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Looked outside around 4pm today....looked a bit wet still, but it wasn't raining and about 4C at 4pm, so I took the GasGas trials bike out for some playtime in the yard.

Had a blast....a few dabs, but didn't dump the bike, and given that I did the monster log crossing (thanks Treeguy!) about a dozen times, zigzagged through the pine stand and did wheelies over the driveway, that was good! Even went for a bit of an exploring session...there's a hardwood bush SW of my place that has wide dirt tracks (pickup truck sized) criss-crossing all through it, and going within 200 metres of the 400 highway, with a few small hills, a bit of light mud, a stream crossing and just generally a nice area. I suppose I should find out who owns that piece of bush, but it's not posted, I'm local and the trials bike is pretty quiet, so figured it wouldn't be a big deal puttering about there. I think my neighbours ride their horses in there during the summer.....I'll ask them who the owner is.

And anyway...I had my GasGas red/white jersey and matching pants on, so maybe they would think it was Santa just scouting some new routes prior to the big delivery on Christmas Eve? :smirk:

It sure felt good to be out on a bike in the dirt! Who would have thought it...riding with no snow on the ground on Dec 22nd! Amazing. I think I'm going to try and get out on the trails in Drury (and maybe Horseshoe) between Christmas and New Years, if the snow holds off, which it looks like it will from the current forecast.

Anyway....I picked up a new set of knee pads a few days ago, to use on the trials bike. Normal dirt bike knee pads were a bit bulky and cumbersome at the slower speeds of a trials bike and with all the knee/leg movement you use on those types of bikes. Gary had mentioned that he frequents a good bicycle shop in town called Black Tooth Grin (from the greasy smiley face the chain wheel leaves on your leg, in case you are wondering where the cool shop name came from). They're on Dunlop St West....just before Crossovers (a local "gentlemen's establishment"), not that any of you would know or patronize a place like that! :banana:

I went to see what they had by way of unicycles....something I've always had a hankering to learn how to ride, and figured I would look at the mountain bike knee/elbow pads while I was there, since they are made lighter/thinner than typical trail/mx pads. Found some 661 Evo knee pads that I liked the look, size and feel of. They are much smaller than MX pads....with no shin guard, but then on a trials bike, the boots come up far enough that you really don't need a shin guard. These knee pads use a lycra tube design, but have velcro on the sides, so that you can put them on even if you have your boots already on. They have velcro wrap straps that secure the pads above and below your knees, but what is really sweet is the kneecap protection uses the new d3o polymer. d3o is very cool technology...it feels like a soft, flexible gel pad....but hardens instantly under impact. Pretty high tech! Not cheap, mind you....a pair of these pads ran $140! Ouch! But man are they soft and comfortable! They also fit well under my tighter fitting trials pants, which even my smaller rigid knee pads wouldn't. Once they were on, they stayed in place for the whole ride with no slippage....and I couldn't even tell they were on! Very, very comfortable! I can't speak to how well they would do in a crash situation, but it would be better than not wearing any pads at all for sure. The only issue I've heard about with d30 pads is that they might not stand up to a sharp object as well as a rigid plastic guard, but it's all tradeoffs. I like the comfort, and for trials riding, give these knee pads two thumbs up! I'll be getting a matching set of 661 EVO d3o elbow pads when the bike shop has 'em in stock....would have already got 'em, but they were out unfortunately.

If you are interested, here's the 661 Evo Knee Pad web page.

Anyway....it was good to get out and have some fun in the dirt today, a few days before Christmas. Talk about a long riding season....by rights we should be snowed in by now! No complaints here, but if it's not a white Christmas, that will be very strange.

:bonk:

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Same deal with the snow here, we just got a light dusting on Tuesday but that's it...

The scabs on my knees are almost gone from a few weeks ago, maybe I should invest in some of these.:bonk:

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Same deal with the snow here, we just got a light dusting on Tuesday but that's it...

We got a 1/2" last night, so everything looks white this morning. They're now calling for colder temps and flurries/light snow, so it looks like we may get a white Christmas after all! :smirk:

The scabs on my knees are almost gone from a few weeks ago, maybe I should invest in some of these.:bonk:

Ya think? :banana:

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