Hi Trail Gang:
On the road, where there’s no opportunity to get on a trail or even a mountain bike, I’m viscerally reminded of how much I enjoy them both. It sure is nice to ride.
I’m departing Taiwan right at the beginning of the Taipei Bike Show – primarily a manufacturer oriented gathering where everyone from suppliers and factory representatives to small bike companies touch base and discuss many of the new parts and bikes that the bike industry will work on for the coming year. These shows are always an interesting mix of new stuff and tradeshow repetitiveness. I understand that one thing shaping up is a growing focus on the Asian markets – developing and growing. Maybe we’ll find some new interest in trail building in Asia over the coming years.
On a more local note – what about our own trail work efforts? We recently held a first meeting of a chapter for the Grand Valley area, with great turnout from my estimation. We had probably 30+ folks expressing strong interest in organizing and upping the ante on trail development efforts in the area. I heard more than one person say – I enjoy these trails, and I thought it was time to contribute to the process. To that sentiment, I say RIGHT ON. This local chapter has been missing in the grand scheme of things for too long, so I’m happy to see it coming together. The true value of this chapter, as with any, [more...]