Wednesday, April 30, 2008
This National Trails Day project will be headquartered out of LYONS!!!!! Everyone will meet up on or near the Olson property and will hike in to begin work on the lower/further north section of trail known to the county as "Phase II" Oskars will have a tent with bbq set up and Redstone will be hosting a ride afterwards from the shop.
It just keeps getting better!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
That said, is anyone up for a little single speeding? Redline's Flight Monocog 29ers are in the house and regular Monocog 29ers are on the way. Check out the sweet new Schwinn Madison's, too.
Last year the Madison's sold out pretty quickly, so quickly that I couldn't even get my hands on 'em. I've had these 2 babys on backorder since October and they finally showed up. They're sold out at Schwinn again, so what I have is what I have. Talk about a throwback. They look even better in person.
Formula track hubs
They even have good detail like this fork crown. Pretty amazing for a sub $600 bike, too.
Did I mention the fixie/free flip flop hub?
To take it further on the fixie thing, the Madison's do not even have rear brake cable routing. The rear brake housing is zip tied on for a super clean look if a front brake only fixie is your steed of choice.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I got out for a little ride today, too. Strangely enough, I couldn't decide on whether to ride the roadie or the mountain bike so I decided to mix it up. I spun down the road to get to the trail on my own Spider 29. What is it with unfriendly road cyclists? I say hi to everyone I see. Man, for all of the non friendly responses you get on your road bike, just imagine how many you get when you're pushing a big gear on a fat tired full squish 29er down the highway. Oh what fun. I feel at home the instant I'm back off of the pavement.
And back in the forest. I love the desert and I love Hall Ranch, but at the end of the day, rides in the forest are absolutly my favorite. Ah, trees...
X Marks the spot.
Good views abounded.
As did more buttery smooth singletrack. Don't worry, there were definitely rocks, but some almost unheard of buttery singletrack was thrown into the mix as well. I don't see this type of riding very often, it was good stuff!
Got about 3.5 hours on the bike today and felt pretty whooped. I love the Spring, and I love that I'm lucky enough to do this caliber of ride from home.
Speaking of riding from home, the Tuesday ride this week is once again at the bike shop at 6. We will ride Hall Ranch from the shop.
Also has a travel adjust shock mount ala Tracer.
All new for this year is a retrofittable grease port for the lower linkage. Good stuff!
I'll follow all of this up with quick image of a production Intense. Here's a sneak peak at Brian's new Spider. Another 29er in the house!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Anyway, I had enough foresight to post an upcoming April/May schedule. We've got lots of riding coming up and plenty to be excited about. Check it:
4/22 Tuesday Ride - Let's celebrate Earth Day by riding it. Hall Ranch. Meet at the bike shop at 6pm.
4/29 Tuesday Ride - One last early Spring ride at Hall Ranch before we rotate out.
4/30 Movie Night! The movie starts at 7:30 at the Boulder Theatre. Let's meet up around 5:30 at Jill's for pre-movie night happy 2 hours.
5/5 Cinco De Mayo Ride. Meet at the shop at 5:30pm for a Hall Ranch Mexican Independence ride. We'll finish up with Margs and greasy tacos at La Mariposa. We'll also be celebrating that this is the first Monday in 7 years that I haven't had to drive to work in Broomfield!
5/6 Tuesday Ride - Meet at Heil Ranch parking lot at 6pm. We'll hit everything there, including the new Wild Turkey trail that many of us helped to construct. It's good.
Tuesdays in May I haven't figured them all out yet, but the days will be getting longer. Stay tuned to the blog for 6pm meetup locations.
5/23-24 Lyons Fat Tire Vest VIII. I can't even believe that we've been doing this for 8 years. This is the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day. We'll be meeting at the shop to ride on both days and will drive/carpool from there. Friday at 2:00pm, expect to be back around late dinner time. Saturday, we'll meet at 8:30am and will depart on the weekend's deathmarch. I don't have the route details finalized, but I feel like I let folks down this year. I'll do everything I can to make it hurt more this year, I promise :)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Great view to start the trip, eh? Here's the closeup:
Caught the first wipe out of the trip for all to see.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
12 of us departed from camp and road onward into the grey skies.
There was absolutely no wondering where the state line was, either.
The views were good to the east. See that domed rock in the middle of the photo? That's camp.
And so does Sean. By the time we had 8 left, I think 6 of the 8 were on 29ers, too.
Here was the real money shot of the day. By this time, though, no one was really that talkative and no one wanted to stop. I stopped for the shot. This was also the windiest point of the ride. I wasn't too bummed about not stopping.
Actually, it wasn't that long after the money shot view that we had to stop. We needed nutrients.
We were heading back to camp by this point. It seemed like that, for all of these little descents, there were equal parts steep that we had to hike up.
Finally, as the sun was starting to set, we made it to the road back to camp. Only a couple more miles, boys!
So, Saturday ended up being a long day in the saddle. We got back to camp 9 hours after we started. That, my friends, is a good ride. The only bummer, though, is that no one had really started cursing at me yet. Well, there was one incident involving a remark about that "extra hour and a half," but no one was seriously injured. :)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
The campground was great. We enjoyed all of the necessary amenities. You know, like trees, sand, rocks, and beautiful blue skies.
Showen and Daverill show us how it's done. SS in the snaking sandy track.
Wills pilots the pink Soulcraft. Single and steadfast.
We enjoyed the peaceful desert dusk as we fueled up on food, Dale's Pale Ale, Old Chubb, and Ten Fiddy. We needed all the help we could get, for Saturday would be a big day.