|Fisherman's friends. Claw your way to safety (as you float on your fat assed tires!)|
|This one is for Gaddo....|
|Stellars and Hoars....|
|No rocks are safe|
|Sauna time. No better way to end a perfect day on the bike|
Total freedom on a bike is a heady experience. It occurs to me that Fat Biking's dirty little secret is that you dont want a LOT of snow, what you want is a minimum of snow and lot of ice. Endless miles of it. Safe thick ribbons of it. Slap about 3 inches of snow on that and you have wild riding at its best.
Have a foot of snow and your grooming. An insane experience in itself, I think that the Marquette boys have this nailed, because they have to....you would groom a ton too if you were getting a foot of lake effect snow a week as well. But we are not. Instead we are getting optimal conditions for unmitigated winter cycling travel. Point and shoot. I am cool with that, I will take mine fully organic if I have to.
It has been interesting to see the evolution of off road cycling over the years. I am loving the fully dialed, pro built trails that are being created for summer use. Places like Copper Harbor, or the new trail at Spirit Mountain. Those trails are things of beauty, however I have to say it is so great to see that in the winter I am able to light off and ride nearly uninhibited, to go back to 14 and my first bike, to giggle like an adolescent getting away with something he shouldn't.
Thanks to Rudy, Eric, Carl and Tom for taking the time to ride today. It was amazing, our tour had it all. Huge open expanses on the River, plunging falls, hollow cracking ice (I, the camera man went through the most) and ripping single track at Tom's place. Followed of course with a smoking hot sauna and a cold, cold beer.
I have a ton of great shots of the day, it did occur to me that Rudy tends to get the most love from the lens, but I am realizing that it not just because Rudy is a killer rider, because Eric is as well, it more likely is that Rudy is a ripping rider who always wears bright colors!