Living the dream
As a cyclists diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, I try to ride my Fat Bike every weekend and get away at least once a month to somewhere epic. I ride my road and cross bike 2-3 times a week. I have a small bike shop in Riverview, FL where I try to help other cyclists learn about wrenching on their own bikes through free & paid private/public workshops. As a mechanic for the past 20+ years of The Gravity Garage, I specialize in upper-end Mountain, Road and Cyclocross bikes.
In the past 30 years, I have ridden all over the US, from west coast beaches of San Diego, the deserts of Barstow/Joshua Tree in California, the Red Rocks of Nevada, all throughout the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and now the gator filled preserves of Florida. With elevations from Sea Level to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,114’. Rides as short as an hour to overnight bike packing trips. Sand, snow, mud, dirt, rocks, hard pack, asphalt & concrete – my adventures have been awesome and I am blessed with the ability to keep riding even at 52-years-old and all that that brings with it!
This is a few ramblings about some of my journeys!
Transplant: From Colorado to Florida:
Bikepacking in the Colorado Rockies:
For the “Average Joe” bikepacking is not all that much different from backpacking or even packing with horses. It’s all about getting as deep into the woods as you possible can get. Horses offer a wider range of access because they can travel vast distances as well as get into designated wilderness area that bikes are not allowed. Backpacking is limited to what you can carry on your back and for how long – most of us it’s typically less than 10 miles. Bikepacking fall somewhere in the middle – with most the weight being put on the bike/trailer and the bike being more efficient than walking, we can now carry more gear and supplies than a typical back pack – thus get much further away form civilization and enjoy the peace and tranquility our gorgeous mountains provide!read more
You have a starting point and a destination, but what about the route in between? When exploring the backcountry on a bike expedition, a plan should be in place as to the specific route. Going off unplanned more often than not, when a well equipped biker with a GPS feels the urge to break off the main route and blaze a path into the unknown, can take an unexpected turn, one that at first seemed more efficient, now requires more energy, longer trail time and possibly lead to dean ends or worse – to just getting lost! As thrilling as trail blazing may seem, this is the time to stick to a plan.read more
The Inspiration to Ride As the days go by and I get older (51 now) I sometimes ask myself - what new adventure can I get into? As my wife and friends can attest - I have a restless soul, and the prescribed treatment is “Get Outdoors”! It’s always been that...read more
Bikepacking the Colorado Rockies? When I first got to Colorado over 18 years ago (fresh off the racing circuit) I heard about this winter cross-country skiing thing where skiers could ski a short distance from a hut to another hut - and make a sweet...read more