|Liza's righteous truck just got a lumber rack. which will become a light camper. More on that later.|
I think of all the riding I did in 2012, I enjoyed mountain biking the most. Specifically, I enjoyed spending more time than ever at Riverside State Park. I like the option of riding for hours on mostly flat single track out there. I still am sort of lost most of the time out there, but I am much better now at knowing generally where I'm at in relation to the 7 Mile Airstrip and the Bowl and Pitcher.
But the mountain bike ride that keeps knocking around in my memory is a half day ride that Glen and I took on the Kettle Crest Trail in July. I posted a couple pictures in passing, but I didn't write about it. We rode just a tiny segment from Boulder to Taylor Ridge and popped out on South Boulder. But the bit we rode was everything I want as I think about mountain biking next year: it's long and it's difficult; there's tons of climbing; there's shade and open spots with great views; there's technical bits and flowy bits; there's multiple opportunities for camping; there's no one up there.
|Kettle Crest Trail -- From our quick June recon ride.|
How perfect is that?
I've talked to the hangers about doing a mountain bike road trip, but maybe the answer is a couple long days on the KCT instead. I'm not sure.
But the more I ride my mountain bike, the more I love it. I'm in the dying breed of those who still love 26" hard tails. It climbs like crazy and is super nimble and maneuverable. I like 29ers and I like 650b; and if I had a cool $3k laying around I'd be all over a full-sus Pat bike. But for cross-country, all day single-track fun, I can't get over how much I dig my mountain bike.
All that said, of course there are things I want to change. Just a couple minor bits to dial in. For Christmas, Glen gave me the bitchin' SLX hydro brake upgrade. These are great brakes. That was the "must have" item on my list.
The other list items are nice-to-have, but I think I'll be selling stuff (anyone want to buy a fancy BMX race bike?) to make these niceties a reality.
- Minor'est changes are to put my Thudbuster on there and put a plastic/non-Brooks back on.
- Wheels: these will fail at the hub at some point I think. The discs are attached in a non-compliant/ham-fisted way. The hubs are not-centerlock, but they have an adapter to make the 6-bolt rotors work with whatever they are. Basically: they're just weird and I don't like them.
- Frame: I want a shorter rear triangle and a longer top tube. I think having a tiny stem (while still be stretched out) is the answer to single track fun. I might want a bit more slackness in the front end. And I want white.