Bronson Play…

7 06 2013




Santa Cruz Solo…

2 06 2013

125mm travel FS VPP 650B goodness… ;)





Continental Trail King Tires Review and Renew…

27 05 2013
Fresh rubber...

Fresh rubber…

I love my Continental Trail King tires. I’ve used my first pair for over a year and had zero flats, burps or other issues. Just great traction and reliable performance.

So when I started to uncharacteristically spin my tire on steeper looser climbs I checked my rear tire and it was worn badly. Time for new rubber.

The new tires say Rubber Queen on them because that’s what Trail Kings are called in Europe. Different name, but same tire. I bought the UST version again. They are heavy, but I love the traction and how great they are to setup tubeless. I chose the 2.4″ size a second time because I love how the large diameter tire rolls over roots and rocks. Skinny tires aren’t faster if you get hung up in every tech section.

I’ve heard some good things about the Schwalbe Hans Damf tire, but I figure why mess with success?

I really can’t say one bad thing about these tires. I hope Continental makes a 650B version when I get a new mountain bike.

She's hefty...

She’s hefty…

I kept the old front tire as a spare...

I kept the old front tire as a spare…

The rear was toast...

The rear was toast…

The Stans sealant in the tires had dried up...

The Stans sealant in the tires had dried up…

Letting the tires seal...

Letting the tires seal…

I used CO2 to seat the tires...

I used CO2 to seat the tires…

My Nomad waiting for the new rubber...

My Nomad waiting for the new rubber…

No more slipping on climbs...

No more slipping on climbs…

Ready to ride...

Ready to ride…

Time to shred the new tires for another year...

Time to shred the new tires for another year…





Santa Cruz Bronson – Don’t Feed the Trolls!

1 05 2013

If you want to experience some anti-650B Trollism – just head over to the MTBR.com Santa Cruz forum and settle into a Bronson thread with a beer. ;)





Sedona Sunset…

22 04 2013
Enjoying a late ride...

Enjoying a late ride…





Sharon goes Double Black Diamond…

19 04 2013
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Sharon enjoying the shade…

We have been riding harder and longer trails each day of our trip here in Sedona. That was capped off yesterday by a loop around Highline Trail which was our most ambitious ride so far.

Riding on the edge...

Riding on the edge…

Sharon has done lots of slow techy riding in BC, but she has never faced riding on a cliff for an extended period of time, riding fast through tech or riding for 4hrs+. So she had some doubts about this ride and we agreed we would turn around or walk anything that was too gnarly.

Enjoying the views...

Enjoying the views…

As it turned out she did just fine. Everyone told her that BC was the hardest riding she would ever have to do and they were right! She’s rocking and rolling through the tech here in Sedona.

The Desert Squirrel...

The Desert Squirrel…

The only real challenge for her was the length of the ride and the building heat. Our Hartland rides usually clock in at 2-2.5hrs and since it’s a compact trail network you can always call it a day and head back to the car from any point in the ride. On a 25km loop you are often 1-2hrs from the car so your only choice is to continue to crank the pedals.

Hitting her crusing speed...

Hitting her crusing speed…

Highline remains lightly travelled….we ran into 2 other solo riders on it and a couple groups of hikers. That leaves lots of empty space to be alone with your thoughts and the stunning scenery.

Rolling down the slickrock...

Rolling down the slickrock…

We have friends coming in to ride starting Monday so we’ll need to reset the gnar-meter and start back on some easier shorter rides next week. So I’m glad we got Highline done and we’ll tackle a couple more challenging rides over the weekend so we are ready for a break when we show our buddies around the trails.

Cranking up some steep slickrock...

Cranking up some steep slickrock…

After the ride we took Sharon’s bike to Dave at the Sedona Fat Tire Bike Shop for some TLC. 4hrs of intense work later her bike runs better than new. Dave is a master mechanic and these trips to Sedona and worth it just for the access we get to his expertise. If you own an expensive fullsuspension mountain bike you owe it to yourself to get it to Dave and have it tuned to perfection. The only trouble is you’ll have to keep coming back to Sedona because you will now know what your bike is capable of.

Nearly done...

Nearly done…

Sharon’s bike is a whole new machine now and she’s excited to ride it again.

Rest stop by the creek...

Rest stop by the creek…

Sharon was a bit shocked when we rolled up to a rest stop at Oak Creek. She wasn’t expecting to see water in the desert! Oak Creek is an oasis of awesome for a couple hot and dusty mountain bikers.

Lazy enjoying some climbing...

Lazy enjoying some climbing…

Now that we have Highline in the books Sharon knows the rest of the trails we ride will be both shorter and easier so she’s feeling relaxed and ready to tackle more red dirt.

Proof we are both on the same ride... ;)

Proof we are both on the same ride… ;)

If you ever have a hankering for a MTB holiday I can certainly recommend Sedona. Great trails, specatcular scenery, friendly local riders and a sweet town to enjoy pre and post ride. :)

One last roll down...

One last roll down…





Sedona, AZ…

18 04 2013
Concentrating on the stoke...

Concentrating on the stoke…

Sharon has knee surgery booked in just over a month and may well have the other knee done once she recovers from the first. That means for sure very little outdoor fun this summer and possibly none for the rest of the year.

Love the red rocks...

Love the red rocks…

So we decided to hit up Sedona Arizona for a mountain bike trip to keep the pre-surgery spirits high and get some more shred in Sharon’s 2013 scorecard.

Llama Trail...

Llama Trail…

Sedona is a great place to ride with so many trail options. Sharon’s never really mounatin biked anywhere, but Victoria so it’s an eye opener that trails can actually include lots of pedalling between technical sections and some sunshine! ;)

Welcome to Sedona...

Welcome to Sedona…

Going from sea level to 4500′ and being used to 2hr rides in a bike park Sharon needed some accimiltization to the riding in Sedona. We started slow and shorter, but have been building up to 3.5hrs+ loops of some pretty sweet trails.

What rocks?

What rocks?

So far so good. We are pretty much up to full steam and into a good rhythm of daily riding, eating and resting. Putting in a hard ride every day and being ready to repeat for a couple weeks is not easy. Especially when it’s your first extended mountain bike trip. Sharon’s doing great!

Cranking...

Cranking…

The weather has been cool to start with, but will be getting hotter over the next couple days. That’s been nice to allow us to adapt before baking us with temperatures that are well above what we are used to even in summer in coastal BC.

Snow - WTF?

Snow – WTF?

Sharon has a superpower that brings rain to every trip. Even when the forecast before we left was for mid-20 deg C and sunny the whole time. Yesterday she really went all out and we rode through a full on snowstorm for 25mins! ;)

Slickrock fun...

Slickrock fun…

I’m glad Sharon is getting a chance to experience one of the most fun mountain biking areas I have been to. It’s great to share a special place like Sedona with someone and watch their enjoyment grow. :)

Heading down the trail...

Heading down the trail…