Whenever I travel, I try to find some time to explore the community a bit. I like to head into the heart of a city or place on a walk or bike ride with my camera. No real mission in mind. I just like to see a new city and give my mind freedom to see and shoot whatever inspires me.
So one morning after breakfast I ended walking around Ogden, Utah and ended up at the Union Station train depot. The depot is really beautiful and has a bunch of old trains that you can climb on and explore. I walked in and out off all the trains there. I also spent time inside enjoying the beautiful and perfect light. I spent some time shooting as well. Hope you enjoy the pics.
And my favorite of the day. Being patient and waiting pays off.
Today, you get 2 posts. The second one is coming in about 10 minutes. Why 2 posts?
Well…I thought that 13 years of marriage deserved it’s own post. The last 13 years have been the best in my life. My life is truly incredible thanks to my wife and I can’t wait to see where our life long journey leads us?! Love you babe!
This summer I have been riding a fatbike as my primary mountain bike. My fatbike XC bike of choice this summer is a prototype of the new Salsa Beargrease. I find myself loving fatbikes more and more as I find out just what they are capable of. I love the traction. I love the comfort. I love the I can get over or through anything confidence. So when our personal bikes went out to a Utah for my work event, I sent my proto fat XC bike. Only seemed logical.
One day when I had some time I asked my coworker and friend if I could ride his bike so that I could compare it too my proto Beargrease fatbike I had been riding. That was the critical point. It was a total gamechanger for me and I am on a mission to build one for myself. Tim has a new 2013 Mukluk frame set up with nice stuff. That said, it is heavier than my proto fat XC. So what’s the game changing part of this equation? A modified Lefty fat suspension fork!
We had some time to ride one day and I decided to ride to the top of Snowbasin. I took Tim’s Mukluk and rode up into the mountains. It was an incredible experience. The switchback climbs, even with rocks at terrible locations in the turn, were laughable. I just powered right over them. Sure I felt the weight some but I was just out enjoying myself. I ended up not making it all the way up because I got distracted, took pictures and didn’t have a map (I ended up on a trail that led somewhere else). But, I got a good hour and 15 minutes of climbing. Then I turned around. Whoa! That’s when it hit me.
Going down was an incredible experience. I had endless traction even on the loose rock. The big tires smoothed out the trail. The susfork took the burden of the big rocks and my mistakes and just crushed everything in site. I was flat out flying. The big tires do take some tuning of air pressure to get them feeling just right. Too much and you are bouncing off rocks like crazy, sometimes at speed. Too little and the tires push and fold a bit in corners. When they are just right you know it and the bike just flat out rips and grips.
Right now I am in the process of pulling parts together to build a full on dedicated summer fat XC bike much like Tim’s bike. This bike won’t touch winter with my Lefty sus fork and my mostly Shimano 10 speed group and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. I cant wait to get it finished and hit all my favorite local Midwest trails.
Some fork manufacturer needs to make a fat suspension fork! Please. Please. Please.
Fat XC w/fork = Gamechanger!
I scanned 2 rolls of film today. I’ve got a few more to go. Loving film so much I want to shoot more and more. This month I had 5 rolls! Also learned some things not to do in July. Big mistakes to share next week. So….Just a quick sneak peek today as I am headed out on a date with my wife to celebrate our 13th year of incredible marriage! Hope your day is going as well as mine.
I love riding and shooting film.
Enjoy your weekend folks.
Wow! It is Friday already. Can’t believe it. What a week it has been. As I looked back over images from the recent weeks, I have about 20 images that fit the description for the Friday Ride Stoke. So…I chose one from Utah since I don’t get to ride in the mountains that often.
Hope you all had a great week and even a better weekend planned.
Back on my Fargo Ti!
I am sitting here writing with a huge sense of release. Why? Well….In my professional life, this past week was a big deal. At my place of employment, we showed a bunch of new products to dealers, distributors and media. It was a calculated pre launch of our new products with a more public release scheduled from early August through late August. I feel release because things are in motion. The nitty gritty details of said new products are being hashed out and debated on blogs and forums. The process of filtering to see if the new products have hit the mark has begun. Sometimes products take on their own life afterwards and serve an entirely different purpose than the design criteria. The ball is in play as they say. There is no looking back now. Only looking forward and learning from what is now the past.
I’m also excited because I can now share pictures of the products and/or prototypes that I have been riding, testing, and shooting but have been on a digital and verbal embargo. Note, I am not going to use this blog to answer tech questions about products from my place of employment. I am simply going to share occasional images of my experiences while riding them. For me personally, the experience is what matters.
Ahhhh……Release. It feels so good.
Well, I made it back. What a week it has been. New bikes. New trails. New roads. New friends. I have a lot more to share but I haven’t been able to get my thoughts sorted. I may be back a bit later today or tonight with an updated post. Until then, here are a few shots from the week in Utah.
Yep, it was a blast and I got to shoot quite a bit. Great to be home though. More to come.
Just a short one today as I am finishing up some business in Utah before returning home. I am also headed out for an early morning shoot that I am very excited about. I have a couple of special spots scouted for a new bike from Salsa Cycles. Should be a sweet morning.
I will be back Wednesday with more words and images from my recent trip. I will say that I shot some really impactful images while in Utah, both personal and for work. I also shot some film. Should have lots to share starting later this week.
Friends + bicycles + gravel = Perfect Morning
Get out and ride this weekend!
Today, my tribute to living life is about work, riding and finding motivation. A couple months ago, I traveled to Japan for work. It was an incredible journey. I haven’t talked much about it, but this week words finally started coming out. I am going to share a link to something I’ve written over on the Salsa blog, my place of employment. There are a number of images related to the post over there so I encourage you to go take a look.
Click on the picture above to take you to the story on the Salsa blog. My post over there goes live at 6:00AM central time.
My life lesson buried in all those words and images is that I had to let go of having each and every detail worked out for that trip. For many not having those details would make life difficult. However, I found out on this trip that you had to trust it would all work out and that what ever gear, or clothing or whatever would get you through to the end.