Went out for a night ride round my way last night, I came back pretty pissed off and ready to jack winter MTB’ing in and buy a cheap road bike to stay fit until the summer returns.
The mud and filth was extreme, I was having to stop and scrape mud off my wheels and chainstays just so that they would turn. Horses have FU’d every bit of nice singletrack in my local area, and it just wasn’t fun.
Now, I love crisp winter days when it’s a bit frozen, and when there’s snow around, but this current state of gloop is shite.
Mini rant over.Posted 4 years agowilko1999Member
I used to dread the end of summer conditions. Then I started to embrace it, and now I think I like winter riding as much as summer. You’ve just got to adjust your expectations of a ride. Finding some good winter tyres that gave me confidence and never clog the frame helped!Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Get some mud tyres, and earn your summer.
We’ve been lucky this year, trails stayed dry and fast until well into October. Previous 2 years, it was dry at Easter, but crap the rest of the year.
I assume you’re in the UK, in which case suck it up. Put up with it and learn to love the lack of traction, or stick to trail centres or move abroad.
Its not like wet weather in GB is a new thing…Posted 4 years ago
Its not like wet weather in GB is a new thing…
Yeah, I’m used to it, I’ve ridden all year round for years, it was just a crap ride last night, no flow, no fun, not even the occasional nice bit to remind you why you do it, just gloop and more gloop.
It’s probably a knee jerk reaction, I’ll probably go somewhere else tomorrow night and no doubt have a great ride.Posted 4 years agoandyt1054Member
I often feel like that, again I usually think sod it and head out on the road bike. However recently I went on the new road bike on a favourite rural ride to find the local farmer had dropped mud all over the road most of the way round the route. My road bike looked worse than my mtb when I got back!
As above, probably best to accept it and keep the muc off close to hand!! 🙄Posted 4 years agozippykonaSubscriber
If mud clearance is a real issue buy some Schwalbe cx pro tyres. They are 26″cyclo cross tyres and are ace.Posted 4 years ago
We all get excited by snow and can’t wait to ride in it. Really its pretty unrideable(cue fat biker) give me mud anyday.
So get good mud tyres the ugliest mudguards you can find and you are sorted.
I do get satisfaction at clearing the mud bath that stops everyone else.
Ps head for the wettest bit of the mud.akasteveMember
we have the same problem on the bridleways around the Notts area.Posted 4 years ago
its about time we formed a pressure group to kick the horseriders off the bridleways!
On a more serious alternative though, anybody know any decent 29er mud tyres to give ample rear wheel clearance on an Inbred?
Currently got Smorgasbords on which i find quite decent apart from the clearance when combined with mud/ leaves/ mud.
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