Thursday, November 30, 2006
I will be riding the MWSU trails and ya'll welcome! Meet at the front entrance to Exercise Building at say 7 PM.
You'll definitely want to budle up as the low temp will be 12 degrees with winds from NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Ahhh... the holiday season has officially begun!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
With a few of these folks hitting it hard, we should be able to knock out a couple miles of trails out pretty quick. The more the merrier. Bring your favorite tool. Here is a list of what we need -
- Chain Saw (we really need people with these)
- Weed Whacker
- Leaf Blower
- Hoe or Shovel
- Hand Saw
Here is a quote:
>Thought for the Day:>
>Some people are like Slinkies
>Not really good for anything,
>But they still bring a smile to
>your face when you push
>them down a flight of stairs.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Now imagine this bike with a yellow Headshok instead of a Lefty. On my last frame, I allowed the rear shock to run most of its specified travel. I think this might have been part of the problem with the chain stay breakage. The frame has no pivot point, and it is only a matter of time before that "carpet fiber" chain stay gives up the fight. This time I am going to run it tight. I don't care if I get the crap knocked out of me - it's going to be a stiff rear end.
I heard she is still racing in the Jingle Cross race today. Good luck Syd. Dave is out of a frame again, but has one on hand as a warranty replacement after breaking a Gary Fissure at Krug. Hey JSpell, haven't you broken a G.F. or two at Krug? Anyway, in the collission Dave's frame was destroyed. The down tube and top tube ripped nearly in half. I couldn't believe no one was killed.
Stay safe folks.
Planning to ride both Sunday and Saturday, but at odd times. Jazzercise is opening up a new center in STJ and my wife is the boss. Trying to help clean up the place before folks start sweating on the floor.
Post a time if you are going and I will try to catch up - although I won't promise anything.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Today Lansen and I did the Corby loop in just or shy of 20 minutes. My best time at MWSU is 9 min & 49 seconds... love going fast on that course!
Did the entire outside perimeter loop at Krug and I'd say only 10-20% of trail was leaf covered... it was so obvious where Lansen had gone in and blow leaves off trail. Thank you very much. Overall the trail was very sticky and and it's so nice to zoom (my definition of zoom) through the cleared sections, which again was majority. Still no trees or new obstacles to worry about.
Oh, forgot to mention that a horse dropped a very large bomb on the trail... near where the Lamas live... I'm so happy that I put on my mud guards! It was disgusting!! I thought horses aren't allowed back there? I didn't see any traces of hoof prints so it really took me by surprice when I came up on it.
Another cool thing about having the trails cleared of leaves is that you can come across a lot more wild life... can't tell you how many birds I scared off... way cool!
Javier says "I am the man!" Jim says "If you say so..."
Javier and I did 3 laps at Corby this afternoon. Trail conditions were good, weather was in the mid-40s. Ran into Jim on the last lap and finished it out with him. Good times. Only one wreck, and guess who it was... That's right, it was me. Ran out of steam on the rocky uphill, and lucky there was some sharp rocks there to stop my knee from falling any further. Almost shed a tear, damn!
After lap 3 I went home to support the wife's Jazzercise effort. Those ladies are animals!
Also, checked out some of the Corby Extension trail markings before Javier arrived. Looks like it is going to be cool. Shawn is definately the savant when picking out new trails, it all just looks like trees to me. Can't wait to start breaking them in!
Some corners and climbs were covered with frosty leaves, which was especially hazardous. No wrecks though.
Meeting Javier at Corby for a ride at 1:30 - anyone is welcome to join us.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Krug Maintenance Saturday- Planning to visit Krug in the afternoon to blow some of the leaves off existing trails. May not get through the whole loop, but am looking forward to clearing a fair part of it. Will be joined by the dog, who is more than obliged to sniff your butt if you'd like to pay a visit. Not sure what time, but I'm thinking around 2:00 PM. Planning to get some before and after shots of some trail sections to show how nice the trails are after being groomed.
(if you would like to join in on either activity, leave a comment and I will respond with contact information and/or meeting times)
Will post with trail conditions after the ride.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Here is a crappy picture of my new ride. The frame feels a little small, and the seat post is extended way too far. Need to order a really long post I guess.
First Thursday Night ride was a success. There were 4 of us and we had a good time. Took a lap. Chatted in the parking lot for a bit over a beer, then dropped back in for another one. The dog joined us and didn't cause any wrecks as far as I could tell. I got some pooh on my tire, which then somehow made it onto my glove, which then of course wiped some snot off my nose. I wouldn't say the rest of the ride stunk, but I sure did. I want to believe that it was not my dog that crapped on the trail, but not many would accuse her of being very smart. Anyway, it was dark and guilt can't be proven.
Plan for another ride on Tuesday night at 6:30. Hopefully we will get some regulars for both rides.
Shawn is planning some trail work on Saturday AM. He some how wrangled some help from an unlikely source. I'll let him comment on that.... Anyone that can make it out to build some trails should join in the fun. I'm thinking I would like to get to Krug to do some much need trail work this weekend. Let me know if there are any interested parties.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Heard some wierd noises in the dark this morning, but had the dog with me - so I wasn't scared.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I'm open for recommendations on a helmet lamp that doesn't require a cord dangling down to my backpack... for local night rides when not going out too long & so don't like to carry a backpack/hydration pack. More specifically looking for something bright that can simply clamp to helmet... right now my Blackburn system does come with helmet mount but because the strap goes around & inside helmet, the helmet no longer fits as well.
Regardless, Krug is still very rideable, even with leaves on the trai... I think mostly due to fact that all the hard work trimming the foilage for the race this summer didn't get a chance to grow back... so even though majority of trail is leave covered, one can clearly tell where the trails are.
By the way, thanks to whomever placed that bridge over primary creek somwhere in middle of trails... only one more bridge needed and I won't have to get my bike dirty! ;0)
Sunday, November 12, 2006
-meet at Corby Stretching Station
-bring a lite, it will be dark
-bring your favorite drink for a break at the fire pit!
Weather should be clear, but cold - bundle up.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Get ready for some good times - here we go!