Sunday, April 27, 2008
The Professor made an executive decision at the last minute to change the ride from Platte to Wabash. Sorry if you showed up at Platte with brass knuckles. I swear you'll get another chance to throw fists at a Goathead soon.
We were afraid Platte was going to be too muddy. We figured if the single track at the Wabash was too muddy we could at least ride on the trail. It turned out that the single track was in almost perfect condition.......Every time I ride there, I always say 'why don't I ride here more?' Turned out to be a great ride. I lost A-Train on the way back, but as far as I know he completed the ride without blowing a tube, so that's worth celebrating right there.
J-Law, sorry we didn't hook up this time, hopefully next time it'll work out. Don't take your frustration to work with you. That's can only end one way......a grand jury. Get out and ride so you don't go NYC cop on the next meth dealer you take down.
Friday, April 25, 2008
It's been a while since Goathead nation assembled en masse.
Cross your fingers and hope that the rain holds off. If it does, the plan is to descend on Platte this Sunday around 2:30. No excuses! If you've ever called yourself a Goathead, be there! If you've always wanted to be a Goathead, be there! If you've ever wanted to punch a Goathead in the face, be there!.....
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Here's to keep on keeping on. He was going for a 360, but it wasn't to be had this day.
I'm feelin the THOR energy here - I'm feelin it, I'm feelin it... I know some of the courses have great stuff, but imho every trail should have at least one ladder. ;)
And here's some video of Porcupine Rim that does not have any Goat Heads in it, but reminds me of good times.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Here's a little something we like to call the Proletariat Slide.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
I stopped to snap this shot of one of the longer climbs, put the phone away, clipped in, hissssssssss... Not again!! I ended up walking up over that hill to where my wife could pick me up.
I kid you not, about 60% of my rides have ended this way since I changed my original tubes. You guys all know what I'm talking about, the Professor had to pick me up on the last long ride we tried to do. J.A. rode back to my car to get a spare tube for me at Manawa. When JC, Lumpy and I went on that ride and met our wives for a picnic, it happened then too. I'm getting really tired of this.
Why do the valves keep pulling out of the tubes? Apparently the tire slips on the rim, pulling the tube with it, putting tension on the base of the valve. Somebody please help me figure out how to stop this. (it was the front tire this time, by the way, so only braking forces acting on the tire)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Hopefully that lifted your spirits a little, despite the crappy weather. If not, Wilford Brimley surely will.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
With the changes to Tranquility and Swanson, will Manawa be the new downhiller entry trail?
(stirring the pot)
Update: When a blog censors itself, it makes it really awkward for the other blogs that link to it. I feel exposed. I think my slip is showing. :(
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The Angry Butcher took me along to sharpen his cleavers on Saturday, looking forward to a bountiful new season. While we just road the front-side to avoid getting our pretty tires dirty, the new signs that marked sections as "difficult" puffed up our egos enough that it didn't really matter we missed out on the whole trail. The only thing better would be black diamond signs that say "May Cause Injury or Death!" If the parking lot had one of these signs, we would ride around our cars all day and leave feeling like we conquered the world.
A shout out to Mike D. and the mustache posse - thanks for making my day! You and Mod put the Goatheads to shame.