Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Custom Laughing Dog Brewing Bike

So, with the 7 year anniversary of Laughing Dog Brewing approaching, a group of guys approached me about doing a little something special to thank Fred and Michelle for all their support of community events and in particular biking related events.  A custom beer delivery bike quickly became the go-to idea.  I was honored and thrilled to be asked.  This project took a lot of work, a bit of coordination and good deal of collaboration with those that do non-bike related things much better than I could. 

Some Laughing Dog brews was consumed and a final plan for the bike was hatched.  I contributed an early 60s Hercules lightweight cruiser to be used as the basis for the project.  Below are some of the highlights of the custom bike:

Custom headtube badge done by Matt.  Notice how the frame lugs hug the headtube badge, very nice detail on this bike.

Of course Mike got involved by building the 12-pack beer crate to hold our 22 ouncers.  Made from redwood, it slide perfectly into the industrial rear rack.  All very cool and functional.
Many people have asked about the paint scheme.  It is actually powder coated by Spectrum.  They once again did an amazing job on this frame and fenders.  Color wise we were shooting for the Laughing Dog Creme Ale color for the frame and the CSB brown for the fenders.  Pretty damn close I must say.

The custom wheels are hard to miss.  Thanks to Fast Eddie for this special 4 cross with a twist build.  We used the original rims and hub with new spokes.  These look cool and are pretty bomber!
Matching leather Brooks saddle and grips.
Wondering how all these original parts got so shiny?  Thanks to DJ and Jane for all their time and elbow greasy as they cleaned, polished and buffed every piece out.

Fred's smile on the test ride made it worth every bit.  Thanks to everyone that helped with this project.  It was a blast and something we can always remember as we kick back cold ones at Laughing Dog.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Fault Lake Tr

Sunday ride day and first ride with my new camera.  Fault Lake is a great little 6.5 mile climb.  Not super steep, but steady.  Throw in some sand and loose rocks and traction can be a bit of an issue.  Ditch your bike and hike the last .5 miles to a stunning emerald-colored lake surrounded by a huge rock cathedral.

 Although I've seen moose, deer and even a goat here...this time it was some fish and a small fuzzy friend.

 Did I mention my camera is waterproof?  Pic taken under water looking back.
If your shy, pack a set of swim trunks cause you are gonna wanna jump in after the climb up.  The water felt amazing!

Leave all that for a fun, attention requiring descent back to the road.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

New image recorder

If you follow this blog, and if you're reading this you probably do...then you know the hatred I carry for my camera.  Well, recently Shadow and I had an incident, and me and my Nikon had to part ways.  Now as much as I hated the camera, I really wasn't ready to plunk down the cash to get a new one.  But my hand was forced.

I don't like shopping for these things, so I asked my buddy who happens to be an expert in the field for input.  Cannon Powershot D20 was his rec.  I hear ya laughing, so shut up.  Yes, this new camera is water and shock proof.  Something I obviously need in a camera.  It's easy to use and takes some great pics.  Say hello to my new trail tool...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sidehill Trail

Another Sunday, another beautiful day on the trails.  Sidehill was the mission.  This trails starts with a hell of a climb.  A climb made even more difficult by the loose and even steeper switchbacks.  Somehow, my mind always blocks out just what a good climb this is.
Once to the "top" you are rewarded with lots of rock, numerous creek crossings and some great trail.  Don't let the name fool ya though, there is some sidehill but still a lot more vert to be had.  It's a roller coaster.

 Attempting all the creek crossing can be a challenge.  On a hot day they are a great reward.

When the trail takes longer than expected, there is more climbing than you remembered, the shuttler is lost and it's just rather hot, riders can get annoyed.  Nothing some cold ones at Feist Creek didn't cure though

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bernard Peak

I was down at Farragut for the Pend Oreille Pedalers annual campout and had to hit up Bernard Peak.  I am always surprised at how fun this trail it.  It is a great climb with a gradual grade and a few spikes to get the hear rate going.

Anyhow, weekend started with a little campfire, beer and some great socializing.

 Oh, and did I mention a little science project...

Then wake up and head up Bernard.  Views were awesome!

Went up from Twete Road and then went home via the Scout Trail  To say the Scout Trail is technical isn't quite enough.  There are lots of rocks, mostly all doable but challenging.  All the ferns hanging over the trail add another layer the technicality.
it would be nice to know this info on the way UP

A final word, FAST.  You will go fast on the descent and sometimes bad things happen when you are going fast...like catching your pedal on hidden stumps.