February 13, 2008

Daniel’s freeride 29er

A nice big beefy frame for blasting down the hills – 29″ wheels, 5″ travel front and rear, and set up with guides for a Gravitydropper post. What could be better? Oh, and can I mention the fact that the RS Monarch shocks actually fit the Ventana mounting hardware correctly? So I don’t have to spend 10 minutes on the lathe to make the sucker work! Kickass.

I promised Daniel I’d send him a picture, so I figured I’d post it to the blog, along with a bottle of brew from my favorite local drunkards at Avery. Sarah and I are friends with some of that crowd, which can be a bad thing when you’re bored at night and the brewery is only about 1/2 mile away. There is definitely such a thing as too much free beer, my friends.

In other news, the endless winter here is depressing me, and Sarah as well, so we’re going to take a road trip at the end of February for 8 or 9 days. On the hit list right now:
-Santa Fe (visit my pops)
-Gallup (sweet singletrack off I-70, if I can remember how to find it)
-Flagstaff/Sedona – anyone know if Priest draw will be dry/warm enough to boulder?
-Phoenix – probably just a quick ride on the way south
-Tucson – our pals Erik and Natalie, the mountain park, flan, and alcohol?
-Cochise Stronghold – just a cool place. I don’t think we’ll rope up and climb anything, but the hiking is super fun and I’ve heard there are even mountain bike rides to do.
-Las Cruces – Chopes chopes chopes! Dona Anas! Robledos! Brewery!
-Hueco – Sarah has never been, I haven’t been in almost 10 years. I hear things have kinda gone downhill, but I’m still psyched to just touch the rock. It’s been too long.
-Socorro – we always stop to go bouldering at the streambed. Don’t know if we’ll have enough skin left after Hueco, though.
-Albuquerque – maybe see Lee and Linda’s new baby, ride the foothills.
-Back home. Whew, that’s a lot of driving…