Friday afternoon Kurt and Scott dropped by and we hit the road for Hartland Mountain Bike Park.
Scott is once again schooling us on a rigid mountain bike…this time single speed just to make it interesting for him!
We managed to pry Kurt away from his books long enough to shred some dirt.
I’m already thinking of modifying Scott’s brakes so they are 25% engaged all the time he is riding.
Of course I now have the excuse that I’m slow because I have to haul around 8lbs of photo gear to document the ride.
For the time being I just jam my DSLR into a basic camera bag which I then jam into my 10yr old Camelback Transalp backpack. I’m always guarding the rear of the pack uphill or downhill so the extra weight/bulk isn’t a big deal.
Having to pull off the backpack and get the camera out every time isn’t ideal, but I’m keeping my eyes open for a dedicated MTB hydration & camera pack. They exist, but are $$$ so I want to make the right choice and my first priority is a fast prime lens when I’ve got some money saved.
It’s good that Kurt came out for a ride so that Scott had someone a bit faster to ride with. Not only do they have more fun, but it takes the pressure off me to catch up as fast as possible so I can enjoy bumping around in the forest at my own pace.
When I run into folks that know me from my blog I often get surprised looks on the trail wondering why I am not the uber biker they thought I was based on my photos and ride reports. So this is me setting the record straight. I’m slow!
You may have already figured out that my mountain bike photography interest continentally allows for me to stop and catch my breathe while I snap some action shots of other folks riding.
Luckily both Scott and Kurt are willing stunt models who don’t mind riding the same section of trail again and again while I futz with the camera.
Although I love my Pugsley it sure was nice to have 6″+ of suspension at both ends to smooth out the trail and make riding significantly less tiring. My Nomad even goes uphill really well so there isn’t much downside to this bike.
We spent a lot of time messing about on Fun Trail at Hartland which deserves its name.
I agreed to put away the camera once we got to the top of Mount Work so we could enjoy the ride down without interruptions.
I may have broken my promise once…
Once back at the bottom we rolled over to Two Trees Trail and a few rocks that are always fun to play on.
Bikes, rocks and body armour make for a fun time…=-)
Everyone took a few laps on Scott’s Jones Spaceframe.
The Jones is a very fun bike that likes to roll over obstacles and loft its front wheel on command.
Scott’s got it geared 25T x 36T which seems awfully tall for us weaker folks, but he makes it fly and he rolls smoothly down even the roughest trails. We’re not sure how he does it, but it’s fun to watch!