biking Slickrock Trail, Utah


(Using my camera self-timer on these shots was difficult.)



The bike is a Santa Cruz Blur.

First adventure day in Canyon Country …

The Slickrock Trail, located near Moab, Utah (USA), is a popular mountain biking destination with worldwide fame. This 10.5 miles (16.9 km) loop takes intrepid riders over a landscape of “petrified” sand dunes and the eroded remnants of ancient sea beds. The Slickrock Trail is one of the more difficult rides in the Moab area, both technically and cardiovascularly, and is not suitable for novice riders.

… The so-called slickrock sandstone, which forms the majority of the trail’s surface, is not slick at all, but has a surface much like sandpaper. The rubber tires of a mountain bike or off-road motorcycle will grip readily to its surface on all but the steepest hills.

The name “slickrock” was given by early settlers of the area because their horses’ metal shoes had difficulty gaining traction on the rock’s sloping surfaces.

Slickrock Trail – Wikipedia


I’m happy to say I survived the long, hot day.

I saw two crashes. But came out unscathed myself.


the bike saddle that is a pump

I rarely bother to carry my pump. This would solve the problem.

Always nice to see a kid take an idea from school and turn it into a viable product. In this case Philip Robinson came up with the idea of hiding a bicycle pump in the seat bike, saving weight by using the post as the outer wall for the pump. Ingenius. Really.

Get Outdoors – BioLogic ZorinPump: The Seat That Is A Pump – Outdoor Blog


why I should work for Google

Wanting to be more lean and green, Google is handing out bicycles to employees.

Google staffers can choose a Dahon Curve folding bike, which normally retails at £349 and is new for 2007.

And as well as a folding bike and men’s and women’s hybrids, there’s to be a Google cruiser as well. …

2000 Google staffers were emailed a Google bike catalogue on Thursday. Orders have to be placed with Google human resources by 27th April. Google has about 2000 permanent staffers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. » Blog Archive » Google gifts bikes to staff


biking Lake Minnewanka – Banff


Length: 54.4km
Time: 5-8 Hours
Book: Mountain Biking in the Canadian Rockies – Doug Eastcott
Effort: Medium
Rating: 9/10
Technicality: Moderate

This ride is out and back on 100% singletrack. It goes right along the shore of Lake Minnewanka, and it’s awesome fast, rolling, techincal (in places), rideable singletrack. Just don’t get too excited and knock a hiker off a cliff. Park at the North side of the Lake Minnewanka dam. Mountain bikes ARE allowed on this trail, so don’t take stick from the hikers.

Mountain biking Lake Minnewanka – Banff National Park · Outdoor Video Magazine

source – Wikipedia

how to repair a bike tire

This is the first of a one part tutorial on bicycle maintenance.

1. Carry your bike to the local bicycle shop.

2. Curse the harried staff soundly for needing a week to fix a flat.

3. Google “repair bicycle tire”

4. Click down the results page until you find Jim Langley’s site

5. Watch Jim’s video tutorial because you are too lazy to read his text

6. Curse your bicycle pump because it has the wrong valve attachment and you have no adaptor

7. Repair tire (walking to the service station twice)

8. Inflate far too much (anticipating a slow leak)

9. Try to remember to buy another tube SOON as your repair will undoubtedly fail


photo – Parking Space

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Parking Space, originally uploaded by mike9alive.

We got a DUMP.

Yesterday I was cycling. Today a foot of snow outside the door.

Like this guy in Montreal.

cycling photos – Warren Long

More than anything else, Warren was the inspiration for my becoming a bicycle commuter.

He rides to and from work in frozen Saskatoon. And has done so for maybe 10 years. That’s “75 minutes on a bad day in winter as compared to 25 minutes on a good day in summer.”

If Warren can do it, obviously anyone can.


He’s posted 547 photos from his work commutes over the years.