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!
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!
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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?
Last week I made a new handlebar bag for my Mukluk. It’s the 2nd one I’ve made, so it’s more refined. It came together pretty quick and has already been on a bike ride. Here are some pics of the construction process. What do you think?
This weekend I took care of the final tweaks for the Mukluk. The bike is boxed up and will be heading north soon. That means that I’ll be headed north soon too!
One of the things I had to finish up was a new handlebar bag. I’ll post some pics of that this week. I’m pretty happy with how it came out. Before boxing up the bike I loaded it up with all the gear and headed out for a ride. I rode up to the Rose Bowl and “set up camp”. Everything seemed to work great and I think I’m ready to go! What do you think?
I think this is the last piece that I’ll be able to get. Apart from getting things custom anodized anyways. Now I just need to get it installed.