Hello Sedona!

28 02 2009
Riding Sedona

Riding Sedona

Our first day in Sedona delivered the yummy tight singletrack goodness that we were looking for…=-)  No major climbs – just rolling desert singletrack smack in the middle of town – awesome!

Rather than try and follow a specific trail we just grabbed a laminated map [as well as a couple double espressos…=-)] at the Bike & Bean then rode like mad without a care in the world until we were so beat we could hardly turn the pedals!

You can see our Sedona photos on Flickr here.

Kurt getting his Techno on...

Kurt getting his Techno on...





Porcupine Rim Vista

27 02 2009
Another fine Moab viewpoint...

Another fine Moab viewpoint...





Getting into the groove…

27 02 2009

 

I could get used to this kind of riding...

I could get used to this kind of riding...

Our time in Moab is coming to an end just as we were getting used to the crazy technical red rock extravaganza this town has to offer.  Spend enough time here and insane moves become normal and your riding skills get honed to a fine edge.

 

We’ll be on the road to Sedona today in search of flowing buff singletrack, but we’ve got a return date with Moab when the upper sections of Porcupine Rim Trail are open and we can rip all 50kms+ of this masterpiece.  It’s been named downhill trail of the year by Bike Magazine and we can see why….awesome!

We’ve added new photos to the Flickr Stream from the trip in Moab.





Seeing Red…

26 02 2009
and loving it...

and loving it...

more ride photos posted on Flickr here.





Swagman XC 2 Bike Rack

26 02 2009
Swagman Rack and 2 SC Nomads on our van.

Swagman Rack and 2 SC Nomads on our van.

When Bob let me borrow his awesome Road Trek travel van we realized we needed a way to haul our bikes and didn’t own a rack that would work.  My first call to a rack speciality shop was a bit of a shock as 2 bike receiver racks were in the $400-$1000CDN range – more than I wanted to spend on a 1 month trip.

I ended up surfing the MEC website and saw that they sold a Swagman 2 bike reciver rack for $143CDN.  Great price, but I was worried it was a piece of junk and hanging nearly $10K of bikes off it would be too risky.

Bikes are securley held by an upper "arm" that adjusts to fit any frame.

Bikes are securely held by an upper "arm" that adjusts to fit any frame.

Given the reasonable price I figured it was worth a shot so I grabbed one and we assembled it.  Our first impression was that it would work, but we were worried the bikes & rack might bounce/rock quite a bit.  We had some ideas how to mitigate that, but decided it was going to work for us.  One issue we had was the van’s spare tire extended quite far from the rear of the vehicle and we needed the rack to extend far enough out for the bikes to clear the tire.  Kurt got a hold of Swagman Racks and they sent us a extended receiver mount designed to hold 4 bikes.  We simply mounted out two bikes at the rear of the mount and got loads of clearance.  The extension was $50 so our total investment was $200 so far.

with the extension in place the bikes clear the tire easily.

with the extension in place the bikes clear the tire easily.

On the road we were pleasantly surprised how stable the rack was.  It didn’t move much at all and after several thousand KMs were are quite happy with our economy rack.

One nice feature with this rack is that it can adjust to fit just about any size of bike and any frame design.  The tires sit in two mounts that can slide side to side depending on the bike’s wheelbase and the upper mount slides vertically to adjust to the height of the bikes top tube.





Dumb Questions…

25 02 2009
Why do you need so many bikes?

Why do you need so many bikes?

Fairly often I get asked why I need so many bikes – both in real life and online.  A lot of the time it’s said in jest, but some of the time people get downright snarky with me as if I paid for my bikes from their kid’s college fund.  I generally ignore these questions and move on with my life as fast as possible, but occasionally I get tweaked and ruminate on the stupidity and irony of the question.  I had one of the later moments yesterday and came up with my “Top 10 Witty Comebacks!”:

  1. Why do you need so much furniture [ie. sofas, chairs, dining room tables etc…]?
  2. Why do you need 2 cars?
  3. Why do you need new cars?
  4. Why do you need 3 TVs?
  5. Why do you need big screen HD TVs?
  6. Why do you need a home theater system and 17 speakers?
  7. Why do you need cable/satellite service for your TVs?
  8. Why do you need golf clubs, skis, snowboards, etc?
  9. Why do you need to go to the mall so often?
  10. Why are you so out of shape?

I will never argue that I don’t have way more bikes than I need or can even ride properly, but when I look around me at the stuff people buy and the things they spend their time on I don’t, for the most part, see objects or activities that make any more sense than owning 7-10 bicycles.

I also don’t go around bugging people about their life choices.  You want to have 3 big screen HD TVs, satelite and digital cable TV service as well as a 17 speaker surround sound home theatre with heated electronically operated lazy-boy recliners upgraded with built in beer fridges???…cool…enjoy…I’m too busy riding bike, working on my bikes, reading about bikes and writing about bikes to care…=-)





Dreaming of green…

25 02 2009
I can't wait to be riding my Tikit through long grass in the sunshine!

I can't wait to be riding my Tikit through long grass in the sunshine!