Photo taken at: Genoa, Nevada
Month: September 2017
I don’t always ride downhill but when I do it’s after a legit liaison
Photo taken at: Graeagle, California
It took three attempts to finally get over the top of this beast this summer. So worth it — the upper reaches are the finest gnar legs, lungs, and heart can bring. To celebrate I rode up and down neighboring Mills Peak
Lakes Basin is a tough place to ride a bike. Yes, the trails are steep and they are also rocky, as in boulders and ledges. It takes effort to ride up and down around here but the satisfaction is like none other. Kicking it like an enormous bear, Mt. Elwell sits prominently in the landscape among the lakes, ridges, and peaks. And there’s a trail running right over it…
The classic route involves ascending from the south and descending the north. I started at the Trailhead for Long Lake Trail and Smith Lake Trail near the Grayeagle Lodge. From there Long Lake Trail climbs up appropriately to Long Lake.
While I’d rather not disclose the precise number of times I got off my bike along Long Lake’s north shore, I will admit the approach wasn’t all riding. At the southern end of the lake, the trail climbs a scree and boulder field. At this point questions start forming. Soon enough, the scramble gets back to a ridable tread as the route gains a saddle at the base of Mt. Elwell proper.
Climbing from the saddle is steep as all getout yet grindable to whatever your heart rate can deal with. At the top things get technical approaching and passing the summit block. The summit has a few remnants of an old lookout and a nice place for a snack on a pleasant day.
Now things get exciting. The trail drops abruptly to the north from the summit area. Succumbing to gravity and finding or improvising lines through rocks and over ledges seems to work well here. The section rides sporty and the violence feels more akin to sparring than cycling.
After this rowdy little downhill session, the pitch slacks a bit but the surface remains a mix of loose and solid. At the same time, speed picks up a bit as turns drift by and little fucked up sections amount to focus or die scenarios. Aside from crashing, destroying tires are a concern. Better be running heavy casings and high air pressure.
I didn’t destroy a tire today. That’s a win for me in Downieville
Photo taken at: Downieville, California
Something about Fall, something about this bike
Photo taken at: Prosser Creek, California
For hire. Available mid-October
Photo taken at: West Coast
Critters and their critters ❤️
Photo taken at: Oregon
I’m so lit on PB Blaster working my way through this functional restoration project
Amazing afternoon working on the Donner to Downieville project with Kurt and Dylan. Shreddy finish to the eve off the highest point in Sierra County. Still have some more recon but this thing gonna go
Photo taken at: Mount Lola
Lacing a wheel for a customer
Photo taken at: Smooth Rides