HD Video, A Jersey, And A New Camera

Just the other night a friend pulls out a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 camera, gives it to me and says I'm tired of viewing all your blurry ass pictures, make some Magic. To That, I give you Magic, well in a short teasing sort of way but shooting HD Video is sweet and when I finally figure out that Handlebar mount I want, it'll be even sweeter.

I give you 50 some odd seconds of the Red Rocks and the tail end of Dakota Ridge. There would've been more Dakota but I've never shot video before and it kind of came as an afterthought about midway through the ride.

I promise in the future I'll not be repeating a bunch of the same video. At the time I was shooting it I didn't even know if I was doing it right and running back up the hill after setting up the camera became tiring pretty quickly.

The second hurdle was figuring out the video software which in the test video I used Windows Movie Maker...pretty simple and easy to learn. I'm looking at the Adobe Premiere Elements as an upgrade though.

On to the second bit of greatness. That being the new Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventure Race Jersey offered by Pisgah Productions. Only $69 and you get to wear a jersey made after the greatest mountain bike race on the east coast and even cooler that it was designed by the Great Brado! Keep in mind they run a bit small so being 6 ft tall and 208 lbs of a semi muscular build with padding, I went with an XL.

Oh, the new camera does take pictures and as a signing off, I give you some eye candy

...Looking towards Green Mtn from the Saddle of Dakota Ridge



Some Dakota Ridge Technical Goodness

Mount Morrison and the Red Rocks


Looking south from Matthew Winters


If your a local...get out and hit it now...Trails are prime with only a touch of wet here and there.

Love from the Original Big Ring

Late last week I got an envelope in the mail. Turns out Jebus, formally known as "Buddy Christ" loves me and so does the OBR!!! Awww, ain't that sweet?

Aww...blasphamus Jebus Loves me!!

Probably misses the nights of spooning in the tent when I took him to Crested Butte. I can't wait to apply one of these to the new work bench that I'll be manifesting out of a piece of multi purpose furniture that PBR gave me.

Love from Craig

Thanks Big Ring, your the Best!!


December Rewind

I am an adventurous soul by nature and nothing packs a few weeks adventures into a few hours quite as well as a bike.

So way back on December 12th I pulled Guacamole out of the rabbit hole and went for a ride, my 1st in over a month, his 1st since the 1st week of September when he broke his hand.

It was a good ride, full of sunshine, naps, and some quality downhill after a bit of climbing then repeated.





Later in the month there was a few night rides

one where PBR was in the spirit

PBR's Christmas Hawg

And others where I had the trails to myself to work out the inner demons


I finally had an epiphany and in the wise words of Full Trucker, "I let the ride be the ruler of my emotions, not letting the emotions be the killjoy of my ride"


and the week before Christmas brought a special treat. The private trails of Ken Caryl Ranch. Knowing someone on the inside has its benefits.







The Beerd Belly 2011

Be it a blessing or a curse, the Goat rides again. There were a few rides in December that deserve attention but being the New Year, The New Year's Day ride takes priority.

The Front Range has been blessed with an unusually warm winter with the highs being in the upper 50's. As of the eve of New year's eve though, the temperatures dropped and we saw our 1st descent snow. With that brought the annual New Year's Day ride, once again at Bergen Peak. This year somewhere between 4-6 inches of Champagne snow covered the trails with a starting temp of 5 degrees F and topping out at a whooping 20 degrees F.

There was a beard, mine alone


There was beer


a few big bellies


and a whole lotta fun riding










and the biggest herd of Elk I've ever seen. Had to be 100 +