Saturday, April 25, 2015

Last Sunday in April!

Hello All!

Just a reminder that we'll be grinding some gravel up in Capitol Forest tomorrow.  We'll depart from the N side of Capitol Lake at noon, ride pavement up to The Y, and climb gravel up into the NE part of the forest.  We'll then drop back to Delphi or up to Rock Candy.

Expect 30 miles or so, and plenty of ups!  Hope to see you tomorrow!

Friday evening no place I'd rather be

Getting old Trail 30 tuned up. Twin Peaks Trail. Capitol Forest. Save The Roots. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Twin Peaks Trail Rebuild

The classic Capitol Forest gnar fest formerly known as Trail 30 is heading off to rehab. 

Down. But not for long.

After a major logging operation this last year, a trail to road conversion and years of neglect, it's time for a look under the hood. "Trail rehabilitation" means many things to many people. In my mind, maintaining the more downhill oriented flow of Trail 30's long loved berms and steep(er) chunder root fest is the paramount priority in this trip to rehab. Other factors to consider are multi use riding experience needs - this is also a quad/moto trail, managing wear and tear from the motos and mother nature as well as silt run off from the trail onto the roads. As usual, not everyone will be happy with the end results, but hopefully we can keep the work focused on an outcome that preserves the original character of the trail while balancing these other considerations. 

Also. Unlike the other popular downhill(ish) shuttle run in Capitol Forest - Green Line trail, the Twin Peaks trail offers a more appropriate place to rally shuttle groups with minimal user conflict as well as provides the most direct shuttle route to the most sustained descent on the map in Capitol Forest via C8200 road which parallels are large section of the trail. Win - win. And, looking to the future and the potential of a DNR approved "real" downhill trail actually coming together in Capitol Forest, the Twin Peaks Corridor would make for an ideal location for these same reasons - food for thought a little off of topic, but not really. 

I think what we are really thinking of when we think of this Twin Peaks Zone and it's history and hopefully future is the appreciation of that fleeting state of quiet and focused mind that occurs while riding with a relatively elevated risk factor by navigating uneven terrain and unpredictable conditions at an increased rate of descent.

Love at first rim dent. Twin Peaks Trail. 
Here is the preliminary project map. Planning is just beginning and this is a project that will hopefully see quality work with a 2015 completion date. 

Sound good? Want to dig in? 
More info coming here at Oly Dirt and please join the conversation and stay informed with project updates and communications over at the Capitol Forest Recreation Yahoogroup. 


A late evening in Capitol Forest

When the C8200 road climb/Twin Peaks trail descent calls, don't let it ring through to voicemail. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Bronson - $3000

Hey Oly Dirt Readers!

How does $3000 for a fresh Bronson sound?  That includes a fresh rear rim and wheel rebuild, fork lowers service, and full brake bleed.  Price is good for anyone who reads Oly Dirt and is willing to come up to Bellingham to pick up the bike!  I'm happy to take you out for a lap on the bike to make sure it's right for you.  Contact information on the Craigslist ad here

Here's the full spec:

Santa Cruz Bronson aluminum frame, size XL
Fox Float CTD shock, custom tune
Rockshox Pike Solo Air RCT3

XT rear derailleur
XT 11-36 cassette
SLX shifter
Raceface Turbine cranks
Raceface 30t N/W chainring
Deity Skyskraper pedals

Hope Pro 2 Evo Hubs
Velocity Blunt 35 rims
Shwalbe Magic Mary front tire (tubeless)
Maxxis High Roller II rear tire (tubeless ready)

XT brakes
Reverb 125 dropper post
SDG Bel Air Ti seat
Chromag OSX bar, uncut
Chromag Ranger stem, 50mm
Raceface Half Nelson grips
Stainless Steel water bottle cage (so enduro)
Mucky Nutz front fender

Fresh Rubber!

Chromag Goods!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

trail stewardship and knee healing...

Green line tie trail got some love today. 
No culvert installed, just a drainage ditch & a lot of rocks to let the water flow through to the other side.  Probably not a permanent solution, as the rocks will get silted in, but we were just having a fun day out in the woods.