Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Growler's Gulch in Castle Rock has some really great singletrack for singlespeeds. Juan Grande and I met up with some friends from Portland (a couple of '29er guys, and a multispeeder), and had a barn burner of a ride. I'm loving my White Industries Trials freewheel, it's instantaneous power-on makes other hubs feel sloppy, i.e. my XT hub and my DT Swiss 240. The 240 was my previous favorite, but the White Industries Trials thing absolutely rules.
Monday, May 26, 2008
My Access has had numerous make-overs, the latest takes the Fox Float off the front and goes back to the Marzocchi Atom Race. Also, beefy Rhyno-Lite XL's replace the Mavic Tubless set, bigger tires, super snazzy Phil hub and White Industries Trials Freewheel - retaining, of course the perfect 32/18 spacing! The Access rules in a serous way.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
My ACS CLAWS felt like it had a load of gravel in it after about 5 months of abuse in the Western Washington mud. I replaced it with a super slick White Industries Trials freewheel with 64 points of engagement. Yikes, no slop, power on, sounds like a fishing reel. The ACS was rebuilt by the guys at Black Diamond Bikes, I'll keep it for another wheel.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
It took me a while to figure out that all my bike evolution as an adult, with it's ebbs at full sussers, and flows at the singlespeed mantra, where really a journey back to the bliss of being 9 years old on my bmx bike. Transportation, freedom and fun all wrapped into one. I still haven't found that summer day heading to the park, baseball mit on the bars, wet swim trunks sticking to my legs, the warm breeze, and sizing up a curb to jump...but I haven't forgotten it either.
P.S. Here's the next-gen.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I took the Skookum with me to a Capitol Forest Sooper D race to take pictures. I rode the course to find the best photo locations and found some really great mud. Capitol has got to have the craziest mud in western Washington. The day could have been a lot sloppier too. It had been dry all day and all night.
In the pics above...I wiped some mud off the Phil logo. Phil has been put to some serious abuse while attached to the Skookum, mud like there is no tomorrow, tangled wire, jumps and lot's of singletrack.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This morning was cloudy, with some fog, and I was wondering what the mood was like at my bridge. I took along a camera from school, a Canon Rebel xti w/28-135 IS 3.5-5.6. It's a new lens for my high school students and I wanted to test it. It's pretty smooth, focuses at a pretty close range (about a foot and a half) and the IS seemed pretty flawless on first use.
The scene at the bridge was not as good as I was hoping, no fog. Oh well. I'll try again on another day. I did muscle my way up Tubbs hill on the way back, which is always an accomplishment on a 42/18 cross bike, carrying two cameras and 4 lenses in a backpack!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Riding with Jake 001 began by heading straight for the bridge that is tucked into a less-traveled part of South Prairie soon to be more traveled in that it is part of the proposed new bike path route. From the bridge I headed down the Lower-Burnett loop and hopped off the bike, made my way down a slippery tangled slope and found this eerie little hut. I can't begin to think of what it was for or why it's there. After finding a cool little stream and building some singletrack in my head, I found myself running late and had to hustle home.
Monday, January 14, 2008
This is my first presentation of Riding with Jake. I am going to start cataloging my adventures on my single speed cross bike. It seems to be the go to bike for exploring because it handles on and off road very well. And it is just fun to ride!
Yesterday presented itself with an extra hour and a half, so I took Jake down off the rack and did some local exploring. I've been wanting to photograph this bridge for a while. It turned out to be too late in the day for best results but I'll come back next time about an hour after sunrise. I have it scoped out now! I found another interesting hillside that would be a great place to build some single track...we'll see if I find the time to do that!