Field Test: Kennedy Park, Lenox, MA
I picked up some generic clipless pedals last January and a couple of weeks ago, I finally got around to getting some new mountain bike shoes. I have been using speedplay frogs since I started out in the sport 10 years ago. It was time for a change.
And change is good. I bought a pair of 2011 Garneau Women’s Monte Rosa shoes, mostly because I liked the color scheme. But they performed marvelously. The clipless pedals, some standard nashbar cheapies, worked well too. They didn’t have as much float as the frogs but I could clip into them much better on the fly.
Kennedy Park was also more fun than I remember. I rode there only once before, about 7 years ago, and my memory failed me. I found rolling ridges lined in freshly fallen leaves of orange and yellow, overlooking the modest Berkshire hills. The trails were a combo of hard packed dirt with a few roots and rocks to make it interesting.
A nice ride through the park a few times, followed by leaf peeping the long way home to the Pioneer Valley made for a beautiful autumn Sunday.