Last month I got an email from a DC reader, Russell from PA. He said he would be in Cincinnati during the Thanksgiving holiday and did I know of any good trails to ride. I responded that this time of year, the trails are usually closed due to rain. I told him I’d keep an eye on the weather and maybe we could hook up for a ride. We kept in touch the last few weeks and made plans to ride. It ended up being too muddy to ride trail. So we decided to ride knobbys on the road.
A few other guys met up with us – Zack, long time reader of DC (“since the porn days”), a Cincinnati native but lives in Chicago and is moving to Reno next week. Charles rode his CX bike. Ryan, who road his 9’er. And I rode the Raleigh CX bike. The weather was perfect.
I rode from my house and met up with them in Northside. We rode downtown across the bridge and up the hill into to Devou park. It’s a beautiful view of the city.
From there, we rode through the park and down the hill to the MTB trails. I was surprised to see cars in the parking lot. I assumed it was dry. Not the case. We headed up the DH trail and I couldn’t even pedal. Too much PSI for those conditions. Plus we didn’t want to fuck up the trails, so we left, bikes and shoes covered in mud.
We headed out onto route 8 and back across the bridge. Almost across the bridge, I was riding along next to Russell when his tubular blew. He was prepared though!
We pulled over and I got a lesson on tubulars. He sprayed some shit on the tire to see if he could get it working without putting a tube in. That didn’t work. So he pulled out a tube and got the tire off.
He pumped up the tube, and it had two holes in it. So he pulled out a patch kit. We waited for the patches to dry. Then he started to shove the tube into the wheel, only to find out it was a 26 inch tube and he was riding a 9’er. He shoved it in anyway, and well, that didn’t work.
Zack ended up giving him a CX tube. I had no idea a CX tube would fit a 9’er wheel! I was shocked. Yea, I have zero mechanical skillz. I can change a tube, and that’s about it, but this was the most educational tube change I had ever witnessed.
Finally, the tube held enough air for us to ride the rest of the way back to Northside and to the coffee shop I work at. We all had coffee and shot the shit for a while until it was time to leave.
It was a great ride, and I made a new friend, thanks to DC. Holla’ at me if you ever come to the ‘Nati and we will ride.by