We got 10" of snow about a week ago, then on Friday we had a bit of an ice storm that changed to rain before it ended. Sometimes in these situations we end up with a layer of crust thick enough to hold us up on the bikes, that's a best case scenario. Today was somewhat short of a best case scenario. We had a crust, but it wasn't enough to hold the bikes up, which made for a very long, short ride if that makes any sense. We lowered the pressure on the tires down to probably 15 psi and we did get a bit of float. Little danger of pinch flats since we were rarely moving over 5 mph and there was nothing technical about the ride - no rocks, no ramps, no roots.
Overall a decent winter ride (hey at least we got out).
1) Unsprung coming up. He had a distinct disadvantage (about 70lbs worth of "disadvantage") which meant he didn't get as much float as the rest of us. He was working about 3x harder than the lighter guys.
2,3) DNA finds a little pond in the woods (one of the few bodies of water we found with ice all the way to the edge). He's a really good ice rider (no studs), but even the good guys fall sometimes.... and yeah, I know he's not wearing his helmet.
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