Dustin and I finished blazing the Bayou Loop at UWF and then did some rehabilitation on several sections of trail that either got washed out with all the rain or were starting to show their age. I guess there has gotten to be a larger number of riders on those trails because they are starting to wear more now than they ever have. All those places that were poorly designed (probably not designed, just cut) are getting unrideable and places that were borderline are now staring to erode. Water bars are hard to build but fortunately they make the trail pretty fun to ride. Next weekend is an official trail maintenance day so maybe some of the newer crowd can come out and see how it’s done.
I was all fired up to buy a new Gary Fisher HiFi 29er after the fork on my Rig locked up at Oak Mountain. $500 was too much for a new fork and there were other things that needed fixing and I want to do some road trips that require gears for the longer climbs of North Georgia. To my disappointment, all the 2009 models were sold and the 2010 models don’t arrive until mid November. That’s too long to go without a bike so I hurriedly bought a rigid fork to keep me in action for a while. All it took was a ride or two to realize a rigid fork is a form of torture. Dustin came to the rescue with a Reba fork that is brand new and reasonably priced. I also splurged on a new drive train, lock on grips and a new saddle and I put on my old Juicy 7 brakes after the cables on my BB7’s got ruined in the rain and mud of Oak Mountain. It’s like riding a brand new bike. I used it today to pull the trailer and it rode well enough to notice a difference. Tomorrow I plan on riding trailer free and hit the new stuff we built today.