The Bikes

No, that’s not me in the photo but, it is the way I think and see myself when I’m out on the road bike 🙂 .

Once upon a time I traded my motorcycle, a sweet Honda 550F, for a mountain bike, back when mountain bikes were a new and upcoming thing. I rode that for a while and then in languished in the shed for many years.

My cycling career really took off when my sons got interested in mountain biking an in one year we all got new bikes. Amazingly, they let me ride with them and I struggled hard to keep up as I hadn’t been on a bike for ~15 years and my fitness was at an all time low.

Below is a work in progress documenting my history with bicycles.

Mountain Biking

The Norco – Sasquatch

My first bike since I was a kid. I sold the Honda 550F for about $700 and spent all of it on the Sasquatch. Eric was about 1yr old so I converted a baby seat and made a custom attachment to fasten it to the rear blackburn rack. Back in the day there were no commercial kid bike seats. We rode on some trails and somehow Eric survived but I do remember one time when he hit his head on the back of the seat in spite of the seatbelt and shoulder harness! There was some crying involved.

Specialized – RockHopper SL – Red & Black

This was the bike that really launched by cycling passion and really improved my fitness. Riding hard with a bunch of teen-age guys will do that if you persevere and try to keep up! This bike went on all of the Maah Daah Hey trips and lots of late night city and trail riding with my sons and their friends.

Bike at a Trail Marker

Specialized – RockHopper SL – Matte Black

December 2010

Road Cycling

Guru – Flight

Kuota – Kharma

Commuting

All the mountain bikes took a swing at commuting.

Cube – Race

One sweet easy to take care of bike for every day riding and commuting. Full fenders, belt drive and internal gear hub made this bike one of the best commuters.

Cyclocross

Kona – Jake the Snake

Jake in the Wild

Fat Bike

Specialized – Fatboy Trail