Avery is officially my favorite trail at Crested Butte Mountain Resort! Stay tuned for a full-length blog post about my experience shredding CBMR!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
To combat this, people have long been using various sorts of padding to protect their chainstays. You can buy a protector for anywhere from $5 to $30, or by using this simple process you can protect two mountain bikes for the cost of one flat innertube and 4 zip ties (that is, for free):
1. Find a flat inner tube.
If you're a mountain biker, this won't be difficult! Definitely don't use a good tube... there's just no reason to.
2. Cut out the stem.
3. Wrap the drive side chainstay.
You will notice that I wrapped from front-to-back. On the next bike (I did 2 back-to-back) I tried wrapping it back-to-front and it provided a much cleaner looking wrap. This one still works great, though.
5. Trim the excess tube.
6. Zip-tie both ends of the tube to prevent it from unraveling.
7. Go mountain biking!
From now on your singletrack experiences will be much quieter and your frame will be protected from damage!
I have had people recommend that I use a thick tape as a chainstay protector, and I have one of my bikes set up this way. While it does seem to protect the chainstay reasonably well, I'm not really sure how well it will perform over the long-term, and it doesn't do much to eliminate the noise pollution factor.
What do you think? What is the best solution for chain slap?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Be sure to check out the massive wall ride!
Friday, August 19, 2011
From Fort Collins:
Find County Road 21/South Overland Trail that runs along the west side of the city. Turn off of this onto County Road 42C/Dixon Canyon Road. Go 0.6 miles, turn right, go 0.2 miles, and the trailhead should be on your left.
Head north 9 miles on US Highway 287 North/North Garfield Avenue. Turn left onto West Drake Road and go 3 miles. Turn right on County Road 21/South Overland Trail and go 0.3 miles. Take the first right onto County Road 42C/Dixon Canyon Road. Go 0.6 miles, turn right, go 0.2 miles, and the trailhead should be on your left.
All About the Trail
Click on over to Singletracks.com to read my Foothills Trail Ride Report!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
But the reward of being in Colorado was so worth all of the effort it took to get out there!
For our first two days, we stayed with a couple of our friends who live on the Front Range. Shortly after we arrived, Rob took us out to show off his favorite fly fishing hole.
|Hiking down to the fishing hole|
|Rob teaching Andrew how to cast a fly rod|
|Rob looking for the perfect fly.|
I initially planned to take a crack at the fly rod, but after I began to lose feeling in the lower half of my body from the frigid snow melt, I decided that I was good with just a few pictures.
There were some cool rock formations and hills around though... one of them just needed to be hiked!
|Standing on top of a rock formation|
|View up the valley/canyon to Estes Park. You can barely make out some snow-covered peaks in the background.|
|One of these spiky bushes stabbed me in the foot and drew blood. Not cool!|
|The view was so worth it, though!|
|Rob and Andrew getting out of the river. Trying to walk in that rushing current was no easy task!|
Well, it had been a very long couple of days and it was definitely time to head back down the mountain and get some supper!
We were heading out to the car, tired but happy. Rob was leading the group with Stacy following behind, Summer a little ways behind her, I was following directly behind Summer, and Andrew and Sydnah were further back. As we were walking along the trail seen in the second picture, Summer passed a rock and the next series of events happened in an instant:
I heard a startled hiss and a rattle and Summer screamed and danced back from the rock. I spotted the rattler lying on the left side of the trail reeling back to strike, his white mouth stretched wide open with his fangs ready to sink into her flesh, tongue flickering. I quickly jumped back as well, and yelled for Summer to get further back.
Wow, the second rattlesnake encounter in about 2 weeks, over 1,500 miles apart!
|Click on image for larger view.|
As he slithered off, Rob asked, "Do you want to kill him and cut off his rattle?"
I immediately responded with a venomous "HELL NO!" I didn't want to get anywhere near that snake again! Like I mentioned in my last post on snakes, I find the thought that something so small can be so dangerous extremely disconcerting. I was just glad that no one had been bitten, and I was more than happy to leave the snake well enough alone!
