My public service announcement of the week: Do NOT take your road bicycle on the ten-mile Norwottuck Rail Trail that connects Northampton and Amherst, Mass. My wife and I found out last Sunday, the annoying way.
The trail has trestle bridges, lovely vistas, blah-blah-blah. What they don’t tell you is that the paving is shot through with SHARDS OF GLASS – ten minutes into the ride my tire was shredded. The guy who runs the bike shop located oh so conveniently on the trail says he orders dozens of tires a week, and urged me to contact the town fathers to register my complaint about a situation that has persisted for 15 years.
Moral of story: Don’t bike on the Norwuttuck Rail Trail unless you’re sure your tires are rugged or nubby enough to handle it.