Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tree showed up at 9:25 promptly and I was not even close to ready. Like I said, I wasn't feeling it. I had been listless all morning, careful to not awaken the sleeping dragon in my stomach. Thoughts of eating breakfast getting bike clothes on were not helping the nasuea. So I rested on the couch with my fingers crossed in hopes that I'd be able to ride a bike at 9:30 withouth throwing up. 9:30 came and I was feeling just a tad better, so I got dressed, ate a quick bite, and headed out the door to greet my singlespeed. I've been on this Redline Monocog Flight 29er for a couple months now and I've loving it. Chris recently picked one up and is similarly in love. I guess you could say the ride was all about the love. Of bike, of trail, of one gear pain. Love.
Spinning down the road, we decided the ride on the fly. "Want to go to Hall?" "Oh yeah, we should at least check it out." So it was decided that we'd take the long way thru the ghetto singletracks of Lyons and Old South on our way to the trailhead. When we got to the trailhead, it was refreshing to see only 2 cars in the parking lot and no people in sight. The trail was actually quite good. It had been too cold recently for any significant snow reduction and the multitude of hikers had established a very nice 18" wide packed singletrack right up the trail. As long as you stayed on the line, it was easy going and traction was good. Except for a few ice patches, it was entirely rideable all the way up, or at least it would've been if I had the legs to turn the 32x18 the whole way. I had to push a few times, but at least the dragon in my stomach was exhibiting good behavior.
We called it a day at the top by the first bench and pointed our unspuspended beasts back down the hill. The descent was superb. The snow was plentiful and packed in enough that the trail was actully pretty smooth, save the more major of the rocky stuff. Traction was pretty good, but there did prove to be a point at which you could only lean over so far before you'd slip out. I found that point, but was luckily able to ride it out. The rest of the descent was rockin' and we made it down in good time.
All in all, a great winter ride. There were a couple of spots on the trail where the snow was wearing thing and will be very muddy with just the right amount of sun, but it was great today. I'm glad we at least checked Hall out. It felt good to get on the trail again. It's not often that we're blessed with this combo of trail conditions in the winter. It's snowing right now, so maybe I'll be so lucky tomorrow. Got my fingers crossed.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Today I made the best of a lazy Saturday morning, sleeping in, and then planning an assault on the Old Switzerland Trail. A bunch of yous have been on the section outlined here, but that is just a small sample of what the route formerly was. Today I hit a little used part on the xcountry skis, the westernly most section tucked up under the continental divide, west of the Peak to Peak Highway. Lots of work, kicking through the soft powder of the last couple of storms. All told, I was out for a bit over 3 hours in 15 degree weather without seeing another soul and it was mighty fine. Finished the day with a juicy t-bone dinner. Good times indeed!
Family vacation is over tomorrow at 6, so I've got most of tomorrow for man time as well. I hope it goes as well as today!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
First off, before I forget, how about a New Years Day ride? slowerthansnot is hosting a little ride down in Denver. I'd love to make it, but it's an 11am Denver start time. We'll probably end up touring the North Country up here. This will be a post lunch endeavor, and I'd optimally like to get a few hours in. I'm thinking of frozen torture on the cross bike. You know, snow packed roads, slop, melting snow, and some pavement. We should try to find some mud, too. Let me know if that sounds like fun to you. Anyone worried about being "the slow guy" on the Spring desert ride feel free to come along. Right now, I'm thinking I'll be the guy, but things certainly change in 5 months! At least we'll all be in primo shape for the 8th annual Lyons Fat Tire Fest on Memorial Day '08! Make sure to write 'er down in your calendars. 2008 will be an epic event. Expect LOTS of brutal climbing, sweet, sweet singletrack, and a long descent. I feel like I let some of the expectant deathmarchers down in 2007 so we're going to make up for it in 2008 in a big way. heh heh
And speaking of epic events, check this out. Fixie Dave, aka Whiskey Dave, aka slowerthansnot will be riding in this insane undertaking. Wish that crazy bastard luck! You know I mean that in a good way, Dave :)
And also speaking of an epic 2008, great news on the trail access front. First and foremost and hopefully at the top of everyone's list is that the Picture Rock Trail will open sometime in summer 2008. We all previously know it as the "Lyons Connector" from Heil Ranch. It's almost 1/2way done already distance wise. Time wise, though, county trail crews are further along than that, as the section that's done had the most challenging terrain. The other "sleeper" news of 2008 is that Hermit Park is expected to open to the public. You've gotta hand it to Larimer County. They only bought this parcel of land 1 or 2 years ago and they'll soon have it ready for public use, including 5-6 miles of new trail. Let's hear it for lack of beurocratic bullshit. Is anyone from Boulder County Open Space reading this?
