Posted by: bikenfool | March 22, 2009

Out and About…

A Great day To Ride…
Last weekend Tim & I headed over to Otis for some trail blazing. It was a beautiful morning with temps in the high high 40’s and the sun showing brightly as we parked off 151. After we unloaded, another group of riders pulled in. As we chatted with them, we found out they were from Boston and packing lots of cool bikes. I offered to take them on the scenic tour and they accepted.

Heading out...

Heading out...

We rode the usual loop up to the Otis Rotary and back, making pretty good time. I made all hills including the technical rock hill, ye-ha! The S-Works rode great, carving up the trails as the suspension worked flawlessly soaking up obstacles like a spunge to water. The trail surface was generally dry but soft. You can definitely feel the extra effort to pedal as opposed to frozen or summer trail conditions.

The Boston Tea Party….
The Boston Group included a  newbie (first time MBT’ing), a woman who used to be a sponsored rider and a host of others including couple of guys I felt were really good. It was cool to see all the other types of bikes, including a few hard tails, a Trek Fuel, S-Works Enduro, Titus and a Santa Cruz Nomad. Of course, I am partial to Specialized and was drooling over the 26lb S-Works Enduro but the Nomad is also an awesome bike.

The Boston Tea Party...

The Boston Tea Party...

Playing around…
On our journey, we stopped periodically to play around on obstacles and trade bikes. Four of us broke away from the group and beat feet to the Otis Rotary. The trail ungulates, twists and curves through the woods, providing a fast roller coaster type ride. Trees tightly line the rocky, rooty trail, almost daring you to try and make it by without hitting your bars. As the four of us caught our breath and sipped water we began to wonder where the rest of the group was. So we doubled back to find out what happened.  

Catching up with the rest of the group we saw that there was minor issue. At one point, after a few riders switched bikes, someone had an altercation with a tree and the Trek Fuel broke it’s seat bracket. Removing the seat and post made the most sense. Of course, that made things a little interesting as we were only half way through the ride. Needless to say, this did not deter the bikes owner as he rode like the seat and post were there, never missing beat. Actually taking advantage of no seat to do some drops and jumps.

Dropping...

Dropping...

Dropping...

Dropping 2...

Calling it a day…
We rode about 11-12 miles, playing around for about 2.5 hours, before a few riders started to turn into pumpkins. We elected to call it a day around 3:00pm, not to ride the rock garden. A bummer, as I am sure this would have proved entertaining.  All in all, I would say a great ride with Tim and I getting to meet some nice people in the process. If any of The Boston Group are reading this, send an email next time you coming down, I love to ride with you again.

No Seat... No Problem...

No Seat... No Problem...

Copper the Dog, along for the ride...

Copper the Dog, along for the ride...

 

Did I say I love this stuff?

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