- Anyone else hate mud so much they don't want to ride?
No – I prefer dry summer days but today I went out for a bit and the sun was shining and the mud was at least semi frozen which is how I like it. I ride a rigid bike all winter and it gets a bit uncomfortable when the ground becomes really frozen solid.Posted 6 years ago
commuting to work off road means I just have to ride whatever the weather and conditions are. I think it makes me appreciate the summer more though.scaredypantsSubscriber
There were a few sections I abandoned today that I won’t ride again til April or so – the magic of the new forest 🙄
yeh, i could ride them but we have no right of way here and I’d cut them up badly in an area where lots of other users are around – responsible nortiness, innit
(and I hate really muddy riding)Posted 6 years ago_tom_Member
Yeah it’s shit in the UK, seemed fun in Canada though 🙂 Can still have fun I guess but I never have much confidence in the wet unless I’m riding hardpack. Don’t enjoy roots and that in the wet. This winter I’ll be mostly sticking to roads and skateparks when I get a bmx sorted 🙂Posted 6 years agobrooessMember
I don’t ride if it’s going to be muddy for more than a bit of the ride. Not from being soft IMO. it wrecks the trails, slower and less grippy than summer riding and means I have to spend as long as I did riding, cleaning the bike.Posted 6 years ago
Surrey Hills, my local riding is getting trashed because people don’t stay away in the damp – bombholes, trail widening etc…
BenHouldsworth – Member
Just got back from 3 hours dragging myself through the mud of West Yorkshire.
I can honestly say I don’t want to off road again til its abit drier and warmer; anyone else feel the same?
no I fit mud tyres and put a little thought into route selection 😀Posted 6 years agoSue_WMember
Lucky that in winter I can choose routes that are mainly rocky / hardpacked ground so don’t get bogged down and left feeling like I’m riding through treacle.
But love having enough big muddy puddles to splash in so that I can return home all dirty with a face splattered in mud (yes, childish I know, but I enjoy it 🙂 )Posted 6 years agosteve_b77Member
TO be fair it doesn’t really bother me other than the extra time you have to spend cleaning it all off.
It’s only really bugged me once, when my wheels got that clogged with heathy gloopy cack that they wouldn’t turn, so out came a handy stick and it got cleaned off to enjoy the rocky loose descent 😀Posted 6 years agoneninjaMember
I enjoy the mud as long as I have the right tyres on.
The only time I get fed up is a few local routes that have clay mud that stops both wheels turning and you end up carrying for a few 100m.
Hate the look of them but have invested in a rear mudguard this year to keep the worst of it off my backside/front mech/shock/chainrings etc. Not fitted it yet though.Posted 6 years agomuddydwarfSubscriber
In 20 miles today i had everything, snow, ice, freezing sticky mud and thick fog – loved it!
It’s been a couple of weeks since i was out and i wasn’t looking forward to it TBH but my mate rang and we made plans..
Sliding down one of my fave little descents on fresh snow and with little visibility made it seem SO different 🙂
+1 to what Ton says as well.Posted 6 years agospooky_b329Member
Love Mud 🙂 Usually aim for it…
Only time I don’t like it is when it gets to the point that you have an extra 3 inches stuck to the soles of your feet, your bike has doubled in weight and the wheels are locked, and when you can’t carry it any further you try pushing it backwards and you bend the rear hanger cos the chain won’t run through the mech. But unless all my extremities are numb from the cold, I still wouldn’t say I ‘hate’ it 🙂
For some strange reason seem to prefer riding the full suss in the winter gloop, if I ride the hardtail its usually on a nice dry summers day. The full susser just feels more capable. So I too have just invested in a secondhand Alfine’d tubeless wheelset. Not to be fitted until mid-january though as I have committed to a silly singlespeed group trip to Wales…I’m not a singlespeeder…Posted 6 years agomichaelmccMember
I love riding in the mud!!!!! 😀 Nothing better than having both wheels drifting through the mud sideways at the same rate so its controllable. I prefer a good muddy downhill to a dry one a lot of the time.. it makes it much more exciting.Posted 6 years ago
Cleaning everything off can be a bit of a pain but that’s it.
Especially the cleaning of bike and kit afterwards.
I always stick the clothes in the wash postride so no extra there and I ride SS in winter so it’s essentially hang on the hook until the next ride 😀
swampi – Member
I hate it to the point I stick to road riding when its wet
there are enough threads on road cycling forums of road riders getting dumped on their arses by black ice to encourage me to keep to the MTB for morning rides when there is frost about. Road riders do the opposite to Mtbers and switch to off-road during the winter when it gets cold and icyPosted 6 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
3 hours dragging myself through the mud
1. fit some decent soft condition tyres
2. fit crud guards
3. descend steeper trails: you don’t get bogged down
4. re-ascend on roads and hard-packed gravel tracks
5. completely avoid flat, dirt trails because they become bogs
It can be a labour of love though. If there is one thing that trail centres are good for, it’s relief from winter mud.Posted 6 years agomartinxyzMember
If i go out in a group (once every 6 years) and folk start burning through puddles and mud i will keep up and join in. Not really into the mess of the bike and clothes these days.
I remember going out on sunday group rides when i was about 24years old wearing a thermal long sleeve top with a base layer through the whole winter and never feeling really cold. Even when i left the house i didnt feel like i had to warm up quickly. I only had summer socks and shoes on with lycra shorts too. These days,15 years on, i over dress as i would rather not get caught out and start shivering half way through a ride if theres a few stops. I wear a merino base layer,maybe a fleece or a windstopper and an event jacket over the top with a buff on the head (sometimes one around the neck if it drops to around 3c)showerproof or waterproof altura longs with trail shoes or winter spds.
Anyone else feel the cold as bad as i do? Maybe i`m just not riding hard enough!Posted 6 years ago
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