Here's what I know, from a press release that recently went out. "The 2008 Larimer county Dept of Natural Resources' Annual Entrance Permits, for parks and open space managed by Larimer County, are now available for purchase. These permits are valid Dec 2007 through Dec 2008 and allow use of Carter Lake, Flatiron Res, Horsetooth Res, Horsetooth Mt Park, Pinewood Res, Ramsay Shockey Open Space, and Hermit Park Open Space (planned for early summer, 2008, opening." Yeehaw. Anyone ever ride Ramsay Shockey? I'd like to get up there. We'll have to do a few laps there in the spring for a Tuesday Night Ride once it thaws. If you don't know where/what Hermit Park is, just know this. Those 5-6 miles of trail aren't that big of a deal by themselves, but they will allow for some superb interconnectivity with some Roosevelt USFS trails.
I often say that tools are like bikes. You can't have too many. Some of my favorites are like trails - you don't use them all the time, but they sure hit the spot when you're in need. Like these digital calipers, a recent acquisition. Ah, very nice!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This year, I've received a lot of schwag and gifts for Christmas. This has to be my favorite:
Homeboy Dave, aka FixieDave, aka WhiskeyDave, aka Slowerthansnot brought this bottle of sweet spirits by. This isn't just any old bottle of whiskey, though. It's some fine, made in Denver, CO, Stranahans Whiskey. Dave said that Stranahan's is the first new American whiskey since prohibition! I'm not a whiskey fan normally, but Stranahan's is making me change my mind. But this particular bottle is extra special. After aging, Stranahan's continued to age it another couple of months in a port wine cask.
It's good. Really good. And it's living at the shop right now if you want to try it. I'll have a sip with you, too - after hours, of course :)
It was great riding with you, Cynthia, just make sure that wasn't the last time. Good luck and have a great time in Alaska. We're going to miss you for sure!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Oh, the "Tentatively" comment. I'll ride wherever. Anyone got any ideas?
Sunday, December 16, 2007
And at the top, a good place to take a breather...
Then, it was back to the flats for some more snow flattrackin' action. Totally flat 90 degree corners at speed in packed snow is a delightfull expereince on a cross bike. The views on the way back aren't too bad, either.All in all, it was a great ride. I put off riding because of the cold and ended up being one of those days you only do a couple of times a year. You know, the routes that you only hit those couple of times a year when the snow is packed and temps are cold. The kind that isn't much fun on a sunny summer day but absolutely hits the spot on a cold and wintery one. Today was one of those days.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Big Daddy Dale
Whisky Dave, freshly arrived. He took the bus from Denver to Boulder and rode from Boulder. Stud.
Melis, on his way to the SS win.
Cyclocross. It takes all types.
Pro Women thru the run up and playground gravel pit
Pro men rocking thru one of the fast and fun sections.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
We'll be out in full force tomorrow, too, for the 2007 Cyclocross State Championships. Bohn Park. Lyons, CO. Make sure to swing by the Redstone tent and say hello.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Cane Creek partnered with suspensi0n legend Ohlins and they have come up with something very sweet indeed. The Cane Creek Double Barrel. If you are the type that really likes to infinitely fiddle with your eqiupment to get that excruciating perfect feel, this is the shock for you.
It doesn't get much more adjustable than this. Fully seperate adjustable slow speed rebound and compression damping as well as high speed compression and rebound damping. Want to tune out pedal bob? OK. Want it to also feel just right on big drops? No problem. Pretty amazing stuff.
Pretty, too :)
Monday, December 03, 2007
We'll also be looking for some volunteers for Sunday's event. The ball gets rolling at 7am for setup and concludes with tear down that will happen right around dark. If you can help out, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll help get it coordinated. Let's help make this thing as kickass as we can so we can get it on the regular schedule for seasons to come!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
How about a meetup time of 6:30pm? Where's the best trailhead to meet? We'll shoot for the Lyons Caravan to depart approximately 5:45pm.
On the official Redstone scale, the front weighed 830g and the rear a very nice 940g. Completely respectufl for big wheels. They appear to be growing on trees at a bike shop near you ;)
Notice the round spokes? A general shop consensus was reached and we already prefer the round over the bladed spokes of the 26" Crossmax.
I got a real beauty in on a trade, too. I have half a mind to keep it but I know I must let it go. It's a great riding little bike, but 46c is too small for me.
Instead, I've got another project to work on this winter. Anybody seen the new ads for Shimano pimping the 25th Anniversary of XT? Here's generation uno, the one and only Deerhead XT. I'll have updates on it's progress over the next couple of weeks.