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Ultra Stumpy and Me - Return to Bergen Peak

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Part 1: Theme Music

My SparkFriend, KA_JUN, often has theme music for his blogs. Here is my theme music for this blog.


Although this song was written and first performed by Bob Dylan, I like the 1967 version by the Byrds.

Part 2: That is Going to Leave a Mark

On July 25th, 2012, I had a really bad mountain bike accident on Bergen Peak. I was seriously injured. Here is a link to my blog regarding my face plant.


This was me shortly after I was glued back together.

The cause of the accident was faulty bike brakes. My Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Expert ("Ultra Stumpy") came with Formula brakes. The front brake fluid got contaminated with water and locked-up during a fast descent down the Bergen Peak Trail in Evergreen, Colorado.

The bike shop replaced these troublesome Formula brakes with Shimano XT brakes. I did a lot of riding of Ultra Stumpy to make sure the Shimano XT brakes were working well.

Part 3: Return to Bergen Peak

"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;" Shakespeare - King Henry V

Ok, quoting The Bard is a little dramatic for a mountain bike ride. But as a pedaled toward Bergen Peak, and almost certain doom, I was a wee bit nervous. In a life filled with hospital stays due to accidents, 100's stitches and many broken bones, I had never felt as much pain as my July 25th bike accident on Bergen Peak.

My helmet saved my life!

I bought a new mountain bike helmet.

I got a Giro Phase helmet. This photo compares my new helmet with the Specialized helmet I destroyed during my accident.

I have been wearing my road bike helmet on my mountain bike, which is fine. However, mountain bike helmets offer more protection from frontal blows. Since I ripped my scalp open during the accident, I had to wait for my noggin to heal before I could be fitted for a new helmet.

Just as a reminder, here is Bergen Peak trail.

Bergen Peak is steep with lots of switchbacks.

Pictures don't do this trail justice. This is rough.

Not all of Bergen Peak Trail is horrible.

Fun boulder to fly over and catch some air!

Piece of cake!

Ultra Stumpy was made for this!

Part 3: Cut to the Chase

I successfully navigated 10 miles of Bergen Peak without a scratch! The new Shimano XT brakes performed flawlessly! Some parts of Bergen Peak have a 30% to 40% grade, which is very steep. You have to use your front brake. I was able to crawl down bad sections with my new brakes.

Here is how I did:

Ascent: 1,834 feet
Elevation: 9,260 feet
Time: 59.5 minutes
Average Speed: 10.2 mph
Maximum Speed: 28.3 mph

Part 4: Little Cam

Currently my Specialized Camber Comp is at Green Mountain Cyclery getting a transplant of the great components he deserves. The pros at Green Mountain Cyclery are installing a new XT Crank, XT Shifters, XT Derailuers, HG93 Chain, and new Jagwire shifting cable housings.

Green Mountain Cyclery has 80% of the floor space dedicated to the repair shop. For all this installation and tuning, the estimate is $85! The bike doc says this lightweight XT stuff will knock over 3 pounds off Little Cam.

Pretty cool.

Thanks for reading my blog.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I remember reading about your wreck this summer. I'm so happy you are healing nicely and back on the trails! I can't imagine riding trails like that!!! You are incredible. And, especially after that wreck! WAY TO GO!!!!
    2320 days ago
    Hey Bruce - great music for this blog - you really took some blows , those contusions look nasty. Not a big pain killer fan either. Good thing for that Helmet. I can feel your legs burn from incline on that peak , but what a awesome ride. I can picture you flying in air ear to ear grin. Great Blog -LIL Racer
    2327 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/8/2012 11:58:03 AM
    Nothing like getting back up on the horse! Or maybe in your case, we should be saying "return to the scene of the crime!"

    Either way, glad to hear you're up to tackling that ride again.
    2331 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/4/2012 5:16:16 AM
    quite a story. i gave up riding my bike when my balance went wonky, i have MS, balance is unreliable. pictures are fantastic.
    2332 days ago
  • NWFL59
    I too like the Byrd's rendition. So glad you were ready to tackle that challenging trail and come through without any injury! WooHoo! Thanks for showing the helmet photos and the progress report on the update to your little cam. Seeing the rigors of that trail again makes me glad I live at sea level near the sea shore where we have to import rocks if we want them. Got lots of sand and bugs though. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2332 days ago
    Great job on getting back out there and facing your fears! Nothing I would ride a bike on and looks really scary to me but it's about what is important to you. Glad you were able to do it and got through it safely!
    2333 days ago
    Man, you have stamina to get back there so quickly.
    Those tracks look super-scary!
    2333 days ago
    I just have to say OUCH!!! again.
    Good for you for getting back on the bike after that one...and conquering the peak!
    2333 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Holy concussion Batman!!!!!!! I am sitting here, not knowing what to type!!!!!!!!!!

    Like, holy crap, that guy has ba--s!!! fer sure..
    makes my pool laps look like baby first steps on a blanket!!!! I am deeply humbled... really..
    As far as the Byrds song, IMHO, it is one of thepre/post poetic anti-war song of the Vietnam era. I actually DO think of Bill Shakespeare when I read the lyrics..

    If you need some bubble wrap for a trek, I can load a truck up today!! LOL!
    May your tires be balanced, your body in shape, your mind racing and your terrain a challenge!!
    2333 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/3/2012 3:31:33 PM
    It's great that you hit that trail (not literally with your head this time) and conquered it! Or at least conquered it as much as one can conquer a trail like that. Well done!
    Double-hooray for the extra cushioning for your noggin in the new helmet, too.
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    2333 days ago
    one of my lifetime favorite songs.
    do you ride up the trail first?
    very brave. glad it went better.
    2333 days ago
    Hurray! And I'm fine with quoting the bard when facing death defying moments. You really did your homework to ensure the ride went successfully.
    2333 days ago
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