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    Four Guys, a Chicken, Ice, Mud, and a River.

    Today was a perfect day for a group SS ride. The skies were clear blue, the sun warm upon our backs, and the air crisp. We met up at Sunnyside Sports in Bend, OR then took a leisurely warm up cruise on pavement to Phil's Trailhead a couple of miles uphill.

    The boys: Shaun (cross4), Dan (ss4life), Jeff (PinsNeedles), and in the separate pic, myself.
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    The bikes: Jeff's 1x1, Dan's 1FG, and Shawn's KM.
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    Bend is home to over a dozen traffic roundabouts, all of which have artwork as a centerpiece. One of the more controversial pieces of art is a huge, orange, flaming phoenix. As a parody, someone constructed a roundabout out on the bike trail with a flaming chicken.
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    Having a sheet of ice over the lava rock kind of smooths out the trail nicely.
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    The sun.....

    Mmmm nice. Looks like you had a great day. Hoping the weather is nice this Saturday...Group ride with Beer & wings planned. Those H-bars look sweet on the Monkey. Keeps the ride shots comin!!

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    Pins horsing around
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    Sean sizing up a drop...to nearly flat ground 10 feet below. Maybe next time!
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    Nice looking river, hey? Dan don't do it!
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    He did it.
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    As my first decent singletrack experience on a 29er, today's ride has sold me on the concept of big wheels. I was quite impressed with how well it handled rough ground, and was more impressed with how much easier log-overs have become. After clearing several smaller logs, I got a bit bold and thought I'd try to get over this 29" log.
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    Here's the approach...

    Alley ooop...

    AAAAAAND end up with my face in the dirt. I guess I'm not quite ready for prime time.
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    Hey thanks for reading, everybody.
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    I had a great time today. Thanks for bringing the camera along to document it. Next thurs. lets do it again but maybe we can get some more SS'ers to come.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Nice shots

    Thanks for sharing. I like the no-handed shot and the aproach(sp?) to the log shots. How is the rig on really tech. stuff? So much back and forth opinions i have come across regarding 29er's and rocky tech singletrack. The NW sure does seem inviting.
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    Marvelous. Thanks very much for sharing some sun with the rest of us. You'll get that log soon enough, I don't think I would have even attempted it myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Hey thanks for reading, everybody.

    Nice pics. Gotta love the weather over there. In the valley, the fog is keeping things a little cooler, but we're getting plenty of sun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Here's the approach...

    Alley ooop...

    AAAAAAND end up with my face in the dirt. I guess I'm not quite ready for prime time.
    you need more cowbell for that log! nice pics. they look kind of grainy and wierd compared to some other pics i see on mtbr, but i get the idea. does anyone else get that?
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Nice post

    I enjoyed the pictures a bunch. Thanks,
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    My cycling photos. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cross4
    I had a great time today. Thanks for bringing the camera along to document it. Next thurs. lets do it again but maybe we can get some more SS'ers to come.
    I also had a great time. For the record, what is the correct spelling of your name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    you need more cowbell for that log! nice pics. they look kind of grainy and wierd compared to some other pics i see on mtbr, but i get the idea. does anyone else get that?
    I'm not sure why the pics came out so poorly. It's the same camera I've used for other posts that had nice, clear images. Maybe I landed on it or something.

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    Nice pics, I think I need a set of H bars for the Monkey.
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    Great stuff!

    I think it never got much over 40 degrees here in Eugene despite the sun. Those sweet photos of yours make me wish I'd been riding with you guys in Bend yesterday instead of working here in Eugene... (understatement.)

    After work I went to the bike shop and rode a Rig. Dang, now why'd I go and do that? I don't need another bike, but I want one anyway. Does it ever end?

    Keep posting those tempting Central Oregon pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Hey thanks for reading, everybody.
    Great pics! Definitely some nice looking trails. And babies, on that last log... you really need to explore the space around it. Really explore the space.

    Thanks for the treat.

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    Nice post Nat. Still haven't found anyone foolish enough to go off that 10 footer? Big time flat landing guarantees punishment/injury.

