Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hill Repeats

I don't live in a very hilly part of town, but that doesn't mean I can't find over 1000 feet of hill climbing in the neighborhood. Short, sweet and to the point.

I think I had some blades like this on my table saw at one point.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

30 Days of Biking

Been doing it since it's pretty close to no effort on my part. Well there is effort, but little change to my routine since I bike most days anyway. Tweeting as prescribed though keeping it pretty low key. This guy, on the other hand, has been doing it up big time with videos most days. He posts as The MinusCar Project, but in this case should maybe post as The PlusHumor Project since it's had me laughing every single time I watch it.

And, yes, I have questions; Is that a tubeless rig?

Friday, April 6, 2012

It's Good

It's good to get out of your comfort zone every once in a while. I'm a midwestern boy and know how to ride midwestern single track. Sure there are some rocks but they are nice round ones and I know how they move under my tires. I've ridden in Alaska, but that's much like the midwest just on a grander scale. Steeper, a little grittier than the swoopy MORC designed trails that I have come to know and love, but close in kind.
I've also ridden in Arizona before where the rocks are sharp, the climbs are steep and everything would just as soon kill you. But it's always been day trips on a rental. This time I'm 5 days into long hard rides on my own bike. I'm starting to learn how these sharp rock channels filled with loose rock shards, and deep gravel beds carry the bike. I'm riding stuff I wouldn't want to walk and loving the hell out of it.

I have to give a lot of credit to my Pivot, a bike that is proving it can carry me through amazingly rocky, nasty trails just about the same when I very carefully pick my lines as when I just blindly bomb my way through. When the bike is engineered to take almost any terrain I point it at, confidence goes up. I'm riding faster, harder and cleaner than ever. Thanks goes out to John and Harlan at Bicycle Garage in Fountain Hills, AZ for putting me on this bike!