The inner railing on the 2nd St. Bridge in Northfield: my first urban skinny attempt goes awry

inner railing on the 2nd St. Bridge in NorthfieldFormer Northfielder John Gaddo posted this photo on his Facebook wall last week with the caption: Use your imagination.

Yes, he cleaned it on his trials fat bike and innocently asked, "Hey Griff, have you done this one yet?"

I replied, "John, I usually just ride my Mary Poppins hybrid bike around Northfield (sans helmet) so no, I’ve not tried this railing on the 2nd St. bridge. But now I guess I’ll have to."

I gave it a go early Sunday morning. Bad idea, as the iron rail was wet from dew and thus, very slippery. I made it half way or so on my 4th try but subsequent crashes took their toll, despite the body armor I was wearing.

Here’s my 40-second video.



  1. Clay said:

    I hurt just watching some of those dismounts.

    September 25, 2013
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Clay, when I watched the videos after I got back home, it occurred to me that it would have been a lot smarter for me to have worn my full-face helmet. I could easily be spending a lot of time in the dentist chair this week.

    Hope you’re healing from your Murphy skinny crash.

    September 25, 2013
  3. Philip said:

    That was crazy! I’ve had similar experiences with wet railing/coping

    December 20, 2013
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    I’m determined to try it again next spring but it’ll definitely have to be a warm and dry morning!

    December 20, 2013

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