Your killing my Strava
Not that I would go out and ride in a monsoon but what kind damage if any is there to the bike? Stuff like drive train shifters brakes etc? How many of you ride in somewhat muddy conditions
The rebellious thing struck my punk rock nerve! Ahh... I'm a little too grown up for that.BikePSU:
Your local trail organization is a bit on the harsh side, don't you think? If they base trail worthiness on tread prints, then you will never ride off road save for drought conditions. I'm all for stewardship and following the rules, but even I consider this to be a bit over the top.
They need to establish some sense of reasonable wear, and not an impossible standard to uphold.
It is for that reason that many bikers intentionally defy such mandates. The rebellious aspect of our sport, you could say. Annoying but accurate.
Clay soil is actually one of the soil types you should avoid when it's wet. Some terrains drain really well and don't erode quite as much when it's rainy and well-constructed trails will dry out faster than poorly constructed one. You probably get bad freeze-thaw in the winter as well, which can also be very destructive to the trails.I'll be getting a new bike first of the year. Most likely by February. I'll be damned if I'm gonna wait for it to dry up before hitting the trails on my brand new steed! Though I think the clay soil here in northern Indiana would be ok for wet riding? Some sticky mud in areas where you'd sink in the tires, but for the most part the trails seem to be ok after a good rain, or in this case melting snow. Though, I'll have to test it when the time comes. I've not gotten on the trails after a rain, but I have gone hiking in the same areas and those trails weren't to slippery. Maybe I'm wrong.
Good to note. Thanks!Clay soil is actually one of the soil types you should avoid when it's wet. Some terrains drain really well and don't erode quite as much when it's rainy and well-constructed trails will dry out faster than poorly constructed one. You probably get bad freeze-thaw in the winter as well, which can also be very destructive to the trails.
Some complaint about trail stewards and mountain bike clubs is legit and some is not. I know in my area, some people don't understand what goes on behind the scenes. Some people don't know better. Some like to whine and do nothing. Some just don't give a %#@$. None of these people are doing the work or taking into consideration what is best for mountain biking in the region. Sometimes you have to make compromises (like not riding when it's wet and building more sustainable trail) to get what you really want.