Sunday’s ride marked the end of our visit on top of the remains of the ” crystal palace” around here in coastal Maine. The ice that we have encountered for the past couple weeks is gone.
Five riders made a relatively quick out-and-back 10 mile run from the Warren Community School Parking lot. We encountered sections of sheer ice that were over a half mile long, with some portions under water that was flowing across the surface.
Ian and I were on studded 45N tires, Jason had unstudded 45N tires, Walter had Surly Nates.
The Hawk never complained while churning away strong on regular 26″ tires. Ian declared that studded tires were a good purchase for these conditions- he was consistently far ahead of the rest of the pack. I even passed Jason once. THE ONLY way that happened is because of the metal pins protruding from my tires. Walter did OK on his unstudded set, but stated that he is planning to buy a set of studded 45 N’s. Sidecountry in Rockland has some. At times, he was slipping and sliding. Walter told me that Bath Cycle already sold out of the 30 pair that they had a couple of weeks ago.
Enough snow had melted to set up detours around the ice.
The feeling of rolling over glistening ice is unique. I expected to go down at some point over the two hour ride, but never did.
Did I tell you how much I am enjoying the winter, while riding my Pugsley?