Saturday, May 16, 2015

Early Bird

I had to get up early today to get a ride in before heading to the ballpark. I was out the door by 7:00 and it was a bit cold, too darn cold for May. I was able to witness a nice sunrise, which made the early hour a bit more bearable.

I was able to mix in a bit of gravel . . .

. . . some trail . . .

. . . some more gravel . . .

. . . and a bit of singletrack.

I went hard for 90 minutes and reluctantly headed home. After a quick shower it was off to our Little League game.

We lost, again, but the boy turned in a fine pitching performance: 3 innings pitched, no runs, no hits, 3 walks, 8 strikeouts.


Friday, May 08, 2015

It Lives

It's been almost three years since I first laid eyes on the monster that is the Surly Krampus, and I finally have mine.

All the parts have been collected over the past few months, and I have now started the build. Here's the little I have assembled so far.

I am setting it up as a 1x10. Except for the King headset, nothing terribly exotic: Shimano Zee rear derailleur and shifter, XT hubs and cassette, SLX cranks. I went with Velocity rims and Maxxis tires over the Surly Rabbit Hole/Knard combo. It was a money saving move on the rims, and I wanted a more aggressive tire. I'm not a huge fan of the obnoxious tire graphics, though.

Hopefully I will get some time here and there to finish it up soon.


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Get Some Dirt

I have not been posting much lately because my rides haven't been too exciting. Coaching Little League is taking up a tremendous amount of time, which is coming directly out of my riding time. I'm getting out for short rides, sure, but nobody wants to hear about my local loop over and over again.

Yesterday during our game, we had a number of grounders get past us. We tell the kids to "get the glove down" or "get some dirt." After enduring a tough loss, I realized I myself needed to get some dirt.

I woke up at 5 a.m. this morning, had breakfast, prepped the gear and headed out a little after seven. I didn't have enough time to drive anywhere, so I decided to ride the El Dorado Trail south.

It always surprises me how wide open the land is just a couple miles south of Highway 50. You see the occasional house or ranch, but most of the time just rolling hills. And every time I ride out there I wonder why I don't do it more.

This shot was an accident, but I kind of like it.

The terrain is surprisingly hilly even though the trail never ventures far from the tracks.

I turned around after a little over an hour of riding.

I rolled up the driveway with 24.5 miles and just enough time to shower, eat and head to baseball practice.

Tonight I am tired and definitely not ready for the weekend to be over, but it was really nice to hit some trails this morning, even if it was just out by the tracks. Whether it's baseball or bikes, "get some dirt" is always good advice.