Desert Trails Bike Park

lot of pictures of this place hitting the intertubes this weekend.

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Recovery Week

a wheel, a rotor, a ratchet for each tinyMechanic
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Trail 4at 7 Springs rec area. I went back for more!!!

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2.5miles o&b mostly flat, with lots of swimming and fall colors

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2 things I never thought I’d say:

  1. nice game Mark Sanchez
  2. those brake lines were easy

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test ride. all that remains are handlebars, grips, and snip cables.

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X-Post: NoPho-King Around

I love that post name! I wish I came up with it. All I did was pimp Ray’s big ride and suck in 2 (ex)friends. It was, yeah i think, the worst.ride.evah. John’s writeup is closure, cause my memories are a shattered blur. Check out his post its awesome.

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At least i got one pic of John, I don’t know how he found the bandwidth to photo so much. I blew everything moving forward, quivering in my Pain Cave,  holding off a meltdown.

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This began as an awesome idea! My house up 98th St. Wash through Pinnacle Peak -> Brown’s Ranch -> Pima&Dynamite->Tonto NF->7 Springs Rec Area->Spur Cross->Maricopa Trail->Cave Creek Rec Area->Reach 11->Home. Big NoPho loop. 78miles.

It was going great at 4 hrs. From here, I turn the story over to John. I lost linearity 2 hours into the sufferfest. I thought i could handle 2 more hours without flinching, i knew way too soon this was turning into a Death March, and the Doomsday Clock in my head started ticking. Then I twisted my knee rolling it the wrong sideways on a softball. Some new tear or scar tissue abraided, and inside my knee i felt arthritis weeping.

We rode .4 mile loose and disappearing downhill to a cattle tank, and while Gordon changed his flat I thanked myself for topping off sealant the night before.  I took the time to exercise a theory, howl at our siteeation, and smoke a lot of pot:  letting your in-betweens breathe while you stretched would invigorate both hygienically and psychologically. And it did, til Gordon took so long fixing his bike I got sunburn on my junk. Has this ever happened on an mtb ride? Denial, exemplified. Here is where i got scared in earnest.

Some stuff happened, i was in my Pain Cave, see John’s Post. There was another ~hour of HAB, rolling down the wash was intoxicating, we gave up on the trail. Every catclaw we neared became 3x its size. Gordon and John both kinda thought we could get down the 20 foot cliff, and in that moment i spotted their mushy-minds and marched us back up the wash, up a stoopid cactus-riddled pitch, through more catclaw. I almost lost it and tumbled back down the slope. I found us the trail. I hid back in my Pain Cave for another 2 hrs while someone else took a pull in front.

nonetheless, this guy was very cool!

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There were many times i wanted to freak out. I am so glad the other guys kept their shit together too, and nothing else went wrong, we 3 all being relatively seasoned enough to have food, and water, and gear. And pot and vicodin, i gulped it when we reached a long-overdue trail marker stating just 2 more hrs of this bullshit to go.  12.5 moving time is a new PR.  This hurt everything, chain ring punctures and pedal bites on my legs, gauges and bruises and needles that took 2 days to fully discover where they have no business being on a bike ride, *soreness*.

G’s Bike: The Honeymoon got greasy

Everyone wants to be a rapper, but bringing a prototype to life takes work. Beckie’s company wants to hire a talented ombudsperson to do this, and I would be great for a huge payraise, but, when things need the ombudsperson who is going to step up and meet the systematic defects that need to be addressed by the aformentioned ombusdsperson? These involve stakeholders who inevitably contributed to the clusterfuck. A hired gun is only as good as his hirees! I just made that up.

Admittedly, 3 hours to choose a 15 to 19t jump or a 16-19t jump on the cassette is kinda dull for a little girl. Its all about red anodized metal.

I have given up on the idea of the bike-build being a processional of protocol and father-daughter pictures and narrative. They can not go 3 minutes without bickering. I will settle for moments of connection, listening, and love. I will snug up the wrenching.

wrapping up a Wolftooth conversion. 40-11t, so hawt.

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free coozy as a packing bubble

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girls with torque wrenches

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IB Trail, Flagstafrica, USA

We missed the Aspen peak by about 10 days, but it was still an awesome daytrip.

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Pinnacle Peak Recon

A friend shared a map that would drop out of Snottsdale into a canyon and back up again. It was as advertised, and fun to figure out how to hook up the bypass through Pinnacle Peak Road.

Riding out I skidded to brake as this web spanned 4ft across the trail. My front wheel took out all the damage to the circle you see. Six more inches and I would have swallowed this spider, which was the size of my thumb.

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down in the canyon past the dead end on Pinnacle Peak road, and many wide patches of datura in bloom.

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one hour later, the spider was again ready to eat

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Kittens, Hairballs, Byron!

