The period from the middle of August through to the middle of October isn’t really my favourite time of the year. There is just so much going on that riding just seems to be a distant thought. Well other than commuting that is.
It was great to learn that Chilly and family were planning to head up to Wales on a holiday and that there would be a chance to get in some riding. I think it was the sort of motivation that I was looking for. So with Paul staying near Nebo this week and I headed over to Betws-y-Coed to ride the Marin Trail with him on Thursday.
The torrential rain that had led us to cancel our plans to ride on Wednesday had subsided and although the trails were a lttle wet in places it was generally a great ride and I think Chilly enjoyed his first taste on man-made trails. It was a great opportunity for me to test out the new bike and faff with suspension settings and things.
I’ve decided that the chain is a bit long and the rear disc calliper needs shimming a bit, but other than that it is in good shape. The tyres are the biggest I’ve ever run. There is certainly a sense that once this thing gets rolling it is going to plough through anything. Going uphill on tarmac on big sticky tyres isn’t my idea of fun…