“There…is…another!”

A scene from this morning’s ride into work

Last week, Bloggy mentioned the Sammy Slicks from Schwalbe (TIRE7615) as an indefatigable option for both commuter and racer alike. His feathers ruffled and his blood sufficiently angried, Kenda product manager Matt reminded me that Kenda has a similarly awesome option called the Happy Medium (TIRE75292). Dear me, what an absolutely clever name! A happy medium indeed with a low profile diamond tread in the center bordered by an aggressive outside tread. The usual riding qualities associated with this mix are supposedly prevalent: fast rolling but with solid cornering abilities. As I wanted to point out to Matt but didn’t, while the Kenda tread is just as good as the Schwalbe if not better (the diamond tread is growing on me), it lacks the reflective graphics of the Sammy Slick. However, the sidewall is considerably thicker and the rubber itself seems like it could withstand glass shards and various species of road detritus better than the Schwalbe option. We’ll call it a push Matthew. The only reason I mention another burly yet low profile commuter/cross tire is that my new commuter route to work has a sand section and potentially several others if I wanted to string together a route for the most offroad action/shreddin’ possible. Also, it gives you a brief respite from the unceasing parade of four wheeled insanity. Cross season is ending but commuter season has just started and for those made of harder stuff than Bloggy, it never ended…

The Happy Medium!

By the way, this year’s SC State Mountain Bike championship just got 33 percent more awesome. Traditionally, the “championship” is a two-legged affair with the first leg being held in Columbia (Harbison) and the second leg in Spartanburg (Camp Croft). This year, a THIRD leg has been added in the form of the Killer 3 loop at Poinsett State Park. This race was on the schedule last year but I don’t think it counted toward the state championship. Bloggy hasn’t ridden this loop in a coon’s age, but if memory serves me correctly, this loop is a lot of fun a day after a rain because of the copious amounts of sand on the trail. That being said, there is no telling what the trail conditions will be like. I can only remember some fast, fun swoopy bits, some short punchy climbs and this lady who was walking around with her son who told me to “slow down!”. Hopefully she’ll be at the race this year to advise racers to do the same. Safety first. The important deets…

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