Ash to Kings Trail Grand Opening

Join Muscle Powered and partners for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 8:30 am! The ceremony will be held at the Ash Canyon bridge just below the Ash Canyon Trailhead.

ribbon cutting

Limited shuttles are available between 7:30 – 10:00 am from the end of the pavement at Ash Canyon Road to the Muscle Powered booth at the trailhead. Hikers and bikers please allow enough time to make it to the Ribbon Cutting at 8:30 am sharp.

  • 8:30 – 9:00 am: Grand Opening Ceremony and Guest Speakers
  • 9:15 am: Official Picture at the Bridge

AC to KC Trail Map

Kings to Ash with Way Points

More about this event on CarsonNow.org.

Carson City Library features Rick Gunn and his Wheels of Peace bicycle tour

Shared from CarsonNOW.org:

Carson City Library will host award-winning photographer, writer-adventurer and public speaker Rick Gunn on Sunday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Digitorium.

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Over the last 20 years Gunn’s work has appeared in countless books, websites and publications including People, Wend, Adventure Sports Journal, Adventure Cyclist, USA Today, and the New York Times. In 2005, Gunn quit his 14 year career as staff photographer for the Nevada Appeal and rode his bicycle 26,000 miles through 33 countries, over three years.

Since his return in 2008, he has toured with a multimedia presentation entitled “Soulcycler.” The visual presentation is about his journey. He is also working on a book by the same title. Recently, Gunn cycled in Oman and The Islamic Republic of Iran to enact “The Wheels of Peace Project”, in which he exchanged letters and artwork between the children of America and the children of Iran.

This presentation will conclude the Adult Summer Reading program, “Escape the Ordinary.”

“Your Knowledge and Discovery Place” the Carson City Library, is open seven days a week, 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The library is at the corner of Roop and Washington Streets. For more information call 775 887-2244 or checkout our website at www.carsoncitylibrary.org

Blinky Man Summer 2015

It’s time for Blinky Man Summer 2015! This annual costumed night time bike ride with lights will be stopping at tasty and refreshing businesses around Carson City on the evening of Saturday, June 13th. Dress your bikes and bodies, and get ready to parade around town in one biking mass of awesome. The event is FREE to ride, but you must be 21 years or older due to the stop locations. The ride will finish around midnight.

Blinky Man Summer 2015

This year’s meet-up location will be at the Tap Shack between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. The Tap Shack is located at 112 Rice Street, just off North Carson Street. Other stops will include Living the Good Life Nightclub-Bistro-Lounge, the Feisty Goat Pub, the Westside Pourhouse, Nevada Vapor Supply, and wherever else the ride takes you.

Blinky Man Halloween 2014

Follow the Blinky Man Summer 2015 event page on Facebook for the latest details.

Bike to Work Day

May 15th is Bike to Work Day, and also the final day of Bike to Work Week. This morning, several Carson City coffee shops gave away free coffee to bike commuters willing to brave the weather. The Corporate Bicycle Commuter Challenge is now in its 5th day. As of Thursday evening, the Nevada Guard Rough Riders are leading the mileage category with 617.2 miles logged. The DETR Cyclepaths are leading the trips category with 86 trips made by bicycle. There’s just one more day to rack up the miles and trips, and the winners will be announced tonight at the Bike to Work Week Party at the Firkin and Fox. More stats of the challenge can be found on the Muscle Powered website.

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Although the weather isn’t cooperating for outdoor activities, we’re still going forward with the party! Weather permitting we’ll have the party on 3rd Street, but if it’s raining, we’ll bring the party to the deck and inside the Firkin and Fox. Carson City’s Trippin King Snakes are ready to perform for the crowd, and we have lots of great prizes to raffle off. Proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit Muscle Powered. Thanks to all the donations and volunteers, Muscle Powered has helped move the city forward to a better bikeable and walkable community.

Bike to Work Week Party
There will be bike games at the party, weather permitting.

Party Info

  • The party starts at 5:30 PM at the Firkin at Fox, 310 S Carson Street.
  • Raffle tickets are 1 for $2, 6 for $10, and 15 for $20.
  • The High Sierra Brewing Company is donating beer for the party. HSB Beer sales will go to Muscle Powered. As a bonus, you will get a raffle ticket with each beer you purchase!
  • Dance to the music of the Trippin King Snakes.
  • There will be helmet decorating for the kids again this year.
  • Winners of the Corporate Bicycle Commuter Challenge will be announced.

Raffle Bikes
Win this bike!

Prizes!

The Bike Habitat has helped Muscle Powered acquire a men’s and a women’s cruiser bike. Two lucky raffle winners will take these bikes home. In addition to the bikes, we have several hundred dollars worth of merchandise and gift certificates to give away. Bike Habitat has donated cycling merchandise. We also have several gift certificates from Adele’s, Capitol Automotive, Sassafras, and Vitamin Research Products. More prizes tend to trickle in at the party as well.

