O.G.ATB

That's short for "Old Guy's All-Terrain-Bicycle"...or Old n Grumpy ATB, or Original Gangsta ATB. Being almost 50 now and riding bikes for most of those years I've seen mountain bikes go from my first mountain bike - a 1984 Schwinn High Sierra with bull-moose bars, to what i thought was the peak of engineering with... Continue Reading →

Trip to Colorado

I don't travel often anymore but each fall i feel a draw to see the changing colors of the aspens and visit the place i lived for the entirety of my adult life until about 6  years ago. The family of friends there has proved hard to beat and i've never felt more welcome and... Continue Reading →

Foresthill Dirt roads

We got a bunch of nice dirt roads around here, and they're all pretty nice for riding the cross bike. Especially with some 40mm tires. Other than a quick dip in a bigass puddle, we had a great ride yesterday covering 52 miles and 5600ft elevation, with maybe 1/4 of those miles on pavement.  A... Continue Reading →

Global Fatbike Day, Reno style

I joined the Nevada Fatbike group's ride today to celebrate GLOBAL fatbike day outside Reno on some trails around Dry Pond and Whites Creek. About 15 or so showed up on a balmy 55-degree mostly sunny day, most of us overdressed...at least I was. I think snow when I fatbike so dress appropriately. But today... Continue Reading →

Tour de Trash with Sean

Sean led me on a big sweet loop from his house in Foresthill down to Auburn and back up home. He calls it the Tour de Trash because the middle portion of the ride, which follows the train tracks and parallel frontage roads, passes by some "interesting" houses and lots of scattered trash from hobo... Continue Reading →

Chillbilly #3

Isaac's 3rd fall classic called the Chillbilly was yesterday, starting and ending at his house outside of the small Sierra Foothills town of Georgetown.  The 40-mile loop is a mix of hardly used curvaceous paved and dirt roads rolling through huge trees and benching in and out of cold drainages.  Twenty or thirty riders showed... Continue Reading →

Just some ride shots

Some photos of riding in Truckee and Auburn with my 'real' camera (not the iphone).  The extended fall for Auburn is nice, leaves just starting to change! Tahoe got some snow last week but...it's gone except for the highest elevations. Trails are so damn nice right now up there.

Bontrager Chupacabra 29+ tires

More to come with further riding and testing but I just received a pair of the newest 29+ tire and they look like the best option out there, in my honest opinion.  I reviewed a few other Bontrager tires earlier this year. The Chupacabra's are in the same vein as their other TLR (tubeless ready)... Continue Reading →

A short visit to Ned

Last Saturday my significant other out of the blue suggested we pack up and drive to our old town in Colorado...sure, why not? It was a short but sweet trip to where we moved from 2 years ago, Nederland, Colorado.  Fall had fallen for the most part, but the things we missed were all still... Continue Reading →

Rose to Toads

Mt. Rose to Mr. Toads is a classic Tahoe route. It follows the Tahoe Rim trail from the Tahoe Meadows trailhead above Incline village and ends up dropping down Mr. Toads Wild Ride (Saxon Creek) into South Lake Tahoe 62-ish miles of mostly singletrack later and climbing over 8,000ft.  Oh, and there's over 10,000ft of... Continue Reading →

Tahoe Rim Trail tour

Last week Tim came out from Colorado for a bikepacking tour on the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT).  We wanted to do this ride last summer but we both had some creaks in the knees and spent a lot of time rebuilding our fitness.  But we weren't trying to set any land speed records on this... Continue Reading →

Lakes Basin Overnighter

The last time I had ridden the Downieville Downhill course was in 1993 with Nate.  There was no Downieville Classic at that time, I think Ferrentino had mentioned how sweet it was in a Bike Mag article so we made the trip.  At the time I was on a Klein Pinnacle with a Manitou 1... Continue Reading →

I found Stickman in Truckee

Stickman was the name that a friend in Colorado gave to those-that-try-to-obscure-trail-entrances-&-exits-with-slash. It's funny to see that these methods are pretty much universal in mountain biking for keeping secret trails hidden.  Ironically, my eyes tend to see the trail through these attempts because I used to do it myself. I really don't know if the... Continue Reading →

2 Rides – Truckee & Auburn

Some pics of two recent rides.  Not much to report from the shop but should have some fabrication shots soon. The greenery of the area around my house is at its max with poison oak making up a big portion of it especially on the Foresthill Divide loop and the drop out of Deadwood on... Continue Reading →

Carmel riding

I've been spending a lot of time in the Carmel area since my step-mom passed away a few weeks ago due to breast cancer.  My dad is crushed, they had been together over 30 years. Framebuilding is not my full time job so that is why I'm mostly absent from that part of my world... Continue Reading →

Loon Lake Fatbike

Isaac suggested we see how the fatbiking was around Loon Lake, in the Eldorado National Forest, about a 2.5 hour drive from my house.  With the severe lack of snow this winter and weeks if warm weather I wasn't expecting much of the white stuff up there, lake level is around 6,400ft elevation, but maybe... Continue Reading →

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