I’ve been rereading some Abbey and Thoreau in the process of writing Honors curricula for some of the high school students. I also got a copy of Craig Childs latest last night, House of Rain. (See here for a peak.) He’s an exceptional author; when I first read The Secret Knowledge of Water I was […]

Absolute Bikes Old Fashioned Bike race: August 25th. Chad is going, sounds fun, and fast. The road climb spreads the elevation nicely, and the traversing singletrack is fun, with lots of moderate rock gardens. The question becomes: Lev, or fixed? Needless to say I’d enter Expert, no point driving that far to ride 20 miles […]

Midge v. WTB

Posted up some thoughts on the two bars here. Overall, the WTB experiment has been a failure. I’ll be pack-ratting them for a little while, but they may go up on the block soon enough. My right wrist is in agony this morning, I think because that’s the side I’ve got the front brake on, […]

Mountain Fixie ride

The newest iteration of the monkey got out for some fun this evening. And fun it was. I managed to crash on a slick granite ledge in the first 90 seconds, taking a few chunks out of my knee and Brooks. Afterwards, I got the spin and hover descending bit ok. The bike is a […]

One Last Thing

Before the weekend begins. Zion National Park has released what seems (but is not specified as) it’s final draft backcountry management plan. What stood out to me, after slogging through the 88 pages, was the extent to which it doesn’t change the status quo. And that is, I think, for the most part okay. The […]


I was up til nearly midnight finishing The Deathly Hallows last night. For those still in it, beware: the last ~250 pages sets the hook deep and wouldn’t let me go until the end. In a good way. I will say only this more: I liked it. Lots. Otherwise, the unplanned break from serious cycling […]