Jan
28
2009
6

Big Basin Mini Bike Tour

I rode out to Big Basin Redwoods State park, camped out for a night, then rode back.

The temps diped into the low 30′s but all was good in my down bag.  The ride was about 50 miles total.  I climbed about 5400 total vertical feet.  I took a little ride up to a summit in the park and watched the sunset over the ocean view.  Pretty stunning.

The climb up Hwy 9 to Skyline took me twice as long as it does when I am not loaded.  But once to the top, it was nice flying downhill with 80 pounds of gear and bike.  I left around 1230 from my house and ended up in camp around 1500.  The parking lot was empty.  My hands were numb despite the thick gloves I had on.  I cruised into the ranger’s office to get registered.  They had a nice fire going in the fire place where I warmed up while the lady ranger went in back to get the paperwork.

That is when I realized, I forgot the lighter!  No way to light my camp stove.  The park store was closed and there were no other campers to bum a light.  I asked the ranger and luckily she went in back and gave me an old book of matches they had.  Crisis mitigated.

Setup camp in one of the two hike and bike spots.  Not a sole was around.  The thing that really hit me was how quiet it really is.  At home I think our neighborhood is quiet. But if you listen, you can still hear the drone of cars in the distance.  Here nothing.  My ears were ringing it was so quiet.

I then rode up to an ocean view summit about 3 miles up a fireroad.  It was steeeeeeep.   I even had to push the bike in some spots because the touring tires wouldn’t hold traction in the forest duff that was on the ground.  Once I got there I was treated to a view of the sun and the ocean.

After sunset I hurried back to camp in the dark.  Luckily it was downhill and I had my light.  Dinner was the best tasting chilli I had ever had.  Maybe it was just that I was super hungry.  The bottle of wine was keeping me nice and warm.  After dinner was done I was visited by a small raccoon.  I made sure to clean up so as not to invite any midnight guests…

The next day, I made some breakfast and broke camp.  The ride back was a little easier since I didn’t have quite the elevaion to climb as the first day.  Once I hit Saratoga, I was back in civilization.  It’s amazing how ‘out there’ you can feel within 25 miles of metropolis.

The trip was a success and I look forward to doing it again.

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Jan
22
2009
0

Current State of the Utility bikes

Here are pictures of the current incarnations of the utility bikes.  The Big Dummy with the double kid seats.

Also here is the Long Haul Trucker with the new Brooks Imperial Saddle and Caradice Barley Bag.

If you look close the mini minewt LED light is mounted in its new space thanks to some handy machine work from Todd at Bowers Precision That light holder is Titanium.  Sexy huh?!

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Jan
21
2009
0

Brazing 101

So my first experiment at brazing went well. I wanted to locate my mini minewt led light under and inside the nice rack on the trucker.

I ordered some braze on attachments and went to work. Surprisingly map gas was just hot enough to make it work.

I’ve got the brazing bug now. Time to build a front rack for the dummy. Then who knows what else.

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Jan
21
2009
1

Nolan on the Big Dummy

A couple of shots of the big boy on the back of the dummy. I’ve modified the seat to be able to mount a five point harness on the back seat. He really seems to not mind riding on the back.

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Jan
18
2009
0

Tulia’s quotes

“Nolan’s tummy is getting really big. Maybe he’s gonna have a baby or something. “

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Jan
15
2009
0

Learning how to nap in a shopping cart

Title says it all.

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Jan
06
2009
0

New saddle and bag

Here is the new Brooks Imperial leather saddle. Still hard as a rock. Also accompanying it is the Caradice bag.

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Jan
03
2009
0

Too much stuff

A worth while video about how wasteful out society is and how it hurts our earth.
http://www.storyofstuff.com/

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