Raffle Bikes
Win this bike!

Gift certificates
Other great prizes to give away at the party!

 

Bike to Work Week Party
Music from Trippin King Snakes

Tonight’s party will conclude the official Bike Month activities. We hope everyone has had a good time, and is excited to go enjoy a fun summer of riding in the city and up on the trails! The next big biking event is Blinky Man on June 13th, only a month away!

Bike Month Recap

It’s been a fun and busy Bike Month here in Carson City this May. Here are some highlights of the events we’ve had so far.

Bike Habitat’s Tour of Carson City

On May 3rd, Bike Habitat hosted their annual Tour of Carson City, a 27-30 moderately paced bike ride around the perimeter of Carson City. The weather was perfect, and 130 riders signed in for the ride. Very popular this year was the popsicle stand rest stop, a little over halfway through the ride. The Bike Habitat provided lunch for all the hungry riders at the end of the ride.

Bike Habitat's Tour of Carson City 2015
Bike Habitat’s Denis Coyne gives a pre-ride talk

Bike Habitat's Tour of Carson City 2015
Riders head out

Bike Habitat's Tour of Carson City 2015
Rest Stop

Bike Habitat's Tour of Carson City 2015
Headed south

Carson City Celebrity Ride

On May 4th there was the Carson City Celebrity Ride. You won’t recognize any of these celebrities from the big screen, but these are the folks working hard to make Carson City bicycle friendly and just a great place to live in general. In attendance were the Mayor, the Sheriff, members of the Board of Supervisors, Regional Transportation Commission, Public Works, Muscle Powered, Safe Routes to Schools, Nevada Magazine, Search and Rescue, local media outlets, and more. After the Mayor said some words about Carson City becoming an official Bicycle Friendly Community, a designation awarded by the League of American Bicyclists, the group pedaled around the west side historical district for a short bike ride.

Carson City Celebrity Ride 2015
Gathering at Telegraph Square

Carson City Celebrity Ride 2015
Riding up King Street

Ash Canyon Night Ride

On May 6th, Muscle Powered and Jet Lites hosted a night ride on the newly constructed Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon trail. The rain broke just in time for the ride, and riders started off in the twilight to ascended the mountain. Lights came on when it got dark for some exciting riding above the glowing city lights below!

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Ash Canyon Night Ride

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

In addition to the public events, there have been some esteemed invitational competitions as well. Invitees to the Dorklo-napolis 50.0 had no idea what they were getting into. Race location, format, and rules were learned only moments before the event. Two teams of six riders each were to compete in a 50 mile relay bike race; all on bikes not normally associated with racing. Severe penalties were meted out by course officials that included having to wear a tutu or riding the micro bike that nearly tripled your lap times. Luckily the race promoter had mercy when the sun went down, and awarded one team victory after 32 miles completed. All riders were treated to pizza and beer following the event, and only minor injuries were reported.

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Dorklo-napolis 50.0

Bike Movie Night

It was Bike Movie Night at the Brewery Arts Center on May 9th. We had a concession stand, bicycle parking, and a fun movie! It turned out to be a great venue.

Bike Movie Night

Bike Movie Night

Bike Movie Night

And there are MORE events to come!

West Side Cruiser Ride

Tonight, Wednesday May 13th is the West Side Cruiser Ride. Meet at the Brewery Arts Center at 6:00 PM for an easy family-friendly, 4 mile bike ride around Carson City’s west side. Decorating bikes and costumes are encouraged. Fingers are crossed for good weather.

Westside Cruiser Ride 2014

Bike to Work Week Party

May 11th – 15th, teams have been competing in the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge. Each year riders rack up 100s of miles and trips by bike throughout the week. On the 15th, we’re having a party on 3rd Street at the Firkin and Fox for all the riders. It’s a fun finale celebration to all the official Bike Month events. As usual, there will be lots of great raffle prizes from local businesses, including two cruiser bikes. Proceeds go to support Muscle Powered. Music will be provided by the Trippin Kings Snakes. There will be helmet decorating for the kids, and a few bicycle games too.

Bike to Work Week Party

Bike Habitat’s Tour of Carson City 2015

Please join Bike Habitat and Muscle Powered for the 8th Annual Tour of Carson City bicycle ride! May is Bike Month in Carson City, and we’ll be kicking off the festivities with this fun ride on Sunday, May 3rd. Signups are at 9:00 AM, ride begins at 9:30 AM. The ride will begin and end at the Bike Habitat, and tour around the perimeter of Carson City for a moderately paced 27-30 mile bike ride.

Bike Habitat's Tour of Carson City 2015

Get Bike Month off and rolling with Denis and Viola as they celebrate the 8th Anniversary of Bike Habitat. This is a free event, and lunch will be served for the riders back at the shop after the ride!

