Riding From Another Angle

Yesterday Bike Buddy Numero Uno and I rode up to Danville, VA, to check out the trails at Angler’s Ridge. There is a network of 25 miles of singletrack up there, but the 4.5 mile trail we rode, along with 11 miles on the Danville River Walk greenway, were enough to leave us drained! On top of that, my Trek Fuel has been in the shop with a broken swingarm! So I was riding my dad’s Hardrock. If going back to a fully rigid bike weren’t enough of a paradigm shift the geometry is all ‘off’, making me fearful of doing an endo over the bars on the steeper decents! OTOH, there’s nothing like going retro to brush up on the basic bike-handling skills. And on the bright side, my bike will be fixed and back on my hands within a few days!