Monday, November 29, 2010

Thankful Weekend

Great weekend for tree cutting, thanksgiving dinner with family and guests! Great day for a ride at BC as well! Didnt have the whole day so it was more of an exploratory ride. Up sandywash which is always good, just don't do it much. Up the BD trail to the lookout. That trail is really nice a couple hike a bike sections and it is wearing in real nicely.

Temps were just about perfect for a short-ish ride. IF i didnt have decorations to put up it easily could have been an all day affair.

heres the route

Monday, November 22, 2010

Hit the local dirt today

Actually loaded up the truck and was heading to bc- but could not commit to an all day affair. came home headed out and rode some of the local path up to dirt. the wind was pretty much howling to the point it made trying to catch my breath a major challenge! i hate this shittin wind! almost bagged it but trails were empty and dry. a good combination. chose music today mainly to drown out the wind and give me some sort of motivation. Warsaw was jammin in my ears and a perfect groove for dipping and rolling trails.

Jeremy gave me a killer deal on his garmin and today was a test run just to make sure i am somewhat technically inclined i uploaded the ride just for fun. nothing huge but did find some new to me trail that will make it that much quicker to get to dirt rather than path. Nite rides from the house may start here now that winter is slowly showing up.

todays pedal

and i am now a bigger fan of smartwool!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Piece O Crap- 1

This is sort of a rant post if you will- PC-1 chains just suck at least for me. Was jumping off the rear cog yesterday. I thought with the WI freewheel i would avoid this. nope ..

So went back with the trusty 8spd. Found a new one in the tool box. no more pc1 for me. That was lesson one, second lesson: pearl izumi base layers suck- i dug out my old pi base layer as it was a chilly day and all it did was trap all the sweat and keep it stuck to my skin. The wool on top was warm but with all that moisture and the cold temps made my upper torso pretty miserable. Will be finding a good wool base layer very soon!

now on to better things:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

pint 2 pint III

Second pint 2 pint i have rode in, this time starting at IW
Pretty kick ass turnout around 95-100 folks came out.
I think this made Mike owner of Ironworks happy! He is a good dude who likes our biking community.
Not quite a police escort out of the parking lot but we sure were a spectacle. Everything from ladies riding singlespeeds in bathrobes to guys in wigs and the like.
The train up green mtn trail was full on!
I had a minor chain break which turned into a long process of removing more links and fumbling with replacing them. ugh! Skirting the red rocks on a day like today was awesome. It was pretty hot at this point.
Then a midway gathering took over the lower apex lot, which a mid ride beverage may have been consumed. Those that chose to just hop on the fire road and bomb the other side- missed the point of the pint 2 pint. The route was clearly posted and even mapped by mGe. But i guess for some people arriving "first" was the objective. I was in it for the ride.
Turned to my extra gear for a few sections that was my feet pushing the bike.

all in all a very cool day to be riding bikes. I want to thank my daughter katelyn for taking a whole evening and making up the awards for this event. She put alot of time into them and they went over very well! The ipa at GCB was going down smooth after the finish and a growler to take home which is still full at this point. May have wasted it.

Snow is trickling down today, no t.i.t.s. ride planned tonight but may just have to get out on some local stuff just to pedal.

this weekend is looking like some cold weather riding and the time to start hardening up the soul and getting out. 70-80 degree temps were not going to last forever!