Last night was one of those nights when…

  • ….. you had a free evening AND the weather was dry – hallelujah!!
  • you turned up to find out you’re the only one riding on a dry, winter’s night
  • you had a mechanical before you even left the car park
  • the mud and puddles weren’t quite frozen despite it being just below freezing
  • your front mech froze (yes I still use a front mech!) during the ride leaving you on the granny ring but you’re unfit so you were never out of the granny ring anyway
  • it felt like -20 when it was only -2
  • you lost the feeling in your toes half way round your route
  • you had the trails to yourself and the fellow bikers you met were friendly and enjoying themselves
  • you got back and noticed the mud had frozen onto the bike and it’s set like concrete
  • you kept the heating off in the car on the way home so the frozen mud didn’t melt and create a swamp in the car boot
  • you got home and felt happy that you made the effort and had another winter ride to remember.
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