or SSSSLUR, for short.
Okay, I made up the name and acronym, but 32seventeen and drevil and some other folks threw together a nice snow ride on Saturday at Schaeffer Farms in Germantown, EmDee.
Lots o' folks from this board showed up to make a truly enjoyable event. About an inch and a half of the white stuff, hidden ice patches, and high-teens-to-low-twenties temps conspired to make a couple normally fast and fun loops into a bit of a challenge. Lots of slick singletrack, slippery log piles, icy creek crossings, and tractionless bridges kept both the concentration and mayhem levels running high.
The pawls in my shitmano freewheel managed to freeze open about 8 or 9 miles into the ride, giving me the same amount of resistance pedalling forward as you would normally get pedalling backward with a freewheel, which meant I had to hike somewhere under 2 miles back to the parking lot. And yes, before it comes up, I tried p!ssing on it, which brought only temporary relief (well, at least as far as the freewheel was concerned). ENO here I come, baby.
Other than that, I don't believe there were any mechanicals to speak of. Couple of beers and some grub afterwards at Old Glory for a few of us practicing alkees, and it was, sadly, all over.
Thanks to all who planned this and for all who showed up; looking forward to the next one. I'll let others who took more/better pix post theirs, but here's one that sums it up. I know the names of some people, but don't know their mtbr handles, so those unnamed below can post to ID who they are; as for the others, I did my best. If I got a tag wrong, someone correct me. Not everyone who rode is pictured (JoeP, for example, managed to ride, then hide).
Kneeling in the foreground: left is rockdogger, on the right is me (iconoclaSSt--formerly eelpie).
Standing in the back: SheikP on the far left; the dude sporting the red and yellow MTBR jersey and the Bob Roll sized chops is DmofoT; just to the right over his shoulder is the head of 32seventeen;; drevil is just behind me on the right, with his new Johnny Cool hairdo; to the right of (and behind) drevil is the disembodied head of none other than shivasteve; to the right of shiva in the grey cap is static; I think the dude standing between me and rockdogger (blue helmet and shades) is shiftless.--nope, it's xander then?
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