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Saturday, February 23, 2019

GEARING UP

I'll admit that I've spent a lot of the winter window shopping at the bike shop.  Fortunately for me (and my wallet) there really isn't anything major that I need to purchase this year for mountain biking.   Currently, I'm three years into a four to five year commitment with my bike (which I still love).  Likewise, no new helmet this year...I can't yet seem to part ways with the florescent green helmet I purchased in 2017.  I'm at the point where a new pair of mountain biking shoes wouldn't be unreasonable...but besides the typical small stuff that needs to be replenished (CO2 cartridges, orange energy chews, and a few extra tubes) I think that I'm pretty much set for Spring riding.

The snowy hillside and low sun angle make for a cool background in this pic.  My Stumpjumper on the trails behind the Hershey Medical Center.  No need to replace it yet!  -- February 16, 2019

It's February in Pennsylvania...statistically, the coldest and snowiest month of the year.  I've been riding as much as possible...but I can't hide the excitement in knowing that March is right around the corner and with it comes more sunshine, warmer weather, and the yearly reunion of all of my mountain biking friends.  Sure, we keep in touch over the winter...but it's the Spring time when we start getting together for rides...and nothing can replace a good dose of GROUP THERAPY.  In anticipation, not only have I been window shopping...I've been planning and mapping out new adventures for the guys in the crew.  It really should be a great year.  So...only one more week until my unofficial start of Spring...and I'm more than ready.  I thought I'd see how some of my friends are getting geared up for riding this year.  Here are their responses in the order in which they replied back to me.  Thank you, gentlemen, for your input...and I'm glad to see that you all are gearing up, in your own ways, for the Spring!  I'll be seeing all of you on the trail really soon.


BEN KELLY

Ben Kelly riding in Michaux State Forest. -- July 10, 2018

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING THIS YEAR?  --  I bought a new bike.  2018 Specialized Fuse Comp Carbon.

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING?  WHY? -- A tube, tire lever, and Co2....just in case of a flat.  I also carry a shock pump in case I blow out a pump.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT BIKING IN 2019? -- Going to different parks and riding new trails.


CHRIS KELLER

Chris Keller riding in Michaux State Forest. -- September 16, 2018

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING THIS YEAR? -- No.  I have kids in college.

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING?  WHY? -- A grin.  It's just fun.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT BIKING IN 2019? -- I hope to get out much more than 2018.


TIM SINDLINGER

Tim Sindlinger riding on the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Trail System. -- December 2, 2018

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING THIS YEAR? -- A new bike (first one in 7-8 years).

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING?  WHY? -- A chain tool (I've broken a few chains), patch kit (thorns love my tires), and friends (rides are more fun when they're shared!)

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT BIKING IN 2019? -- Trying the new bike and seeing the friends I miss over the winter!


MIKE ALICEA

Mike Alicea on a winter adventure. -- February 11, 2019

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING THIS YEAR? -- I recently bought 5 ten rider mountain bike shoes which I really like, as well as a small hydration pack.

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING?  WHY? -- Of course...my smart phone just in case of an emergency.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT BIKING IN 2019? -- I'm definitely looking forward to trying new places to ride that test your skill lever and make you want to go back for more.


GLENN MEDICE

Glenn Medice riding in Michaux State Forest. -- July 25, 2017

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING/HIKING THIS YEAR? -- Hiking boots.

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING OR HIKING?  WHY? -- Shorts...I'm modest that way.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST IN 2019? -- Hiking and biking in 2019.


BRENT SHIRK

Brent Shirk riding in Michaux State Forest. -- August 14, 2018

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING THIS YEAR? -- I bought a new wheel set during the summer of 2018.

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING?  WHY? -- Phone for emergencies.  Multi tool...just in case.  Hydration...usually water.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT BIKING IN 2019 -- Hopefully getting out to ride at least once a week.  I would love to get to some places I don't get to often.


