This last week I finally got out on the bike, no matter how much other exercises you do there is no replacement for getting out on the bike. Cardiovascular fitness, bike handling and the pure joy of riding your bike can not be replaced with anything else. I went out with the Tuesday Night Ride Group and we rode up Evans Canyon and then back down the UNR Downhill. For the most part, the trails were in good conditions. There were a couple of creek crossings and some trails that had ruts in the middle due to erosion. But that was to be expected with the winter that we have been having.

I went out with the Tuesday Night Ride Group and we rode up Evans Canyon and then back down the UNR Downhill. For the most part, the trails were in good conditions. There were a couple of creek crossings and some trails that had ruts in the middle due to erosion. But that was to be expected with the winter that we have been having.  The enthusiasm of the group is contagious is something fun to be around. You can see everyone’s passion for mountain biking and the comradery of the group. At the end of the ride

At the end of the ride, they have different people who “bag” for the group. They bring drinks, snacks, and food. for everyone to enjoy. I met many great people including Ray, he owns a mobile bike repair business, Bicycleray. There were people there who came to just hang out and talk because weather conditions were marginal and we could not decide on what to wear clothing wise. It seemed like the group doubled or tripled in size at the end. This is a group that I can see riding with every week. I am going to go next week even though Sea Otter is that Thursday. It will give me a little more time to get on the bike and get used to it.

Speaking of the bike the Pivot Switchblade is a fantastic climber. With the Sram Eagle group set the low gear is so low that is feels like you are crawling up the hills. I think that I will have to switch the front chainring to a 32 tooth from a 30. On the Switchblade suspension setup is vital to getting the most out of the bike. I had the fork set up perfectly but the rear shock I need to do some work to get it perfect. I initially set up the sag with just my weight and forgotten to add in my other riding gear. This made me ride a little deeper in the travel than I would have liked but it is an easy remedy.

Wish me luck as I go to Sea Otter this week and race the Enduro. This will be the first race that I have entered since 1994. While I may not contend for the podium, it has given me motivation and drive to get back into shape and have fun on the bike. We live in a great area go for a ride. If your bike is not up to par come on in and we can help you get it there.

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