I took Friday off to enjoy an extended bike ride with Kristy, the perfect way to celebrate my birthday. It turned out that Jeff and Amy P also had the day off work, so we all went up and rode the Ash Canyon trails. As much as I enjoy the hour lunch rides in Ash Canyon, it’s much more enjoyable to take your time. Mountain Biking is as much riding the trails as it is talking with friends and enjoying the outdoors. It’s always best to extend these two activities.
On Saturday, Jeff P helped me install my new Manitou Nixon forks on my Kona Coiler. A fork installation wouldn’t be complete without a test ride, so once again we hit the Ash Canyon trails to put the fork through various test scenarios. I’m very happy with the forks. They have adjustable compression, rebound, and travel. The bike climbed very nicely in the 115 mm setting, and soaked up everything coming down the hill in the 145 mm setting. More on this subject later…
Did you miss the Flat Tire Repair Clinic at the Bike Habitat? Dennis Coyne helped us kick off Bike Month with this excellent event at his shop. Even we self proclaimed “experts” learned a few new tricks. More on this event can viewed over on the Muscle Powered Blog HERE. Check the Bike Carson Calendar for two more Bike Habitat clinics happening this week, Roadside Maintenance and the Bicycle Commuters Forum.
Also over on the Muscle Powered Blog this morning is Bicycle Commuting Series Chapter 2 – Do I Have Time to Commute by Bike?. Read this article HERE.