Two dozen volunteer trail workers install two bridges and reroute a trail in a week

I’m a member of the CROCT Board here in Rice County MN and after witnessing the speed of vehicle traffic on the recently reopened Sechler Road (it’s closed to vehicles during the winter months), we made a quick decision last week to remove the ditch crossing bridge that we installed recently and reroute the trail directly over the creek prior to the gate at the north entrance to the park, keeping riders completely away from the road/pavement.

The creek crossing required a bigger bridge than the one we used for the ditch so the two bridges that a crew of CROCT volunteers fashioned from the wood of the old Mill Towns Trail bridge were put into service:

 

Last Tuesday, CROCT member John Ebling used his tractor to transport the bridges to the shoulder of Sechler Road near the creek crossings:

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Wider bars and shorter stem make my XC 29’er hardtail into an all-mountain bike. Kind of.

My Trek Gary Fisher X-Cal 29'er with wider bars and shorter stemMy 2011 Trek Gary Fisher X-Cal 29’er hardtail is going to have to do duty as an all-mountain bike this year because A) I’d like to ride one or more gravity enduros; and B) I can’t afford full squish yet.

So this past week, I upgraded to a:

(I’m somewhat less than mechanically-inclined so I needed a little rescuing from Stew Moyer & Ryan Hutchinson at Mike’s Bikes.)

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DNR’s ‘yurt guy’ Peter Hark rides CROCT’s Sechler Park MTB trail, approves

Peter Hark is a resident of rural Northfield, the DNR’s Field Operations Manager State Parks and Trails, and a Founding Supporter of CROCT.  He joined me and Marty Larson on his first ride on the Sechler Park MTB trail on Wednesday, a day off for him because it was his birthday. He seemed to enjoy the ride and was complementary on what he saw. For a relatively new mountain biker, he’s not half-bad, and if he got a proper mountain bike with better tires he would definitely be more than marginally adequate.

Marty Larson, Peter Hark Marty Larson, Griff Wigley

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My new mountain bike skills-related sideblog has launched

mtb skills sideblog screenshotI’ve started publishing a sideblog here on MTB Geezer devoted to mountain bike skills  (see the Wikipedia entry for the term ‘sideblog‘ if you’re unfamiliar with the concept.)

I keep coming across interesting mtb skills-related items out there on the interwebs that I’d like to pass along without having to give them the full blog post treatment.  I’ve occasionally been posting them to my @MTBikeGeezer Twitter feed and Thick Skull Facebook page and plan to continue that. But posts to Facebook pages and Twitter feeds are somewhat transient and aren’t easily searched or browsed long after they’ve been published.

I’m using the Asides feature of WordPress along with a sideblog plugin to accomplish this.  I’ve assigned them the WordPress Category (Asides) so they can be found here.

El Gato returns to his Northfield roots, draws the heat

2011 Cuyuna Lakes MTB grand opening toast: Gary Sjoquist, Hans Rey, John Gaddo, Jeff VerinkThe day I rediscovered mountain biking also happened to be the day I met John Gaddo (AKA ‘El Gato’). It was the grand opening weekend of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails back in June of 2011 and he was chauffeuring Hans “No way” Rey around, one of his many duties as a QBP staffer. I happened to be at a Crosby, MN pub when he and Hans came in for beers and dinner with Gary Sjoquist, Advocacy Director for QBP and Jeff Verink, sales rep with GT Bicycles. John told me he grew up in my hometown of Northfield, was into bicycle trials, and we’ve been colleagues ever since.

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Learning to reduce the impact of some mountain bike crashes, Part 1: sliding out sideways

Update 3/26, 7 am CDT:

This blog post, originally published on March 22, has now been published on Singletracks.com with a slightly revised title and a major addition of a narrated video/screencast at the end. See:

Learning to reduce the impact of some mountain bike crashes, Part 1: sliding out sideways

My last days of the winter singletrack (ridegroomed) season: not half-bad

I managed to squeeze in some decent singletrack winter riding on my 29’er last week before the spring thaw hit.  The trails were packed hard and the traction was amazing.

On Thursday afternoon, I rode everything at MORC’s Lebanon Hills MTB Park:

Lebanon Hills MTB Park - groomed singletrack (#ridegroomed) Lebanon Hills MTB Park - groomed singletrack (#ridegroomed) Lebanon Hills MTB Park - groomed singletrack (#ridegroomed)

including my favorite rock in the skills park:

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