I went for a ride today, here are some pictures

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kmcdon
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Sorry, I CBA to make these pics look nice, the lighting is just too harsh.

We did a bikepacking trip with one of the guys from Surly last weekend, our shop puts it on every year.


In previous years, they've driven a van of demo bikes up for us to ride around, but this year they only shipped out whichever bikes were requested, so I took an ECR. I still have it, gotta bring it back one of these days. I wonder if they'll ask for it back someday?

The group before departure, before we realized what a deathmarch this was going to be. We did this route: http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/family-bikepacking-salida/ and we were under the impression that if these people did it with kid trailers, it'd be pretty easy.

Well, not so much.

The first mile was pretty good, but it quickly turned into a 90 degree (temperature), very steep ascent.

Ladybiek had been sick all week, and tried to do the ride anyway, but she ended up getting severe heat exhaustion, migranes, and nausea at about the 6 mile point. Begrudgingly, she ended up coasting back down the hill to go get the truck. We were originally under the impression that parts of our route were going to be inaccessible by car, so we ditched the idea of a SAGwagon. Turns out we were wrong, so she ended up providing support for the route, which proved to be an essential lifesaving decision.


Top of the first climb. By this point, another rider had dropped out from the heat, and many of the other riders started ditching their extra water in the truck. See, there was no filterable water on this route, so every rider was instructed to carry 6-10 liters of water for the trip. FUCK THAT NOISE. We had about 8 camelbaks and countless platypus bags of water in the jeep by this point.


18 miles and 3800' of gain later, everybody was happy to be at camp.


The jeep proved to be essential again, because I woke up hungover and dehydrated, unable to ride. Another rider sliced a tire and decided to ride in the truck as well. I'm not proud about taking the easy way out, but it sure was comfortable. Also, everyone was glad to have the several gallons of water and cold beer that she drove up that night. It was also really nice to be able to take the trash in the jeep instead of making people carry it.

trigger warning: blood
One of our riders washed out on some loose sand and ended up ripping enough skin off to get down to the tendon. Score #8 for the jeep, we had an extensive first aid kit (larger than what you'd normally carry on a bike) so we got him all patched up.


After we patched him up, we did some slow driving exploring, to give the riders some peace and quiet.

LB and I are going to attempt this route again in the springtime, when the temps don't go above 90 degrees and there is water to filter.

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:20
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5252)

Nice pix, is that the ECR top right? Looks damn fun anyway.

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:07
cousinmosquito
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Jumped over the road again for some more hills today in my lunch hour. The Hutt Valley is a bit like a skate bowl with MTB trails on the Eastern Hills and seal on the Western hills. If my buddy had changed his tires like he was supposed to we could have taken in some very cool gravel. Instead we did 550 metres elevation on the seal in 57 mins. Its was blowing like a mofo. At least its dry.

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:11
kmcdon
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(Reply to #5254)

Nah, that's an instigator 2.0, which is 26 inch/2.75". Probably a lot of fun, never ridden one. My only ECR pic is in PYBT from last week.

edit: there's a pic of it in pic #3, bottom row, third from the right. It has red ortlieb panniers. (Would normally use a buttrocket, but we were told to carry so much water that I wanted the pan-yays.)

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:54
cousinmosquito
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Oh yeah. I thought there was something different about the proportions.

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 01:15
Viggen
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I went for a ride yesterday so here's a vidya.

Whippin Skidz wrote:
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Thu, 09/14/2017 - 03:39
cousinmosquito
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Lunch-time CX ride. The uphill single track was good but then we had to go back a different way when we realised the paddocks were closed for lambing. Stink. No gravel descent.
https://scontent-syd2-1.cdninstagram.com/t50.2886-16/21869427_174647229776418_7937983467277516800_n.mp4

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:21
shane.rrr
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Did a short ride (25-30 miles) last night.


Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:25
yummygooey

Devils Gulch on Saturday:
fall colors by yummygooey, on Flickr

distracting views and switchbacks by yummygooey, on Flickr

Kachess Ridge on Sunday:
tfw you ride into a cloud by yummygooey, on Flickr

<3 by yummygooey, on Flickr

some rocks by yummygooey, on Flickr

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:28
shane.rrr
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Those are gorgeous pictures!

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:45
cousinmosquito
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ha ha. Images not working for me. Will try the link option. Morning commute, 80 metres from work and I puncture. Timing is everything.
https://instagram.fcbr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/t51.2885-15/e35/22157273_271097760076639_3047978817835499520_n.jpg

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:42
emor
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Damn, Mr. Y. Gooey, you take some damn fine bike ride photos.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:13
yummygooey

Thanks! Though I really just think the PNW is super photogenic.

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:25
emor
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I took a lot of really bad photos in the PNW, and your best are definitely way better than my best

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:52
kmcdon
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First snow commute of the year. Merino wool baselayers and fake gore-tex bombshelter did well.

I don't want to, but I know eventually I'll have to ditch the fenders.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:44
liquify
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The ridge was pretty today.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr
Stopped for some water refills.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr
Roads were pretty solid.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr
Felt like crap, but kept climbing for the fun descent. Also had to appreciate the new signs.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:16
cousinmosquito
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Shite, pretty bike!

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:49
Viggen
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Autumn around here is pretty nice, give it a week and then most of the ground will be frozen solid and we'll have hella grip every where.

Whippin Skidz wrote:
This is tarck, there is a complicated solution to everything and we will endlessly discuss until an agreed upon solution has been tabled. This is out of your hands now.

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:31

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