Thursday, August 28, 2008
Well I got out on another nice ride last monday. I started my day at five am or so got up had some breakfast put everything together in my Camelback and about six thirty am or so I took off. I rode out the canyon toward Dotsero (did you know the name Dotsero originated as Dot Zero) took a left and headed up the road toward Coffee Pot Rd. Anyone who has ever driven Coffee Pot Rd. know that the views from this road are amazing, you can see a lot of the surrounding area in only a few switchbacks. I was feeling pretty awesome on the way up and the original intention was to ride down No Name Cr. but when I got to that turn I was not ready to start my descent, so I kept goin. I rode past the turn off from last years ride, when I rode this same ride with gears, I swear it was easier this year, maybe it's the 29 inch wheels. Anyway, I rode past Heart Lake and Bison Lake and was thinking of continuing across for a while longer to descend Cline Top Rd. Impeding weather made me think a bit more about my long trek and so I began the traverse of ten or so miles (much more up and down) to Windy Point and blasted down Transfer Trail. Transfer is not the most fun descent in the world, at times there's some fun jumps and stuff but overall not my favorite. Anyway, after forty five minutes to an hour of descending from Windy Point I was back in town, cool it's 2:15 pm and I just rode approx. 78 miles, climbed around 6000 vertical, an 11 mph avg. speed and 7 hrs and 27 min in the saddle. Kick ass, I feel great so I call up my buddy Tal on the ride back toward home and set up to meet him up at the CMC disc golf course and play a round of 18 holes, you know to "walk off the ride". Well it wasn't my best game but i'm surely addicted to this new sport, ( I shot a 14) not bad for my fifth time ever playin'. Well what a great day off of work, got to play on my bike for hours (did I mention also that Coffee Pot Rd. is awesome for practicing wheelies, I rode some pretty long ones, it helps to break up the climb) and also threw some disc golf. That was my day off of work, what did you do with your day off this week?!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Just bringin' a couple of bikes to ride around this weekend (and across country) for SSWC (Single Speed World Championships) in Napa, CA. Max, Devon, and Ya Ya head out on a journey of sorts, Devon's sittin' in the back seat for the first part of the leg as he is in charge of building up Max's wheelset for his cross country adventure. Sure looks like it's gonna be an interesting trip, have fun fella's and take lots o' pics, check www.devonbaletphoto.com for fun stnuff. nirad
Sure will miss that guy they call Slappy, he's a one of a kind. Anyone who can run around with this much energy and zest for just being alive is truly a special person. Many people make all kinds of excuses as to why they cannot ride, Max doesn't he just rides. I cannot tell you the number of times he told me his knees hurt and just probably shouldn't ride "doctors orders" but did that stop him, oh no! he'd still be out leading the monday road rides, playin' polo til wee hours of the morn. or just general ridin' in circles, you know STOMPIN'. Anyway, dude we're gonna miss the numerous phone calls "is max there", no - "well do you know when he's comin in?" no - we just know when he is here shit gets done and there's a special energy in the air, an energy we all should emulate. So stop makin excuses why you cannot do somethin and just get out there and do it. nirad
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Just a couple pics of Tal's 40th birthday ride over to the Butte via Kebler Pass. If you've never made it to Crested Butte make sure you have a beer at the Eldo and hangin on the deck is what it's all about. Britt, Charlie, and Tal enjoying a cold one. Nirad
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
so we just recieved a shipment of e tape in various colors (not shown Pink) so if you are so inclined to let me wrap your stuff it should look kinda like the chainstay on my Mary SS (currently a 3 sp.). I can wrap your chainstay, downtube, entire bike (might be $300 for that one, kinda eats lots of time), or whatever you like let me know at the shop (970) 945-8500 :) NIRAD
Monday, August 11, 2008
Had an incredible weekend at the Leadville 100, cheering on my buddy Mike Gettinger. The weather was perfect and with over 1000 entrants signed up it was sure to be an awsome race, oh and that Lance guy was there too. Mike finished in 10 hrs and 10 min, way to kick ass brotha!
He sure was excited for the rest of the evening as I think Judith (Michael's wife and my support crew partner) and I were more tired than he was if you can believe that. Those support crews do work very hard to get all the food, tools, drinks, dogs, chairs, tents, etc, etc, to the aid stations and I will appreciate them very much if I am accepted to the 2009 Leadville 100. I must ride it next year because sitting there watching from the sidelines is very hard, not being able to ride all day long, ugh! After I got back home to Glenwood I decided I needed to climb into the pain cave for a bit so I rode the Bear Cr. Loop (also known as Forrest Hollow) then rode to the cross up Red Mtn. about 3600 vertical on the single speed 29er and I was feeling way better. It wasn't 10 hours but those three hours sure were nice (and painful) to blow off some pent up energy I gathered over the weekend. Until next time:) Nirad
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Just a few pics of the new Big Dummy frame that just arrived. Christian Addie sure does like it. This kid came in this morn and talked non stop while he was here, lookin' for a bike, his just died. We really need to find this kid a bike he has enough energy to ride all day if he could. He's lookin' for a 24" wheeled roadie, so he can "ride past Carbondale this time". Anyway, enjoy. Nirad