Over here in Euro-land, the summer hours come a few weeks later. If there’s any silver lining in that, it’s that we get a few more weeks of winter hours for night rides. It was the first season to do semi-regular night rides from our Bronto dealer in Benelux, Chaos Bikes. And while it was always a small group, we ended up doing 10 rides or so and slowly got the word out. 2 fresh new riders showed up out of the blue for the ride, one of them on a single speed of all things! Single speeds in Belgium…as rare as bar-ends in Oakridge.
So we saddled up with some new blood, fantastic weather, and dry trails. What could go wrong? Right? Well, it had been a bad week for Michael. His “29er” frame came in with 26″ chain stays. And the chain on his loaner bike fell off a couple times. It was just one of those evenings…trails had been bulldozed.
And to top it all off, we got hopelessly lost. For about 40 minutes. Like stopping to check smartphone on 3 occasions lost.
Yeah, the winter loop was almost perfect but that last 1/3 always got us riding in circles… But never mind all that, a good time was had by all and for sure the Bronto winter night rides will return next fall Next up – summer!