Sunday, January 24, 2016

SMNDFBR - The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway


It was a tale of two Saturday's, last Saturday was actually colder than this Saturday but with the 20+ mph winds out of the south the "feels like" temps yesterday were down into the single digits for a good portion of the ride. It was definitely one of the colder Saturday Morning No Drop Fat Bike Ride and the numbers reflected that as we only managed eight of us on this frigid ride.


The ride out to Wilderness Park was straight into the wind, luckily the trees did a really good job of knocking down the wind so once in the trees things were much nicer.


I had heard reports of the Park being really icy and while there was some ice in a few spots it was covered by a fairly firm layer of snow that had plenty of traction. Some caution was still needed but as long as you paid attention to the obvious signs of a particularly slick section, skids, snow angels, etc. you were fine.



Despite the wind and the chill, it was actually a really great day to get out and ride. Looks like the temps this week are going to be much warmer than last making riding even better for the week to come.


Of course I also had to check out the new Salsa Deadwood that arrived at the shop this week, if you're a tall drink of water and you're in the market for a gravel/adventure/bikepacking/single track plus sized bike; this might be a good place to start looking. Size is 20" and there is just the one and  probably won't be another anytime soon they have been that popular.


Last but certainly not least, I was gifted this bag from Cycle Works! It's the Camelbak Skyline 10LR, the LR stands for Low Ride which is designed to keep the water low around the lumbar area. On initial inspection, there seems to be quite a few interesting and intriguing features, I'll share some thoughts on the bag after I've had a chance to use it for a bit but it seems like Camelbak stepped up their game o this one but will it beat out my venerable Osprey Raptor?

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