I left home at 7:30 or so. when I got to Upper Hutt I found the e-mail from Neil: “Turned out to be too early for me, still in bed. Hope you managed to get bike dirty.“ – Oh yeh, I got it dirty all right. Enter my new/old Felt F1X cyclocross bike. I built it from a second hand frame and a mix of new and second hand parts. When I say I built it I mean i loosely put the bits together and trusted Oli to make them work together. Oli did a great job and everything on the bike worked flawlessly.
Except the rider. Note to self: don’t try turning when in a puddle, through 2 inches of mud and no momentum. You just fall sideways. At least the mud cushioned my fall and there was no one around to see me. Just when I was getting the hang of surfing through mud, very wet and squashy grass and jumping over dead branches, I hit a dead end by the paintball place close to the hutt river. it was on the way back that I was getting ahead of myself and the bike and got dumped.
On the way back home I stopped for a coffee at the Petone esplanade. people were quite surprised to see me on a ‘road bike’. By the way I looked, muddy and all, a mountain bike was more expected. he he he…
so all in all, the ride was very enjoyable. I was impressed with the semi slicks tyres I chose. Only slipped couple of times but still had enough traction to keep me moving forward.
So a great trail bike. very smooth, and easy on the limbs. even the odd pot hole I wasn’t ready for didn’t phase the bike traction and direction at all.
I spent quite some time cleaning the bike once I got home, before parking it in the shed. Its amazing how persistent mud can be.
That seat bag is way too big – its going back to the cupboard (once its dry after washing all the mud off). the light has now moved to the right seat stay to make room for a rear mud guard. I may be crazy, but I’m not stupid.
Now the problem I am going to face now is which bike to use and when. trail or road, commute or climb, mud or gravel? and how do I explain the line of mud on the carpet in the office that leads to the bike parked behind my desk. its going to be a very fine balancing act to ensure I keep both my bikes happy, and have enough time to for work and family. What a predicament to have!