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The Best, Muckiest, Awesomest Way I Know to Spend a Sunday Morning…

December 2015
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Once a cyclist accepts that they, along with their bike, will be covered head to toe, stem to stern in mud, if we’re in the proper frame of mind, the mess ceases to matter and getting gnarly becomes a game.

Add to that proper frame of mind several friends and it can get downright sloppy in a hurry.

Add to that, the fact that all of the cyclists in attendance are roadies mountain bikes on muddy roads, and it becomes comical.


The weather, other than the ridiculous amount of water on the roads, was perfect.  I wore an ultra-thin pair of tights just to keep the mud off my legs.  Upper body was just a thin tech base layer and a lightweight long-sleeved jersey.  No foot covers needed.  It was almost sixty and overcast when we left.

Saturday the roads were a little wet.  Not bad but not all that good either.  Yesterday was all mud all of the time… and Adam and Diane were on their mountain bike tandem.  Funny thing about tandems…  1-2/3 the weight of a normal bike, the wind resistance of one bike, and two sets of legs.

Adam and Diane absolutely hammered us into the substantial wind.  So, being roadies, what do we do when we’ve got a superior wheel that we’re struggling to hang with?

We draft.  Drafting on wet paved roads sucks.  Drafting on wet dirt roads is comical.

All we have to do is make sure we don’t take the spray in the chain and drivetrain…

So we stacked up behind Diane and Adam and got dirty.  And we laughed.

It is said that the average person eats, accidentally, 1 pound of dirt in their lifetime.  Give or take.  A muddy ride on a dirt road will feel like you ate half of that in ten miles.  We went 27.

Truthfully, once I made peace with the fact that it would take an extra ten minutes to clean my bike, my usual cycling smile returned to my face.  And my dirt consumption doubled.  Year over year, I’d have to estimate after yesterday that my dirt consumption is up around 482% because the nastier I got, the bigger my smile got.


This is what I’m dealing with today:


Coming up tomorrow, how to clean a seriously pooched mountain bike.

I ended up the week with an exceptional (at least for me and in December) 153 miles.  While many of those miles occurred on the trainer, more than half were on the road and for the middle of December, that’s simply awesome.  Alas, this too shall pass.  Next week we’re looking at a serious cool down and a return to normal temperatures.  Sure was fun while it lasted though.



  1. Sue Slaght says:

    That bike is going to need some serious Jim TLC!

  2. Mark says:

    Brought a big smile to my face just reading so I know yours was big while riding it. Thanks for a great way to start the week.

  3. Dan says:

    I think you wimped out on something here. That bike’s not that dirty! 😉

    • bgddyjim says:

      It is, that bike was showroom clean two days before that. And it has less than 200 miles on it. The thing was darn near brand new.

      • Dan says:

        Did you buy it to ride or look at??? :D. :p

      • bgddyjim says:

        C’mon Dan, you know I’m a roadie first. You’re going to have to try a lot harder than that to pin me down.

      • Dan says:

        The best answer I ever heard to my line about riding or looking was, “Both!” That was from a Harley rider. My bikes, both pedal and motorized, get bathed about once a year whether they need or not. My chain gets cleaned pretty regularly though.

      • bgddyjim says:

        Both pretty much sums it up. I don’t bother with whether or not the mountain bike gets its fair share. That bike is there for the end of the season when it’s all just fun, games and extra miles.

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