It was a chilly walk on the beach this morn, about 10 degrees. But I sure dont mind the return of winter.
My rides this weekend were nice. As expected I did get out both days. Saturday was to our local city park and that was a disappointment. A bunch of bikes rode the trails way before it froze and now its all ice where they tracked. If they had just waited a day and a half those trails would be in great shape. All the ruts they left in the wet snow are all iced and set in stone. These trails I won’t ride again until it snows more. Luckily, that might be Tuesday.
On Sunday I headed to the State trails called Greenbush. While we only had a couple inches here in town, they got 8 to 10. This happens there every year and some call it a micro climate. For whatever reason, this place get more snow than everywhere else. And when the ski trails here are in good shape you get tons of people from miles around. Bikes now too.
On Sunday I have never seen the parking lot so full. Cars filled up the lots and spilled out onto the road. That’s a first for me. People everywhere. A couple times after a climb I stopped (to let my heart rate go down) and just looked down into the woods and you could see people skiing all over the place. With all the leaves gone you could see at least two ski trails sometimes three from the top of a hill and they were just full of people. Some of the steeper downhills people were kinda “taking turns” going down just in case the one in front of them fell. There were actual skier back ups on the top. Anyway, the most people I ever saw skiing there.
Here they close the trails until its good to go. And they are in much better shape for it. With all the snow the trails were a bit soft on the edges but if you stayed center it was good to go. In time, and by time I mean a few days, these trails will be rippin fast. I plan on spending as much time here as I can. It’s a 30+ minute drive there for me but I’ll get here a few mornings before work.
It snowed like five days ago and my bike has not left the roof of my car except to ride. When its game on I carry it with me 24\7 wherever I go. But today I will bring it in for a once over and cleaning. I most likely will not ride again until Friday. Because…
Wednesday Im headed to Chicago and the CABDA show. This show started pretty small about 5 years ago and has been growing 100% every year since. It’s a great alternative to Interbike. Of course not as big but every year as it grows more and more big players are showing up. Shimano and Sram, Raceface and bikes manufacturers like Giant and BMC are showing. These are the factories showing, not a local dealer. Its to the point now that its worth going to so I am.
Here is some info on the show. Pull down the list of exhibitors and you see what I mean. Like I said, this is such a nice alternative to Interbike. It’s easy to go to at the slowest time of the year and only a bit more than a two hour drive away for me. I look forward to going Wednesday. I do have a few people I would like to talk to about their products. Im going to take a look at BMC bikes. I like the fact that their team is registered in the U.S. So we’ll see what happenes there. Other than that it will be a nice day out of the store. I’ll try to get some distributer to buy me lunch. And dinner.
So my next post will most likely be Tuesday. With info on the show.