Thursday, February 7, 2008

Best of 2007 - Pictures: Part IV

I decided to summarize 2007 by creating a series of posts around my favorite images of the year, one for each month. The process has brought back a flood of memories and served as a nice reminder of how lucky I was to have discovered mountain biking 2 years ago!

July 31, 2007 (Tuesday) - Flying Dog Trail - Jeremy Ranch, UT


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This picture brings back some memories. First, I locked my Camelbak in the car - with my keys inside - and had to borrow a water bottle from another rider in the parking lot. Luckily I was able to call my wife who charitably agreed to drive up later with a spare. Second, there was a massive thunderhead across I-80 near the Olympic Park that spewed forth a constant dose of deep, rumbling thunder and flashes of lightning. It never moved close enough to cause problems but made me nervous the entire ride nevertheless. Third, Kris was riding like a man possessed, ripping the trail (and my legs!) at near race pace for the duration of the ride.


August 4, 2007 (Saturday) - Great Western Trail - Millcreek Canyon, UT


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I absolutely love the trails of Millcreek Canyon. When you combine the trails I love with the woman I love (yes, that would be my wife in the picture) the result is a truly blissful afternoon of riding.


September 1, 2007 (Saturday) - Mid-Mountain Trail - Park City, UT


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I realize it's incredibly cruel to post this picture in the middle of winter but seriously, if this doesn't inspire you to get out and ride your mountain bike this summer I don't know what will! Mid-mountain is pure sweetness.

5 comments:

KanyonKris said...

Man, we rode some sweet stuff last year!

j_e said...

so, uhhh, which mtn bike do you recommend?

UtRider said...

Mountain bikes are like road bikes: Lots of selection and very few poor choices. I know guys who ride Cannondale, Specialized, Giant, Trek, Moots, Titus, Scott, Kona, Gary Fisher, Niner, etc. and all of them enjoy their bike(s). My recommendation would be to find a shop that either has a demo program or whose employees are willing to let you ride their bikes. Try some different brands/models and see what feels good. At a minimum I'd look at full suspension bikes with Shimano Deore LX/SRAM X.7 or better componenents.

j_e said...

so no hardtails, eh?

UtRider said...

Check out Rico's post from December 31st for an example of why I wouldn't recommend a hardtail.