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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Too cool

This was just too cool to not pass along.
As a kid, I used to be easily mesmerized by the visual effects of spinning wheels and this video I found on BikeRumor this morning has to take the cake.

Ahh... this simpler things in life.

Monday, November 14, 2011


Just got back to town. Me and the "little woman" took a trip to lower lands where the sunshine was abundant, the temperatures allowed the donning of shorts and t-shirts and there wasn't even a speck of snow to look at the entire week. Umm umm good.

Saw the parking lot at Boreal PACKED on our way back into town of Saturday night. They had the snow guns at full throttle. So much so that I couldn't even see anyone doing the actual act of skiing or snowboarding through all the fog and blowing snow, but it's safe to say that at least someone must have been out there with the 200+ cars filling in the parking lot at Donner Summit.

Although I still have an absolutely zero % desire to race the bike right now, if I did I'd surely be heading down to San Fran to do the SSCXWC this weekend. That's sure to be a good time. I actually found the link to the site while checking in on this little piece of hardware. Safe to say I didn't spend many days on the one speed this season but look to change that for 2012.

Speaking of the one speed, I've got my Sniper for sale. Putting this rig up for sale wasn't the easiest of decisions to make but I've got another bike in the quiver that's ready for all the back breaking and knee damaging fun that IS one speeding. Seriously, this bike is sick. If your interested, give a brother a shout and we'll talk.
Asking $675.00
It's light.
It's custom.
It's awesome.

Although it's cold enough to make your nose hairs stand on end Mighty Mobile is still out and about doing repairs. I'm typically scheduling work between 10:00 and 3:00 while the sun is shining and it's warm to the point where the tools don't get frozen to my hands like the kids tongue in Christmas Story. If you got stuff broken, get it fixed!

Although you gotta spend a little "seat time" in a car to escape the snow, the trails off either side of the hill are in incredibly good shape right now. The dirt is that dark, chocolate brown color that you dream about when you're riding the moon dust of Tahoe in August with dusty shins and crusty boogers. Get revenge... GO RIDE!!!

Sure, everybody knows about the Auburn trails, but if you wanna try something different, hit up this site for some other stuff off the west slope. Round Mountain is usually free of snow all year long and is a really fun ride. The South Yuba meets this criteria as well although it's not what I'd call "easy trail". Don't forget Downieville either. Although "the downhill" will get shut down with snow, the North Yuba trail has seen lots of work in the past few years and rides really well in both directions. It doesn't stay open "year 'round" but has a long riding season nonetheless.

And don't forget Reno. These trails won't win any "best vista" awards, but there's plenty of little brown ribbons of singletrack to keep you entertained for hours on end. Here's a link to a map, although I think the best thing to do is head out there and just start trying stuff until you get lost enough times that you figure out a ride that works for you. I don't like, or recommend, riding Reno trails when it's windy or muddy. It sucks. Really bad. Don't do it. Trust me. Also, take a couple more layers of clothing than you think you'll need. Most of the trail head access points have this weird effect of tricking you into thinking that you'll be fine dressing in light layers. You'll be fine for a while until you reach the upper elevations of the trails where you'll start to think "hmm, it's a little chilly" then you'll freeze your ass off on the way back to the car. Again, it sucks. Really bad. Dont' do it. Trust me... I've done this more times than I care to admit.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Welp. Mark it. November 3rd. That just might have been the last day for riding on the dirt here in the immediate Truckee area for this season. Don't get me wrong, I'm a "glass is half full" kind of guy but I've already mentally prepared myself for a bit of driving down the hill for my fix of riding before it's "full on" winter and we leave the bikes in trade for skis. I hope I'm eating my words as I clip in and pedal from the house a couple of weeks from now, but I'm not holding my breath.

Let's see... what else. Oh yea! Come one out this Wed (9th) to the Cottonwood to support the Truckee Pump Track. This is going to be a fundraiser for what's sure to be THE best way to tire your arms out in less than a minute on a bike. Check out the latest and greatest on their site. This will probably be one of those events where the chances of winning are on your side.

Other goings ons here at Mighty Mobile have been of the tedious sort. I do some occasional product testing and review for Singletrack.com.... sorta like this one. After a summer of testing out gear -that really wasn't mine- I finally got the call. "Ummm... Gregg..... you still out there? Do you think 4 months is enough time to test out those grips we sent ya? You got any stories?" Yea.... I was slackin'. Sorta.

Truth be told I sorta had my hands full wrenchin' full days and trying to squeeze in a ride here and there during our all too short summer. That being said I had adequate time to test gear but lacked the computer time it takes to actually write about said gear. So, this found me spinnin' wrenches on my own rig a bit of Wed night and most of yesterday morning so I could box up miscelaneous test gear and send it back to VeloNews. I cleaned up the Magura Thor 150 fork that I'd had on the front of my Blur for a while. (Sorry 'bout the scratches on the stanchions boys) Uninstalled the M8 Brakes from the race bike. (Damn those things are light!) Then stripped the remaining 2012 Shimano XT componentry from the Blur.

It's funny how fast old parts come off a bike and how unbelievably long it takes to build it back up. Especially when its a bike being "cobbled" together with parts from various manufacturers with various ideas about compatibility. This inevitably leads to shimming, grinding, bloody knuckles and a fair amount of cussin'.

Welp, hunker down kids. The next phase of snow is due through the night. When it's all over, I'll see ya in the foothills for day trips to ride.... just like you'll probably be doing.