Five of us met at Fountainhead today to check it out. It's not good you shouldn't go. It's nice that some modicum of skill has decided to enter the equation after just a few outings. My friend Vince rides on a single speed, I think 32 x 19. It seems like you can stand more on the climbs around here. I think a gear that tall would be way hard in New England with all the sand and roots and stuff. I spent all day in the middle ring (32) but I was all over the thing. I'd like to go like 36/28 front and 11/34 back, but I'm not replacing anything that ain't broke or about to be on the mtb. Just bought DA 7800 cranks for the road. They're f-ing sweet. No new stuff for a little while, just a BB for the cranks.
It seems like there's a little groundswell for mountain biking these days. A lot of people are interested in it and there's no problem getting people to go. Everything's circular. I feel like in a couple of years there are going to be a bunch of guys who have raced road but who are psyched to get off road more. Cross has been an expression of that too, but it also seems like that's under pressure from all the converts. I've never raced mountain but it seems like a nice scene which I hope doesn't get f-d up if a bunch of new people get into it.
Traffic on 95 south, south of the Beltway, was nuts all day. I'm really glad to do as little time as I do on it.