Mar
06
2010
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Big Basin S24O ver. 2.0

This was a shake down ride for Jeff, Chris and I for our Santa Barbara tour in June. My new friend Adam came with us and rode my LHT. Jeff didn’t camp and had to return after nearly making it to the top of Hwy 9 before running out of time.

We pulled into camp well past sun down. We were all hungry and tired. We had looked forward to buying some firewood and having a big fire to warm up by but we were disheartened when we found the camp store closed and no one around able to spare any wood.

We rode around to various camp sites asking if anyone had extra wood to spare but that proved to be an exercise in disappointment. We selected a camp next to a couple that was having a large fire.

The thought had crossed my mind to buddy up with them and warm our cold tired bodies using their fire, but somehow a part of me thought they might not appreciate their romantic camping get away in the woods being ruined by 3 sweaty stinky bikers. So I refrained from asking.

About an half an hour after setting up camp they came over and offered to pick up some firewood for us down in Boulder Creek some many miles away. They had ran out of their own wood and would be heading out to replenish their stock! Lucky break #1.

So after about an hour they returned with four bundles of wood for us. We lite a huge inferno and cooked pasta and chili over my homemade alcohol stoves. Oh and drank other forms of alcohol that wasn’t flammable enough for the stove.

That night we pretty much crashed out as soon as we finished dinner around 10 pm. The food was all put away but the pots and pans were still coated with chili residue. No worries I thought. The raccoons should be that much of a bother once they lick the pans clean.

Around midnight the whole family of coons came out and tried to clean out pans. I say tried because they made so much noise that I had to scare them away each time to try to go back to sleep. After about the 4th time I put the dishes away where they couldn’t get to them.

This same family of coons had coordinated an attack on our neighbors that bought us firewood earlier. They made off with the couple’s bag of marshmallows.

The next day we woke, had a light breakfast and rode back home by noon. The last time I did this same trip solo. I can say that s24o’s are much more fun with friends. As long as you have enough boos.

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Nov
26
2009
1

Turkeyday Ride

So every year in the South bay there is a pre-Thanksgiving ride up Kennedy Rd and up Kennedy trail to the top.  It’s a 2000′ climb to the top.  This year I took Tulia up to the top on the Big Dummy. My buddy Chris rode with me.  Several people that I have ridden with and met through mtbr.com were there.

The ride starts in Los Gatos in front of Summit Bike shop.  We arrived at 10 till 8.  I spotted a bunch of people that I rode with in Oregon, and on the Big Basin MBTB epic.

This is a great ride.  It’s a pretty steep grind up, but having all these people here really makes it fun.  Rumor was that 2 pigs and several turkey’s were hauled up.  Also kegs, Tequila, and beers of all sorts.  We brought up some Kona brews.

Tulia was a trooper and rode tail the whole way.  She didn’t even complain.  The doughnut holes and promise of goodies up at the top helped.

Countless people talked with me about how cool the Big Dummy setup is.  It’s nice riding this thing on a ride other than a grocery run or dropping the kids off at school.  I was really impressed with how easy (relative to the task at hand) the dummy was to pedal up the hill.  Slow and low is all it took.

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Aug
27
2009
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Nolan Riding the Big Dummy

Went for a short ride on the dummy at Fremont Older.  Nolan seemed to like the bumps.

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May
16
2009
1

Porter is finished

Finally finished up the porter rack for the big dummy. And to top the porter, an ale.

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Mar
31
2009
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Beer Run, dummy style

Picked up the party supplies for Nolan’s birthday party.  The big dummy and the new portuer rack were loaded. 36 bottles of beer/smirnof. case of juice boxes, 16 pack of sodas, various food.

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Mar
01
2009
1

Porteur rack

Almost done.  Need to detail it, mount the slats and paint.

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Jan
22
2009
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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
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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Dec
11
2008
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Out in the cold

Took Tulia to school by bike like any other day. Today it was a balmy 38 degrees out. Lisa left some sodas in the car last night. When I put them in the refer, they were colder than the ones in there already.

After dropping Tulia at school, I picked up my dry cleaning. The lady looked at me then my bike and said, “how are you gonna get this stuff home?”

I said I would put it in the bike bag and ride home. She then went on about how I must exercise a lot. Funny how that stigma about bicycle commuting is there.

Anyway, the dog some exercise and I got my clothes.

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Dec
01
2008
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A naked dummy

I took my freeloader bags off today to paint the silver tubes a stealthy and utilitarian black. So here is a shot the Big Dummy naked. Note the big black rubber piece is to keep the caliper from rubbing through the bag.

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