Though he had more fun and was more productive in ripping out saplings that were in the way:
We had a good volunteer turnout and put in maybe 150 yards of bench cut trail, including a small retaining wall to get over some roots that were too big to cut out:
Henry helped carry rocks to fill in either end of the retaining wall. He's a good helper!
Whenever I get with the COMBO guys, everyone talks about the rides planned on their fatbikes, and I feel like I'm missing something. I've demoed fatbikes in the past, and didn't really like anything about the slow, ponderous experience. That being said, I spent much of the afternoon reading up on budget fatbikes... winter is coming, after all.
This weekend, I was also able to get my Camargue out for a longer ride to try out some of my new bits:
I'm still thinking the Albastache might be the one handle bar to rule them all, at least excepting mountain biking:
I'm not so jazzed, however, about my new shoes:
I've tried Schwalbe Big Apples in the past, and found them pretty slow and, er, ponderous. Like a fatbike, in that respect (which should give me a pause before I order up a BD Boris) But the Riv guys seem to love the Big Ben version, so I ordered up the larger size for my VO. Surprise, they still feel slow. Or maybe it was the headwind. Or maybe my fading fitness. But it was definitely a slow ride. They were fun on the short dirt path I took yesterday, but on the road, where I'll ride the Camarge 99.5% of the time, they are definite overkill. Part of the problem is the size: I have to deflate the rear tire to get it past the chainstay bridge, and the fender interferes with the V brake cable:
Rather than a 55mm (advertised, 51mm actual) tire, something like a 40~45mm would really work better with the Camargue, while still giving me the pillowy ride I want. I'll keep 'em on there for a while to see if I have any better experiences, even though it may require me to install the dreaded cantilever brakes to get the fender clearance I need.