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  1. 79 hours without power and 30 hours (and counting) without water didn't stop me from getting in at least 1 good Walnut snow ride. This was the only time I was ever nervous about the Mark's Art log over! Riding in Walnut Wonderland. Breaking trail on .6. The good news is that all the deadfall from the first ice event and the first snow event (so until Wednesday morning) was cleared. I haven't been back since Tuesday so I don't know what the second ice event brought down.
    14 points
  2. I have a pretty big and heavy hearted announcement. I’ve lived within a 10 mile diameter bubble in north Austin my entire life... with my lease ending on 5/27 after 5 years of being in my south round rock duplex, I went under contract yesterday to buy my first home. In Brevard, North Carolina!! I love Texas so much. My whole life and family Is here, cat mountain, all my friends and the awesome Texas mountain biking community is here. But Austin is changing and I see more success in my life on the eastern horizon. With some quick action, and the grace of god, I landed a 4bd/2b w 4 car garage on 2 acres in Brevard, North Carolina! Literally minutes from pisgah national Forrest, and epic trail systems right in my back yard. Not to mention, the east coast is littered with lift access bike parks! Im not walking away from Texas, but rather expanding my life and growing! @victoryracingevents is live and well, and will continue Texas operations and oversee cat mountain, with a few logistical changes. I love you all. This is so hard for me and bittersweet. my mom has always told me “you can’t win if you don’t play” I’m all in and sending it in full faith of my future to the other side of the country. I could write a novel, but i won’t. Just wanted to tell everyone my big news. I’d really love to have a race or at least a big group ride at cat mountain before I move, In celebration! Stay tuned for more details. my new house has an abundance of space, and pisgah is an absolute mountain biking Mecca and destination. I hope to see many of you up there one day! Stay tuned!
    13 points
  3. For years when I find shit I try to locate the owner. Karma paid off today. 12 miles into my greenbelt ride today I reached around the my pack and felt an open pocket. The phone pocket. fuuuuuuu......... raced back to the car, raced home and jumped on the computer. Phone showed a location in an apartment complex, a place I had not been. I assumed I was screwed. Put the phone in “lost” mode, then called it. Someone found it on the trail and returned it to the apartment leasing office. I had it back in my hands in less than 20 minutes. Tragedy (and an expensive replacement) averted. Left a 20 for the finder, it’s a festivus miracle.
    13 points
  4. Road gap at Coler in Bentonville. My wife doesn’t agree but I think it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    13 points
  5. Just an update: on behalf of Austin Ridge Riders, I worked with a Travis County grants writer to apply for a State grant to finish out the flow trail system at Reimer’s (four downhill trails and one return). We won the $200K grant! (There is not a specific date though to get started planning and building).
    12 points
  6. I passed a guy blaring a bluetooth speaker the other day. He said, "I'm riding alone." I said, "I'm not surprised."
    12 points
  7. Alright, spent the weekend on a little garage bike project. Still some parts waiting to come in to finish, but mostly there and the clean up. Based on the Joy of Bike sliding bike rack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_deob4L4AEY&t=64s Using common 1 5/8 Super Strut https://www.lowes.com/pd/Superstrut-1-5-8-in-x-1-5-8-in-Silver-Electroplated-Half-Slot-Channel-Strut/1000192655 For sliders/Trolleys - https://paulscustombrackets.com/ Medium Duty – two wheel - https://paulscustombrackets.com/product/1-5-8-strut-channel-trolley-medium-duty/ Heavier Duty 4 wheel - https://paulscustombrackets.com/product/pcb10022d-aluminum-4-wheel-trolley-1-4-mounting-hole/ These hooks from Park work perfect with the Paul’s 2 wheel trolly htt ps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001P9KP8W/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and hold a 2.4” tire well Going up a size with Park – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009F96U7Y/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These hold a 3” tire no problem and are slightly larger all around. For these I recommend the Paul’s 4 wheel trolly. If you order from Paul, let him know in the comments you are using the Park hooks. For the 2 wheel medium duty trolly, you need the hole opened up a tiny bit to fit an M8-1.25. For the 4 wheel trolly you need the hole tapped for an M10-1.5. Thanks to @AntonioGG for the lead on the trolleys. All said and done I will have two fixed hooks (larger size) on the outside edges, and 7 sliding hooks in between. This is on an 8' length of strut. Correctly hung and slid together, I can get the 4 bikes on right now (while I wait on more trolley and hooks) into a 3' space. Added bonus the kids kayaks are up and out of the way, as well as my bins of used bits.
