Looks like it could be a rainy start, but who knows? Maybe they will miss the rains and get through the B Roads unscathed, or.....maybe Don will relive his Odin's experience a bit!
Okay, I have a few rumblings of future attempts, but the time is running out. The original plan was to go till August 31st. Now I have had a request to extend the TIMP until September 30th. What say ye? If I have more than the singular request I have gotten already, I will seriously consider a 30 day extension. Hit the comments if you have an opinion!
|Fat tires: Make the world go 'round.....|
Now that I have experienced a good dose of the "plus sized" rubber, (or "mid-fat", if you will), I am pretty convinced this is where mountain biking for the masses should be going. It all makes perfect sense too.
Fatter tires for off road are not an alien idea to motorsports folk. The vehicles used for most recreational off road vehicles all feature fat, bulbous tires run at very low pressures. Of course, when you start talking about bicycles, weight is an issue, so I suppose that kept bicycle designers from getting too crazy with the width of rubber for years, not to mention the drive train obstacles presented by triple crank sets and parameters set by the geometry-du jour.
But thanks to some visionary folks in New Mexico and Alaska, and the observations of folks like Dave Gray of Surly and others there, this whole deal with fat bikes came to be and proved that flotation is a good deal for all terrain fun. Surly then instigated the "plus sized" genre with the Krampus, and I've been intrigued with the idea ever since the first ride on one of those bikes back at Interbike a few years ago now. Wider rims are back in vogue again, and this entire deal is going to evolve into something I feel we got off track with back in the 80's when there were wide rims and big, bulbous fat tires like the Fisher Fat Trax.
That is capable, tractable tires that sit on wide rims that we can roll at low pressures. Now that tubeless set ups are an option, the package can be complete. I feel that 3.8+ sized tires will become less desirable and the 3 inch to maybe 3.5" range will become very popular. In fact, I feel 2,8" to 3.25" is the sweet spot. Enough float to be "fat bike-like" but without the weight and without the ridiculously wide bottom brackets and chain/seat stay set ups. With modern materials technology, these wheels can be lighter than ever before, making off roading more fun and capable of being done on more surfaces with less impact to those surfaces.
This weekend I'll be gone to the races at Iowa Speedway again. (If it doesn't get rained out) After work my son and I will be getting away and hopefully camping out as well. Whatever happens with the weather, I hope we have a fun adventure and of course, some great father-son time alone. The racing will be awesome if it is allowed to go on, but really, it's an excuse to be doing something with my son, and that's good enough for me.
Hope ya'all have an awesome weekend and get to ride your bicycles!