Met up with Ben, Brian, Jeremy, Carl, Jon, and Thomas for a ride at Norris. What a great ride. I usually ride by myself, because of scheduling (either that or no one wants to ride with me). But riding with a group is always better. We did a few out of the norm trails and had a great time. I was a little surprised at my riding amongst some hammers. I out biked everyone there by a few pounds and head angle degrees and of course sans clips. I don’t complain, that’s how I prefer it. Can’t wait until the next one. Oh yeah, Carl said Brian Tankersly said ‘hello’. Too bad that guy doesn’t ride anymore.
Archive for September, 2010
Broken waterpump gear while reassembling to fix kick starter shaft. Bad deals come in groups. My xc bike was out with 3 broken spokes, my dh bikes is out with dented lowers, and now my woods moto is out with a broken gear. Luckily I had the 530 xcw. That thing is a tractor in the woods. 60 miles round trip from house which included singletrack, lots of doubletrack, waterbars, and some gravel.
This was the make up to the race canceled earlier in the summer due to a rain storm. What a great time.
Meghann and I did a loop around Haw Ridge in near perfect conditions. It was super dry, dusty, and loose. While it was still warm the humidity was low, so it was about perfect. I have been running my Fast Trak tires from Specialized. They offer fast rolling with extremely predictable handling. They don’t have a ton of traction, but they break loose very predictably and slide with in a controlled manner. My favorite descent of the evening was down Rainbow. Its full of turns. When it works I lock of the rear and get it break free. Using my hips and feet I push the back of the bike to over steer. Then I use the front brake to control the entry and exit of the turn. When I did it right I could hear the roost raining through the outside of the turn. Awesome.