    12 points
  8. Cool thread... Here are my easy to reach photos. I know I can get a little earlier with the MTB and much earlier back to my 11 yr old BMX days. This is my very first MTB race while at TX Tech in Fall of 94', I ended up winning the 3 race series and I still have the 'chainring trophy' on my bookshelf. I made a few friends at that race that I still ride with to this day. 2nd time to Lajitas (Desert Classic 1995). This was my 2nd race ever and believe it was at Flat Creek Ranch 1995. This was back when XC rode very technical stuff on skinny @ss 26er tires, 63mm travel Mag21's were "long travel", and the Expert Class (Cat 1) raced a mind-blowing 3 laps for about 20 miles(!!!) LOL
    12 points
  9. I am sure there are earlier flatland photos, but here's me being a dirtbag bmx street rat grinding a heavily waxed ledge in downtown Indianapolis. baggy jeans, oversized t-shirt, no helmet. I probably have bulky knee pads under those jeans. late '90s.
    12 points
  10. Middle Friday of every month my company gives us a “wellness day” off. My wellness day today was focused on picking up the new salsa timberjack SS and putting my touches on it. 32x22 is the gearing
    12 points
  11. Rock garden on Bob Ross...done!
    12 points
  12. Took the challenge Happy to share this Fck me fck you moment with ya’ll https://youtu.be/retLkabcLrY @rugger, @gotdurt, @First-Blood, @throet, @Chief, @WLemke, @schoolie
    12 points
  13. Boggy Draw + Bear Paw Trails, above Dolores, CO. Photos taken from same spot, 180 degrees rotation! Also a warm pleasant day. Some hard climbing at 8,500
    11 points
  14. Unsure where this belongs, if anywhere. We left Dripping Springs on July 12 in our daughter and her boyfriend’s DIY dodge sprinter van conversion. We had no real destinations and only the loosest of timeframes to visit those undetermined destinations. So far we have been quite successful. We brought our bikes, lots of books, and an aggressive slacker mentality as we try to avoid the heat in Texas. Riding destinations have included Capitan, New Mexico area including Ruidoso, Lake Abiquiu, New Mexico and nearby places, and now trails in the Pagosa Springs area. As older riders we have not been hitting as much gnar as my younger self would have liked or as many epic length rides as some, still we have had a bunch of fun. I finished my fourth book of the trip this morning and hope to complete my eleventh ride this afternoon.
    11 points
  15. I wouldn't say even that I was a mountain biker at the time, but here is me with my first mountain bike, which I purchased online for $499 in 2008 I think. Had rode a mountain bike once before in upstate NY, and after moving to Austin decided that I wanted to take up the sport. Once I had the bike I checked out ARR's website and decided I should head right over to City Park. Nearly killed myself that day and then decided Walnut Creek was a better place for me to get started.
    11 points
  16. There was a small EVIL bike owner's event at Spider Mountain. I used it as an excuse to get a few green and blue runs in on ChamoisHagar. It was a blast and a scored some nice swag and some real funny looks. It was super easy to put on the lift though!
    11 points
  17. The only reason I can think that I would want to park there now was if I was participating in an unsanctioned downhill race on the HOL.
