Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We celebrate three days of Thanksgiving. Thursday is of course Thanksgiving which is followed by Friday Pie-day where we spend all day eating left over pies. After Friday Pie-day is Saturday Fatter-day which needs no explanation. The Saturday Fatter-day Charity Bike Ride is a great way to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories, and help someone else in need.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I've been told no, but I can't resist trying. So here is the offer:
Two day sale, Friday Nov 28 and Sat Nov 29, 2008
Up to 20% off 2008 full suspension or carbon fiber bikes.
For example $400 off on a Giant OCR C2.
In addition - - -
Free Cat Eye computer/light box set with purchase of any bike with 24" or larger wheels.
Or a Free Animal Horn with purchase of any bike. Value $10.00
Limitations: One free offer per bicycle purchased. While in stock supplies last.
This can be combined with our Simple Layaway Program: 10% down holds the bike. You don't have to hide the bike, or put it together on Christmas Eve. And we don't charge any fees for layaway.
I got a reply to an email about the bike park requesting to be removed from my mailing list. Of course I immediately removed him from my list but something in his email just got me thinking. He said, "I didn't want the ... park in my nieghborhod [sic] and I don't want it rubbed in. I feel that there will be too much traffic and a hazard to inexpearienced [sic] riders."
Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. We never wore a seatbelt, or a helmet. I now wear a helmet when riding my bike and my seatbelt when in a car. I am sure I would be dead had I not been wearing my helmet when I broke my nose. His comment though made me consider what it would be like if we hid inside, living our lives vicariously through movies or video games, so that we don't risk injury. A very sad thought but practically true for some.
Anyway, I have decided I much prefer living an active life, than sitting around being scared I might get hurt.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The digital camera was sitting on a tripod in the family room so I rushed it out and took a 15 sec exposure picture. It was amazing. In the picture the colors of the rainbow revealed themselves. It may have been the best picture I have ever taken. However there was no memory card in the camera, so after displaying the picture on the preview screen the camera then tossed it to bit heaven.
I ran back into the house and found the memory card, but by the time I got it in the camera the rainbow was gone.
Thinking about it, the only time you could see a rainbow like this would be to have the following:
- It must be late enough to be dark
- There must be a full moon, or nearly a full moon
- There needs to be rain on the opposite side of the sky as the moon
Friday, November 07, 2008
I found a new trail that looks like it is trying to get to the top of Lake Mountain. I guess I need to bring my camera and GPS next time I head out on this trail. So far it only goes a short distance, but I'm sure if I keep riding it someday it will reach the top of the mountain.
On the way back down I went down the northern down hill trail that I guess people are calling the Flintstones trail.
They have added a few wood features to it. The first one caught me off guard so I didn't ride it although it was mild enough I could have. There was one wood feature that I did actually ride over, but it was the widest and easiest feature on the trail. You sure can tell a lot more people are riding this trail than the south trail which looks like it hasn't been being used at all.
There were a couple of the corners on the Flintstones trail that look like they are holding puddles and were just a tad muddy. I need to bring some tools with me next time so I can help improve the trail.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
After getting to the start of the Juniper trail I continued out towards Lake Mountain. I would like to figure out a trail from the Ranches to the top of Lake Mountain, so I took a shovel with me to clear stuff from the trail and try and make it more ridable, and thus the heavy backpack.
On the way back to Epic Biking I went down the North most trail that Cougar and Darin made. It looks like nobody has been using that trail, maybe because the drops are just a bit extreme for someone like me.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I am so excited about the bike park. The trails that have been built so far are great, and will be even better as more features are added. The pump track is starting to take shape, and the down hill run has been cleared. It was great to see so many people out working on the park.
I have been riding the road bike to work most days and the more I ride the bike the more I don't like cars. They are loud obnoxious things. However after finishing the detour through the bike park and getting back on the road to get to work, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the poor people imprisoned by glass and steel, while I was out in the open air enjoying life. Sometimes I can't believe how great it is to be making cycling my career.
Question: On a road with a dashed yellow line down the center, when you pass a bike should you see if you can squeeze your car between the center line and the cyclist without hitting him with your mirror? of should you move left to the empty lane? It is amazing how many people get this question wrong on a daily basis.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
I think I have the best customers in the world!
