Lights, camera, inaction!

The Specialized Sequoia, rigged for bikepacking, en route to a loop around the Elena Gallegos picnic grounds.

I don’t know how a dude with no visible means of support (beyond a wife who works at a national lab) manages to stay too busy to blog.

Somehow I get ‘er done, though. Or not, depending upon whether you enjoy regular bloggery.

The Co-Motion Deschutes, a made-in-Oregon touring bike that won’t break the bank.

Mostly I’ve been playing Quentin Ferrentino again, shooting video for Adventure Cyclist.

In front of the camera:

The Specialized Sequoia, which is a wrap, both print and video reviews having been shipped to the home office in Missoula;

 And the Co-Motion Deschutes, which I’m reviewing and videotaping as we speak, with a deadline of May 1.

The news I have been assiduously avoiding, though it was impossible to evade Orange Julius Caesar’s misplacement of an entire aircraft carrier attack group and his announcement that with his help the GOP triumphed in last night’s election to replace Tom Price in Georgia (one Twitter wag noted that OJC’s confusion was understandable in that the candidate with the most votes didn’t win).

But enough of that shit. Back to bikes.

The Sequoia review will be in the May issue, while the Deschutes will have to wait for the August-September edition. Once that review gets filed I get a break from velo-evaluation — unless Management unearths something interesting at the Sea Otter Classic, which starts tomorrow.

Why, I may even get to ride some of my own damn’ bikes for a change.

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15 Responses to “Lights, camera, inaction!”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Specialized Seqouia, meh. Co-Motion, oh yea but not sure about the Hayes brakes. I would prefer the TRP Spykes.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Y’know, Pat, I was surprised to like the Sequoia as much as I did. It’s a good bike for weirdos who like rocking drop bars and fat tires in places they have no business being.

      And you’ll be pleased to hear the Deschutes’ spec remains fluid. It now comes with TRP Spyres; the website has yet to catch up with real life. Kind of like this one.

      Meanwhile, today I rode a 26-inch-wheel mountain bike with front suspension and V-brakes for no good reason that I can think of. Mostly because it was in the garage and looking lonely, I guess. I’m lucky to have survived the experience.

      The old DBR mountain bike

      • JD Dallager Says:

        PO’G: Nice photos!

        If the 26’er is in good shape (and it looks to be based on the photo), save it and sell it to a museum in 15 years. On second thought, you might be able to do that now based on the rate MTB “standards” are changing.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Drop bars, fat tires and dirt? I think I would lean more towards a Salsa Fargo or the Jones.

        If I didn’t already have the Saga, I could see opening my wallet one more time for the Deschutes.

        And, that sweet ti Di with that elastomer damped Rock Shox is a beauty. That was the snow bike up in Colorado, right? You said you were going to ride your own damn bikes in the next few weeks. Get any comments on the trail about it?

        Has the Nobilette been out and about lately? If you decide to ride the Paseo del Bosque loop anytime soon let me know. I will jump in the Tacoma and come up and join you.

      • GeekonaBike (@GeekonaBike) Says:

        Surly the Mtb equivalent of the Velominati are shuddering

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        That Paseo del Bosque ride might have to wait a while. Looks like I have done my back in again. Three days of Aleve and laying off the riding should fix it.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        26″ wheels? V-brakes? Hard-tail? Oh my! How do you do it in a land where junior road racers turn up their noses at free wheels – insisting they can train only on CARBON wheels? You read that right – TRAIN, not race.
        What happened to the daze when the best racing stuff was whatever you could get FREE…did that go away along with downtube shift levers?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        JD, the old beastie is in pretty fair shape. The XT rear derailleur may be nearing end-of-life (and after only 22 years, hmph!). But the derailleurs and XC crank are the only stock bits remaining; everything else is new-ish.

        Pat, sorry to hear about the back. Mine’s been acting up a bit too, probably because I’ve been spending more time climbing lately.

        Geek, the high priests of mountain biking shudder every time they see me on an MTB. Ned Overend I am not, though I have gone end over end a few times.

        Larry, it wasn’t pretty, but I did it. A flat-bar 26-incher feels seriously weird after a steady diet of drop-bar 700c/29ers, and the suspension doesn’t help. But by the end of a 90-minute ride some of my mad skillz were coming back to me, ho ho ho.

        And yeah, back in the day when anyone with a pulse and a business card that said “EDITOR” could get all the free shit he could handle and then some, I rode the free shit and said thank you thank you thank you. Judging by the parlous state of the industry these days, some kids’ parents need to break out the plastic and get real down at the IBD.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I just watched a short movie on Youtube. The link was included in the latest Bike Bits email from The Adventure Cycling Association. If you don’t get the email, or haven’t watched the movie yet, I recommend both. Here is the link to the movie. Patrick has a link to the ACA on his home page.

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      i watched this the other day. great short film. the website has a bunch of cool videos that have sucked me in. funny, i’ve got a job that keeps me from doing these epic rides and doesn’t pay enough to afford the equipment to do them.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, that was nice. I liked that it wasn’t heavy on the “Oh my god this is painful and unpleasant and if you’re not insane fit and rich you can’t do this.”

      Adventure Cyclist tech guru Nick Legan made a couple uncredited appearances in this one, saying that he didn’t like being dirty but did appreciate being out of cellphone range, which may sound contradictory.

      Carl, I feel your pain. I have plenty gear, but just enough deadline-based work to keep me from touring all the damn time. Plus someone has to mind the menagerie while Herself keeps the military-industrial complex up to speed librarywise.

  3. JohnO Says:

    I rode my now new but Big Biily Mc Beef’s old, mob bike for 5 hours a couple of weeks ago. 5 HOURS!!!! And that’s more than I ride total in the past 18 years. If all you have is old stuff you don’t know what you
    ‘re missing.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Five hours, Usuk? All downhill with a tailwind, I trust. I haven’t done a five-hour ride in the better part of quite some time. I’m hoping to match you sometime during Bike Month, but you know what they say about hope.

      How’s CRC holding up in these dark days? I would expect lots of people are seeking out shoes for running if only because they might have to.

  4. JohnO Says:

    We got lost doing Buffalo Creek. It’s been at least 20 years since I’ve risen the trails there. So no tail wind lots of bonking and general suffering. CRC is dong it’s thing and I’m trying to take more time away. A trip down south soon.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Buffalo Creek. Jeebus. I can’t remember the last time I was down that way. Probably to ride the road to Pine with the Mad Dogs. There was bonking and suffering then, too.

      C’mon, down, bruh. I’ll show you and The Geek around the local trails. Cops probably won’t even shoot you or nothin’.

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