What a ride... What a day!

Hi everyone, I just thought I would share the experience I had yesterday
during my ride with a couple of mountain bikers.

We rode off from SW Calgary to get to some of the extreme offroad trails
in Fish Creek Park. That went well and as we were riding along the trails
by the creek banks, the two bikers were leisurely rolling along the bike
path and I just couldn’t take that anymore. There are side trails
everywhere with lots of turns, branches, logs, roots and rocks to enjoy so
I helded along the edge of the creek on these better trails. I rode most
of them without problems (I have also riden them many times before) but
then the unexpected happened. I was riding along one bank that had eroded
away quite a bit and a log was in the way on the slope. I attempted to
jump up the slope onto the log but when I landed on the log, my footing
slipped and I dropped my uni behind me. When I turned around to pick it
up, IT WAS GONE!!! It had dropped into the creek and was outof site.

Usually this creek is only about a foot deep, but this spring there is a
lot of mountain runoff and the creek is high and this bank had a small
whirl pool happening because of a large buildup of logs. So I thought I
would just reach into the creek and pull it out but we tried this with
arms and logs and the bottom of this pool was about 5 feet deep. So I had
to jump in to find the wheel. I took my shoes off and the many bikers who
were now watching thought I should keep em on. I said, “How am I supposed
to ride once I get my wheel with soaking wet shoes?” Anyway, I jumped in,
it was damn cold and started feeling around with my legs. I couldn’t feel
it in anyway. The water was so cold, I cold only go in for about 2 minutes
at a time (luckily it was about 22°C outside to warm up in). Anyway, after
about half an hour of this and searching downstream as well, I was just
about ready to go home and get a wetsuit to come back to search some more
with. I was in the water up to my neck and since everything felt the same
(it was all sticks and branches on the bottom) I dove underwater and
started pulling out sticks with my hands that were the site of the seat
post. I went under about five times pulling things out and no luck, the
very last try just before I was about to leave, I pulled up one more thing
that felt like a stick and low and behold, it was my trusty old miyata!!

What a relief!! I was actual quite worried because we thought that the
strong current might have carried it out of this whirlpool and then it
could be anywhere in the creek. So, I got all my gear back on and
specifically noted my dry shoes (good thing) and we headed off for the
rest of the ride.

We found some incredable single track technical riding on the slopes are
about 80% ridable at my skill level. Actually, I was able to ride
everything the bikers could so it was some very difficult terrain even for
them! There was one downhill run they call the bobsled which is a nice
windy trial that is a relatively smooth two feet deep, two feet wide kind
of bowl that was an awesome ride.

Anywhere, there was a lot of excellent and difficult trails there and I
learned a hard lesson about the creek and river bank riding! Be carefull
and make sure that either you don’t drop your wheel, its attached to you
with some kind of tether line or just don’t ride near the banks. Either
way, its kinda funny now and it makes a great story. Have fun on your
rides everyone, we’ll catch ya later.

Mike the Unipsycho

“Mike” <king@enel.ucalgary.ca> wrote in message
news:9ch6eo$ch4$1@nserve1.acs.ucalgary.ca
> Hi everyone, I just thought I would share the experience I had yesterday
> during my ride with a couple of mountain bikers.
>
> We rode off from SW Calgary to get to some of the extreme offroad trails
in
> Fish Creek Park. That went well and as we were riding along the trails
> by the creek banks, the two bikers were leisurely rolling along the bike
> path and I just couldn’t take that anymore. There are side trails
> everywhere with lots of turns, branches, logs, roots and rocks to enjoy
> so I helded along the edge of the creek on these better trails. I rode
> most of them without problems (I have also riden them many times before)
> but then the unexpected happened. I was riding along one bank that had
> eroded away
quite
> a bit and a log was in the way on the slope. I attempted to jump up the
> slope onto the log but when I landed on the log, my footing slipped and
> I dropped my uni behind me. When I turned around to pick it up, IT WAS
> GONE!!! It had dropped into the creek and was outof site.
[snip]

Mike, sounds like a whole lot of fun. There is a solution to the uni in
the water problem: 3" Gazz plus air seat. A typical Muni, about 15 pounds,
will actually float on the surface when outfitted with a 3" tire and an
air seat. It will look funny, but at least be easy to retrieve!

                            Good luck,
                              Nathan