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    East meets west. [o]

    This last winter was rough for any kind of bike activity around here.
    Bean, showing his A-game face.


    Commuting to work was about all the riding I got in. We didn't really get too much more snow than normal, but things stayed cold enough that nothing melted.


    I'm not a ski guy; snowshoes are about it for me. Combine with a hyperactive and house-bound new family member and it makes for a good outlet.


    We were busy doing a bunch of other stuff much of the time anyhow. It's done now, but what a pain. Other than putting in a gas line for the stove, we did our own work.


    It was nice to have a functional oven afterwards. Hell. Yes.


    Also managed to construct some upper shelving storage for my tiny one-car garage. Narrow and not very deep, it at least has a nice high ceiling to work with. **** is hung all over the place, the least used crap up the highest. Threw together a 16"x8' long work table area along one wall. Nice to be able to not have bike part crap spread along the floor when wrenching.

    Anyhow, onto some riding shots. The only one I managed to grab from February. Excellent timing.


    Then, March hit and we had some powerful warm and sunny days pummel our snowbanks into submission.


    Hadn't noticed this one before. The end roller on a fun and fast roller coaster-y bit at Blue Mtn.




    Led a couple guys around my local spot. Nothing truly hairy, but you may miss a few spots if not looking, and you can for sure get turned around.

    I love the look on his face.





    Trumbull is always fun.



    Crappy shot of a nice drop. Dallas nails it. Take off is the flat between the two trees right behind him.


    Had to convince the guy on the Fox-40 equipped Highline that he'd be okay rolling this bit. Really. Had to resort to the "i do it on my hardtial line" even.


    C'mon. Just a little?


    Opportunity knocked.


    I answered.


    Me, showing improper technique on the proper trailside opening method.


    I didn't really care much for riding on kitty litter when living out west, but now kinda' miss it sometimes.


    UPS/LPS/Porc standard. Attempting to go higher resulted in peanut butter covered tires.


    Stop and snort the flowers.


    ****ing gapers.


    Aaaaaaaah.


    A very brief email, sent mostly to poke fun at my inability to just hop in the car and be there quickly got things going. Good timing all around. Cheap and easy airfare for me and a bike. Who the hell really buys this crap?


    The willingness of a friend to play the part of Picup Andropov helped, as was the lending of some camping gear.
    *poof* You're there.


    Wherever there may be. You know, because there aren't enough pics of this floating around the intertoobz.


    Crappy pic, but fun event. Homeskillet #1 in the helmet comes meadowskipping down the trail and proceeds to stuff his front wheel into a rock. which I sadly did not capture.


    Result? Spectacular OTB event. He said he meant to "tranny off that rock there" which leads me to believe he's got some terminology mixed up. Buddy #2 shows up sans helmet, followed quite a ways back by buddy #3 and the helmet cam which caught none of the action. I'm no helmet nazi, but this would not be my choice to ride without a helmet. Whatever.

    Clearly, their Flow Shui meter needed to be recalibrated.


    Wiiiiiild dogies!




    Two ways to skin a cat.


    Reality.














    Holy crap! I now am heading into five days free to ride, and a fair amount of local riders free to ride as well. May actually get some shots of *other people* in the next few days.
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    Absolutely killer photos!

    And I very much appreciate your taste in brew.

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    Great photos and contrast. Really highlights the difference between that part of the west and the northeast. The scenery out there is huge and in your face while New England has amazing riding, but it's all hidden in the trees and you have to tease out the really good stuff and learn to appreciate beauty on a somewhat smaller scale.


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    Scrub, I'm riding today, want to meet me at the lower lot in Patterson around 9am?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravitylover
    Scrub, I'm riding today, want to meet me at the lower lot in Patterson around 9am?

    Thanks, but not today. Just got home from work. Nap time, then a ride in the afternoon maybe.
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    Next week maybe...

    Nice TR! I gotta get out your way to Trumbull and have you show me around.

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    the shot of you going otb in the snow is awesome.

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    I loved the biscuits and the OTB shot

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    Love it, these shots make me want to ride.
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    2nd pic from the top looks like a transAM?
    Awesome pics, that OTB one looks epic.

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    Thanks, everyone.

    Yep, the white hardtail in many of the pics is a TransAM.
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    Great story and photos, scrub!

    How did the Spitfire do in Moab? Any low bottom bracket angst?

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    i cant wait to have some more days like yours..
    10 years in sfl just didnt cut it!!
    hope ND delivers!

    nice shots
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    Quote Originally Posted by nybike1971
    Great story and photos, scrub!

    How did the Spitfire do in Moab? Any low bottom bracket angst?
    None at all. A few spots here and there with some of the prolonged high speed chunk sections would have been nice on a bigger bike, but overall it was great. I
    'm glad to be running a Lyrik on it though. Would not have wanted a smaller fork.

    Threw on a 2.35 DH Nevegal in back, and a 2.5 Minion DHF 3C EXO up front - was a good combo out there.

    If I lived out west again and was doing frequent trips like that,the extra beef of the Rune or something might be better, but the Spitfire actually worked really, really well.

    I smile a bit, thinking about my first trip out there on a 3" forked hardtail.
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    Good stuff scrub. It's always good to get away.
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    Nice RR!

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    very nice contribution Scrubby!
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