Adults are always trying to pass on lessons to kids—sit up straight, eat your vegetables, do your homework. Those are all important, but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up a little bit and have the kids lead the way. Let loose for one of the last days of summer and celebrate Get Grimy Day. Grab your crummiest clothes, slip on last year’s sneakers and get down and dirty.
Find a dirt road near you
Here’s a stat that might surprise you: 1.39 million miles or more than one-third of all road miles in the U.S. are still unpaved gravel or dirt roads. That means it’s pretty likely that there’s a dirt road near you just waiting to be ridden (click here for help finding one). It’s a misconception that you need a special bike for dirt roads. Let a little air out of your tires, loosen your grip and give yourself some extra time. Dirt may slow you down, but it will be worth it.
Go mountain biking
Mountain biking is one of the best ways to ride, especially if you’re looking to get a little dirty. It’s a great workout, a way to get in touch with nature and see the trails around your home that you may not get to explore otherwise. If you’re new to mountain biking, look for an easier trail, or even a local bike park where you can practice. If you’re experienced, challenge yourself by trying to beat your best time. No matter if you take it slow, or go fast, there’s no better way to get filthy. Just make sure the trails are dry enough for riding, because you don't want to damage them.
Make a (not too deep) mud puddle and ride through it
That dusty patch in your backyard is just begging to be turned into mud. Turn on the hose for a few minutes so you can practice the art of splashing around. Just be careful not to make the puddle too deep–you don’t want to get your chain or gears muddied up. When you’re done, do the right thing and give your bike a solid and proper wash. For tips on how to clean a bike at home, click here.
Get Grimy day is the perfect way to end summer. As you wash away the grit of a season's worth of rides, think about your favorite moments—your hardest climb, the best ride with friends or a destination that can't be beat. Then, start planning some new rides for fall and winter.
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