We just got back from the cottage. I spent the weekend trying out a fully rigid, single speed, 29er bike that Hugh Black over at True North Cycles lent me. It was such a different ride from my full suspension Kona Lisa, I loved the big wheels. I could ride over pretty much everything that the Bruce Peninsula MTB Adventure Park threw at me which was rocks, rocks and more rocks. No flat trails at all. I really enjoyed trail The Rocky Flats. It had the best flow of the day. The MTB Adventure Park was definitely an interesting choice for riding a fully rigid bike. I spent a lot of time out of the saddle which is a totally new way to ride for me, usually I sit back and enjoy the benefits of full suspension. Lately though I have been thinking that full squish just isn't worth the weight.
I talked hubby into trying out the Sawmill Ski Trails in Hepworth this morning before we left the cottage because I wanted to see how the bike would handle on a hillier but less technical terrain. So after a liberal dose of Chamois Butter ( I took a lot of hits at the MTB Adventure Park!), we hit the trails. The new bike rode awesome even though I had to really crank it up the hills and force my mind to get over the fact that when I wanted to switch into a lower gear I couldn't because I only had one gear, usually I have a slow and steady kind of ride mentality especially where hills are concerned. I do wish the trails had been marked, we were pretty lost in there even though we had a map. Really what good is having a trail map with named trails if when you get out into the forest there are no signs to tell you where you're going or where you've been?
I have to admit that I am somewhat addicted to the new bike. I have suggested a ride at the Hydro Cut tomorrow so I'll let you know how that goes.