MATT LINNANE

Matt Linnane taking a break during our "Ugly Sweater Ride" in Hershey, PA. -- December 2, 2018

HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY NEW EQUIPMENT FOR BIKING THIS YEAR? -- Handlebar mounted speaker to let bears know I'm coming around the corner.

BESIDES HELMET, SHOES, AND GLOVES, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS PACK FOR MOUNTAIN BIKING?  WHY? -- Self stick white medical mesh tape.  I was able to apply pressure and stop a gaping elbow slice with it once and I've had it on board ever since.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MOST ABOUT BIKING IN 2019? -- Seeing the SUN again!  Hopefully it will come out more frequently than ever 6 days this year!



Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- February 23, 2019

It may be cold and snowy...but I've been riding.  Last Saturday the trails at Hershey Medical Center were a very interesting combination of snow, ice, and mud.  It made for some really interesting...and fun...riding. -- February 16, 2019


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RIDING HERE...RIDING THERE...

 January and February tend to provide a lot of sleet, rain, snow, ice, and bone chilling weather here in York County, Pennsylvania. For sure, not ideal conditions for biking...but, I made a commitment to opt outside as much as possible in 2019...and I'm sticking with it. Conditions and time have kept me from heading to the local county parks to mountain bike.  Likewise, gravel and rock salt have kept me (for the most part) off of my road bike.  Still, as I came to realize last winter, I have plenty of OPTIONS to get out and do what I love to do.

I took advantage of  the extra couple hours of daylight and rode my mountain bike along and around the train tracks in Manchester, PA after school let out early in anticipation of a pending snow storm. -- January 19, 2019

An Arctic blast hit the northeast late last month.  The first "snow day" I had this school year wasn't for snow...it was for the downright frigid temperatures.  Temps so cold that I had to balance my desire to be outside and ride my bike with the fact that being outside too long was just plain dangerous.  My go-to ride for a day like this is the northern section of the York County Heritage Rail Trail... providing a combination of proximity, scenery, and the the option to turn around and end the ride at any point.  Three miles into the ride I decided to head back. Even with all my cold weather gear...I began to feel the extreme cold on my skin.  A six mile ride on that particular day was perfectly fine by me.

Riding (in below zero wind chills) the Heritage Rail Trail along the Codorus Creek in York County. -- January 21, 2019


Completely covered in cold weather gear for my short, but exhilarating, ride on the Heritage Rail Trail. -- January 21, 2019


My Stumpjumper resting on a cascade of ice. -- January 21, 2019

Riding snow covered roads in Manchester, Pennsylvania. -- February 2, 2019

Making first tracks in a field below Orndorff Elementary School in Manchester, Pennsylvania. -- February 2, 2019

I took advantage of my second snow day of this school year with a ride around and above the town of Manchester, PA with my next door neighbor, Mike Alicea. -- February 11, 2019

I've also discovered that...when conditions aren't optimal for traditional road or mountain biking...I can create little adventures in my own my neighborhood.  By zipping in and out of the parks, fields, and alley ways near my house, I can piece together a 10ish mile snow ride.  In years past, these would have been the days that I just didn't ride.  Perhaps I would have gone running (those days are behind me now)...but I more than likely wouldn't have been riding.  So far this year, I unfortunately haven't yet made it up to Rocky Ridge, over to Michaux, or to any of the other places I typically mountain bike...but I am out there doing my thing.  I have been riding...a little here...a little there.  As much as I possibly can.


The snow and cold haven't kept me completely off of my road bike.  Last Saturday, I took an amazing ride into York City to pick up some things at York's Central Market.  I took the round-about-way home (riding through a tunnel under Interstate 83)...making for a super fun ride. -- February 9, 2019

Life is a journey...not a destination.



David A. Raymond -- February 12, 2019


I guess you could say that my wife and I have also been hiking here...hiking there...  We've gotten out for at least one hike every weekend this year.  It's becoming a nice habit.  David and Robin Raymond in Michaux State Forest. -- February 10, 2019

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Here are the GARMIN maps and data from rides and hikes featured in this post.  #OptOutside








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