Had a great weekend of riding. The anticipated cold temps hit and at ride time on Saturday it was about 16 degrees. Mixed with a little moisture and the beach was froze solid. Our first beach ride (as a group) was on!
As the pic proves, you could not slap the smile off my face. Not very many riders had experienced the feeling of pelotoning down the beach with 15 riders at 20mph. Just a few feet from the water. Its a blast. But then again, not a lot of group rides like this one goes year round. Same day, same time. Just different bikes. Saturday was the first ride on my Disc Trucker all year. And thats just not right but I will re-attach all the racks and bags again this spring in hopes of a tour in the summer of 14′. But for now its the best winter bike. 26 by 2in tires for the beach.
The beach can be a fickle thing. Could be 20 degrees and not froze or could be 30 something and hard. A lot of things need to happen before its ride quality froze. Perfect blend of wind direction, temp and moisture in the sand. Sometimes the “sweet spot” is only a foot wide with wet sand on the water side and dry sand on the other.
In the last few years people have just wondered why not the fatbike then. Then no worries on where on the beach you ride. For the most part that is true. A fat tire would have a ton more float here. But the ride consists of some woods, beach if its rideable and then road. While the fatbike would excel on the sand especially so if its a bit soft, you would get you ass handed to you once we hit the road. Even the woods.
This ride has many facets to it. And its still very much a group ride once we hit the pavement. On a Fat tire no way could I stay attached to the group. They would be waiting for me more than they already do. My effort levels are still very high(I am the slowest guy out there tho) and Im pretty tired when done. And thats a good thing.
Even flatting could not take the edge off the ride. Heading off the beach on to the road my back tire was going away slowly. I stuffed a CO2 in the tire and made it to the restaurant, where I changed the tube in heated comfort while watching everyone else eat while I worked. Story of my life.
I’ll mention I put another hour and a half on the beach Sunday on the Farley with a couple of guys. While Fatbikes are always way fun it would be just a bit better with snow on the ground. Just a scenario to look forward to.
Bring it on.