But the third time isn’t a charm…yet.
Continuing my quest to see if I want to keep a geared bike, I decided to finally try a local trail that for some reason I hadn’t ridden yet. I headed over to the Rocky River Trail (which is really close to my house by the way) for some solo fun. TK-421 was the bike of choice again, which would make this the third consecutive ride on gears for me. With a goal of five rides on the geared bike, this particular ride should tell me something. At least I figured that anyway.
I was just out for fun.
This is a huge piece of land where you can find all kinds of unique “items” (like the photo above), but that’s not what I liked about it most. Being a pretty new trail to the area (and on private property), I found the parking lot quite empty and the trail even less populated. I had the entire ten plus miles all to myself, so that meant that I could ride as fast as I wanted, or even stop whenever I felt like it.
I stopped when I saw neat shit.
It was fast and flowy in spots, and rocky, rooty, and full of climbs in others. It reminded me a lot of the trail we’re building near my house, and I enjoyed it immensely. Even though I was out there all by myself, I still couldn’t escape the ghost of Dicky.
I seem to remember him talking about working out there, and I finally got to see what he did.
The rock on the right side of the photo is his, and it’s pretty damn fun. Right after that is a tight switchback turn and just like the rest of the trail, it kept me on my toes. I was told that it is a “busy” trail. I agree.
There are a couple of climbs that I heard about, and in my mind I built them up to be impossible. I knew I was riding a geared bike so I would have a little bit easier time, but that wans’t the case. I was riding it like a single speed, pretty much staying in the equivalent of a 32X20. One climb (called No Name) was tough, but I made it somehow. I had also heard about another climb that was supposed to be tough as well, and when I got to it I prepared for the worst.
It was tough too, but I cleaned it just fine. Riding a single speed all the time has definitely made me a better climber, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say any of it was easy. I worked my ass off out there for pretty much the whole ride, and it was really fun. Once again I enjoyed the suspension fork I had, but the gears seemed to confuse me. I was never really good at shifting into the right gear in the first place, but riding more and more single speed it has gotten much worse. I ‘m way more of a masher now, and I’m not ashamed of that.
So yeah, it was a fun trail, and I will definitely be there a lot more in the future. In fact, it will probably be at the top of the list when I go ride.
Two more rides to go on gears, and most of you probably think you know what the decision will be.
Honestly, I still don’t know.
Or do I?
Number four tonight.