Edward McIlvain posted a convincing column yesterday over at YourHub.com about riding on wet mountain bike trails in the Golden/Denver area. I’m certainly guilty of trying to get out too early after a rain storm (we don’t have much snow down here) but the short term enjoyment quickly fades as the long term consequences become apparent. Aside from junking the trails for people who ride after you, there is always the real risk that land managers and other trail users will seek to ban mountain bikes for good. Plus, mud just ain’t good for your bike’s drivetrain.
Like McIlvain says in his article, no one wants to be a “trail Nazi” but sometimes it’s important to be responsible for the good of the mountain bike community. Hold off on riding just a little longer and remember that a wet spring means a beautiful green summer in Colorado!