I’m sure my doctor would not be happy if he found out I went sliding down a rooted, rocky trail on my bike in the rain and slammed my just-healed knee into a tree in the bad direction. That turned the last third of Business Time into one-legged parkour with a bike, but the cold weather kept the pain and swelling down so I was able to ride back to Whistler village.
We’ve been hearing from people that the riding in Squamish is great, some even saying it’s better than Whistler. Squamish is about 40 minutes south by car so after test fitting (cramming) all the bikes in the Suburban after our Thursday ride, we decided to check it out today. The weather is overcast, cooler, and drizzling. Continue reading ‘Getting Squamish’
Our Top Of The World ride turned into an epic super technical singletrack downhill death march. Imagine doing St. Louis World Cup Downhill for 5 hours. I exaggerate, a little. The start of TOTW trail was rocky and dusty much like lower St Louis. It mellowed out and we found the turnoff to Kyber pass.
Sorry about the lack of updates. Lots of riding, eating, sleeping not leaving much energy for writing. Sunday was a nice shake down ride in Lost Lakes. Monday a death march, perhaps not of epic proportions, but it was DM ranked. All day ride on river runs thought it and bunches of other trails ending in Moose Knuckles and a road ride back
Tuesday a nice loosen up the legs fun ride back in the list lakes area.
On tap for today is the Top of the World trail downhill!
Flight on Friday was uneventful. Drive from Bellingham was nice. We did get held up in Vancouver navigating the streets and the heavy Saturday traffic. There was some street festival going closing one street. Saw some Shingeki no Kyojin cosplay walking through the streets, presumably on their way to the convention center for the Vancouver anime con happening the weekend. Continue reading ‘Whistle Sunday’
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Wednesday looked as ugly as Monday, but I got off my sorry ass and went riding even though I felt lazy. Tried out some of Chris’ Chamois Butter. Can’t really say it’s better than talcum powder. Two different theories, I guess. I must have been really tired, as I knocked out pretty early and was still tired the following morning. Wonder if I can get in another ride on Friday before I pack up the bike?
D = 10.4 km, Vavr = 14.7 km/h, Vmax = 35.8 km/h, T = 42-minutes, A/D = 152 m
Sunday, 10 August 2014
Since the rain that arrived with Tropical Storm Iselle rendered the trails too wet to ride, we went on a brief wander around the Lanai lookout. The original idea was to look at the mountainside “natural arch”, but that is more on the Blowhole parking lot side. The weather was blazing hot and cloudless, leaving little hint that there was a tropical cyclone in the neighborhood less than a day ago.
D = 7.00 km, Vavr = 3.5 km/h, Vmax = 9.6 km/h, T = 2-hours (total trail time about three hours), A/D = 292 m
Grabbed a sixer of this years SA Oktoberfest. Pours a clear medium dark amber with medium head. A bit of the floral and bitterness of hops, but its not out there prominent. A nice medium roasty and very nice nutty finish. A medium thick mouthfeel without a whole lot of carbonation to lighten it.
A nice brew, an easy 3 out 4 oompha monkeys.
Now that’s a mouthful, and my retention of German from high school consists of the word “pavian”. So what is the title about? It’s a mountain bike tire. Schwalbe, the company, explains that Hans Dampf is German for what we call Jack of all Trades, so this tire is supposed to be their good all arounder. I was in need of new tires and with the new bike decided to try out the tubless thing. I actually got my old Panaracer Fire FR’s to work tubeless, but the “new” one I put on was in storage so long that the rubber was cracked. The Fire FR is the tire that I’ve been running for w while so a lot of this review will be in comparison. The Hans Dampf version I got was the high zoot, tubeless ready, lighter sidewall version, harder wearing and faster rolling compound. 26×2.35 size.
With the weekends before the Whistler trip dwindling, we have not one but two tropical cyclones on the way to ruin the prospects for riding this coming weekend. At this time, it looks like Iselle will pass to the South, and in a couple of days, Julio will pass to the North. Iselle hasn’t made landfall on the Big Island just yet, but it was just downgraded to a tropical storm. Julio was upgraded to a category 3, but is expected to weaken to tropical storm strength before skirting the state. Genevieve that gave us bad weather a couple of weeks ago when it passed far South of us as a tropical depression is currently heading toward Japan as a category 5 super typhoon.