I think this is the earliest I've experienced trail burnout.
Usually by late summer I'm starting to get tired of the same old local trails and start really jonesing for something different.
This year, as soon as the race was done and I got all the course markings cleared I was already starting to feel it.
Some of this is due to the fact that the dry winter got us onto the trails a lot earlier this year (in fact there was only a month or two maybe that we couldn't ride them).
Some of it is due the fact that we haven't added any new trail in a few years.
I've tried mixing things up by taking different routes to the trail and riding the trails in different directions and combining loops differently.
Any other suggestions to help get me over this funk?
14 S-Works Epic WC
14 Yeti ARC
14 S-Works Crux Disc
15 Echo Big Deal
Weapon of Choice
I know, come join me on a Cowboy trails ride this July 9th am ride!
Buy a new bike
buy new tires
new MTB clothes
tell everyone in Ely to wear goggles for a week to guard their eyes while you go on a road trip!
"Im just going to explore a little bit..."
Dont make me be the bad guy...
Do I need a pass to ride this trail?
What race? Here in town? Where do I find out about races in town?
I think a ROADTRIP is in order
I should be out riding....
ride the trails on the oldest bike you have, and then use your main bike
Keep The Rubber Side Down
Some Cowboy trails stoke would get me out of the rut for sure..... but that sounds hot.... and that's a Monday. That's not gonna fly. Thanks for the offer though.
Originally Posted by Iceman69
Check back with me in September or October.
You know, I knew someone would suggest that. While I do build new trail occasionally and I've currently got a couple projects in the works, it is tough to do in the hour or hour and half that I have to ride in the mornings before work. It takes that long to get to where I'm building.
Originally Posted by codyh12345
I'm always a little discouraged after spending three or four hours working on a trail only to find I've accomplished very little and what I have accomplished doesn't seem to work/flow very well. I need some trail layout training.
There are a couple of features I've been working on, on another trail that I need to get back to and finish. Again, not really enough time in the mornings, but that's a good suggestion for a weekend.
That always ups the excitement level..... on the downhill. It just hurts more on the uphill.
Originally Posted by irishpitbull
Last edited by KRob; 06-28-2012 at 12:43 PM.
Get a GPS or download Strava on your Iphone or Android phone. Then you can create segments or race against existing segments. Makes me go faster and push harder on the same trail to see if I can get a "KOM" (King of the Mountain) or "PR". Keeps riding the same trail over and over a bit more exciting.
Craig Manning | Cyclist in Reno, NV | Strava
I like how you think, Shawn.
Originally Posted by Redmon
Still haven't signed up for Strava but that might be a good way to add interest to the same old (but really fun) trails.
I posted on the AM board about how to best spend my Birthday/Father's Day money and saving for a new frame was one of the options but surprisingly was only endorsed by one respondent. I did order some new brakes and a couple things for my son's bike.
Beagle and Rob are trying to talk me into a road bike. That would add three new "trails" to my inventory (The three highways heading out of town). What they lack in technical features they make up for in distance. LOL.
Last edited by KRob; 06-27-2012 at 09:47 AM.
Fears Tears and Beers Enduro in Ely.
Originally Posted by kdonks
Fun race. You should come up next year.
Originally Posted by beagledadi
Absolutely! I'm thinking Mammoth/Tahoe/Downieville. Who's in?
Originally Posted by Redmon
Winner winner. That's a great idea, Kelly! I took the scouts mountain bike riding a month or two ago and after using all my bikes to equip the boys properly, the only one left for me to ride was my wife's old GT Palomar fully rigid boat anchor.
Originally Posted by Mr. D
What a hoot. I'd forgotten how directly connected to the trail a rigid bike can be... The stuck down seat post and the howl of the canti brakes trying desparately to stop me was priceless. I can't remember laughing so much on a bike ride.
You've got me pumped to dust off the old Hammerhead and take it for a spin tomorrow morning.
Last edited by KRob; 06-27-2012 at 09:51 AM.
Ok. I'm going to STRAVA right now and sign up.
Originally Posted by craigstr
KRob--------> Now signed up on STRAVA
Hey! I'm already stoked. I uploaded some old tracks from various rides and found that I was ranked third on the Portal descent in Moab from a ride back in 2008. Can't even remember if I was trying to go fast.
Thanks for the help guys. I had a great ride this morning on my 2001 Hammerhead 100x with my Garmin in tow.
I uploaded the ride to Strava here and even created a new segment that more accurately shows the Fears Tears and Beers Stage 1 timed section.
KOM so far!! (Only one other person has uploaded this segment exactly as shown)
For those who've raced the FTB I'll be going over all the segments and establishing them more accurately and naming them FTB stage 1, Stage 3, etc. over the next few weeks.
The only one that already showed up on Strava as a descent was stage 11 (Whorehouse Hill). Everything else listed was just the climbs.
The old Hammerhead was fun to ride. I still really love this bike. The only things that felt really awkward were the narrow bars (I've converted to the wider-is-better camp), the not so great brakes, and the loooong stem. With wider bars, a bit shorter stem, and a dropper post I think I could still post faster times with the HH than the 5 Spot.
Edit: The other revelation from this morning was that the WTB Rocket V is still the most comfortable saddle I've owned.
File photo circa 2004:
Last edited by KRob; 06-27-2012 at 04:32 PM.
Looks like good stuff digidelia. I haven't been to Boise but I was thinking it's time to get back to Sun Valley/Stanley Lake area.
Originally Posted by digidelia
I rode up there once on a family reunion probably 10-12 years ago and didn't even scratch the surface. Literally thousands of miles of amazing singletrack That area is only 5-6 hours from Ely (same as Moab... a bit closer than Tahoe).
Good suggestion. Thanks.
Last edited by KRob; 07-01-2012 at 01:23 AM.
sun valley is a great place too, i cut my teeth on the trails up there as a kid.
go shuttle bald mountain!
Kent nice hammerhead, I wish my ol backup bikes looked like that.
I rode my daughters $300 diamondback at Bristlecone last weekend and just rode my new 2011 Turner
5 spot today on the same trail. I was loving life...
Keep The Rubber Side Down
Wanna borrow the road bike??
IDEA!! swapping the Turner for the Orbea for a few days. I rode to McGill a few weeks ago, It was nice to ride out, then the *&%$#%** ing wind started and it was a tough ride home to make it to work on time.
My brother once took off towards McGill on his road bike, flying along with a good tail wind and ended up at Lages in like 2 hours (like 60 miles)! When he turned around he realized his mistake. I think he ended up calling my folks to come pick him up.
Originally Posted by Marcdds
Now that it's rained all the old trails are new again. Might be fun to try a road bike though. Do I have to take my visor off, wear spandex, and shave my legs?