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More coffee, stat!  //   Friday - March 3, 2006

Our friends over at Cars R Coffins have opened a coffee shop/bicycle hangout up there in the Mineapolis tundra. They've got new blog to go with it. If you are in the neighborhood, stop in and tell them we sent you.

So, you here me rambling about trail maintenance, maybe you live in this region, want to find out what it's all about or just meet up with some of the people who are always getting dirt under their fingernails. Saturday night is the annual MORE winter party where everyone brings some food and swag is given out to the people who have logged the most trail work hours. Even if you aren't a member you can come on out, it's free and we don't bite plus there's a micro bike swap where people bring their spare parts in hopes someone else will buy them. BYOB and some food to share, full details can be found here.

- riderx

Rock Steady  //   Tuesday - February 28, 2006

On Wednesday my friend John stopped by to welcome us to Frederick, sample some home brew and drop off a six pack Old Peculiar as a house warming gift. If you've ever had the pleasure of riding with John then take some notes, his focus is on fun and is the epitome of what cycling should be. You can check out the progress of his project, Fixing Frederick, where he is attempting to ride every road in Frederick County on his fixed gear. Also check out this cool photo set he put together.

Saturday I finally hit dirt again. It was warm and almost spring like, it was the perfect weather for getting the MTB back on the trail. While most trails were surely too wet to ride, up here in rock central you rarely have such worries. MikeC and the Disco Cowboy came out to share the pleasure and pain.

With all of the wet weather we had even some of the stuff in the Watershed was damp, but still not off limits. The singletrack was nice and dry but some of the old, gnarly jeep roads were soft. The Death March was even more work than usual due to this and the fact that some new water diversion mounds have been installed and are not yet packed down. Despite the decrease in saddle time lately I felt good once I got the initial burn out of my lungs. We rode for several hours, did a lot of climbing and the legs felt solid. The upper body was sore that night, but it's a price I'm willing to pay to whip the body back in shape.

Sunday I headed back out to ride the Shed with a few of the Wednesday crew: Markie, Kevin and occasional Wednesday rider Babar. After busting his collar bone earlier this winter Mark finally got the OK to get back on the dirt from the doctor. So of course he had to ride his favorite trail, the Salamander Rock trail. It was a good ride but far different weather-wise than Saturday. A cold front had moved in and it was windy and below freezing making things quite chilly. There was even some lingering snow on a few stretches of that trail. Overall a great ride and good to get back to back trail days after so much road riding this winter. It was a nice little shot to the soul and much needed.

Feeling a little rusty with the camera, but I did manage to take a couple of shots both days, so here they are for what it's worth.

- riderx


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