    11 points
  18. Did 4.3 miles yesterday on Peddlers with my oldest. She wanted to do the "roller coaster section a 3rd time until I offered a bail out point near the parking lot and she realized how tired and sore she was. 😂 I was amazed she rode every single bridge and attempted the cedar A-frame twice! I can't wait to get her on the 24" Hotrock with a little travel and 7-gears.
    11 points
  19. 11 points
  20. 1 adult and one about the size of a quarter this morning.
    10 points
  21. Last night in Salida. Awesome 3 days of Alpine riding!
    10 points
  22. Clyde’s maiden voyage. Sorry @RedRider3141 but it had been ordered for a couple of weeks already.
    10 points
  23. The bonnets be poppin’ and we be packin’.
    10 points
  24. Another trip down weird lane completed........ Built a 2nd bike for the wife to ride at some MTB parks this spring/summer when we get the needle. Most components are leftover parts I had laying around, and some other horse trades, with the only new parts being the handlebar, brake hose and pads. Waiting for a 300lb coil to show up saturday for a test ride. Stoked for her. 2018 Delirium Small DVO Jade 180mm Lyrik 27.5 DT swiss wheels Saint derailleur with one up cage XTR 10spd shifter 11-42 XT brakes 2.5SS & 2.6 DHF Works angleset 62.5* HTA 1194mm WB
    10 points
  25. Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose.
    10 points
  26. Stillhouse Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    10 points
  27. Few things to point out... 1. As of right now trails are too wet to ride and will likely need all of today before they’re good to go. 2. You’re going to start seeing some changes to 1/4 Notch and Double Down to address the bypasses and trail widening that has occurred. There are some bypasses that will be left, a couple that Tommy and I blocked off today. More work to be done, so if you want to volunteer stay tuned! 3. I appreciate people going in and trimming face slappers but if it’s 2+” in diameter please reach out to me before cutting it. Somebody took a big branch down (see pic) to open an easier line in an area that was already easy. Now its wide enough to fit a car through. Just don’t muck with it. Also, huge thanks to Tommy (Cafeend) for the help this morning!
    10 points
  28. Agreed. Not everything has to be turned into a pissing contest.
    9 points
  29. Let's just start this discussion with the fact that the bike I brought with me was not my favorite choice. I brought a heavy steel fully rigid bike that I was not worried about being stolen. With that as a backdrop I have been riding a lot of gravel in order to get acclimated to the height. Today I got up and had my wife drop me at the bottom of Winsor and I did the ride up, which is ~3,800' in total climbing. You start at 7,000 feet and you end up at ~10,300 when you hit the peak. There are lots of ups and downs to get you the additional ~500' of climbing. I could have had my wife drop me at the top or taken the public shuttle up ($20) but I wanted to go full @Barry for this ride. Basically it is up 3,800 ft in 10 miles, then back down: Fully rigid was *generally* great for climbing, but the descent was punishing. Imagine Rocky Hill Ranch - loose rocks, sand, pine needles, with an elevation like Lakeway. All of the way up I keep thinking "this is gonna be so much fun to bomb down" but then when I started the descent, from the top, I REALLY wished I had my FS carbon bike. They have the right idea here, but this was at the top of the trail, not at the bottom....: Total beatdown. When I got to the bottom I had no cell signal. Had to go out to the road and climb another few hundred feet on the road to let my wife know I was alive. At that point is was a 25mph downhill on the road back into town. When I got the the Santa Fe Brewing location near my hotel, it was closed. At 1:30 on a Sunday!!! Pedaled back to the hotel and proceeded to have a Chicago beer to ease my back. Eventually had a New Mexico beer. All in, a great day.
    9 points
  30. Near Creede, Colorado.
    9 points
  31. This morning's ride. A nice 15-mile loop from the hotel out into the gravel and back. I definitely made the right upgrades to the bike for gravel.
