Mineral Belt Trail – Colorado

Our final ride in Colorado was the Mineral Belt Trail, a favorite of ours. It’s about 12 miles of paved path that takes you around the edge of Leadville and through all of it’s mining history. Following the ride as is our tradition we ate at the Golden Burro. We also checked out Periodic Brewing the (world’s highest craft brewery) and the historic Silver Dollar Saloon and the Manhattan.

Ten Mile Canyon Trail – Colorado

Our 4th ride on this trip was the Ten Mile Canyon Trail. We rode from Frisco up to Copper Mountain where we waited out rain before heading back. Back in Frisco we had lunch at the Moose Jaw and then headed towards Breckenridge. We got about halfway before a storm chased us back.

Williams Peak – Colorado

After 2 days in Colorado Springs we headed for the familiar territory of Summit County. Our first ride was Williams Peak. I would call this a jeep road. 25 or so years ago my Dad and I rode this from it’s start at the highway up about 5 miles and back. This time Nova and I drove 6 miles up before starting our ride. We thought we’d be riding along the top or ridge but we still encountered quite a bit of climbing and the road seemed to be getting worse. We turned around when we started to do more pushing than riding. A fairly short but beautiful ride.

The first video is of our travel day, the 2nd video the ride.

New Santa Fe Regional Trail

Day 2 in Colorado Springs. Our plan was to ride an old railroad grade outside of town. When at the trail head putting the front wheel on my bike the axle nut strippped. I couldn’t come up with a fix so back to town we went to a bike shop to get a new nut. Once that was done we decided to just stay in town and ride the New Santa Fe Regional Trail from our hotel. This dirt trail goes north and takes you out of town passing through the Air Force Academy. Once back in town we had dinner at Trinity Brewing company. This was a fun trail.

Pikes Peak Greenway – Colorado Springs

We took off for Colorado as we do every few summers to escape the heat at home. We decided to first go to Colorado Springs as we’d only passed through before and never spent any time there. Doing a little research prior it looked like they had a nice trail system. This vacation also became a brewery tour. On the way to Colorado we stopped in Dodge City, KS and had a beverage at the new Dodge City Brewery.
In Colorado Springs we stayed at the Comfort Inn North which was right about where the Pikes Peak Greenway and the New Santa Fe Regional Trail meet. Together these trails/paths run across town North to South. The trail is literally right out the hotels back door. Awesome!
Day one in Colorado Springs we headed south which is the Pikes Peak Greenway. We rode it to the south end of town and then headed back north stopping downtown to check out a couple breweries (Fieldhouse & Phantom Ranch), eat lunch and explore.

As for the bike I took as I know some will wonder…
I was getting ready to put the bike I usually take on trips (my old Specialized hybrid) in to the truck to leave and noticed the rear wheel was out of true and then found a broken spoke. I didn’t have a replacement spoke and didn’t want to wait around home for a bike shop to open or have to deal with it out of town, so I just grabbed the only other bike I have that has multiple gears which was this mutant. I was really pleased with how well it did considering it’s a cheap bike that I’ve hacked and welded on. About a week prior I had to replace the 7 speed freewheel on the bike as the old one fell apart. My bike shop gave me a used one which just happen to have the big jump to the 1st gear which I believe Shimano calls the Mega Range Super Low and what I call the “bail out” gear. Being only a 7 speed this really came in handy later in the trip when we did some climbing.

On to the video and photos…

The first video is of our travel day, the second is the ride.

The first 6 photos are from our travel day.

Not-So-Tall Bike Mount And Dismount

The most FAQ I get about the tall bike is about how I get on and off. Here’s a short video showing how.

This bike is barely 2 frames tall. My previous tall bike was slightly taller. I find this one to be a good height. Tall enough for the fun factor and to see over cars yet not so tall that I can’t easily bail if needed.

Birthday Vlog And Ride With Grandson

I recently celebrated a birthday and documented it with a vlog. It of course contains some bike stuff.

Earlier in the week I got a ride in with Grandson Blake before he heads back home.

Biking in Bartlesville

We got up Sunday morning and decided to go for a drive instead of riding in this miserable heat. A few blocks from home we turned the truck around, went back home, threw the bikes in and took off again. Couldn’t stand the thought of not having our bikes with us. You just never know. Found ourselves a couple hours away in Bartlesville, OK. Don’t think we’d ever been there. Unloaded the bikes and went riding around exploring downtown. Stopped for a beverage at a nice little bar. Bartender told us about the Pathfinder Parkway along the river just a couple blocks away. Turned out to be a really nice path about 7 miles in length and mostly in the shade. Lots of ups, downs, twists and turns. Great day.

I believe the Phillips 66 petroleum company was founded in Bartlesville and at one time was home to the corporate headquarters.

Freaks And Rats

Last Thursday was Freaks And Rats Night at our weekly pub pedal. My idea for this theme night was to get participants to ride freaky or ratty bikes. That of course leaves a lot up to interpretation. I rode the tall bike.