• Rufus Trail

    Last weekend I rode Rufus Trail, a trail that was suggested by a coworker as a really nice climbing trail in the Lookout Mountain area.  The trail leads from the parking lot on Lake Louise Road, across from one of the Sudden Valley gates.  It’s a lot that I’ve parked in several time, I just have only hiked or hike-a-biked up the road to one of the Lookout Mountain towers.  At one point I tried going on some trails that…Continue Reading

  • Binge Worthy

    I admit that I am binging a bit on the North Lake Whatcom area.   Although there are wonders to be found there, what make this area binge worthy for me is the tremendous workout it offers straight out of the box.  From the upper parking lot there seems to be nothing but steep uphill for the first few miles, in fact the parking lot itself even slopes uphill a bit.  I’ve hiked up and down this section several times and…Continue Reading

  • M2 Franken Jumper

    My main trail ride for the last couple of decades and still my favorite for riding tight trails.  It started life as an Stumpjumper M2 FS, and was quickly stripped for it’s components by some, more money than brains guy, who was going to use them to build up a Cannondale Headshok bike.  I gladly bought his “useless” frame for some at the time amazingly expensive price.  I then began to transplant every component from my decked out Specialized Hardrock,…Continue Reading

  • 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