Donations and memberships are encouraged to support Muscle Powered of Carson City to promote a more bike friendly community.

Call Denis at the Shop for Information.

Bike Habitat
911 Topsy Lane (next to Best Buy)
Carson City, NV 89705
(775) 267-5053
bikehabitat.com

 

Check the Bike Month 2015 page for more upcoming events in May!

The Pinyon Trail

If you’re in the Carson City area and looking to get in a quick mountain bike ride, you should add the newly constructed Pinyon Trail to your list. Located on the east side of the Carson Valley in the Pine Nut Mountains, this 5.2 mile trail circles around a large hill with spectacular views of the Pine Nut and Carson Ranges. Riders will get a good sampling of northern Nevada as they follow the twisty trail through pinyon pines (one of Nevada’s state trees) and Utah junipers.

Pinyon Trail
Pinyon Trailhead

To get to the trailhead, drive to the south end of Gardnerville, go northeast on Muller Pkwy at the intersection, and then east on Pinenut Road. Veer to the left when you get to the Dump Road, and keep to the right at the intersection of Our-R-Way Road. Trailhead parking is located 6.7 miles from HWY 395. The last 2.3 miles of the drive is on graded gravel, and small cars will be fine if the speed is kept down. The trailhead parking is a one-way design that accommodates autos and horse trailers. Parking and a trailhead kiosk are the only amenities; no water, bathrooms, or trash service. A good map is located on the Carson Valley Trails Association website HERE.

Pinyon Trail
Getting Started

The Pinyon Trail is a lollipop design, that is, it has a common entrance and exit with a loop at the top. The trail begins by climbing around the west side of the hill with wide open views of many notable peaks: Silver Peak and Raymond Peak to the south, Jobs and Monument Peaks to the West, and Slide Mountain to the North, to name a few.

Pinyon Trail
10,014 ft Raymond Peak off in the distance

After 1.1 miles, the trail reaches the loop junction. We chose to ride the 3 mile loop clockwise, but it can be ridden in either direction. When riding the trail clockwise, though, it appears that the climb is more gradual to the high point, leaving the steeper side for the descent. Riders looking for more mileage can ride the loop multiple times. Taking the loop twice extends the overall ride to about 8.2 miles.

Pinyon Trail
The loop begins

The trail maintains a gentle grade of about 5% throughout the loop for some easy climbing, and the trail surface is generally soil and mostly rock free. Switchbacks are pretty wide angled, and don’t require too much skill to get through. With its low mileage and easy riding surface, you could classify the trail as beginner singletrack if it weren’t for a couple other factors that increase the difficulty. The trail tread is fairly narrow, and is constantly turning around trees and rocks. This takes some skill and concentration from the rider, especially once the pace is increased. The trail is also cut into the steep slope of the hill at times. While this doesn’t make the trail more difficult, it can be a visual challenge for some to see the ground falling off steeply to one side. Keeping your eyes focused up ahead on the trail, though, will keep you on track.

Pinyon Trail
Trail surface is smooth, but narrow and winding

Pinyon Trail
Looking east to the Pine Nut range and Mount Siegel

Pinyon Trail
Continuous mountain views

Pinyon Trail

Pinyon Trail
Interesting rock formations

Pinyon Trail
A quick turn around the rocks

Pinyon Trail
Fun Terrain

Pinyon Trail
Smooth ribbon of singletrack

Pinyon Trail

Pinyon Trail
One of many OHV Crossings

Pinyon Trail
Slide Mountain to the Northwest, trail visible below

Pinyon Trail
Descending back to the trailhead

Pinyon Trail

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GPS Track of the ride

Once again, the Carson Valley Trails Association has put together another great trail. While most of their trails have been built on the west side of the valley and have more of a “Sierras” look, this one has a unique feel to it when compared to most local trails. The pinyon and juniper environment is typical of what you’ll see crossing the mountain ranges across the state, and really gives riders a Nevada impression. Beginning riders will enjoy the gentle climb and descent, while more advanced riders will have fun with all the twists and turns. It’s a great addition to the local trail collection, adding some nice variety to the mix.

Additional Information:

  • Maps, detailed driving directions, and additional information can be found on the Carson Valley Trails Association page: www.carsonvalleytrails.org/Trails-PinyonTrail.html
  • This non-motorized single track trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and dogs.
  • Trail elevation ranges from 5,700 feet at the trailhead to about 6,060 feet at the highest point.
  • Although I don’t believe any maps exist, there are many more trails in the immediate vicinity for further exploration that are shared by motorized and non-motorized users.
  • Keep an eye out for shell fossils in the rock shale near the top.
  • While the sandy trails on the west side of the valley benefit from some moisture, the dirt in this area of the Pine Nut Mountains turns to sticky clay when wet. Some have dubbed this “gumbo mud”, and it will quickly render your bike immobile when it starts raining.