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Bike Trail Building - Part 2: Quick Update

Tuesday, August 14, 2012      12 comments

Part 1: Cannot Leave Well Enough Alone I had planned to build a rough bike trail on my property. Over time, as the bike rolled over the trail, the trail would become more distinct. I then got carried away. Here is the progress as o... Read more

Building a Bike Trail On My Property

Monday, August 13, 2012      18 comments

Part 1: Easily Distracted Yesterday, I decided I should muck-out the garage. We recently had our house appraised for refinancing. (BTW, the house appraisal went well. We are lowering our payment by $200 and reducing the payoff time by 5 y... Read more

The Tale of Two Bikes: Good Brakes and Bad Wheels

Friday, August 10, 2012      15 comments

Part 1: Ultra Stumpy Has Great New Brakes On Wednesday I took Ultra Stumpy to Flying J Ranch to put the new Shimano XT brakes to the test. The brakes had bedded-in nicely and seemed to be working great. Flying J is not too tough. Read more

Fast Bike, Quick Bike and Smooth Bike

Monday, August 06, 2012      15 comments

Part 1: Brake Issue on Ultra Stumpy Solved! I picked up Ultra Stumpy from the bike shop today. The horrendously dangerous Formula "The One"brakes that came on Ultra Stumpy are long gone. A much more predictable set of brakes, Shimano XTs,... Read more

Not Just Another Bike Crash

Saturday, July 28, 2012      37 comments

Part 1: Not a Novice I am lucky enough to own one of the best mountain bikes made. On memorial day weekend, I bought a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR ("Full Suspension Response") Carbon Expert 29er. I have spent two full months building my s... Read more

Nine Miles of Hell - They Don't Call This Place The Rocky Mountains for Nothin'

Thursday, July 12, 2012      19 comments

Part One: "Why do you fall off your bike so much?" On Tuesday afternoon my friend Jason and I decided to bike on dirt. We decided to take on Apex trail near Golden, Colorado. Jason was armed with his 26" Yeti 575, which is very capable ... Read more

I Got A New Road Bike

Wednesday, July 04, 2012      29 comments

Part 1: A Short History of My Bikes - Learning to Ride I learned to ride a bike when I was 6 years-old. I may have been able to balance a bike before then. But back in the day, bikes were big. I had to grow to a sufficient height to rea... Read more

Stress Echocardiogram - Really doc, my ticker is OK

Sunday, June 17, 2012      25 comments

Part 1: Serious Chest Congestion Since March of this year I have had an elephant sitting on my chest. I have been coughing and wheezing a lot. I tired quickly and had no zip. My doctor prescribed antibiotics, steroid inhalers, Musinex ... Read more

Ultra Stumpy and Me at Buffalo Creek - How Bad Can it Be?

Monday, April 23, 2012      17 comments

Part 1: No Trail Building I got to the Miller Gulch trailhead just in time to see a group of mountain bikers take off like shot out of cannons. Most were wearing camelbacks, but that was it. These folks had camped at the trailhead and too... Read more

Joining a Mountain Bike Club and Building Trails

Friday, April 20, 2012      7 comments

Part 1: Joining the International Mountain Bike Association As my interest in Mountain Biking has grown, I decided it was time to join a club full of people as crazy as me. First I joined the International Mountain Bike Association, then ... Read more

Cannot Sell Little Stumpy

Tuesday, April 17, 2012      9 comments

Part 1: Little Stumpy The guy at work that wants buy my Stumpjumper Comp hardtail didn't blink twice when I quoted a price of $1,200. He likes Little Stumpy. He test rode Little Stumpy and commented that that Little Stumpy seemed as fast... Read more

Pushing Ultra Stumpy

Saturday, April 14, 2012      14 comments

Part 1: Pushing Ultra Stumpy - Rocky and Steep On Thursday and Friday, Jason, my co-worker and me hit South Table Mountain in Golden, Colorado during our lunch break. South Table Mountain is an extinct basaltic volcano and is a favorite a... Read more

First Ride On My New Bike

Monday, April 09, 2012      16 comments

Part 1: No Guilt - Maybe Just a Little I had decided to use my burning desire for the ultimate mountain bike as incentive to get to my goal weight. My last blog shows that I have no resistance to the siren song of a cool new bike. I had b... Read more

My New Bike

Sunday, April 08, 2012      7 comments

Part 1: Rule #12 - The correct number of bikes to own is n+1. For those of you that detested algebra, the statement "n+1" translates into "one more". Here is a link to The Rules. www.velominati.com/the-r
ules/ ... Read more

Races and Super Stumpy

Tuesday, April 03, 2012      9 comments

Part 1: Upcoming Races On May 5th I kick off the season with the Long Scraggy 4.25 mile trail race. On May 12th I will run the Lake George Flatlander 5K. That is as far as my race planning goes. My oldest son is happy that he gets to def... Read more


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