Thursday, October 30, 2008

Numero Cent.

As summer wound into fall I became smitten with a tool (toy?) that one of my riding partners was using--a helmet cam. Saw the on-screen results from his and made the executive decision that Big Wheels, LLC needed one of those to help with...




So I've been fiddling with it and learning what angles work for what kinds of trails (but mostly learning that most angles I've tried look marginal at best) and lighting conditions. I shouldn't be surprised still, but I've also learned that most of the things that scare me with their 'hugeness' or 'technicality' on the trail look like mere curb hops on the computer screen.

See for yourself.

Very close to the end of ^ that video I crashed. Pretty hard, actually. Limped home and took a few days off, then went back out and promptly crashed again. The first crash was more-or-less a fluke. My front wheel got stopped by a forearm-thick juniper branch that I never saw, and over the bars I went. The second crash was minor but drove home the fact that I needed more time off before I was ready to ride again.

How much time off?

More than I've taken off of the bike in...?

Over a decade at any rate. I've been off the bike now for two weeks. I did a very short, very mellow ride last weekend in Moab.

Out for ~2 hours but never really got moving. The overwhelming feeling I had on that ride was that I needed a longer break.

The body seems to be healed, but the mind is not fresh, and hence not ready to be back on the bike. Weird, but there it is.

So I've been hiking (don't hold it against me) and fishing. Trying to get out to do one or the other or both at least 4 times per week. I can say without hesitation that if I were limited to these two activities and unable to ride I'd lose my shit pretty directly. I cannot put a finger on any one thing that I miss about riding, but I'm sure speed, challenge, endorphins and the simple joy of an elevated heart rate all play their parts.

Hiking is neat in that you can look around more, without stopping, than you can when riding. Yay.
Other than that I can't find much that I like about it. I guess I can take a step back and put myself into someone else's shoes and say that yes, being able to hike is AWESOME compared to, say, being bedridden.

Fishing is fishing--I enjoy it regardless of what manner of locomotion delivers me to the water.

Even on days like today when I get skunked.

I guess the honest upshot to hiking is more time spent with L and D.

Priceless, that.

Fall is fading and signs of winter are everywhere. Hoping to get back out on the bike this weekend, for fall is too precious and winter a bit too...? Wintry?




  1. Funny. I share your sentiments about hiking. A comedian I heard said this:
    Hiking is just walking where its okay to pee... Sometimes old people go hiking by accident.
    -Demetri Martin-

    The pic of you look exactly like Ed Harris. Hilarious.

    Doogan's shake-it-off pic is incredible!


  2. Ditto that about that shot of Doogan -- terrific. PJP

  3. THE sickest riding video period
    great job.

  4. Gorgeous stuff on all levels as usual Mike. Doogan is looking really fit! The muzzle is getting a bit greyer though but it is on us all I guess....B

  5. tomikesee said "but I've also learned that most of the things that scare me with their 'hugeness' or 'technicality' on the trail look like mere curb hops on the computer screen. "

    I disagree - looks totally sick - I'll never ask to ride with you again, I'd be the guy with the bloody shins and walking my bike down all that...

    Great job - can't wait to see future video eprojects and hear your music choices.

    - meso

  6. Well, great stuff, as usual here. I will say that one plus to all of your hiking is that next time you are up in the high alpine with that goofball that would rather hike than bike you'll be a little bit more ready.

    A wee little bit, maybe, but ready.

  7. Is it just me with no sound?

    Ouch! That looked painful at the end there. Part I liked best, when you nonchalantly rode one of the big drops and the guy behind you appeared to say "Eh-eh, no way." :-)

    Hiking is good. So is riding but hiking is more meditative or something.

    I rode my bike on Saturday for the first time in weeks - I've become that pudgy, wheezy guy on climbs. JJ killed us all on the climbs, she's been riding!


  8. Just got a video cam a about a month ago. Too much fun to play with..that is for sure!

  9. The best quote I've seen is that: "walking/running is for prey".

    Guys like Chenault make hiking an art form, however. Super fast, aerobic activity.

    Businesses are fun ways to buy "needed" "equipment" pre-tax.

  10. next thing ya know you will be donating your back hair to the locks for life. go ride old man. great vid and as usual smashin pics!!!!!!!!!!!!

    lil hillbilly

  11. I like the arm shaking thing after the crash. Boy it must've been a hard one to send you off your bike for so long. I'm happy I wasn't there for it. Go to Little Cotton Wood and get into the white stuff...that should help cure you.


  12. Great blog! You're a really talented photographer. I'm trying to get a Colorado MTB trail wiki together and could use your help. Check it out at