Archive | October 2013

CHAINRINGS — Sunset Cycles Monthly Newsletter

Oct coverv1IN THIS ISSUE:

RIDE LEADER NOTES – The Thrill of the Mud
WASHCO RIDE OF THE MONTH – The Soup Ride
LOCAL FOCUS – Kool Stop
SHOP NEWS – Strava/2013 Bikes on Sale/Test the Best
TEAM NOTES – Washougal Race Report
SURVEY – What Keeps You Inside?
RIDE LEADER NOTES

RIDE LEADER NOTES

The Thrill of the Mud

by Roger Colwell 

It comes in many forms: The ishy, squishy, slippery kind. The clumping, sticky, cloying kind. The kind that makes its way into your every mucous membrane, usually on a nasty day in the mountain bike saddle. The yellowish kind that leaves behind an imprint of your tire or your shoe.. The black kind. The brown, brown, brown kind. The kind that surrounds puddles and makes them impossible to avoid without getting wet or getting dirty.

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It’s mud I’m talking about, and there’s plenty of it to go around…especially in the last week or two.

The other day I happened to see an advertisement for a local spa’s mud body cocoon, whereupon you are “slathered with a mud mask, then wrapped for 20 minutes to keep you warm. The product is rinsed off before you receive an application of lotion.”

Sounds nice, but I think I’ll stick to the cyclist’s tried and true methods of communing with two of our most basic elements that blend to make the magical fall and winter elixir we call mud.

On a road bike, mud typically isn’t the preferred travel surface. But transform that bike into a cyclocross machine, with treaded tires, disc brakes, and a beefy frame (amongst other enhancements), and you’ve got a ticket to ride the region’s knarliest mud fests this fall.

Of course, a trip to the trails on your mountain bike will give you an up close and personal look at the mud. Just try a descent down a few of Forest Park’s firelanes for a front-row seat.

While most folks try to avoid getting dirty, there’s something primal about embracing your inner youth and playing in the mud. It’s just a quick ride away.

Thanks for your continued support of Portland’s premier West Side, locally-owned bike shop.

WASHCO RIDE OF THE MONTH

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