Michigan Mountain Biking Association
ChrisInYpsi wrote:Ugh. Rode HC after a handful of laps at Rolling Hills. Made it to the far back end of the red section (between R5 & R6) when I got my 2nd flat tire. There are tons of twigs, vines, and other smallish debris on the yellow and red sections. Wrapped around my rear cassette and derailleur a few times, and then thorns got the better of me.
Stupid me - was able to fix the 1st flat but the spare CO2 cartridge I brought didn't fit properly in my inflator and I didn't have a pump on me, so I had to hike-a-bike all the way out of the park and all the way back to Rolling Hills where I was parked.
Ran across several hikers and dogs. One of the dogs had stepped on a thorn and was howling terribly until it was pulled out. Poor little pooch. Thankfully the guy passed me in his truck on Merrit Rd while I was hiking to RH and gave me a lift the rest of the way. Nice.
I typically catch a thorn in the tire about every 3 or 4 rides through HC, but after today's ride I'm gonna stay away until I set up for tubeless.
Good news is the trail was completely frozen; even the section near the boardwalks that are often swampy.