So far I have had two scary problems. The first was where I accepted a large check for some bikes and then had the check bounce. We had the phone number written on the check but the copy the bank gave us blacked out the phone number (bad copying process) and so I didn't know how to get in contact with the customer. I did have an address and was thinking I would drop by his house. But instead he showed up in the store apologized for the check bouncing and repayed me.
Then a couple of days ago I sold a bike and accessories. The total on the bill came out to $575.00, but when I typed it into the credit card machine I didn't include the 00 so I ended up charging $5.75. Again I didn't have a phone number and I was worried I had just lost $500. Then he called this morning saying he noticed that the charge went in for $5.75.
It sure makes you feel good when you have honest customers that will do what is right! THANKS!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I have been working long hours to get my store open, and have had it open for about a week now. I still need to do some painting work. Most of my bikes are in still in boxes, and about half of the bikes on the floor still need a final assembly. I still need to build up my parts and accessories inventory. I also added a link to my estore on my website. The website needs a lot of work but I have so much to do and so little time to do it all in.
Anyway stop by the store and say Hi.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I figured the rest of the way my mileage would go down real bad as I had to go over a mountain range and I had to drive fast to get there in time. However when I got to Ashland my over all mileage was still over 73 mpg.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
That was about the easiest move I have ever done since I didn't have to physically move anything. Still, it will be the most expensive move I have made due to some commitments. Anyway there is the new home of Epic Biking. In a couple of months I hope to be open. Then you can all come to my store (or my estore) and give me your hard earned cash. :-)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
I did some more digging on the pump track. It still seems like it will be hard to pump from the bottom of the track to the top. I think tomorrow I will lower the top of the track another foot. http://www.epicbiking.com/pumptrack.html
The snow is melting fast. It is probably a good thing I started working on the track before the snow melted. I had to shovel all the snow off so that I could start digging. Now as all the snow melts there is no snow on the track making it more muddy. It is almost dry enough to ride a bike on. I did test it with my son's bike. It still needs to dry out a little, and I need to smooth things out.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
After working all day I decided I really didn't pick the best spot for the track. Down at the bottom of my hill, before it drops off into the gully there is a nice flat spot that would be perfect for the pump track. Maybe when the snow melts I'll build a second track down there. It would be a lot easier because that area doesn't have rocks. The area I am working in now is very rocky.
I guess though two tracks are better than one. The upper track will dry out sooner, and the lower track will be easier to expand.
Friday, February 22, 2008
How about build a pump track! It looks like riding a pump track would be a great upper body workout, and great for building core strength. So I headed out to the back yard with a snow shovel, a shovel and a pick. Before long I was digging away in a t-shirt while huge snow flakes were falling all around.
After about 6 hours of digging I was a muddy mess but I had two of the three sides roughed out. My initial track will be triangular and then I plan on building an alternate route that will make it squareish. My track is on a bit of a slope so I will have a nice fast down hill section, and then some rollers to pump your way back to the top.
I posted some pictures on my store's website at:
Friday, February 01, 2008
So we made a video of the project and put it to the sound track from Vitas' Opera #2. After getting permission from Vitas we posted it on YouTube.
Friday, January 18, 2008
One snowy day I was biking along the mountain with my bike.
Many spectacular scenes flashed before my eyes.
In each scene I noticed bike tracks in the snow.
Sometimes there was a set of footprints,
other times there were only bike tracks.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the steep parts of the trail,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see the set of footprints.
So I said to my bike,
"You promised me, bike,
that if I cared for you,
you would give me the ride of my life.
But I have noticed that during
the steepest, snowiest parts of the trail
there have been footprint
with the bike tracks in the snow.
Why, when I needed you most,
have you not been there for me?"
My bike replied,
"The times when you have
seen only bike tracks in the snow,
is when I carried you.
These were times that made the footprints worthwhile!"
Daniel Burton with apologies to Mary Stevenson
Thursday, January 03, 2008
A couple of years ago we took some older scouts on a mountain bike trip on the Kokopelli trail. Now that I have a server set up I am working on getting some slide shows up from past trips. The Kokopelli trip is now available in the slide shows at www.epeakbiking.com