“A pump track makes beginners into experts..." I am continually trying to extol the virtues of 'pumping', which is basically reducing weight on your wheels as they roll up short inclines and weighting them again when they're on short down slopes. Not only does it save energy and increase speed, but it fundamentally, positively changes the way you ride and look at trail. And everyone can benefit from it. Here's an article that talks about pump tracks and the skills I'm referring to:
After blowing out my forearms at yesterday's trail work session at Bullitt Reservation (those are not cycling muscles...), I passed on a group ride in favor of something mellow. It was nice to get my first taste of DAR State Forest In Goshen, Ma. If I had half as much determination as the trees out there...
Let me be the Czar of cyclocross. I'll replace the barriers with logs, rock gardens, and gator pits. We'll have doubles, triples, and step-ups. And elevated skinnies over knee-deep mud holes.
Verge New England Cyclocross Series, today and tomorrow in Northampton, MA.
As you can tell, social media isn't my thing. I'm in the middle of getting relocated a bit further north, so that partially explains the lack of updates. I have been hearing from folks, who continue to say really kind things like:
"So my buddy just bought a bystickel off the secondary market and loves it! ...Here is the funny part. His local LBS rode it and fell in love with it too. The owner insisted on taking the bystickel for a week while my buddy took the owners bike. XXXXX with everything Enve on it. I bet he rode the stickel and realized how boring a XXXXX is."
Facebook needs a 'blush' button.