“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” Stephen King
One for the record books. It has taken me over 20 years, but I had my best Bog ride ever, and it took the heavy, fully rigid Pugsley to do it.
From the Surly literature, “The floatation and traction gained by using large-volume, low-pressure tires [I was running the Surly Nate 4″ tires with 7 pounds of pressure] can get you over and through otherwise-unrideable terrain: ice, snow, sand, mud, wet rocks and roots. In many conditions, bigger is better.”
“The lack of suspension is not an issue and it some ways makes for a smoother ride than a Full Suspension as bumps are absorbed rather than stored in a shock and then spat out again with rebound. Handling is great on where there is sand and loose rocks on the trail. Feels like it has a lower BB height than other bikes.”
It is quite muddy here. The frozen ground is loosening up. There are pits of peril out there. Here’s the entrance to the nearby Mussy Ridge Road, a place that I am avoiding right now.
Last night I cleared sections of this particular Bog loop that I have never been able to do before. After gliding over a hand-built bridge at the low point of the ride, I dropped down to a lower gear and grunted my way up a climb that I have never been able to clear in my life, and at the top, I just kept going, clearing the twisty trail to the meeting point at the Three-Way intersection.
I’m really excited about off-road biking this season.The way is better- better even with 35 lbs underneath me. I so much appreciate finding out about the Bubbas, a local crew of devoted dirtbags who just keep on keeping on. The last night was the best- better even with 35 lbs underneath me.