We are 17 days out from the shortest day of the year. Meaning, the darkest day of the year. MEANING, that after that, it starts getting lighter again! Not that I’m counting, haha.
We have had an amazing fall riding season this year. It’s only just recently that the snowline has pushed us out of the alpine and only just today that my fingers and toes were legitimately cold.
With the Whistler Bike Park long closed, my Carbine 29 has really been my main friend this fall, as far as bikes go. For the terrain and conditions we have in this part of the world, an aggressive trail bike is a must and the Carbine 29 ticks all the boxes with wheel size, travel and geometry. I’ve said it before, I’m in love with this bike!
But we recently did make the trip over to Coast Gravity Park for a rip on the M29’s. That place is pretty special and so is that bike! What a serious treat it is to say hello to the ocean and hit big jumps, bomb technical sections and rail berms all day!
As we shift into winter, it is hard not to notice the effects of the cold on the way your bike performs. Mainly, suspension slows and tires harden so making some rebound adjustments and slightly lowering the PSI in my tires is a must for me.
There are also a few practices I adopt when winter comes around to look after my partners in fun. I dry them off before putting them away since our garage isn’t heated. This helps protect my brake calipers and any small moving parts from the freeze thaw cycle which minimizes the toll of wear. I also keep my headset, drivetrain, any crucial pivots and my pedals well greased and lubed throughout the winter to keep the weather out. The bike rack comes off the truck and my bike gets put in the truck bed when driving to the trail head to avoid the salt spraying up from the roads.
I do enjoy watching the transition between the seasons. And although I prefer when winter turns to spring, it is still fascinating to watch nature freeze over, die back, turn dormant, fall asleep. It is also a chance for me to listen to natures cue and take things a little slower and recharge my batteries after all those full long days of summer.
A bit fewer and shorter rides are all right for a little while…but not too long! Either way, this forced step back gets me feeling fresh again and hungry for all the spring and summer adventures planned.