    9 points
  32. What we rode of Glorieta is awesome. We didn't get to experience all of it, but what we did was super fun. We parked at the church, which didn't seem to be used anymore. There were other vehicles with bike racks and a kiosk with a map, so it definitely felt like we were in the right place. The trails were well built and maintained. There were lots of signs at first, but I think it's a work in progress because I didn't see any after a while and we missed a turn that is pretty critical. We started up Cairn Me Up which is a 5 mile/ 1000ft. climb and descended Jagged Ax, which was one of the my favorite trails we rode all week (including Windsor, the AF park, SBT, and singletrack in AF). Jagged Ax is rocky, technical, and challenging, but nothing that was too big or didn't have a B line. At the bottom, there is a very cool flow trail. Cairn Me Up would have been a less challenging, but super fun decent as well if you weren't up for Jagged Ax. We intended to do another loop off the back with another 1000 ft climb and decent (Snack Pack and Holy Mole). I think you have to take the fireroad that others have mentioned there and back to get to it. Unfortunately, we didn't get there. We missed the turn into Jagged Ax and the trail got steeper. We climbed/hiked an accidental 500 ft, which zapped the extra time and energy we had for the other loop. Looking at MTB Project, there are more options over on that side too. One of my best friends now lives in Santa Fe, so I'm sure I'll be back, and Glorieta will be on the top of my list to ride again and see what was missed.
    9 points
  33. Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab. Pretty much the entire ride there has these views.
    9 points
  34. Beyond good times in AZ
    9 points
  35. Had some youtubers swing through town. They hit me up for a local ride. I had about an hour and a half to show them a ride. I probably should not have allowed certain trails to be filmed, but oh well. I kind of got caught up in the moment to show them a fun ride.
    9 points
  36. We are 100% rainwater dependent at our house (no well, no public water supply) so I couldn’t be happier about the rain! All our tanks are full.
    9 points
  37. I have that thread hidden so that I stay out of the conversation, but...I want to apologize for letting my frustrations affect interactions with other people. I wear masks where required, and don't try to force my opinions on others. My wife and I are almost done with our jabs. She has both, I have a week and a half for my second. I despise anti-vaxxers. The virus is real, and even though I have a different opinion of the actual risk, we all have to live it. I know people that want to keep restrictions in place, even when most everyone has been jabbed, I disagree with that. They have the right to stay masked and maintain distance for as long as they like. I want to start getting back to normal so that small businesses and others can survive. I sincerely apologize for letting my frustrations boil over into a place that has been nothing but nice to me.
    9 points
  38. For Mr Grumpy Old Tip Taken on 1/4 Notch at the convergence of DD and the bailout Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
    9 points
  39. The season is upon us. Pace Bend down by the water. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    9 points
  40. Today ARR Trail Stweards and crew were out at Brushy assessing the damage and clearing the concrete Regional trail. We should have it cleared from the skate park to the ymca by the end of the weekend. I can't stress enough how bad the damage is, every trail is blocked with fallen trees and snapped branches. Based on what i saw its going to take weeks to clear all the trails. We need your help more than ever before. The trails need to dry alot, but plan to come help next weekend.
    9 points
  41. Well I almost thought it would never happen. The wheels literally took two hours to get tubeless. Every trick in the book. Finally used CO2 cartridges. Boy was only sort of interested in helping, perhaps the cold garage was to blame. It all turned out awesome. He loves it. Figured out the trigger shifter right away and is getting used to brakes that work and a real fork. Some fitting to be done, but not till it warms up.
    9 points
  42. The dirt was premium to try and get a fast lap on peddlers! Instead I got two in. One with this guy and one with this girl.
    9 points
  43. Oh wait ..... this is the Brushy Creek thread! Glorious 1.5 hour lunch ride today. No douchebag encounters that I can recall, but I don't recall much these days. I do recall hitting Rim, PicnicX, Picnic, 1/4, and DD. None of it was too wet to ride, but needs a little more drying time to reach optimal conditions. Couple of inches of water still running through Dave's Ditch. Will definitely be back out tomorrow before we get another round of rain on Wed.
    9 points
  44. Lunch date with Emma and the boys!
    9 points
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