Saturday, December 13, 2014

December rides

 I started out taking my Mom and the rest of the family to Tuttle town for a little xc while the weather was nice. My Mom was excited to finish a ride without crashing.
 The boys were stoked to finally get there new bikes out on some trails.
 Today was the Red Hills Rumble, an un official sort of race. 
 I think overall I got third but it was really hard to figure out the scoring so Dave ended up on the "Podium".
 Rock Podium. Great turn out, good food, fun ride what more could you ask for? 
It's not named Red Hills for nothing. This Enduro is an amazing machine. It never seams to be the wrong bike for the ride.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gore tex time

 Sean and I went to Auburn in the middle of the pouring rain. Not well planned but it was the time we had. It ended up being a great ride.
No other bikes on the trail.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Winter's not here yet

Lucas said he had group that  wanted to go up the hill. It didn't sound like a good idea after the snow but you never know until you try. There was a couple scary moments on the bonus trail with some ice on the granite but otherwise a perfect day to ride. 
 We ended up with a good group that was actually fairly close in ability. L to R Mark, Me, Lucas, Josh, Zack, Todd, and Dave took this picture.
Second run started down Willow. Other than the ice on the creek crossing the snow was a blast to ride in.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Worst run is still a good day

 The only reason I got a picture of Lucas walking down Granite slide is because I walked first. We rolled over the top and saw the wet granite in the shade and wussed out. It might have been ok but a slide started here would end horribly.
Over all it was probably the worst I have ever ridden the Bell Mt. loop. It was still a beautiful day out on the bike and no injuries so still a great day. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

More time on the Enduro

 Every part of the stock cockpit on the Enduro was weird to me. If I hadn't heard other people complain I don't know that I would have figured out what was wrong quite so fast. I swapped the bars and stem for the BZA 35mm setup from Chromag. I reduced the stem from 60mm to 50mm and the bars grew by 40mm. The extra width is awesome but I think the angles are what makes it feel the best. The grips are the Rethal Kevlar lock-ons. This bike feels like a moto and likes to be ridden like one. I wish I had this bike when I quit riding dirt bikes.
 After watching Lucas put on soft knee guards at the top of every downhill I finally broke down and got a pair. These POC guards disappear while your riding. I wore them for 8 hours and never felt that I had to take them off. POC uses a dough like substance that firms up on impact so they end up with a guard that moves with you until it needs to be tough.   
 Katie and Lucas and I rode PCP this morning. The weather was unbelievable. Lucas uses snakeskin gasses to make him faster.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Last ride?

 Dave from Victory Vello wanted a tour of the local trails. With snow on the forecast I told him it had to be this week. He brought Terra with him and we decided to see how many shuttles we could get in.
 Terra and Dave were all smiles all day.
 It's hard to decide where to take someone new to this area. You want to make them happy they came. Dave already had someone take him out on the hardest stuff and try to make him hate it, so we did kind of a greatest hits. We rode; The Bonus trail, Upper PCP, Lower PCP, Willow, Snakedance, the top of Moraine, and bottom of Ridge trail. Not bad for one day self shuttling. I think everybody was tired enough that we didn't feel like we missed out on anything. Awesome day!
I rode my new Enduro and played with my suspension settings for the first half of the day. By the end the bike just felt capable of anything. 
We picked up a Pair of New York noose chains from Kryptonite. Hopefully this will make life more difficult for the bike thieves. This things are burly! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

More fall riding

 I think Katie may have ran her last ride. I have always hated it when Katie killed squirrels on our rides.  Now she killed something rare. This Pine Marten didn't make it. She found him near the top of Willow. Lucas and I took out my new Enduro on Willow and Snakedance first thing in the morning.
 In the afternoon I took Gage and Wendell for a shuttle down Ridge.
 Looks like my Solstice found a new home. Wendell has a lot of unlearning to do.
 Sometimes trees are right where you need them.
I was proud of him for riding it out after almost falling off the rock.
This is going to be my ride for the BC bike race. I just picked this Specialized Enduro 29 elite up from Victory Vello in Auburn.