Glenn showed up to ride Michaux with Tim and I this past June with a button down short sleeve "hiking" shirt. It was a new look for Glenn. Gone were the bibs and super cool cycling jerseys. He said he was going for comfort. (Personally, I'm convinced his new mountain biking gear is doubling as his "teacher" gear!) Let me be clear...I'm definitely not making fun of Glenn. I have absolutely NO room to talk when it comes to mountain biking fashion (if you go back and read THOSE FIRST TRAILS you'll know exactly what I mean). Glenn wasn't the only one who was sporting a new look last summer. With the purchase of my "highlighter orange" Stumpjumper, I completely updated my mountain biking look and decided to move away from the red and black color scheme I'd been sporting the last few years.
|Showing off my green Brevard, NC t-shirt while riding Patapsco Valley State Park, Maryland -- October 15, 2016|
Last summer marked the beginning of a new chapter for our group...so I thought, like Glenn, I'd make a fashion overhaul. Bag to baggies (super comfy gray and black shorts that could be worn with just about anything), a new florescent green helmet, and whatever t-shirt grabbed my fancy that day. I don't worry about matching my bike anymore....but it's still ALL ABOUT THE COLOR. As for the rest of the guys...Kristian loves sporting the camo shorts (and, for one ride in August, a new mohawk hair style)...Mark's sleeveless cycling shirts will be all the rage with the kool kids this summer...and Timmy wins the award for "MOST CONSISTENT FASHION" with his white tank tops.
|Glenn riding the Allegrippis Trails in his button down dress...uh...mountain bike shirt -- August 2, 2016|
|I have always been jealous of Kristain's desert camo cargo shorts! -- October 15, 2016|
|Taking a break in Michaux State Forest. The most consistent of us all...Timmy and his white tank tops -- June 28, 2016|
Today is Timmy's 44th birthday! Happy birthday, bud!
|Mark's fashion is all about comfort. Whatever works, my friend! -- July 26, 2016|
|Mikey is the "King of Kool Cycling Shirts"...but my favorite is his "I JUST WANT TO RIDE MY EFFIN BIKE" t-shirt!|
So, with winter fading away...with Timmy's recovery from shoulder surgery winding down...with my back getting stronger and stronger after my last back surgery...with Glenn now in possession of his brand new mountain bike (we ALL saw that one coming)...and with more of Mark's cycling jersey sleeves left lying on his living room floor...it won't be long before we will be back out on the trails. We might not be riding fast...but one thing's for sure: we'll be riding in style.
Life is a journey...not a destination.
David A. Raymond -- March 26, 2017
|Oh dear, God...this summer may be interesting.|
GARMIN MAPS and other DATA from the rides I featured:
-Michaux State Forest with Timmy and Glenn (June 28, 2016)
-Michaux State Forest with Mark, Glenn, Timmy, and Matt (July 26, 2016)
-Allegrippis Trails with Glenn and Kristian (August 2, 2016)
-Patapsco Valley State Park with Kristian (October 15, 2016)