In going through my pics I noticed something. I didn’t have too many pic of fatbikes being pedaled. No gnarly jumps, rad wheelies or sick skids. I wish I did, but I didn’t get anything like that. Instead what I found in my camera were people. People stoked to be out in the desert. Stoked to be pedalin’ fatbikes with like-minded folks I suppose. Heading to this ride I knew three people. That was it. But by the end of the weekend there were no strangers. This was one of the best trips I’d been on in a long time. Ok, maybe the only trip I’ve been on in a long time, but that’s besides the point. This was just what I needed, when I needed it.
Oh, and if’n for some reason you don’t know about Brendan and Mary of The Hub Cyclery in Idyllwild, well now you do. Do yourself a favor and go ride in their neck o’ the woods. You’ll be glad you did.
I spent the weekend down near Aqua Caliente hot springs for a gathering of fatbikery. Brendan and Mary from the Hub Cyclery in Idyllywild scheduled a weekend of group camping and desert pedalin’. Pretty low key and good times were the plan. Pretty much nailed it.
Saturday we pedaled, cooked and then soaked in hot springs. Sunday we cooked and pedaled again. What else can I say? Oh yeah, it was rad! Here are the pics from day one!
What a trip! Not sure how to put it in words so I’m gonna let the pictures do the talkin’. Ok, here’s a few.
A few months ago Lee invited me to join his BikeMS team in Logan, Utah. He rode his BikeMS event on a fatbike last year and wanted to create a team of fatbikes to ride this year. I said yes right away, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. Team Beards and Gears ended up being 5 riders, 4 on fatbikes and all the fatbikes rode the Century. 100 miles on a fatbike!
Logan, Utah is far from me so I knew I was in for a road trip. Serbrina couldn’t make the trip due to work, so my Mom, who has MS, asked if she could join me for the trip. I warned her that I would be camping and sleeping in the truck but she was game. I can’t remember the last time I’d camped with my mom. I’m sure it was sometime back when I was in high school, maybe even earlier. So I was both nervous and excited. I have to say it was a trip of a lifetime. Spending 5 straight days with my Mom was something special. It felt like a gift to be able to take HER on a trip this time around. A trip full of memories for sure.
With all the news this week of fatbikes getting more boingy and less bouncy I decided I should ride my old style one. It has no suspension and no carbon, but it’s a smile maker through and through. It always brings out the kid in me and fuels the stoke.
When I was 8 lounging on the beach I couldn’t have imagined I’d be riding bikes like this. I mean I was too busy working on my tan and making sure my bear Yogi was cool too. Hope your weekend is as rad as this pic of me from ’82 is. And by that I mean super f’in rad!
A few months ago I met Lee through the internet. I was riding my local BikeMS event for my Mom and my good friend Aaron. This was my second year riding the event and the first year as a team captain. Our Team Upness ended up raising over $7,000! Pretty cool.
Around the same time Lee was riding his local BikeMS in Utah for his friend Leith. Lee didn’t just “ride” his event though. Oh no, that’s not enough, he rode his his first Century AND he did it on a fatbike! Oh yeah, he added 1 pound of weight to every $100 he raised too! He even made the news! So I knew this guy was rad, maybe even a little crazy. My kind of guy.
We’ve kept in touch and Lee hatched a crazy plan. What if he could get a group of fatbikers together to have a full fatbike team at the next BikeMS event in Utah? Lee reached out to me and I signed up right away. Traveling to ride your bike with new friends in new places is fun, but doing those things AND doing some sort of good is RADICAL!!
So I’m going to be traveling from Los Angeles, CA to Logan, UT to participate in BikeMS Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride on June 28th and 29th. I’ve never pedaled there so I’m looking forward to experiencing the state of Utah from the seat of my Mukluk and with some new friends on team Beards and Gears. I’m doing this to raise awareness of the lame as s#$t disease called MS. I’m doing this for my Mom, for Aaron, for Leith and for everyone else that has a friend or loved one affected by MS. FU MS!
In the spirit of yesterday’s post here are some pics of the Mukluk Framebag being assembled. This isn’t a tutorial by any means, but you can get a sense of how it’s done. Got any questions? I’ll do my best to answer them?