Flying down the trails, there was hardly a soul in sight. The thick layer of leaves that have fallen from the trees make things a little slick and a little tricky, since you can’t see all the rocks and roots underneath.
So I took it easy, getting a feel for the trails covered in leaves and for a mountain bike that actually has working rear brakes. It’s pretty amazing let me tell you. They don’t even squeak. Here are a few other random thoughts about fall riding:
- Foggy eyeglasses can actually be a good thing. They keep you from walking obstacles, since you plain old don’t know that they are coming.
- Shirts that ride up in the back while biking may be the most annoying things in the world.
- Leaving water in your camelback for extended periods of time makes it taste nasty. It also assists the hose in sprouting spontaneous leaks, giving you a free shower.
- Being able to breathe out your nose really helps on the hills. I attribute this to the Aleve cold and sinus I took prior to riding.
- While a thick layer of leaves gives you an animal alert system at all times (think about how loud a chipmunk sounds on crinkly old leaves), it does not aid you in staying on the actual trail. I consider this feature of fall riding a bonus cognitive challenge while exercising.
My new brakes. In case you were wondering.