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Colorful Stumpjumper

My late 80’s Stumpjumper it really not too far removed from my early/original Stumpjumper.  The frame geometry feels the same, maybe with a bit more room due to a longer stem, but essentially the same feel.  However, the 8 years of maturing did yield a big difference in rideabilty, and that difference comes in two major areas; gearing and brakes.  The 1989 model has indexed gearing, as opposed to the now forgotten friction shifting, for ease of shifting and 21…Continue Reading

Crisp Morning on Galbraith

Crisp is code for froze my rear end again.  Didn’t even start until almost 6:30am, but even that was too early.  My fingers haven’t been that cold since I was a kid, who didn’t want to come in from sledding, but now I fancy myself as an adult and as an adult I should know better, or at least buy a newer warmer set of winter gloves.  Cold or not, riding of any kind is still more fun than most…Continue Reading

Early Stumpjumper

It may sound a bit weird, but I have grown fond of this particular bike. That’s because finding it really marked the beginning of me getting myself back into riding bikes, rather than periodically just moving them from one side of the garage to the other. My “go to” bike for the last few decades had been a mid/late 90’s Stumpjumper with a ubiquitous beige Judy XC fork.  It is a wonderfully light M2 framed bike that at the time…Continue Reading

Seahawks vs. Redskins

It’s November 5th and we all know what that means.  It means I went on a bike ride in place of watching the Seahawks game.  We had a cold strong wind from the North this morning so I just rode an out and back ride from Hovander.  I parked in the Fragrance Garden parking lot at Tennant Lake and rode the dirt portion of the trail (see this route) down to Marietta.   Very crisp but fun ride.  The trolls had…Continue Reading