Finally, finally, finally my schedule and the weather aligned yesterday so that I could get out for my first spring ride of the year. Roads and sidewalks were clear of snow and I only had to negotiate one snow drift in a shaded corner of a dirt path. I still have the Stout knobby tire on the wheel, and as noted in earlier posts I don't think it is the greatest on pavement. Yes, I know it isn't meant for pavement, but even when I know I'm going to ride in the dirt I need to ride on some pavement to get there. While riding yesterday I started wondering whether the wider rim that now comes on the KH29 would stabilize the Stout a bit more...less sidewall and more contact patch...and result in a more predictable ride when cornering. Once on dirt paths either the tire performs better or I just don't notice the issue because I'm trying to deal with the irregularities of the dirt and stone surface. I'll be putting the Big Apple on soon since most of my riding is on hard or packed, rather than loose, surfaces.
I haven't been riding for about two months and my muscles are a bit sore today. But that's a good thing. I noticed that I had more side-to-side wheel wobble than at the end of last season. I think that is a sign of being a bit out of riding shape and also needed to work on smoothing out my riding technique.