This past week was the Chicago area women's ride up north in Wisconsin, specifically Kettle Moraine. Our friend Eric from the Twin Six Metal team was taking his wife Kelly up there to ride with the ladies, so we hitched a ride. Once up there the guys took off on our all day "full Monty". It was clear, sunny, and 80 degrees.
If you've never been to Kettle Moraine the 1st thing that strikes you is how well the trails are maintained, the 2nd, is the trails are ONE WAY! Yes, directional trails. No smashing bars into another rider around a blind corner. So please, go as fast as you possibly can.
For the most part the trails have more smiles for miles than we do around the Chicago area. They flow really well, with the exception of some random rock gardens on the extension. Since we're so bad ass (or poor) we did the big loop, 35ish miles, on single speeds. Joel was on a fully ridged single speed. Which is fine and totally doable, Rob was kicking our asses on his single speed. However there were a few climbs where I would swing my thumb under my grip hoping to a magic shifter to appear. I'll just answer this question now, Joel and I were both riding 32x18 and I think Rob was running 36x17.
You'll pass through a few different forests, some rocks, sand, gravel, some flow, some flat, it's just a great place to ride bikes.
We did alright for being only our second time there ever...and on single speeds. I don't really have any cool stories to tell other than it was fun as hell and the women's turn out was HUGE. Like 30 women rode MTB together and had a picnic.
Eric even shot some GO-PRO. When we go back, we'll let you know and you can hitch rides with us.