I’m Back – New Products!

After a week and a half, I’m back in California.  The ankle isn’t 100% just yet, and truthfully, I probably set myself back a bit with all of the walking I did while in Minnesota, but my plan is to start riding in a week.  Well, not anything hardcore, just some local rides with my…

Ankle Update

It has now been more than 48 hours since the incident and there’s nothing major to report.  I’ve been icing and elevating the ankle when I can.  It’s still a bit tender and I’m walking in an air split.  I’m not seeing a whole lot of swelling, so that’s good.  I’m optimistic that I’ll be…

Lessons Learned

If you crash and you don’t learn something, you suck!  Just kidding.  Sort of.  I think you can take something away from pretty much everything that happens on the trail. My crash today taught me a couple of things: Always check the condition of the bike — I had loose handlebars.  When my bike arrived…

Water Dog? Not Quite

While at a birthday party for my friend’s one-year old son yesterday, three of us who ride together wondered where we would bike this morning.  With a trip to Minnesota to visit family looming for me (Wednesday), this might be my last ride until my return. “Let’s try Water Dog,” one of them said. I…

Wilder Ranch

I was not prepared for this morning’s ride.  I knew we were going to ride today, but I didn’t expect a trip to Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz to be the destination.  In my many years living in the Bay Area, I had never been there. We left San Jose around 8:30 this…

Extreme Hero Kit

It pays to be prepared, and one of the ways you can be prepared when you ride is to have an emergency repair kit.  This one is the Extreme Hero Kit for mountain biking.  Whether or not it was named after Bill Paxton’s character in Twister remains to be seen. Ideally, I hope to never…

Trail Etiquette (or Lack Thereof)

After the snake incident on yesterday’s ride, there was a very good example of trail etiquette, or lack thereof.  In the last month, this was my fourth ride at Long Ridge on the “figure eight” as we’re now calling it (as the ride ends up being a figure eight, at least the way we do…

Snakes on the Trail

As far as I know, all of the trailhead signs in the Bay Area mention rattlesnakes.  Despite that, I never think about them.  In the back of my mind I’m always thinking about the possibility of spotting a mountain lion.  The picture above was taken by my friend after he had narrowly avoided this particular…

Switchbacks

One of the more interesting if not difficult things to do in mountain biking when you’re just getting back into it is ride through a switchback, either uphill or downhill.  Here’s a good instructional video on handling them. Here’s another video that might explain things better. That’s actually the first video I’ve seen from mtbtips.com. …

No Weekend Ride, but…

My buddy was out of town this weekend so I didn’t get out to ride, but I did manage to run both Saturday and Sunday morning before the temperature got too hot.  And it was very hot in the South Bay over the weekend — maybe 96 on Saturday and 99 on Sunday. Saturday’s run…