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    How is the rig on really tech. stuff? So much back and forth opinions i have come across regarding 29er's and rocky tech singletrack.
    I was quite happy with the handling. We rode on one trail that has really jagged lava rock. I normally avoid it because my wheels would get hung up on them, wrecking my momentum. Yesterday though, the 29" wheels just skipped merrily across it. I was also curious about how it would corner. There's a short, steep descent with a few hairpin switchbacks coming off a cliff, and I was able to negotiate them every bit as well as I could on my 26" wheeled bike. The bigger wheels seem to take more effort to wheelie though. Getting over trail obstacles (such as those logs) was far easier once I got the front end up on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebo
    Nice post Nat. Still haven't found anyone foolish enough to go off that 10 footer? Big time flat landing guarantees punishment/injury.
    I tried to talk the other guys into trying that drop, but they'd have nothing of it, not even for fame and fortune. Maybe I need to target a younger, less wise group?

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    Good idea. I remember looking off it last year and knowing it was too hairy. Very nice 29er by the way. Sweet stuff.

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    Great Shots...

    Still have th remnants of the 2 feet of snow we got a couple of weeks ago and despite warmer temps, we received another 3 inches this morning. Gotta live vicariously though others for a bit longer.
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    Nice Pics,


    I am trying to picture sogging wet freezing cold chamois. Not pretty. I hope he was near the parking lot when he took the dip.

    In three years, I may have to move to accomodate my job. Pretty much anyplace in the country with a major medical center is on the table. You guys make Oregon very tempting.

    Thanks for the post,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I also had a great time. For the record, what is the correct spelling of your name?
    For the record it's Shawn. If you ride this weekend drop me a lline.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm What a day !!!

    Thanks for the pics Nat.

    That was my first exclusive SS group ride and we had such a good flow...
    The weather was amazing and the trails were a great mix of traction and icy slickness.
    Yes, there is something wrong with Dan, the river was snow an hour before...

    To finish the day off, Shawn picked his new 29er frame up from the painter and started building, Dan got new wheels and rubber for his roadie, and I got my 29" wheels and tires for my Vulture ! Nothing for Nat, I hope his week old Rig is still keeping him happy

    Let's see what the weather brings next week, I think we will be out there...
    Happy Trails,
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    BTW Sparty, I am going to try and get our new gang (BOSS) to camp with Barb's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PinsNeedles
    Nothing for Nat
    Actually...

    I got my new, prescription, cycling-specific orthotics and bike fitting at Foot Fitness. It was quite an impressive affair. I'd go ride in them right now, but yesterday has left me a little tired.

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    Great bunch of photos....

    Hey Nat, thanks for posting up. Looks like a great ride.

    As I was preparing for the night ride the other day, I was listening to NPR. They had a segment that reminded me of your avitar....

    There's something about a cowbell.

    I thought you ought to know.

    Thanks again.

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    Just seeing

    someone out riding the trails makes me get all excited about riding off-road again. We had big snow 2 weeks ago and it just will not go away.

    Maybe soon for me too . . . . . . .
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    I was worried by the title of this thread

    that I accidently stumbled on to some sick gay porn but was pleasently surprised by a most excellent ride report.

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    We ride on snow too...

    But for the last three weeks we have been having nice weather that melted the snow...
    So we have been taking advantage, it has made us all bike crazy again !!!
    The weather here in the central Oregon high desert is pretty wacky and unpredictable...
    Happy trails in your future...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Nazi
    that I accidently stumbled on to some sick gay porn...
    So you clicked on it anyway!!!

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    Nice to see the 29"er movement is growing in Bend, and I can't think of a better place for singlespeed 29" bikes. Across the mountains here in Portland, I haven't run into many fellow 29" riders yet, though hope springs eternal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I also had a great time. For the record, what is the correct spelling of your name?
    I loved the pictures, great bikes, but I have to ask, and excuse my ignorance, who is the picture of that guy under your screen name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SingleSpeedPA
    I loved the pictures, great bikes, but I have to ask, and excuse my ignorance, who is the picture of that guy under your screen name?
    I found a link. Click on "here" in the first paragraph:

    http://www.drmomentum.com/aces/archives/000907.html

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