First time in 9 years Byron and us shared the house together! It was awesome. we fixed shit, worked on the roof, he taught the girls to fish. About 5 min with each of them in a kayak and they were pulling food out of ocean. That’s some uncle-tastic magic right there, yo. We went for a ride too! Byron’s first fatbike esperience, i drug him through dunes and over jumps and up Whale Hill and things he’d never seen in our 10 years owning the place together. That’s riding-buddy magic right there, yo.

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The day for braiding finally came, and it was magnificent. Maria’s hands spun 40 frequency a minute.

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Which was still not fast enough for Monster the Lesser

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Mittens and Cookies are still alive!!!

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What do you say about vacation pets?

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hors cat!!

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G on her first solo paddleboard

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Alana and G on their first solo paddleboard

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Homework

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Biking Without Riding

This week was copious time on the trainer, reading the QBP catalog. Calculating. Spending.

 

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truing wheels!
Thank you Alex. These factory-built hummers are sturdy and will care for my girls. You get lots of donations of outdated stuff when you go 9mm QR, yo!
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throwing dirt all Sunday morning
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We built this in about 3 days.  Some pics ganked from Fish, Kenny and other GROAZers
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The girls were not invited to this workday, with all the machinery, which made me far more productive. The vast summation of our efforts at the last workday was a gecko that dropped its tail.

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This park is gonna be sick, and legal. Pinch me, this isn’t really happening. Some pics of the DH runs, also borrowed from the net.

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The dirt is actual soil,i feel naked without the threat of rocks. Like a prisoner drug to the Roman Coliseum, I did not know man could build such things.

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The skills area is at mid-hill, the green, blue and black lines coming down above it.

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A shop stop on the way home. v-brake boss plugs removed, new used seatpost, good advice. Thanks Morgan and Rage!

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maybe just a little riding
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This made me happy

Gs 26 – Early Phase

Previously on ‘TinyShredder‘…

G need new bike, xmas is coming, we are sick of childlike bullshit overweight cheap dumb fucking kids bikes. And with help from Rage we discovered G can fit into a 26 frame! Ahhh, adult sizes, where high-end drive trains and forks and brakes and wheelsets are so mass produced they perform featherlightly for mere pennies!

Except they have all become 27.5 wheels, with through axels and hydros, complexity and sensitivity to swallow a little girl. I saw a picture of a Felt carbonfiber 24inch-standover 29er. If I plunked $250 for a smaller crankset and $250 for a better fork, G would set 8yo landspeed records at $2k, and would kill herself turning at 4mph, engulfed by the adultness of intent and equilibrium. 4mph doesn’t sound like much, until you throw yourself at the ground from a dead stop — that’s about 4. This dilemna led to shopping for the lowest of the low-end mass produced lines for a frame and $300 into the ether of stupid. or…

or…

buying a frame!

*sigh*

The most custom custom bike build I’ll have ever done is for G.

*headscratch**facepalm* I am soooo bitter about this.

Why, bikegod, why have you let this FunSucker taketh another gift from me!!?!?!? I’ve ridden National 3 times this year. I USED TO RIDE NATIONAL 2X A MONTH!!! 

Performance 14.5 26inch frame. This is the most important thing i’ve ever bought from Performance, since a Gary Fisher Sugar3 15 years ago, a chainsuck deathmachine I finally left by the side of the road. But even Performance cant fuck up an aluminum hardtail frame someone else made and they only painted? I took it to Rage for the facing, instead of play Russian Roulette with the mechanics at Performance.

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so purty, hanging next to those $2k Yetis
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After I brought it home , we strolled through the garage seeing the blue and white cables on the Fatty Catty and the Bird, the blue ring on the Malice, the red grips on HeiHei. Time for a paint program!

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My elevator pitch: red cranks, red rings, red shifter cable! White brake cables and fork!! Restrained and softened Hurricane G vs. the power of the Genasaurus? The middle blue so soothing.

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Alana could not be bothered to heed advice for the 10th time in 5 minutes. The past 30 min the two of them with my help and zero damage removed a bottle cage from a bike, washed it, and remounted it on the new frame. It was death. G was wailing over the inherent patience and precision of bike work, and taking it out on Alana.  Alana was playing with every small, fragile, or destructive object in sight, like a cat with a feather, or nagging G to hurry up.

Me: DONT GET NEAR G WHILE SHES CARRYING HER BIKE!

Me: DONT GRAB THE SEATCLAMP WITH THE PLIERS!

Me: TAKE THE HEADSET OUT OF YOUR MOUTH!

Me: DONT JUGGLE THE HEX NUTS AND WASHERS!

Me: DONG GRAB THE 3-in-1′s TIP WITH THE PLIERS!

Me: DONT GET NEAR G WHILE SHES CARRYING HER BIKE!

At some point, you have to let it be mountain biking, and learn your limits by wrecking.

In the last week I’ve shown them how to remove a rotor, service a cassette, mount a tubeless tire, and clamp a brake cable. But neither at the same time, and neither enough steps in sequence to complete a single task. They both will know how to build half a bike, but neither half can complete a single task without the other. its Dante-esque.

first bit of bling
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