Sunday, April 10, 2011

#30daysofbiking Update

I am staying dedicated to my decision to complete the 30 days of biking challenge! Naturally, this week has been quite the eventful week!

Day 5 was yet another commuting day. I got in almost 7 commuting miles going to work, school, the store, and a few places in-between!

Day 6 was quite interesting. I'd had a lot of bike maintenance to do that I'd been putting off: changing a couple of tubes, replacing a rear wheel, cleaning a cassette... and suddenly Wednesday afternoon was free, I definitely didn't want to do any school work, so I decided to work on my bikes!

Flats fixed on the Taka, and it's ready to ride!
I finished up all of my maintenance work, and I still needed to get my ride in for that day. I decided to do a short backyard jump/drop sesh on the Taka to keep some of my air skills alive. It'd been a long time since I'd ridden the DH rig, and I'd almost forgotten how hardcore it feels to don the full-face helmet and bust out some hangtime!

Day 7: yet another commuting day on the Zeppelin. The ride uphill on the way into town is so brutal... but coming home is a blast!

Day 8: I'd seriously been jonesin' for some singletrack! Pedaling to school is all well and good, but I'm a mountain biker... I like to ride singletrack! Initially, the weather didn't look like it was going to cooperate, but the skies cleared up giving me a window of opportunity to hit the trails!

The forest service has been working on a number of major reroutes in the Bull Mountain trail system, and they  must have just recently opened this massive reroute of the Jake Mountain and Moss Creek trails. The trail still needs to be ridden in as it is still pretty soft and rough, but again it looks like this new constructions is designed much more sustainably with massive amounts of bench-cut trail and grade reversals aplenty! The trail also is much longer, as instead of heading straight up a steep hill, thereby causing erosion problems, it winds its way around and up to the top.

Brand New Singletrack!

Since the old Jake Mountain trail review is clearly outdated, a new review will be forthcoming... hopefully sometime before the end of the month. It probably won't be for a couple weeks, though, because big things are on the horizon....

Stay tuned for an update about these "big things" tomorrow, and look for a recap of Day #9 in a day or two as well!


Bill Drumbore,  April 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

Really, really nice. I've been doing bike work as well. Did a re-spoke on my 29e rear wheel and some general tweeking on all bikes. Those trails look sweet. We just had 5 days of rain here with more on the way most of this week so I'm dieing for some dry weather so I can hit the trails. I'm trying to do 100 miles a week any way I can but the weather just won't cut me any slack

Greg Heil April 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM  

I hope you guys get some dry trails soon. And dang.... 100 miles a week.... that's a lot! Way to be hardcore!

eastwood April 10, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

Would love to see some "after" pictures of those trails once they've gotten some good use.

Greg Heil April 11, 2011 at 6:14 PM  

I'll try to post some up (and a new review) sometime in the not-too-distant future

villa ibiza April 14, 2011 at 5:16 AM  

Great sir....i am keep reading your 30daysofbiking and once again loves your biking experinece...All the pics are very fabulously clicked and i liked them very much...

Greg Heil April 15, 2011 at 1:25 AM  

Thanks dude, I'm glad you're enjoying the posts!

last minute flights October 29, 2011 at 8:14 AM  

This is really impressive post.. I get some informative stuff in your blog Greg which in future helps me to gather more knowledge and information about biking. Follow your blogs for sure...!!!!!

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