Issue #117 of Dirt Rag Magazine has some reading for the SS/fixed crowd. A single speeder writes about his journey on the Great Divide race, coverage of the Single Speed World Champs (and a commentary on it too) and a review of the new fixed gear Raleigh Rush Hour. Go get it now.
Interbike is going on this week in Vegas, check the single speed and 29er coverage at Cycling News.com.
And check out the Redline 9-2-5 fixed/SS cro-mo urban warrior with moustache bars and fenders. I've heard a MSRP in the $500 range. Thanks to someone over on BikeForums.net for the alert.
Open up the border //
Wednesday - September 28, 2005
I just got this letter, sounds like a possible step forward in the right direction.
Bike riding in the Shenandoah National Park is presently limited to paved roads. The Park leadership is presently reviewing their rules with consideration to allowing mountain biking on fire roads. I have been advised by a Park Ranger that public interest in mountain biking could help influence the rule making process. It was recommended that I express my interest in biking on fire roads with a letter addressed to:
Park Superintendent Shenandoah National Park 3655 U.S. Highway 211 East Luray, Va. 22835-9036.
There are hundreds of miles of fire roads in the Shenandoah National Park. If you are interested, please send a letter to the Park Superintendent and forward this email to other interested mountain bikers.
Now, most people would say riding fireroads is not the best mountain biking experience and I would generally agree. But it makes for some great skinny tire scorching, slap a pair of cyclocross tires on the fixed gear road bike and get down. The Shenandoahs are a beautiful mountain range, there's hardly a better place to roll through on a set of two wheels and if you've never ridden a fixed gear off-road that would be a great place to start.
Zeke update: The good news is Zeke is out of the hospital and has been allowed to go stay with his parents. The bad news is he is 100% blind in one eye and the doctors think this will be permanent. A lot of funds have been raised to go towards his huge medical bill, a big thanks for all who have put something into the kitty. If you haven't already donated and can afford to do so, click the banner ad above for details. Thanks.
Fixed rides X3 //
Monday - September 26, 2005
Great riding this week, Wednesday just that perfect sort of fall weather where it's warm without being hot. Trails are bone-dry and fast and I was feeling like I had legs. Pushed on through at a fast pace that left me feeling worked at the end. The days are growing short now and lights are mandatory, that's the only bummer really. Saturday was a fixed gear leg stretcher to loosen the limbs after standing around for a couple of hours Friday night listening to Clutch just so I'd be ready for Sunday.
Sunday was the big day, the Hell Ride a.k.a. the Patapsco Valley Leg Breaker. Around this time last year I organized the Westside Fixed 50 that was a tough road ride with plenty of hills. This time around I vowed to make the climbing portion several times harder in a slightly shorter distance. I picked every major hill in the Catonsville/Ellicott City area and figured out how to string them together into a loop. Roads that were most likely designed before there were standards for maximum grades. One is signed as having an 18% section and many more are right there near it. This also meant bombing back down screaming descents to get to the next climb. Fixed gear bikes were mandatory. Approximately 44 miles when it was all said and done and more steep climbs than I've ever even come close to putting into a ride out here. A few flats, a few drops chains, no casualties and perfect weather. Hard to beat a day like that on the bike.