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Sam Goes Mountain Biking

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I'm hoping to raise at least one biking kid. To that end, Sam and I went "mountain biking" last weekend, to Wellington Park in Dublin. This used to be a pretty easy ride from our old house, but now we had to load the bikes up into our Pilot and drive over. I really need to find/make some more local trails... but for the time being, Wellington offers some wide, easy trails for my beginner mountain biker.

Sam was ready to go:

We came across some deer:
This is an action shot, such as it is:

Sneak peek of my other new ride:

Sam was also happy to find a playground next to the woods:


We biked for just a bit more, then Sam was ready to head home. He said he had a good time, and no one crashed, so I'm going to count this a successful trip.

Lunch Run, Rockhopper Update

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Last Sunday, the boys and I biked to lunch before heading to Kate's lacrosse game. I told Henry if he could ride into town (~6 miles), we could eat Moe's, his favorite fast/casual spot.

Henry was on his trusty Trek, all bagged up:

while I was on my Rockhopper, pulling Sam on the trail-a-bike:

I'm quite pleased with my new front Wald basket and bag combo:

We stopped at a playground along the way so the boys could get their fix:



Surf's up:

Then on to lunch:

We stopped at Coffman park to work off some lunch:



and then it was on to watch Kate's team emerge victorious on the lacrosse fields. Again:

It was a hot day, so the boys built a little sun shelter:

After two hours of lacrosse, it was time to head for home. Uphill, and into the wind. The boys (at least Henry) are learning about the costs of biking.

Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross

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Regular blog reader(s) may have noticed that I've mentioned the Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross frame several times in the past.  After selling my Jones (!) a month ago, my bike fund was flush enough that I finally paid down for one. In a way, the BMC is very similar to my Cross Check, a bike that I enjoyed over many years, but with a bit lighter weight tubing and what looks like better fitting geometry.

Here we go:

The color looked more classic red online, but it's really more of a brick red, slightly orangish. I like it:

Frame size is a 62cm. Mike (Varley of BMC) made a drawing of my fitting dimensions (from my Technium) onto the 62cm frame to show how I would fit:


Woohoo for long steerer tubes!

The only real issue I had during the build was the paint build up on the frame. About half the small holes needed clearing with a tap, and I had to sand down the thick paint in the dropouts in order to get my wheel in:
I need to get some clear finger nail polish on there... the ot…