Ugh, how do I tell you this story?
I guess here is as good a place as any to start. Pull quote: "This doesn't mean that I don't wish for a modern hardtail 29'er, but things being what they are, this is my mountain bike."
Fast forward about 10 months to June of this year and I've abandoned my "century-every-month" in 2014 goal and have gone to off-road riding almost all the time. Either on my CX bike or the Jankmobile, pictured above.
I'd pounce at any opportunity to ride the trails and, as before, would often attempt something beyond my ability and end up on the ground, bruised and scratched but happy and undaunted.
|Chip Baker, in his element.|
The next part of this story is best told by my good friend, Chip Baker, who is the unofficial morale officer for the #NECX. Read up, over on his blog.
Long story short, Chip pulled together about 50 people from our cycling community and bought me a brand spanking new Trek SuperFly FS 8.
Oh, of COURSE I still crashed, but much, much less often.