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Pedal Shop Rocks  //   Wednesday - July 28, 2004

If you are looking for a single speed/fixed gear friendly shop in the Northern Virginia/DC area head to Pedal Shop in Ashburn. Unlike other shops that might scratch their head when you ask for some SS specific part, they get it. And if you are in the market for an On-One Inbred, tell them you heard about them on this here site and they'll cut you a special deal. Deals are good, aren't they?

Regular readers of my drivel will remember that I mentioned my wife recently decided to swing a leg over the MTB and give dirt riding a shot. Well, she's been out on the trail about a half dozen times and doing really good. She's also been consistently hitting the pavement to work on endurance too. Monday she left the nest and went on a local women's ride here in Avalon, by far her most challenging ride. Got to say I'm real proud of her. No single speeding (yet), but maybe down the road (she probably won't agree!).

As for me, took it easy on Monday and spun out 14 miles on the fixed in the park. Meant to take the camera, forgot it, and spotted a cool heron perched on a tree above the river that I really wanted to get a picture of. All white, which I think is an immature blue heron, but I'm no bird expert and never bothered to look it up.

Tuesday I scouted locations with Scud for a beginners bootcamp we (MORE) are putting on in August, so no hard riding. Afterwards and overnight we got 4.5 inches of rain! No trail ride tonight, fixed action once again.

- riderx

Weekend riding  //   Monday - July 26, 2004

Rain Friday night and the desire to log a good chunk of miles had me pulling the fixed gear out to hit the road Saturday. With a cookout to go to way up north, I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. Instead of sitting in a car for an hour I'd sit in the saddle for three. Never did the route before, but found a pretty straight forward way to get to my destination. Temps were in the 70's, some clouds kept the sun from giving you the beat down and the humidity was reasonable. Great day to bike.

I wanted to knock out the whole ride non-stop so I debated between running the Camelbak or water bottles. Decided on the water bottles to keep things light and unencumbered. By the time I arrived at the cookout I had logged 52 miles and change and I was nursing the last of that liquid, especially with a series of climbs finishing off the ride. Fortunately there was a cooler full of ice cold beers waiting for me when I arrived.

Sunday saw the grand opening of the new trails at Rosaryville State Park, where local advocacy group MORE has put in two years of hard work creating a cool little trail system. Thanks to all of the people who worked on this. MORE hosted rides and a picnic to celebrate. After we got done riding and eating we played Friz-bike, which is kind of a combination of Frisbee and football. Two teams passing the Frisbee back and forth in an effort to score a goal in the end zone. More fun than I expected and get give you quite the workout as you chase down the opposition.

A good number of young kids made it out too. Cool to see the next generation of MTBers getting stoked on riding.

- riderx

 

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