A hot Summer requires occasional respites. We drove to Groveland, CA where we sampled the offerings at Exchequer Bike Park on Lake McClure. It was a fun and interesting day that was filled with some great downhills and great people.
As the proud owner of a new Ibis Ripmo v2, I wanted my first ride to be one for the books. To that end, I called my Patrick, riding buddy, and we met at the Soquel Demonstration Forest lot to ride the Flow Trail.
Our climb up to Pilot Rock was an exercise in pain and endurance. My legs were shot by the previous day's 16+ mile ride with over 2000 feet of climbing up steep inclines and over rocky, rooty obstacles. Pilot Rock was an ascent that, to put mildly, hurt. But the payoff was worth the effort!
I have been looking for ways to research the bike that would eventually replace my beloved 2016 Santa Cruz Bronson CC. I was looking to buy a top-level bike in the next few months, and I wanted my purchase to be an informed one.
My bike shop takes up a small amount of room in the corner of my garage. This is to facilitate all the other things I do there. Whether it's making beer, entertaining guests, or wrenching on bikes, I need space to get that stuff done.