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Rocket Boy
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Holy crap it was cold yesterday. I met a buddy in Jamaica and we rode a few miles to the trail head at Cunningham Park. It was 27 degrees F, so cold that my camelbak hose froze repeatedly. I had to chew the rubber valve to break the ice and then blow it back inside of the reservoir in order to get any water. In doing so, I must have punctured the rubber valve and it dripped throughout the ride and froze to my sweater. The wind was relentless and unforgiving. Why in the world, I neglected to bring a windbreaker is beyond me, although I was wearing a base layer, warm weather jersey, wind vest, arm warmers and a wool sweater over top of the whole shebang.

The trails were solid with a crunchy layer of ice on top. Our rubber tires rumbling on the frozen trails make quite a pleasing ruckus. Cornering was a bit precarious and I found myself unclipping and hanging a leg out in some of the turns. I managed to ride a couple of snow covered skinnies which didn't seem like the brightest idea, but I saw that the snow on them was undisturbed and so I knew there were no icy ruts to detour my tires off of the log.

Despite the freezing temperature and blowing wind (which really did blow) we stopped often to take photos of jumps and log rides and other tom foolery. One of the funniest parts of the ride was when we stopped to jump the log below. It's so much easier on your make-believe bike.

But we did jump a few logs with our real bikes as well. Dave's been getting better and better on his mountain bike. He only just picked it up this summer and now he's out there skying off of jumps and riding steepies. Thumbs up D.

Arby

Below: Arby zipping over a jump in the middle of the trail.


Below: Arby's @$$ swinging down into some twisty fun stuff.


Below: My sweet new ride in the forground.


Below: Arby getting HUGE air over a log.


Below: Dave airing it out as well.


Below: I did not pinch flat, thank you Lefty!


Below: Bunny hoppin' a log.


Below: Dropping a small step into a decent.


Below: Dave rolling down a steepie.


Below: Taking a break. I'm pushing semi frozen Gu out of a packet.


Below: Decending one of the tricker obstacles.


Below: Again....


Below: Nudder one.


Below: Frozen nipple!


Below: Riding an easier skinny.


Below: This skinny drops straight downhill. I want to, one day, jump from the skinny and land in the transition but I usually just roll off it and down the hill.


Below: Ziiiiiip!


Below: Weird looking air.
 

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goodness that makes me want to go brave the cold/winter/icy conditions of utah and go for a fun winter ride! besides you being frozen looks like it was a lot of fun

joe
 

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Rocket Boy
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Cunningham is awesome, albeit flat. It's pretty small but I manage to tire myself out on 2 laps. 3 laps and I'm dead. One lap, hitting every trail is 6.5miles. Great singletrack! Trail info here: nycmtb.org go to "NYC Trails".

Arby
 

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Rocket Boy
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MOflow said:
Man, your buddy has a hell of a nice bike for somebody whose only been riding a few months!

Cool pics too, you are either braver, or more cold resistant than I am :thumbsup:
Yeah Dave got that bike and about 2 months later his headshock wouldn't lock out anymore. When he took it to the shop they gave him a deal on the lefty so he got it. His bike is pretty rad!
 
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