More Biking

I was on vacation for the first part of June and near the end of that I managed to get a ride in with my friend Armand near his place close to Chattanooga, TN. We rode the Booker T. Washington State Park Trails.

Then this past weekend, I met my friend Lee at the Little River Park trails and we rode them:

I’m hoping to get some more riding in, perhaps this weekend so we’ll see how that goes. And, eventually, I’ll have a post on what I did for vacation, but until then you can read my wife’s blog about our trip.

Mountain Biking

My older GPS receiver, a Garmin GPSMap 60C, has had a problem the last couple of years in that it’s almost impossible to turn on. For a while I could sometimes get it to turn on by random pressing of the power button but a lot of the time it just wouldn’t turn on and over the last 9 months or so it just wouldn’t turn on. So, in May I cashed in an REI dividend and got a new Garmin Oregon 450. I had been considering trying to save for a Garmin Edge (a GPS receiver designed to be a bike computer) but after some investigation I decided that the Oregon would be better since I could use it as a bike computer and I could also use it in the car or out geocaching.

And, not too long after I got the GPS receiver, I’ve been able to find more time to go out mountain biking. My first trip out with the GPSr on my bike was at the trails right next to work:

A bit later, I managed to get the entire family out to investigate a new “gateway trail” at a small park in Durham (Solite Park):

Then, this past weekend I managed to get 9 people, several of whom had never ridden singletrack, to come out to Harris Lake for a short ride:

Finally, we had a somewhat smaller group head out and bike at Lake Crabtree County Park last night:

All my recent rides have been fairly short but I’m having a lot of fun getting out on the bike more and getting more people into mountain biking. So, we’ll see how things go. Hopefully I’ll have some more rides to post soon.

Bike Shock Repair

The rear shock on my mountain bike hasn’t been doing much lately so when I took the bike in for a different repair recently the mechanic suggested I needed to get it fixed.  After researching the options and talking to some friends, I decided to send it to Push Industries and have them do a “Factory Rebuild” and a “Factory Tuning”.  I removed the shock from my bike last night and sent it out today. It is scheduled to arrive on Friday and be worked on starting next Monday.  Hopefully it will be done soon and back so that I can ride my bike again before my birthday comes up at the end of the month.