Ryan H. ticks up metric #2…
“I had a very enjoyable 71 mile ride this past weekend. Unlike a week ago, the wind was very tame. It started from the southwest at 9 mph and the temp was in the low thirties. Balmy!! Kent, a friend from the riding group I participate in, wanted to tag along to get some fitness. I decided to load my bike up with everything I’ll need for Actif Epica. I put my extra clothes and supplies in a seat bag and a handle bar bag. I haven’t ridden with a handle bar bag before, so that was a new experience. The front end was a little heavier to maneuver. This was going to be a good test run.
I chose a route similar to the previous weekend to show Kent some of this area. With the light wind, we had a nice pace going. We headed east to the little town of Averill, consisting of a grain elevator, church, and a few houses.
From there, we headed north and eventually west. With the warmer temps the gravel was soft and gritty. There were a few sections of the road that had good sized drifts over them. The snow was hard and crusted enough that we could just ride over them.
There were a lot of minimum maintenance roads I would like to have taken, but with the warm temps, they looked pretty soft. I did attempt one on the way back into town and that was a mistake. Even by riding on the grassy part, I still filled up with mud. I cleaned as much mud as I could off the rear derailleur and made it home.
Luckily, it still was above freezing, so I took some pails of hot water and cleaned the bike and chain. It was a great day to be out there and I enjoyed Kent’s company. A great day on the bike!!”