Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bar swap and some High Driving

High art

The Xmass bike has one more season in it.
But only with the saddle jacked up and some reach added.

Glen's work.
Indexed 7 speed: Suntour shifts Dura Ace derailleur.

Guidonnet levers.
De fantaisie.

She digs it.

Rare event: new-to-me trail on HD. This is off the lower section. (Go down Corvair trail, roll out through section  into climb by golf course, at T, go left descent to power lines, then go left again at divide -- don't climb, keep descending -- drop down on fire access road and immediate right to old double-track that transitions to single track).

It ends up popping you back up to powerlines. This is a good route if you don't want to end up all the way down by the No Trespassing section that pops you out on the Avista access road. A great route actually.

With a lovely view. But that's per spec on most of the west-facing trails.

This is the new trail that's been built between the middle and top trails. Roughly, it's here. If you've been paying attention, you would've noticed the flag markers along the side of the hill about a year ago. A few weeks ago the trail was roughed in and there's been a lot of work since then. Good work. Man it's solid.

Monster switchback. This nearly meets ADA requirements. Mostly flat and gobs of room to negotiate the turn. This could serve as a perfect training switchback for new riders.

Backside of the same switch back. Excellent work by the Friends of the Bluff crew.

Interestingly, the top of trail is nearly invisible. That rock there at the right/center is  next to the  trail access -- which is not visible from the top trail. This trail is the easiest climb of all of the routes that traverse the middle-to-top trails.


Noah Sutherland said...

So, what's the plan for the xmass bike when she grows out of it?

John Speare said...

Noah -- not sure. It's up to Maddie.

Rachel said...

It's amazing to see how much she's grown in a year and a half!