After a bunch of riding down in Sedona AZ I was excited and also a bit apprehensive to return to the brooding winter trails on the South Shore of Vancouver Island’s rainforest.
Sedona’s cheerful sunniness and endless traction had spoilt us.
I didn’t realize how much I missed our rocky, rooty, loamy trails until I went away and came back.
They are challenging, but they are also beautiful.
Best of all we have so many miles of trails and so few local riders it’s like a private playground.
Scott brought his Jones Spaceframe for its first dirt ride. It’s a super sweet bike and we are all keen to see how it performs on our trails.
Sharon stuck to her trusty Santa Cruz Nomad all mountain rig with skinny 2.35″ tires, but 6″+ of suspension travel at both ends to smooth out the bumps and keep the wheels glued to the trail.
The fact we can all ride well and have fun on such different machines is testament to the great mountain bikes that are available to riders these days. They are different for sure, but the bottom line is they can all get you around your local trails with a smile on your face.
The important thing is to get out there and ride your bike. The rest is just details!
I was really happy with how the Pugsley performed with knobby Surly Nate 3.7″ tires and moving my riding position a couple inches to the rear. The result is a fun playful bike that can climb slick terrain and isn’t afraid of the steeps.
It’s quite a contrast after riding a SC Nomad day after day in Sedona!
There were some juicy sections of trail to remind us we were riding in costal BC.
After the ride we goofed around in the Hartland MTB skills park.
Scott impressed us with his stunt riding on the Jones.
I tried to operate the new DSLR reasonably well, but all the controls and options are pretty daunting I must say!