Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A year ago, I told our Town Council in the meeting that people would travel from Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Frederick, Carlisle etc. to ride a pump track if we built one here. There is not another public pump track in this region.

Last night, it finally happened. Had a large group with peeps from all of the above mentioned cities. Thanks to the organizer (it wasn't me) for getting the word out. I think there were so many people last night, that the hot local stars were a little bummed at having to compete for a clear line.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009


Found myself in a new place this weekend. Haven't seen the Granny since 2001, and hadn't seen Big Bear at all.

Big Dog, a little unsure of the protocol at a 24-Hour event. Comfort and familiarity found on their right.

Thank You I.F.

I cracked my fork a few months, or maybe even longer ago. Rode it long enough for the first small crack to rust a bit. Then a second small crack on the opposite side of the crown appeared a month or two ago with noticeable creaking.

Started researching forks, rakes, A-C lengths, prices, availability etc. from Niner, Vicious, Igleheart, IRD, Salsa, Wily, Willits, Walt and more. Decided to call IF and ask about their prices, lengths, and delivery time. While talking to Kevin the sales guy, he asked if it was an IF fork that cracked, and said that it could be a warranty replacement. I told him I probably voided any warranty by having Chuck B. weld on some lawyer tabs to the dropouts (not having any safety there often made me nervous). Kevin said if it didn't crack near those welds, send it in and he and Lloyd would check it out.

Cut to the end of story, a shiny new fork arrives a few days ago in my original color. Thank you Kevin, Lloyd and Independent Fabrications. The new one has small lawyer tabs, I like that. And thank you Kegley for loaning me that sweet Vassago replacement for the past month.

Now, if I can just get this frame to crack, maybe I can get a disc tab and a hanger put on the rear.......

Thursday, June 11, 2009

File Photo

This interview with Mr. Outlaw popped up on one of my Google Alerts this morning. Pretty interesting background on one of our local icons...

Monday, June 08, 2009

NC legends

I got to ride on different days with two Asheville stars this week. The pump track maestro visited early in the week, and we took him on a tour near Caledonia, ironically, on mostly blazed trails.
Yesterday, one of the original SS crew, Si, showed up at the MBM ride. He tasted some of the handiwork in the south end.

Some time was spent moving rocks. This may incur the wrath of 'tard. We call it a "cooler" line, it certainly isn't an easier line. Maybe the kind of line the original architect would've created if he had more bodies and time to do it. Only two tried riding it, and only one cleaned it (not me). This trail continues to have my number. I learned it's definitely not a trail to stop and session stuff on. I have to keep rolling if I expect to have any flow and mo at all. And with no flow, I'm not going to clean even the most benign looking section