Coming Up: Day 2: Hiking in Eldorado Canyon
Friday, August 12, 2011
Chasing Christian Robertson, the manager of Evolution Bike Park, down the Luge Trail.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
|While some tires can be salvaged, this|
one is totally shot! Photo Credit
See, this is what people with money sprouting out of their ears do: they buy new mountain bike tires, go out and ride them for a couple hundred miles until they start to look a little bit worn, and then they take them off and buy new ones. These slightly worn tires with plenty of life usually end up cluttering up said persons garage, or hanging on a peg in the storage room of your local bike shop.
Usually, these tires will sit there for so long that the person will want to just get them out of their garage or out of their bike shop and will sell them to you for dirt cheap, or they might actually just give them to you to clean things out.
Lots of times, these tires have tons of life left in them and are just looking for someone to love them!
Go to your LBS and adopt some poor, abandoned tires today!
Monday, August 8, 2011
Guest Post by AJ Heil
"June 17-19 bike trip to Copper Harbor. We did not want to take two vehicles. In order to be more efficient and to save on precious gas money we decided to cram everything into one car for the trip. To say the least, it was a bit crowded. But hey, we made it work very well!"
Friday, August 5, 2011
Guest Post by AJ Heil.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
This guest post is by Stephen Carhart.
This month I have come across some bad etiquette from other riders. Knowing some of these riders, I know that it probably wasn't on purpose, and I bet they didn't realize how this effects other people's ride.
This past weekend for example, a group of my buddies were on a long Mt bike ride. There were about 70 people at the start of this ride. The course was over varying terrain - single-track, fire road, steep uphills, steep downhills and nearly everything else in between. One of our buddies is stronger in leg strength, but is still developing in off-road technical bike handling. So, we would ride awhile, then 1 of us would pause and wait on the other 3 to catch up and re-group.
This helps to make sure that if there is a problem someone is there to help you out. We wanted to make sure no one got a flat, everyone is following the same route and that no one crashed and needs assistance or actual medical help. But, it is also a chance to catch our breath, talk about fun sections, and any crashes and/or near misses that just happened.
The problem was once we got onto the last 5 miles and less technical section of this course, our buddy proceeded to drop the riders that had just waited on him for the previous 25 miles. Although nothing was said, it was bad etiquette to not wait on us, when we had waited on him and stayed together as a group.
Another time I was riding with a friend on a trail that I had never ridden before. After a few miles, I realized that my front rotor was rubbing - I said 'hold up for a sec'. I stopped for a second to readjust the front wheel and proceeded, I guess she didn't hear me, but I figured I would catch up. I went a short distance and came to an intersection. I had no idea which way my friend had gone - so I just stayed there. A couple minutes later my friend showed back up.
When Mt biking, here are some tips to keep everyone together and safe.
1) Always stop at intersections or at least make sure at each intersection that everyone makes the correct turn.
2) If you come to an intersection and don't know which way to go - just stay there, that is better than getting lost, and people having to search for you.
3) On long uphills and or downhills, occasionally check that the person behind you is ok. Sometimes I just look over my shoulder, sometimes I will stop and regroup to ensure everyone is good.
4) If you encounter other riders stopped on the trail, check to ensure that they don't need assistance because at some point it will be you that would like someone to check on you.
5) When passing riders going in the opposite direction, it is courteous and safer to mention how many other people are in your group, that way they will know there are more riders up ahead, thus potentially avoiding a head-on collision.
6) I have a bike Bell. Several reasons - it warns bears and horses that a human is near, alerts other mt bikers while going around blind turns, alerts other mt bikers that I want to pass, and lets other riders know that I'm Freaking Enjoying the Ride!
Stephen Carhart is an avid cyclist who rides on both the road and the trail. He writes about how to become a fitter, stronger cyclist on his blog StrongerCyclist.com
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I'm currently testing an Ibex Asta Pro out for Singletracks.com. Click on over to read my unboxing/first impressions post.
Monday, August 1, 2011
The following guest post is by Wendy Davis.
I am always curious about what other athletes use to make their lives and bike rides easier. I have my top 10 to share with you. There are links, where to buy, and prices listed if you are interested in acquiring some of them. In random order......
|Kuat NV 2 Bike Rack|
|My weekend essentials.|
|1.5 Gallon Sure Spray|
|Aaahhhh the Halo|
|Jif travel size|
|2XU Compression stuff|
|ENO gets a thumb's up|