I’ve been riding my bike a lot this summer. I’ve created some great routes near my house that often feature trails with wood bridges that cross creeks. I’ve heard previously that these bridges can be slippery if they are wet. I found out first hand the truth of this yesterday. It wasn’t raining but it had the night before, and one long bridge in particular was still pretty damp. In fact as I entered the bridge I decided to change my line a bit to avoid some standing water, and apparently that was a mistake – the bike slid out from under me. Ouch! No permanent damage to my bike, and I seem to have escaped mostly unscathed. But it was not any fun, that’s for sure.
After riding these bridges all summer long, it does have me thinking about designing a different route today.