Sunday, November 30, 2008
and perfectly moist and tacky dirt in the non shaded areas.
I was happy that the dirt gods were smiling today, despite the overcast skies and cold temps. It made the ride entirely worthwhile even if it was short. Quality over quantity, right? I turned around at the silo and boogied back home. I wore one of the biggest Picture Rock smiles I've had yet, too :)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Today was Thanksgiving. I was happy that I was able to get out this morning. Even the ride to the trail is good - I was thankful for the connector trail. It was chilly and overcast today so I was hoping to see very few people. It was busy today, though.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Rockin and I made it out for a post shop closing ride today. Shop close at 3 means that any long ride will be half day/half night. That's ok, just an excuse to use my Niterider lights, which is always good.
It was dry. Really dry. The dirt is really crumbly and following another rider means choking on lots of dust. We went in search of moisture but didn't make it all the way. Not one puddle was to be found, let alone 2. Maybe another ride. Sure was good to be able to still get up into the forest at those elevations in late November. My fingers and toesies were sure chilly when we were done. In fact, my fingers and toes still have the chill in them despite the fact that our ride was done hours ago. It's getting cold, too. We started our ride with waning daylight and 39 degrees. By the time we made it back to the car, temps had fallen to 28. Yeah, good stuff.
Tuesday ride? 6pm at the bike shop. We've got a couple things up our sleeves. Bring enough lights to get you a few hours, this could be a good one. Be ready for some steep steeps and cold temps, too. Maybe they'll serve us turkey at Oskars afterwards. :)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here's a close up of the Maxle light. Good stuff.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
With that knowledge, I went to one of my semi regular riding spots to check out some new riding I've been hearing about. I didn't know what I'd find, but I knew that on the map, those contour lines were pretty darn close to each other on the descent as well as the climb out. To add to that, they were past the "top" and down the other side. It could (and probably would) mean a long hike out with no other bailout options.
Climbing up, I pretty much always stop for this view.
After some more climbing, I found my turn off. It was marked well. Very well.
With more than a few precipitous sections. Super slack angled dh bikes rejoice.
It's the type of trail that I normally would still ride if it was worth getting to the bottom of, but it just wasn't. Get to the bottom turn around and hike 900' back out. No thanks. Now here's the part that really gets me.
The Forest Service gets their panties in a bunch if they find an illegal/social trail, despite how well made the trail is. They could come across a beautifully built chunk of singletrack and immediately want to close it strictly because it wasn't their idea. I understand due process and all and I'm not disagree-ing. There is, however, a reason for that due process. It's so that the public can have input on the trail, hopefully insuring that it will be a well built trail that will see a lot of use. 836 and 837, on the other hand, are completely the opposite. We sat in on several USFS meetings regarding this particular area and we lobbied for the expansion of new and sustainable singletrack. After the public process was done, the USFS agreed to build 1 new trail in an area that didn't make sense. After all of that public process, we get these 2 new trails. A) they weren't on the original agenda (not that big of a deal) and B) they have to be the crappiest built trails I've been on in a long time. How about ripping a moto straight down and back up the fall line? Sure, hyuck, hyuck. I've got a throttle, make that shit steep. See the sign? The one that says if motos can't stay on the trail, it'll get closed? Guess what? It's so steep and piss poorly built, that it's only been around less than a year and it's already starting to get really braided in spots. It's not irresponsible users, it's that no mind was paid when it was laid out. I'll be surprised if it doesn't get closed to motos sooner than later. I'm all about sharing the trails, but we've got to use our brains here. Moto folk, that means you, too. At the very least, when it gets closed to motos, we can show Ed how to reroute the trail to make it sustainable and we can take it over then.
All in all, it wouldn't be a bad DH bike trail, but hiking out with a 29lb bikewas bad enough. I can only imagine how painful hiking out with a 40lb bike would be. I probably won't hit it again. Well, er, not the same direction anyway. I'm a slow learner, and as such, I'll have to ride it backwards to make sure it still sucks. I'm already thinking about that ride. And, no, I won't be featuring this one on a Tuesday nighter.
