September 2, 2010

Sierra Buttes Spring Epic Trailwork, May 16th

Filed under: Bikes, Travel — maryparadox @ 3:23 pm

After two days of riding everyone went out the trail and did trailwork. This wasn’t much of a payment for all of the amazing treatment we’d received except for the fact that there was poison oak EVERYWHERE. I covered myself in technu, wore long sleeves and pants, and washed in the ice cold river afterward but I still ended up with poison oak covering half my body. And not the good half.


Peter started doing some basic pruning during his trailwork.

But then it morphed into this dramatic trail widening project which involved moving large boulders. Every man that walked by the project wanted to get involved and eventually pretty much everyone was working on the same 15 feet of trail.

Overall people only worked from about 10am to 2pm at the latest. We probably cleaned up a couple hundred yards of trail, and we probably all got poison oak, so overall it was a good day.


August 6, 2010

Sierra Buttes Spring Epic Biking, May 15th

Filed under: Bikes, Travel — maryparadox @ 10:10 am

On the second day in Downieville we got to ride another new trail called the North Yuba Trail, which goes between Downieville and the Indian Valley Campground where we were staying.  Peter rode from the campground into Downieville and I took a shuttle into Downieville and started from there. The trail stewardship picked us all up as a group, drove us into town, and dropped us off at the Yuba Expeditions bike shop.

Sierra Buttes Bike Shop, Downieville, CA

I rode with our new friends up First Divide and then we turned around to meet Peter back at Yuba Expeditions for lunch. You can see Peter and I right in the middle of the photo above with our helmets on, recovering from our lunch. Photo source. After lunch the whole group of us went back down the North Yuba Trail back to our campsite. It was pretty far so I’m glad I didn’t ride up with Peter, though I can imagine it is fun both directions as it was a very rolly trail.

The trail was beautiful and really fun to ride. I’m looking forward to riding it again. I was tired by the end and ended up getting my front wheel jammed in between two rocks and then flipped over the handlebars. Luckily there was only a three foot drop at that point of the trail so I didn’t fall very far, but I didn’t almost knock out my front teeth (but managed to put my hands in front of my face). I broke my rear break handle out of the socket as well as bending by whole chain ring.

Sierra Buttes Spring Epic BBQ

In the evening back at the campsite there was a BBQ, fund raising raffle, and much drinking and mayhem. Peter and I are to the right of the giant stove talking with our new friend Heather and the coordinator for the Sierra Buttes trail stewardship. Photo source.

The Sierra Buttes team cooking up dinner.

July 7, 2010

Sierra Buttes Spring Epic Biking, May 14th

Filed under: Bikes, Travel — maryparadox @ 1:22 pm

Peter and I went mountain biking in Downieville a couple of weeks ago. We went as part of a large group who were invited because we are members of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (i.e. we donate money for trailwork). The weekend included two days of mountain biking and one day of trail work.

On the first day we went for a ride which started in this tiny town called Forest City (population around 10-20 people). First we did a loop that started and ended in Forest City and had us riding through some snow banks and a river crossing. One part of the trail was either just created or just redone because it had been cleared by a machine to be about four feet wide.

At the end of that ride the Sierra Buttes team had a little care van set up with fruit, chocolate, chips and drinks. I think I ate a half a watermelon all on my own.

We then went on another ride which went quite far out of town and required a *grueling* road ride to get back to forest city. The dirt part was really fun but it will be a while before that road climb allows me to remember it. Luckily Peter helped me up the hills or I think it would have taken me all year just to ride back.

After the up hill the Sierra Buttes team was waiting with another care van but this time full of chips and margaritas.

At the end of the day we went back to the campsite we had picked out and ended up sharing it with a couple of really cool girls. They were way more prepared then we were and had all sorts of snacks and were really generous. We made new friends!

August 26, 2008

Peter’s Bike is Jacked!

Filed under: Bikes — maryparadox @ 7:09 pm

Peter has been complaining that his bike is creaking for a couple of weeks. For some reason I didn’t take this seriously (apparently I don’t learn too quickly). He diligently took apart his bike and found that his seat post was cracked, replaced it, then rode the bike the next day to see if the creak was gone. It wasn’t. Then yesterday he looked down at his top tube and saw that the tube he had wrapped around it (to protect the frame from the handle bars swinging around) was undulating oddly. When he got to work he pulled back to tube and saw the scariest thing ever.

What lies beneath.

What lies beneath.

The problem might be hard to see if you aren’t sure what you’re looking at. Here are more pictures I took when he got home (which unfortunately involved riding the bike).

The break goes straight through the top tube!

Gratuitous shot, just so you can see the ground through the crack.

We’re not sure when this happened, since Peter hasn’t crashed on this bike (amazing!) The bike did partially fall off the roof rack on my car — it was still connected by the rear wheel so it swung down and hit the side of the car (causing a few dents and scratches in the car as well). At the time we thought that the dent in the top tube was the only thing damaged.

The crack is the mark towards the front of the top tube. The dent is towards the seat.

Even scarier is the fact that this has obviously been broken for a while. Peter has been hearing the sound for weeks and when you look at the two halves there are silver marks where one half has been working its way inside of the other half.

A side shot of the wear marks.

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