Well it's a new year (is it too late to say "Happy New Year"?), full of promise and potential. Yet here I am with a busted elbow and a foot of dirty snow on the ground. So while I was ready to start 2017 off with a real bike riding BANG, I need to be patient and wait for the milder Springtimes weather and some stronger arm ligaments.
Last year I really caught the bikepacking bug. After making a couple great weekend trips on friends' fat bikes both in-state and beyond, I rebuilt my trusty 'cross bike with parts better suited for multi-day, weighted off-road explorations. The more I rode, the more I realized that a dedicated, large-tired bike really was the best tool for the job. Fast forward to yesterday, and I have a new bike on the way (more on that later)!
Basically, these rambling few sentences are my way of saying that even if you can't ride a bike right now (*raises hand*), this is the perfect time to seek out new routes and new stoke for adventure. So sit back with your coffee/tea/whiskey and enjoy something short:
...and something a bit longer:
Here's to a positive and inspiring 2017. I know there may be some 'bigger picture' challenges to that, but we're here to make sure at least your bikes are happy!