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bassnotesteve skylerd's article
Apr 25, 2015 at 13:02
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Call of the Wild - Bikepacking the Coast Mountains
Great write-up and great pictures! I'm going to risk some nays by making one complaint though: Author seems pretty cavalier about the whole grizzly country thing. Maybe just trying not to make too big a deal out of it, but that sounds seriously life-threatening--like decent odds of death. Seems like an unnecessary risk if he knew he'd be in that area with them, but in any case lucky to get out unscathed.
bassnotesteve SramMedia's article
Apr 9, 2015 at 18:36
Apr 9, 2015
Video: Far and Wide in Austin, Texas
Lived 6 years in Austin. Biking there sucks, on the whole, and the pretentious hipster vibe captured so well in this video also made me SO happy to leave.
bassnotesteve MaxBerkowitz's article
Mar 23, 2015 at 11:14
Mar 23, 2015
Video: West Coast Riding Sometimes Bites Back
Maybe he was riding a little loose, but nervous and tense my a$$. Was some good riding, and looked fun as hell
bassnotesteve briceshirbach's article
Jan 2, 2015 at 9:09
Jan 2, 2015
East Bound and Down: Southern Fried Shred
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll try Pinhoti and Windy to start with.
bassnotesteve briceshirbach's article
Jan 2, 2015 at 9:07
Jan 2, 2015
East Bound and Down: Southern Fried Shred
@upside: Colorado has all different kinds of dirt. The state itself has as much mountainous area as the whole Appalacian/Smoky/Blue Ridge area, and it is more varied. If you go to the wetter parts of the state (Durango/Telluride, Aspen, Crested Butte), you get dirt that is pretty much the same as is Pisgah. If you're in Fruita it's desert conditions, if you're in the Front Range it's dry mountains. Much more variation in CO, there is pretty much everything (though you might have to drive a long way to find it at times). Also, I'm not sure how you know for a fact that you would not like Fruita/Grand Junction if you have not ridden there (also, if you don't like Fruita you also don't like Moab or Sedona). It's pretty much incredibly fun, great riding in one of the most unique and cool parts of the country. And, by the way, I am stoked on NC and GA. Only lived here for a while but I love the trails. So I'm not just trying to pump up CO because I'm from there. And FWIW, Brevard area would still be a top destination if it was in CO; it is that good.
bassnotesteve briceshirbach's article
Jan 1, 2015 at 20:57
Jan 1, 2015
East Bound and Down: Southern Fried Shred
I know I shouldn't get in the middle, but I think you're both wrong. I grew up in CO and now live in Atlanta, and here's my take: North Georgia, and definitely Brevard, have legit riding. There are some trails there as good as CO. That sad, putting NC or GA above CO is nonsense. Fruita, Crested Butte, and Durango area are all better than Brevard area, and that's just the "destinations". You can find world-class gems all over the state as well. Not sure about Oregon, Washington, but I'd put CO against any state and feel pretty confident. Though it probably can't compete with BC.
bassnotesteve briceshirbach's article
Jan 1, 2015 at 20:52
Jan 1, 2015
East Bound and Down: Southern Fried Shred
Just moved to Atlanta, and can be in Ellijay in an hour and 20 minutes. If I have two days, and time for two trails, which should I do? Bear Creek and Pinhoti (which Pinhoti?) Should Windy Gap be in there? I can handle the steeps and tech, but I also like a good flow. Any advice is appreciated. Can't wait to check out the area!
bassnotesteve RideKore's article
Dec 17, 2014 at 8:52
Dec 17, 2014
Recharging the Soul in Pisgah
Ha! Well, I guess I'll just have to get used to the leaves. Most of the loop I was riding straight into the late afternoon soon, so that didn't help either. Think I'll try to return late march/early april is schedule permits.
bassnotesteve RideKore's article
Dec 16, 2014 at 6:05
Dec 16, 2014
Recharging the Soul in Pisgah
@SketchyD: Not sure if you will see this comment, but if you do this is a BIG Thank You for the Dupont route. I hit it yesterday and was able to follow it all to a T and it was the most fun I've had on a bike in a long while, probably since my last Fruita/Moab trip. I was so stoked on it I hit the Burnt Mountain and Cedar Rock/Big rock loop a second time, and I left happy with nothing left in the tank. I went to Brevard being more excited about Pisgah, but left loving Dupont. I want to go back to Pisgah when there aren't so many leaves. I felt like I couldn't see where I was going, and I washed out the front tire cornering on leaves a couple times. We just don't have that kind of leaf accumulation out west. Did the Black Mountain/Buckwheat Knob/Bennett gap loop and I can tell they are amazing trails. I just wanna ride them when I can SEE the trail. Anyway, the whole area Rocks (and roots, if you get my drift). After one trip, I'd definitely put Brevard area up there with the best destinations out west. Can't wait to go back.
bassnotesteve pinkbikeaudience's article
Dec 2, 2014 at 18:15
Dec 2, 2014
Ask Pinkbike: Shoe Solutions, Lever Adaptors, Angle-Adjust Headsets, and Night Riding Tips
I was surprised Aston didn't also mention the option of buying a GT Sanction. If the commenter hasn't bought the bike yet, why not look at the longer, slacker Sanction to begin with? Though you better be riding some pretty gnarly stuff most of the time to need the Sanction. The Force and handle most anything that a non pro-level DH or Enduro guy would ride on a regular basis.
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