Postcards from the President

Postcards - November 2011

November 1, 2011
I rode one of my regular trails a couple of days ago on a fully rigid bike.  I know - some folks choose to do that all or most of the time.  This however is not a common part of my riding choices over the past number of years.  Sure, in 1984 it was what we had.  But when suspension came along I abstained for awhile but ultimately joined in and have not headed back to rigid for any length of time …. um ….. ever, for my trail riding.  So, on the few occasions when I’ve had a need to ride rigid, it’s always been a tenuous and temporary step in that direction.
Thursday last was one of those times.  There was this part that needed some ride testing time, and a rigid fork was what was required to fit the bill.  Off I went, expecting to repeat in some form my memories of early steel fork riding from umpteen years ago.  Our embedded rock and rattly terrain offered plentiful opportunity for me to tickle those cobwebbed thoughts, riding experiences, and trail-beat hands of my younger self.  Well, it didn’t quite happen that way.
Sure, it’s bumpier.  It’s a different ride style altogether.  But it was satisfying, frankly.  Change of pace – slow down a bit, and treat the terrain differently.  Finesse up and over, transfer weight to prep, transition and exit those features.  It makes me a little more aware of some of the smaller things on the Quick read more or view full article trail.  It’s like riding a different trail – compared to the exact same one that you’re used to on your suspended bike.  I don’t know that I was all that much slower, perhaps a few minutes over an hour ride or so – but hey, how important is that anyway.  But it was fun and engaging.  I was reminded of some old times, but also moved to a new place here and now on my familiar trail.
It’s funny how we get so familiar with our normal way of doing things.  We don’t need to depart from the typical, so we don’t for the most part.  But that masks some of the opportunities that are right next to us on a parallel track.  Some folks have a knack for not getting too stuck in their own rut.  They take the time and opportunity to look at somebody else’s methods and equipment, push their own boundaries as to what ‘they do’.  I admire that perspective and that habit. 
Speaking of forging some new directions, there is a neat development coming along near the Lunch Loops trailhead area in Grand Junction.  When I say development, I’m talking about the Mesa Land Trust and their effort to obtain the Three Sisters land that is directly north of the existing trailhead at the Lunch Loops.  This land was slated for housing at one time, but with some changes of plan it hopefully will soon be available as a new open space – with trails added that COPMOBA will hopefully help create.  We’re playing a small supporting role in the process at this time, but happy to be a supporter of this project.  If you can lend a hand in any way to forward this process, please consider doing so.  It will be a nice addition to our public space in the Valley.
So riding rigid, or riding your full squishy bike, or strolling with your dogs – I hope to see you on the trail out somewhere.  Enjoy the Fall.
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