Well, I had taken the Coker on the trails a few times, and had been playing around on the MUni in town, but for the hmost part, other than gym meets, the 26"r didn’t get used. Recently, it’s been either the Coker, or the Trials.
To my bewilderment, I was EASILY twice as good on the MUni trails the first ride of the season, than I was the last ride of last season!
I’ve gone over these trails tons of times, so I know exactly what gives me grief, which lines I prefer over others…every feature of this trail
Last year, there was 4 hills I couldn’t climb. This year, there were none!
I was able to go and down, taking different lines, seeing which was the optimal route, practicing differenet techniques, etc… and these were on hills I couldn’t get up last year!
There was even one hill that curves to the left as it climbs, and I found myself balancing, unable to move either my legs, or my body position, teetering in a still stand, trying not to fall, right on the crest of where the line goes up to the left, and falling back to the right.
Before I lost my balance, I was able to stretch out my neck and chin out forward, then my face, this gave me the desired forward lean to get my legs working again, and I continued up the hill.
I was so excited about doing that, I was grinning like an idiot as I continued up this very steep hill.
I knew I was gonna be better this year than last, but on the already on the first ‘real’ ride? These are exciting times !