Tuesday nigher, hey, that's tomorrow! See everyone at 6...
Sunday, November 16, 2008
It was good. I saw way more activity than I would've expected for deep forest exploration this time of year. By the way, what's up with all the skidmarks? I thought the backcountry was a place to get away from the Hall Ranch front range antics, no? Keep er under control fellas (and ladies). If you're skidding, you're not in control.
Rant off. At least the sunset was great. The fire in the sky was amazing.
And just like that, pffft! the light was gone. The trail was good. I turned on the light and made my way out alive.
I think I may have rectified my wiring connections issues as well. Anyone up for another round of night riding? Meetup Tues at the shop for Tuesday night ride and Oskar's open bluegrass pic.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The craftsmanship is immaculate.
Lots of cool new ideas on this bike, too. Check that the back of the upper linkage has been slotted to make it easier to assemble.
Amazing welding on the head tube. That's one of the many reason I prefer the Intense works/raw finish. There's no way to hide these welds behind paint. Besides, with welds like that, you've got to show off.
New for this year throughout the entire Intense lineup is tapered bearings with grease ports for easy lubing. Say goodbye to frozen up bearings.
Super clean cable routing, too. Nothing shifts better than full housing.
And adjustable rear travel of 5.5" or 6".
Pretty cool bike. I've got about 3 rides on it so far and it has not dissapointed. I'll have more detailed ride impressions and a more thorough review later. Stay tuned!
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Monday, November 10, 2008
however, I will ride where ever the consensus is.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Dean cycles brought out a few beauties. They had a couple of their standard fare ti mountain and road frames, but these two bikes really stood out. A singlespeed crosser, all pimped out with gold
And a very, very nice steel roadie with polished lugs and a chromed rear triangle. Just the way a classic road bike should be - lugged and chrome :)
I liked what Argonaut brought as well. His lugs were probably the nicest polished lugs out there. Good thing because polishing lugs is a $250 upcharge per lug.
Yipsan, a framebuilder that I'd not previously heard of had a few bikes there, too. Yipsan is from just up the road in Ft Collins. Here's a really nice 650b crosser/all arounder.
Civilian Cycles had some niceties as well.
This was probably one of my favorite bikes of the show. Would've been sweeter with disc brakes, though...
Moots brought out their $8000 commuter. Internally geared Rohloff rear hub and a front wheel mounted generator were some highlights from this around towner.
One of my favorite builders at the show turned out to be Victoria Cycles from Salida. There big on 29ers down there - David Hill of Victoria had an interesting take on the 29er mtb.
My daughters thought he had the best headbadge of any exhibitor.
I really liked his lugwork detail.
Absolutely beautiful road bike.
Groundupcycles had a pretty nice 29er. Their frames were a bit on the unrefined side, though.
Another of my favorites - Black Sheep. James really does it up. His bikes have really come a long way in the last few years. How about this monster 36" wheeled bike. I wonder what it wouldn't pedal over. I really like the chainguard, too.
And a really far out racer bike. Sweet!
I've got to say that I was most dissapointed with Tiemeyer Cycles from Estes Park. I have heard a lot of really good things about him and was looking forward to meeting him. Unfortunately, Tiemeyer, a fellow Schwinn employee of old, came across as a washed up, expert on everything, out of shape roadie. He was aloof and acted like he was too cool for school. I asked him how the show was going late on Sat. His response was, "Well, not very good. I haven't gotten anyone to give me their credit card number yet." Hmm, okay. All in all, though, it was a good show. Saw some cool bikes and met some cool folks. The show runs thru 7pm today, Sunday. If you're a real bike fan and you get a chance to get down to the CU campus in Boulder, you owe it to yourself to check it out.