Almost Wicked Ride Time

Time for some fun rides.   Friday night kicks off with Southern NH NEMBA’s Halloween night ride at Horse Hill in Merrimack NH organized by Dan Sloan.  Dan will be hard at work setting up the props and arrowing the route, last year there were 30 or so riders that showed for the event.

Sunday is the Wicked Ride at Harold Parker, and it’s all about fun.  Or is it?  Two years ago I bought my Salsa El Mariachi, candy apple red with matching 28mm Blunt hoops (you know the one) and vowed never to return to the Wicked Ride with that rigid bike ever again.

This year like last year I would be relaxing on my Hi-Fi 29er.  Carving the sweet single-track and rolling over the rough stuff.  But wait, Steve Crossley says.  “Single speed at HP right shawn?”  C’mon man!  I’m riding my dually. I of course am also foolish enough to be e-mailing Alby King just prior, telling him that his new Spearfish would be perfect for Sunday.  I then make the critical mistake, and tell Alby.  “Steve want’s to ride his single-speed Sunday” Alby of course says “Single speed? Sounds like it could be fun”  Well great, the fun ride is now the beat yourself to a pulp, trying to keep up with two of the fastest dirt guys in the East! It’s only Wednesday and I can already feel the pain being inflicted.

Advice for the day. Remove your used hammer gel wrappers prior to drying your bike clothing.


Almost Wicked Ride Time — 2 Comments

  1. I drank the kool aid! I had to borrow the fully rigid salsa from the bully for the Friday night ride. The trails were pretty smooth and fast and the salsa ate them up. The 28 mil blunt hoops helped smooth the ride and get the power down on the climbs. I’m n0 Terranadon, but it was a good ride.