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The velomihottie is also a runner, and was outside in the rain at 6am this morning. This kind of dedication to one’s sport is awe inspiring. Don’t get me wrong now, I haven’t picked up running, but I was motivated to go out and ride in today’s heavy downpour. By the time I got home from work, and was kitted up, the roads were already steaming and evaporating the rain off of the hot surfaces. Very eerie!

I’ve been working on a local trail for about two days now, and since it rained today, this was the perfect time to see how well my modifications to the trail have held up. There are about twenty-something coroplast arrows creating a trail path that maximizes the available land, while creating a very efficient and fun topographic course. All I did was cut up some coroplast boxes, make a cardboard stencil, and spraypaint each one with the little arrow design. To create a little less than thirty of them took about half an hour from idea to completion.

mtb trail coroplast signs arrows directions

I’ve been placing them about five feet from the ground, 6-10 feet before a turn on flat sections, and about fifteen feet before a downhill section:

Very easy to see, no?

I’ve dug up some edges around ponds like the one above to allow the water from the rutted out ATV potholes to runoff down the hill, or disperse into wooded/grassy areas. This took a lot of time, but I’ve been wanting to do a lot of this since 2009 or so.

I’m having trouble determining what to do for one section of trail that the ATV’s have decimated with their tires, and there is about a fifty foot section of horizontal ruts full of water. Video below:

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Well, in this case, there were no lost lives on either account, but that doesn’t mean it will not happen. Anybody have a story of crazy dogs chasing you, your friend, or anyone else? Have you ever been bitten? What kinds of precautions do you take?

This being West Virginia, have you ever been attacked by anything else? Rabid Possum/squirrel/raccoon?

My buddy, Mike Miller, had a bear lunge out at him on the trails before… Came within a very close radius of his foot/leg, and he about shat himself.

I don’t ever really worry about dogs too much. Either I ride away from them, or I throw stuff at them. I haven’t really met any vicious dogs either…. so…. yeah…

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Looks like my wrapped innertube chainslap device on my cross bike has bit the dust. Anyone know of any good pre-made devices that work well for steel bikes with svelte tubes (as compared to mtb/carbon chainstays)?

Bike Frame Protection, tape, Non Adhesive, helicopter, copter, chain, slap, mountain, kraken, tapegeek, convertape, crafts, mtb, biking

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Look what just came in the mail!

$2.00 Shipped ($1.50 if you see me in person)

9cm x 25.5cm (3.5″x10″)

Highly detailed, printed on 5yr glossy vinyl.

Looks great on your beater bike, local bike rack, your tool box, car, etc.

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If you are a bike shop in WV that would proudly display my sticker somewhere, I’ll be happy to send you one free of charge, as long as you send me a photo of it applied in-store!

 

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Dirty MTB Route I found last year. Decided to try it on the MTB. It was rought, but refreshing, in this all-road season!

Here is the link to the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52806296

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Who all went out to Granny Gear’s Big Bear 2×12 24hr event? I hear it was a blast. I think JJ was there too, check his site to see if he covers anything.

*Note, this footage was from 2005, but it is the same course, I believe:

Solo Goat’s blog also will have some coverage in the next few days:  http://sologoat.blogspot.com/

Photos from Joey’s Bike Shop:

WV big bear lake 2x12 joey's bike shop

Facebook video of Gunnar and others: http://www.facebook.com/v/116485838439267

Early Results Link: http://www.iplayoutside.com/Events/2011/06/13257r.html

If you have any other footage or photos, post them or the links in the comment section!

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Well, all in all, the WV Ridge and Valley Excursion was pretty much like any other group ride… but with sag support, and a lot longer distance. There were so many people I knew, that there really was no need to have to learn the riding style of the group because we ride enough together already!

The VH’s father and I had a blast, and took some neat photos and video (More video than photos) along the way. Once I have the videos up, I will post those too!

 

If you didn’t go this year, be sure to go next year! The Habitat for Humanity group really had a great support team, and accomodated us so well, I wish all of my really long rides were like that! The money goes to a direct, and great cause, which should receive as much attention as possible!

Cowen, WV, Marlinton, Cass, Pocahontas County, Nicholas County, Webster County, Webster Springs, Monongahela National Forrest

Cowen, WV, Marlinton, Cass, Pocahontas County, Nicholas County, Webster County, Webster Springs, Monongahela National Forrest

Almost half way there!

 

 

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