History Rock

The History Rock trail is another great local Bozeman ride. Today Julie and I met up with Paola for a history lesson. Click the image below to see more images from today's ride.

Hyalite view

History Rock

Julie and Paola

A classic Bozeman MTB ride

Mystic Lake.  Five miles up a logging/fire road and then 3 miles of the nicest singletrack around.  Reverse it back to the trailhead.  Click on the image below to go to see all the images from this ride.

Mystic lake

Classic singletrack

New friend

Mad

Sping green in Bozeman

We picked up a new compact digital camera (Panasonic Lumix TMC-DZ3), so I decided to grab some shots from around town. A very wet May and early June brought us lots of green. Click the link below to go to see all the images.

Green Bozeman

Dogs with 5spot

Grassy Mountain

We've continued to put in some mtb miles. Our most recent rides were in the Bang Tails, Stone Creek, Brackett Creek, and Grassy Mountain (up Olsen Creek, down Brackett Creek).

Brian takes in the view near the top of Grassy Mountain during a break in the action. Click the image above to see more pictures from this ride.

Brian

Brian and Julie enjoy the view of the Bridgers from the top of Stone Creek. Click the image above to see more pictures from this ride.

Brian, Julie, and dogs

New bike for cowdog

When it comes to mountain bikes, I prefer to buy bikes from smaller companies who build bikes more out of passion than profit and manufacture frames in the U.S. And, for the record, in this age of bigger bikes and more aggressive riding, I still lean more towards XC and all-mountain trail riding. However, just as I like fatter skis for all my skiing, I suspect I can have a lot of fun with a longer travel bike. In other words, my next bike will have 5 to 6 inches of travel, have good pedalling characteristics, and weigh around 28-32 lbs. Those criteria limited the field substantially.

My current bike is a Turner flux, a great 4 inche travel XC bike. As much as I have enjoyed the flux, I wanted a little more travel for technical trail riding. Turner Bicycles is a great company with outstanding bikes and customer service. It is hard to go wrong with a Turner.

My next bike will be a 2007 Turner spot. It has 5.5 inches of rear travel and will be nice step up from my current bike for more technical riding but still retain most of the nice XC qualities of the flux. It was a toss up between the Turner RFX and spot, but in the end, I felt the spot was the better fit for my overall riding. When it arrives I will post lots of pictures and build details. I am hoping it arrives by the end of May.

May 21, 2007 update:  I built up the bike today.  Here it is!

Turner 5.5 spot

The very close runner up was a bike from another cool, smaller bike company. Ventana Mountain Bikes USA hand builds mountain bike frames in-house in southern California. I came close to buying a Ventana El Ciclon. I probably would have been equally happy with the el ciclon, but I have such a positive history with Turner that I decided to stay with a Turner for this bike.

I am buying all the build parts through Chad at Redbarn Bicycles in Hamilton, Montana. Chad is a good guy, and I have enjoyed working with him. Chad has a nice blog, www.bikes-in-barn.blogspot.com. Check out the March 2007 archives (then scroll down a bit), you can find some information and pictures from a recent Ventana Factory Tour. Very cool. The frame itself is coming from another source, simply because I found one available. Honestly, I would have much preferred buying the frame from Redbarn Bicycles.

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