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Aug 18, 2017

Off the Beaten Path


Road bikes are for riding on roads, gravel bikes are for riding on gravel, mountain bikes are for riding on mountains, well not really mountains but off road trails. Today I took my new Specialized Diverge up to Kickapoo State park to test its capabilities on some MTB trails.


I was surprised at well it performed! I was climbing most of the dirt hills without any problem at all running the 50-32 gear, and even made it up some 15% climbs in the 34-32 rings. I was having fun, until I wasn't. I went over a small jump to clear some big roots and my front wheel landed in a big rut. The next thing I knew I was on the ground counting stars!


First off, the bike is OKAY! Me on the other hand, not so much. A little scuffed up on the knee and elbow, slight concussion (thank you helmet!) and I big bruise on my lower back and hip. I will be okay in a few days. I have to wait 7 days without any concussion symptoms before I can ride again. Bummer!


So, what did I learn today? Don't go riding trails by yourself, Don't get too confident in your riding skills too soon, and I don't have to clean the house and mow the yard this weekend :)


Sorry, honey, I'll be more careful in the future.



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