Saturday, June 28, 2008
.....And this is how I make bread!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Okay, so maybe I'm not going to sell my mountain bike. However, with all these trail riding days being ruined by rain I was wondering if MTB Goatheads should become RB Goatheads (road bike). While I do like A.B.'s suggestions of going elevated I am guessing city officials wouldn't go for it. Another suggestion I have is moving. During our fall trip to Moab we spotted Moab High School. Lumpy, J-mac, and I could teach there. J.C. every good school has an I.T. department. Johnny Law, well your name gives your job away. A.B., the Goatheads will keep you on retainer as our official bike mechanic. You can also turn the mono cog into a fixie and try to record the fastest time on Porcupine Rim for a fixed gear bike (Time pedals will help with that). Proletariat, well being the small business owner that you are I'll let you figure out your own job.
Whose coming with us?
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
You know what's next........ Time to connect the dots, son.
Next week we're going Stop to Stop. Who's in?
If wings and donuts don't appeal to you, maybe you can just ride home and bake a fresh batch of bacon and chocolate chip cookies with a maple glaze. Go here to read how.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Although I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I never rode a mtn. bike until I live in Nebraska. So on a recent visit to the homeland I checked out a local trail. There is no trail map available so I just explored for about 2 hours. Imagine taking Jewell and putting it on the side of a mountain, that is the best way I can think to describe it. If you look closely in some of the picture I think you can see an Ewok. I also have a couple of pictures that show Big Foot isn't happy we built a trail on his homeland (call PETA).
Saturday, June 21, 2008
On another note, The professor is in Portland but he graciously left me his Soho S to mess around with while he's gone. Yesterday I flipped the hub around and made it a fixed gear. After tooling around my neighborhood for a while I decided to go run a few errands around town with it. I returned home in one piece (barely) and with a new respect for fixie riders. The Soho has front and rear brakes, but I tried not to use them so I could get the true fixed gear experience. I came pretty close to getting bucked off the bike about 3 or 4 times. Simple tasks like grabbing your water bottle while rolling down the street suddenly became a near death experiences. Also, trying to slow yourself down while going down a long steep hill really takes a toll on you legs after a while. By the time I got back to my neighborhood, I was starting to get the hang of it and I can see where it would be fun once you got really good, but for now I'll stick to a free wheel. I'll also continue to use my digital camera, my ipod, my laptop, my microwave and my electric razor. Innovation is good.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Certain circumstances have come together this week to make a little bit of riding possible. I took advantage of this last night. I headed over to Tranquility at 8:45. Upon arriving, I began the process of assembling my bike (it rides in the trunk). I had to deal with a patch that came off from a pinch flat at Landahl, and reinflate. Hit the trail at about 9:05. The sun quickly disappeared, so it was time to find out just what this night riding is all about. I had the bar mounted light seen in the pictures below and a small head mounted light. The bar light has 3 LED's and runs on 2 AA's. It lit up my front tire and a very small patch on either side of it. The headlight has 1 LED and runs on 1 AA. It created a circle of light about 2 feet in diameter, depending on how far ahead I was looking. With this combination, I very easily achieved what I like to think of as "light speed." This is the speed at which I was riding beyond the capabilities of the lights I was using. I managed to avoid catastrophy for the first 15 minutes or so, but then, going through the nursery, I caught my right brake lever on a small tree. As I attempted to regain control, I hit this little guy dead on.
The rest of the ride was fairly uneventful. I had to bail on the last climb because the rear tire was getting really squirmy. The tube just would not hold air and I had to stop and reinflate it a couple times.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Plan B: Camp at and ride Indian Cave Friday night and then camp at and ride Landahl in Kansas City on Saturday night. None of us had ever been to Landahl so we really didn't know what to expect or what we would find for camping.
Plan B turned out to be an exceptional choice. Unfortunately, only 5 Goatheads made the trip, but we had a blast.
We found one three mile loop at Indian Cave that was ridable.
The rest of the trails are in desperate need of attention.
Friday night was perfect camping weather. After a night ride, we slept under a canopy of approximately 18 trillion stars (I actually lost count around 12 trillion).
When we got to Landahl we found several incredibly helpful and friendly people. The dude at the shooting range gave us ice cold water at told us where to camp. A rider on the trails pointed us in the right direction several times, and a Jackson County Ranger gave us every piece of information on Jackson County parks and recreation that he had in his brain and his Jeep Cherokee. Here's a highlight from our 20 minute conversation:
Me: Can we buy a camping permit from you?
Him: Yes, let me grab those out of my Jeep.
Me: How much is it?
Me: $8 a person?
(silence as we all fumble around for $40)
Him: Let's make this simple, how many tents will you be using?
Him: ...... All of you are sleeping in one tent? (He looks us over counting to 5 in his head)
Me: Yep, just one tent.
Him: Okay,....... (long pause) that'll be $8.
I paid him and he was on his way, but I was hoping to see him again so that I could explain that it's a really big tent.....
.... Any ways, we rode almost all of the single track at Landahl and loved it. We will definitely go back. Trails in the big O are great, but you can't beat rocks. Landahl has tons of technical rocky sections.
The only bad part of the weekend was that J-Mac's frame broke on the chainstay. It's the same spot where Professor's frame broke last year.