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The Quarry Ridge Two Step

Posted: January 31, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

The Arrowhead 35 is under way, and it just might be the warmest on record, but we had snow this weekend, and the trails were nice, brothers and sisters. Steep climbs, twisty descents, and firm packed trails made for the best weekend of riding in a while. Sunny, 20 degrees, and fat tires in desperate need of a firm talking to. Quarry Ridge is Madison’s escape without having to hump it too far out into the bush.


Just Last Week There Was Snow

Posted: January 28, 2012 by jonnykman in Uncategorized

This is turning out to be a lackluster winter in terms of snow fall. Last week we had about 4-5 inches and it all melted in about two days. I had to ride ye olde cross bike today as the trails are way too muddy. Even for fat bikes. Oh well. Maybe February will bring some snow? At this point I just want spring to get here. This year’s Pittsburgh winter theme: 38 and raining! Here are some pics from last week.

I made first trax last week. I was like a kid in the candy store.

At the bottom of Fire Lane Extension.

Minnesotan Ingenuity!

Posted: January 20, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

My friend, Geoff, sent me this this morning:

“I missed my crank bros pedals but needed some serious cold protection. These boots are rated 150 below Fahrenheit. A couple hours later they have cleats. I will let you know how they work.”

Salsa Cycles talk of full-suspension fatbike!

Posted: January 10, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized


Prototype Talk: Full-Suspension Fatbike

Tuesday January 10th, 2012 | 1 Comments | Tim

Last Friday afternoon a shipment of prototypes arrived and a bunch of us hurried down to the PD&D shop in anxious anticipation.

We’d like to show you our prototype Full-Suspension Fatbike frames.

The inspiration for this project came from numerous people within our team (in a strangely timely convergence actually) and from the fact that fatbikes are being ridden all year long as opposed to being strictly thought of as snow or winter bikes. There is such tremendous capability within these machines that we wanted to have some full-suspension prototypes built to explore the concept further.

Pete did what Pete does, and took the plans with him on his last trip to Taiwan. Now the frames are here and we can’t get our pulses to drop.

We know there will be questions about these frames so we’re heading off a couple of them right from the start.

1) We have assembled and are cobbling together a small selection of suspension forks that will allow us to build, ride, and test these prototype frames. We hope that a fat-friendly suspension fork will be available someday.

2) These are prototypes. We expect to learn a lot from them. They may or may not eventually become an actual product. That is undecided at this time.

We are quite confident that this probably has some of you fatbike riders pretty fired up, so we’ll start by throwing a couple hypothetical questions out at you:

1) How much front and rear travel would you prefer in a full-suspension fatbike?

2) What tire and rim width would you prefer?

What’s next? Well…we’ve got a bunch of wheels to build and a handful of bikes to assemble. And then…we ride. Stay tuned for some ride reports in the coming months.

Wow, I’ve been whining about mud and balmy temps. We finally got a little snow. Maybe two or three inches. Just enough to start having fun on a Pug.

After sitting in traffic for an hour to get home, I headed out as fast as I could to get my 4-inch tires floating. I saw a few dudes rocking cross bikes. Suckers! They were cutting through it, I was floating!

I stuck to mostly the walking paths in Frick Park. Tooled down Braddock’s Trail and connected to the quasi single track along Nine MIle run to head out to the slags. I made figure 8s and sweet S’s in the gravel lot outside of the slags and spun down and then up to Summerset. I even explored the marsh lands around Nine Mile Run.

I headed back into the park proper and climbed Riverview to the top and circled the dog park and then dropped down the Bench Trail for a little more single track action. Total control. Pugsley was devouring it all. I headed to the Nature Center Trail. I avoided the wooden bridges as Pugsley has slow reactions. I kept it high and dry with a shit-eating grin plastered to my face dropping down to the Tranquil trail and riding along the creek looking up at the awesome purple winter sky.

I soaked it in until my toes got a numb. It’s gonna warm up later this week.

…as well as really great beer, maple syrup, and all the winter-wonder-riding you can shake a stick at!  Happy New Year from the Big North Woods!  Ringing it in in true Frick Park Kid regalia, there was fat bike riding and a libation or two involved.  Mercer, WI is about an hour north of Minocqua and wedged between the Turtle Flambeau Flowage lake(where I was camped out) and Highway 51.  Crisp!, clean winter weather, great trail conditions, and all the frozen lakes you’d ever want to ride over, Mercer is definitely a must-do in the book of “Must-Do’s” in the Fat Bikeism arts.  Real twisty single track, snow-covered dirt roads, xc ski touring trails and the odd snow mobile trail make this place shine.  With such a mixed bag, I was happy to have all three chain rings up front, and the average spread of cogs in the back.  Fluctuating between 5 and 10 psi, depending, I was able to get a leg over just about everything from deep snow to ice and hard pack.  Great local bars tucked way back in the woods make for good night-time haunts that are only accessible by skis, fat bike, or snow mobile.  Pugsley Rentals at local bike shops about an hour away also make it easier to get out and give these trails a whirl.  I’d also like to give a shout out to my friend and local tour guide Adam Bramm.  I hope you “find your bike”.  Mercer, WI, get up there and ride.  You’d be stupid not to.


Nine Mile Run Meets the Monongahela River

Posted: December 29, 2011 by jonnykman in Uncategorized
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Nine Mile Run Meets the Monongahela River

Cold muddy ride ends up at the mouth of Nine Mile Run. Ahh, a mushy December in Pittsburgh.