Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stuck Cleats; A Quick Fix

When it comes to all things maintenance I tend to learn things the hard way.  Clean your suspension fork after every ride, dust off the drivetrain, lubricate those bolts.  I know it all like the neighborhood mechanic, but how often to I actually heed the advice?  Almost never.  The subject of this blog entry will be my lovely SIDI trail shoes and the cleat that has been stuck in there for over a year.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Reluctant Wrench: Schrodinger's Cat 4

He picked his line, hovering over his seat, pedaling through a patch of rough roots. He felt like he was floating over them; the result of a timely burst of cadence and the perfect tire pressure. His wrists were still hurting, but were short of screaming at him with the help of a good coffee buzz and a dose of Vitamin I. He leaned into some tight turns before hunkering down into the longest climb of the trail.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cosmoline and Calluses

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and a shifter with a thousand parts explodes with a single screw.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grand Junction Ride

One of the most exciting things about riding is riding in a new place. Whether it is that trail that you always pass by on your rides or a trip miles down the highway. The excitement seems to build the further away from home you go, but as a mountain biker any trail can be called home.

Great Views and trails in Grand Junction!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In the Kingdom for NEMBAfest 2014

For the past few years now, NEMBAfest has been held at the Kingdom Trails in Northeast Vermont. Don't know about the Kingdom? This trail network was voted best mountain bike trail network in North America by Bike Magazine in their annual readers poll. This multi-use non-motorized trail system is operated year round and has trail options for riders of all abilities. Sounds fun right? Now add camping, a weekend trail pass to the 100+ mile trail network, live music, a bike expo, access to a bike park, near perfect weather and what do you have? A recipe for awesome.

Me watching the sun set. Photo courtesy of Javier Perez

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What Pedal is Best? Shimano, Crank Brothers, or Time?

Good day  riders and enthusiasts!  How is your summer in the Northern hemisphere?  I hope you're enjoying the Tour as it is certainly one of the more entertaining ones of the last several years.  It's been dryer than Steven Wright here in central Virginia and that is making for some pretty good trail riding albeit with a mouthful of dirt.  Thank dog for my Ryders glasses or else my eyes would be breaded by now!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Wheel Lacing Photo Essay

Needed to build a new front wheel and re-inspired by The Serial Driller aka Dr Jon. Set out to keep it simple as I haven't done it in a while the whole wheel building thing. So the first goal was to simply lace it up on the is first one without expert supervision.

Essential Parts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Revisiting Trail Etiquette

You are out on your favorite trail. The one that has all of the features you and your buddies have spent hours mastering. The trail you rely on to get your daily single track fix. You’re pedaling harder than you have ever pedaled before and riding almost perfectly. This very well could be the best ride you have ever had. Then while climbing that most technical and cardio intensive part of the whole trail, some Strav-A-Hole comes blasting down the trail completely unannounced. He yells at you to get out of his way as he barrels down the trail, killing all of your momentum and forcing you to walk the rest of the way up that climb. At the top you see a family hiking along and talking amongst themselves about how mountain bikers are so rude and are ruining these trails.

A little kindness on the trails can go a long way. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Poetic Green

Rolling green blindly
Leaves slap legs not smile
Beer waits cold below

Abercrombie, WA (photo by CraigH)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Away From the Negative

It’s a strange thing, the drive that keeps us out on the trails. A sickening financial commitment, sacrifice of time, and constant punishment to our bodies. Things like driving across the country just to sleep in our cars and ride “sick” trails seem logical, the sound of a significant other asking if you are really watching a mountain bike video at dinner again or even the “You spent how much on a bicycle” conversation with a friend. Somehow this madness has become the norm, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.