Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Weekend Report....Snow running!

Gateway to trail running heaven.

Hope you like switchbacks to start your morning!

Patagonia and Steamboat ditch (Tom Cooke) trail has been a staple of my running diet for years.  And since backcountry skiing was off the table with this storm and some ridiculously high avalanche danger....running was my next best choice.  This is what it looked like around 9 am Saturday....apparently it is a darn popular option on a snowy bluebird morning!

The key to running in 6-8 inches of wet snow?   Waterproof socks!  If you run, ride, or just generally like being outdoors regardless of the weather a good pair of Showerpass waterproof socks will make your life a little bit better.  I discovered them (not shockingly) while riding in Eugene, where rain and wet is a daily part of commuting....but they will get plenty of use in conditions like these!

They proved equally as useful for a Sunday morning follow up run at Hidden Valley Park.  While I've know about these trails for years, I rarely used them.  So if you're looking for some new terrain for mountain biking or running do some homework on Hidden Valley.  I'm sure I'll post more since I'm living here now....but there are a ton of great options. 

Hope everyone had as much fun in the snow this weekend as I did!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Snow commute....safer than driving!

How did you like the roads this morning?  Just a touch icy wasn't it.  Maybe you should have traded in four wheels for two?  This is what the bike paths looked like this morning.

Yep, they get the same snow...but don't get packed down by 4000 lbs bumper cars....so it's not icy at all.  You do need to pay attention of course....but I'd argue its significantly safer than the roads were this morning.

And would you look at that...apparently I'm not the only one who braved the fresh snow this morning!

In all fairness, I did have a short, six mile trip (out and back) I had to make this morning which was mostly on separated bike infrastructure.  However, by my return trip at 10am the bike path had been plowed and is down to nice concrete with no ice.  Still a huge improvement from the roadways I drove subsequently to get out to the east side of town.

So while my point is to show the bike paths work well even in the winter, I will caution anyone who wants to give it a try.  The part of this ride that I don't have pictures for was on Mill St.  There are bike lanes but they are still filled with snow and snow plow debris.  These are no picnic and put you adjacent to vehicle traffic that is literally skating on glare ice at 40 plus miles an hour.  Not a great situation.

But...if you have a little moxy and a need to bike commute, snow days can be pretty darn fun riding!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

(Re)Exploring Reno....Trail running.

It's easy to forget just how much Reno has to offer in terms of active outdoor opportunities.  Until you leave....
Yesterday I rode out to Hidden Valley Park and rediscovered some trails I haven't used in years!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Biking in Western Oregon....a review in pictures.

Why is it a review you might ask?  Because I'm back baby...enjoy the Oregon pics while they last.  From here on out it's all Reno!  And by the way, two years in a city like Eugene has shown me we have an insanely long way to go to get good bicycle infrastructure in Reno.  It's time to shake up the system folks.

You know you're in hipster heaven when....

Portland bike and mass transit infrastructure...Tilikum Crossing Bridge.

Biking pristine gravel through redwoods anyone? 

Bike to hike!

Gravel roads everywhere....who says logging is bad!

Yep....more gravel....and some rain. Anarchy Rules!

Bike and hike with purpose! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oregon Handbuilt Bike Show!

Yep.  I live really close to Portland....so this happened last weekend!  Hope you guys are still riding bikes down there in Reno.

Hand brazing seminar...now I need an oxy-acetalene torch!?

From Co-motion in Eugene.  I so want to test ride this thing.

Pretty much the Ahearne version of my Fargo....I still want it!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Not Dead Yet!

Well....clearly I'm not really blogging any more.  Mostly because Eugene is a whole new playground and I've just been exploring it.  Anyway....with the new job is a new office.  It looks something like this:

Yep, I get a lot more field work in the new position.  And just for reference to you folks in Reno...the green things are trees.  You can see the Sisters in the background if you're wondering about the snow covered peaks.

And just to keep this bikey.  Here's a bikepacking get together at Oakshire Brewery (yep, I still like breweries) that happened last week.  Standing room only!  Nothing like a strong biking community to get the camping season off to a strong start.  And with that in mind...I'm off to the Oregon coast for a little camping and riding of my own. 

Cheers Reno People!