. I picture one of the 'freeride uni-cycle' guys idiots liking them.

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Pollenspit.gif I hate breathing that stuff.

I think the first wave of tree pollen peaked around Wash DC about a week or two ago.  Rode my bike thru an area where it was about 1/4 inch deep on an asphalt path, like skiing on hardpack with a dusting of powder.th_dunno-1[1].gif

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Don't forget to change your car's air filters.

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