By: Tim Ek
Late last fall I flopped my mountain bike into it’s parking spot, stomped the mud from my shoes, and went inside. As I shed my riding clothes along with the chill that clung to my skin, I wondered if that was my last trail ride of the year. I told myself that it wasn’t. The days crept by and soon they turned into weeks. The bike never left it’s spot. A new machine made it’s seasonal appearance. It had big, fat, ugly tires and weighed as much as a Mack Truck, but it was fun to ride. The race rig seemed to be offering a few dirty looks, knowing it was being replaced.
Weeks had turned to months, the weather had turned brutally cold, but the mountain bike remained in it’s spot, as if there was a chance a leg would be thrown over it and it would be heading to the woods again. However, with the days shortening and the trails icy the chances were slim to none.
As spring fought it’s way into the northland, thoughts of tacky trail and warm days were on my mind. The mountain bike with spare tubes and a shop apron draped over it, not to mention a layer of dust, patiently waited.
One sunny morning the news broke. The trails were open! As I removed the miscellaneous items that had turned this pristine machine into an expensive “shop rack,” I saw it turning back into the mountain bike that had taken me on that last great ride of the fall.
The tire pressure was checked, the chain was lubed, and the dust swept away. Once the GPS clicked into postion and booted up it felt like not a day had passed since the last time we were together. Fifteen minutes in and I had the flow of the trail under my wheels. The suspension was eating up the roots and rocks. The sun was on my shoulders and the miles were disappearing behind me. It felt so good to be together again and back in the dirt. Right where we belong.
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