Tag - mountain bike

Are New Forks as Good as a New Bike?

Nope. Probably not. For most people. I’d argue that though. When a bike has sentimental value upgrading parts is totally worth it. “Wait. What?” I hear the sceptics say… “A bike with sentimental value?” What. The. Actual. Fuck?

Well… Technically speaking, my bike is my wedding ring (with the cost at the time my other half would say engagement ring too if we were ever actually engaged but that’s a whole ‘nother story). So. Sentimental value. 6 year old Santa Cruz Bronson.

In my mind it’s totally fine to drop decent $$ on upgrades every season to keep this bike feeling like new. Last season (yeah I know. I didn’t blog about it) was drivetrain season – cranks, bb, shifters, 1×12. And new brakes. Again, another story I need to go back and write. Gah!

Anyway, this season was new fork season! Does that make anyone else a little excited? If this was a porn site I’d tell you just how excited it makes me. But it’s not…unless you’re wierd and bikes are porn. In which case, please be my friend! Because OMG I am seriously excited and bouncing up and down at the thought of hitting the trails as soon as winter is done.

It may have also become new dropper season, since my awesome bike mechanic at KLM Fitness in Rochester MI realized my Reverb was dead. Hey look. Another blog post topic on what and why I went to a cable dropper instead of hydraulic.

Anyway, I don’t have deets on what the fork is I just installed…and I probably didn’t answer the topic question. I’m not technical and too many concussions has killed my memory. So that’s another post. For now, I just know I can’t wait for summer rides and roadtrips to bike parks in Colorado. Oh. Look. More future blog post topics.

Procrastination Gets You Nowhere

Just like trying this line at the skate park, which I procrastinated over for way too long, I also procrastinated about putting this video out there. And writing this post.

Skate parks intimidate me. Always have and probably always will. But what I do with that feeling? That’s entirely up to me.

This visit to the skate park was my first this year. Pretty sad, since summer is almost over. I was definitely feeling intimidated on arrival. Hell, being there with my teenager is intimidating since she outrides me at every turn. For a while I just stuck to my usual go-to – rolling through the pumpy parts. It gets boring pretty quick. Thinking about what I could do made me realize it was time I stopped looking for excuses (too old, concrete hurts, it’s been ages) and just had a go at something.

Risk = Reward

And then… another 5 days goes by while I procrastinate about writing this.

Looking at this video and jump now it seems kinda tame. But at the time it felt awesome. Smooth. Freeing. And I didn’t miss the opportunity to point out to Sienna that I got it smooth on my third attempt.

Now I just need to make time to go back and do it again!