Fargo, Go Far. Ti.

Ok, So I started seriously thinking about buying the Trek Sawyer.  But then got to thinking that my bike stable is getting a little outta hand.  And really the Sawyer wasn’t filling any bike needs that I didn’t already have a bike for.  So this got me thinking. Why am I again spending money on a bike that isn’t exactly what I want.

And so what is it that I want exactly? I want a 29er that can tour on and off road. I want it in titanium.  (After getting a Moots, ti is saweeet)  I want a hardtail.  I no longer want to tour with big heavy racks and big panniers.

The answer came to me.  I’ve always admired Salsa bikes.  The Fargo was always an interesting bike.  Now they have created a Ti version of the Fargo with updated geometry.

“OMG!” I thought. That’s it.  Ti adventure touring bike.  After touring down south on the LHT, I realized that panniers just let you pack too much.  I’m all for bike packing.  Light as possible, minimum.  And if I need to tour with lots of stuff, I have the Big Dummy.

So, this is the plan. Sell the LHT with racks, panniers, and all.  Sell the Beasely 650B SS. Work some overtime.  Order me up a Ti Fargo frameset.  Start building a Ti 29er adventure bike from the ground up!

Ti Fargo

Just sick

Hey I like hot sauce. So Salsa is fitting isn't it?

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Two wheeled things

Mmm Stokage.  Got my panniers finally for the GS. I ordered those things probably 4 months ago.  Maybe more.  Anyway, they finally came.  Got them on.  Just in time for 10 days of rain.  Oh well, I got to ride to Palo Alto with them just to try them out.  Surprisingly they seem to stabilize the bike a little more.  At highway speeds the bike doesn’t feel so twitchy anymore.  One negative though is my mileage per gallon meter went down about 5-10 mpg!  Yikes, that’s almost a 20% hit.  Well I guess I am still getting over 40 mpg.  Not bad I guess.

On other two wheel stokage, check this out.  Gary Fisher sold his brand to Trek. That’s not the news.  They produced a bike that pays homage to the days of the klunker.  The birth of the mountain bike in Marin.  Trek is selling this geared 29er called the Sawyer.

I love the swoopy tubes.  Such a cruiser look.  Steel too.  Might have to sell the 650B beasley SS to fund this one.

Here is a production pic.  I think this would be a cool retro bike packing bike.  Although that is what my moots is for… Maybe I need to pull an overtime shift.

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Do good.

Today I was the recipient of the good that random people can be capable of in this world.  Lately, I am guilty of looking at things in a jaded light.  Compassion has been less than prominent in my day to day life.  Sad isn’t it?  Until today. I’m truly moved by what may seem to be a small and insignificant gesture.

I went riding today out on the Kennedy trail in Los Gatos.  For those that don’t know, it’s a grueling climb to the 2700′ peak. The valley is socked in with low clouds and fog in places.  The trail head is no exception.



Dew Catchers




After about 50 minutes of climbing and about 2200′ of elevation the fog gave way to the sun from above.



Looking back down at the valley.



Panoramic shot near the top.


So after making it to the top and snapping a few photos, I let gravity take over and do it’s thing.  Midway down there are a set of two good sized water bar jumps where one can boost a few feet of air.  Somehow my camera decided to do a little flying of it’s own.  It store it in the side pocket of my riding pack.  This pocket is open and doesn’t have a zipper for easy and quick access.  Too easy.

I made it home and then realized the camera was missing.  Curse words and explicatives rolled off my tongue.  I wasn’t sure if I was more pissed about losing it or the impending climb up the hill just to fetch the piece of crap.

I drove back to the trailhead after lunch, readying myself for another ride (ok, so that’s not a bad thing).  What did I find when I arrived at the trailhead?  Someone had found my camera, and brought it down the hill.  They left it at the signage at the start of the trail. Amazing. They cold have scored a free camera, but they did the right thing.  Knowing, that no one was around to see their good deed.  Knowing that they would probably never be thanked or rewarded for their good deed.  It was a profound reminder to me that people do good.

I left a nice note, where my camera stood.  I decided that since I couldn’t pay this person back, I will pay it forward.  Such a small deed, yet such a profound effect.




Above it all


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Moots Rigormootis

I finally broke the Superlight frame.  After 10 years of riding it.  It cracked at the pivot bearing on the swingarm where most early generation Santa Cruz Superlight frames give it up.

Introducing the Moots Rigormootis.  Harvested parts from the Superlight to build her up.  25.5 pounds of titanium.  I intend to use it as a long distance dirt touring/XC/race rig.

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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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Another ride with the kids

Went back out to Fremont Older today with both kids. Tulia got some new goggles to keep the dust out of her eyes.

I get some pretty amazing cardio out of a 30 minute loop with both of them in tow.  I’d go longer but Tulia is usualy done with the bumps after 20 minutes of it.

The picture of me and Nolan from a distance was taken by Tulia!

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36 miles of Big Basin on a singlespeed

Every year for the past 8 years, mountain cyclists that frequent the Norcal forums spend a week gathering at various Bay Area locations to ride bikes.  This year I decided to join them for two of the rides. One was at Saratoga Gap, and the second was an epic through Big Basin and Butano State parks.

I was lucky enough to get a day pass from the wife and kids due to my 33rd birthday.  So my calendar was marked off from 1000 to 1700.

As usual I left the house late (0940) hoping to get to the Big Basin HQ by 1000, yeah right!  I knew I would be late.  My only hope was that so would someone else and hte group would leave too close to on time.

As I pulled into the parking lot at 1030, I thought, “well, I have a map, if I don’t catch them or see them, I can do this myself.”

After about 10.5 miles I caught up the group at the top of Chalk mountain.

This was my first long ride on the singlespeed, and I felt pretty good.  The climbs weren’t unridable, although toward the end of the 36 miles, my legs were done.

Total elevation climbed was about 5570′  Highest elevation reached was about 2300′

The ride took use from Big Basin headquarters to the ocean near Costanoa.  We camped there about two years ago.  Then we rode up to Butano State park and looped back into Big Basin.  The ride was all fire roads for the most part.

The ride ended with a beer and some great chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter inside!!!  What a way to end it!

Had a great time and met some real nice people.  It’s great to be able to put a face to some of the screen names on the forums.

My singlespeeding confidence has been majorly boosted by the fact that I was able to complete the ride.

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Morning ride at the gap

Got up real early to go for a ride. The sun was due to rise at 0600.

Fog was nestled deep in the forest valleys.

Half way through my ride I get a call on my cell phone! “Damn I need to leave that thing in the car!”

Wife is feeling sick and the little one is crying possibley sick too. Guess it was a good thing I brought the phone. Ride gets cut short and I return home to care for the family.

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Henry Coe Ride

Henry Coe Ride from Mike on Vimeo.

Some of the best single track I’ve ridden.  13 miles, 3000 feet of climbing, and descending.

The trail was about 8 inches wide for the majority of the single track, which was just about all the downhill.

Wild flowers were out in force as well.  Spring is a beautiful time in Coe. No blazing hot temps of the summer.

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Haro Beasley

Rigid Hardtail. 650B tires. Single speed.

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