Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gore Tex

First headlight now Gore Tex. It's definitely not summer any more. Most people I know wont go out when the conditions are crap. There missing out. The dirt was super tacky and even though I got rained on almost the whole ride it wasn't really muddy yet. Katie of course doesn't care what the weather is doing as long as she gets to go.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Time Change

The only thing that makes the time change tolerable is the the ability to get in some night riding and still make it home in time for diner. I squeezed in a Lightning/Dam run after work on Monday. The conditions were perfect. It was a little scary because when the terrain got bouncy my headlight kind of strobed. I though it was a mounting issue, now I think it wasn't screwed together all the way. Hand held flash lights aren't really made for that kind of duty. You should ride at night at least once a year. It is amazing how trails that you ride every week can be a whole new experience. And yes a new bike light is at the top of my Christmas list.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Family fun

 Last Friday we did the 3rd Cornerstone Christian mountain bike field trip. This time we went to the Tuttletown trail system. we had a great showing. In fact we ran out of bikes and helmets.
 Up hill conga style
 Brent got stuck running sweep.
 Tuttletown ended up working perfect because we were able to split into two different groups. The younger kids found a great paved loop they could race each other on and the bigger kids got to work on some skills in the switch backs. 
 We had a few people hit the ground but everybody had a great time.
 After his first ride here I think I finally convinced Brent to get a hardtail.
 I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than shuttling PCP with the whole family.
 This was Ashton's first time down anything this technical. He did really well.
 Poor Jeanie had to ride Gage's Bullit because the frame on her Knolly is cracked.
 I told him the actual line is about where his right foot is.
 He had fun I promise!
 Jeanie didn't get along with the Bullit. I believe she actually spanked it at one point.
 They couldn't resist a trail side teepee.
 Gage sessioned the log ride until he had it wired. 
I think he actually rode six or seven times. Awesome Sunday afternoon!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

More Bell Mt.

 I took the family up the back side of Bell Mt. to pick Elderberries. We ended up with over 49pounds!  My wife was nice enough to drop Gage and I off at the top and pick us up at the bottom. It is definitely not an easy shuttle but I couldn't resist sense we were already going up there.
 We were a little concerned about Gage riding something this gnarly, but he surprised me several times. 
I think the grin tells the whole story. 

 I'm pretty sure there is more granite than dirt on this trail.
 Gage loved every bit of it. I think he could probably handle just about any downhill we have now. I just need to build up his strength so I can get him farther out in the woods.
 I get so obsessed with the trails up the hill that sometimes I forget how awesome my back yard is. Brent and I rode from our house up to Pinball. Great ride and only 2.5 hrs from my front door and back. Most people can't even keep there drive time under that for a trail this awesome.
Katie was jonesing for a ride too.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Big descent

 Today I wanted to get the max descent I could in one run. Lucas and I started at Gargoyles and climbed to the top of Sunrise. Then it was back up to Avalanche to Dome to lower PCP. Normally that alone would be a pretty good day, in fact Lucas had enough. So I rode Southfork to the top of Spring Gap.
 My family met me there and Gage got to ride his new Trek down to Sandbar flat. He is loving the 29 inch wheels and lighter bike. Unfortunately the cows tore up the upper trail pretty bad. Gage was still super stoked to have cleared several sections than was never able to on his Santa Cruz.
 Not bad numbers just enough climbing with tons of descent!
 The BBQ with the family at the bottom was an awesome way to finnish the day.
Lucas hated this picture but we were carrying an awesome pace and I never really wanted to stop and take pictures. Definitely my best run down Avalanche yet. Great ride!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cornerstone Christian ride #2

 Today was the second Cornerstone Christian School MTB field trip. We had another great turnout. Emily here was unbelievable, I really hope she sticks with it. She was giving the biggest kids a run for there money on her first mountain bike ride. I think there could be trophies in her future if she pursued it.
 Every one had such a great time. We even got a couple Mom's out today. 11 kids and 5 adults. Bike and helmets were again provided by Sonora Cyclery. Huge thank you to Brent and his family for helping to make this happen, and Poor Merit who gets stuck at the shop.

 We had to play on a side hill a little. Gage looks very serious.

 Kyle managed to not go to the hospital this time.

30 seconds after a crash Emily was up and charging past the boys again. I can't get over how much fun it is to take all these kids out in the woods. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New shoes and another new rider

 My Giro Terraduros died again. Giro replaced two pairs already so I can't complain. I decided to try something different. Brent at Sonora Cyclery set me up with these babies, the new enduro shoe from Shimano called ME7.
 Shimano paired up with Michelin for the soles. I decided to take them out to Bell Mountain where there are plenty of opportunities for walking on slippery granite. So far I'm very impressed. They grip the rock every bit as good as a bike tire and have the most supportive footbed I've felt in a bike shoe.
 Todd's been riding up here for longer than Iv'e been mountain biking. He had never been on Bell before so as usual it dished out some suffering. He did conquer this new log ride though.