That Voodoo that I do

Remember the “Suburban Singletrack” video I posted a while back? This is a sequel of sorts that takes in some of the foothills trails south of Indian School Road. I threw in some northbound bits, too, including a rocky stretch that I usually reserve for running.

The Voodoo Nakisi taking a break before a fast downhill near the Elena Gallegos picnic area.

Different trails, different bike: Last time I rode the flat-bar, single-ring Voodoo Wazoo; this time it was the drop-bar, triple-ring Voodoo Nakisi.

What can I tell you? Sometimes it’s useful to have that 22×26 low end.

I’m particularly pleased to have been able to clean one sharp, rocky, left-hand hairpin that’s been confounding me regardless of the bike I’m riding. I’d been going wide, but turns out tight was right.

Who knew? Not me, brother. I’ve been dabbing on the sonofabitch for three years.

Next I’ll have to shoot some video of the Elena Gallegos trails, which I rode today. Those draw a bigger crowd. The trails, not the videos.

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6 Responses to “That Voodoo that I do”

  1. tj mora Says:

    That put a smile on my face. Wish I had that in my backyard. I’d get back into riding. Gotta go shovel more snow here in Vermont. Skiing is great right now.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Vermont? Ay, Chihuahua. You folks have been getting hammered lately, amirite? I see the Free Press anticipates three to nine inches around my old stomping grounds. Keep those skis handy.

      And yeah, these trails are almost literally in my backyard. Singletrack can be had two blocks east and two blocks west (both trails wind up in the same place).

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Holy batshit amigo! That was excellent! But, I saw all those cholla and that barb wire fence. Makes our Arizona single track a little tame. And yes, you have lost your mind. Gone. Vanished.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aw, it’s not as hairy as it looks, Pat. Remember, the camera adds 10 pounds (of rocks). Plus I edited out most of the flowy, swoopy bits to keep the file size manageable, clipping 63 minutes from the ride.

      Lots of possibilities out there on the south side. There are “official” trails, designated with signs and numbers, and a whole lot more “unofficial” social trails that have sprung up around them. I’ve actually gotten lost a time or two.

  3. Shawn Says:

    That you Patrick for a nice Saturday morning ride (for me). I enjoyed it. I miss the dry and rock trails of the southwest. Do those tall spindely things on the side of the trail hurt if you run into them?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      My pleasure, Shawn. And o yes indeedy, the cane cholla will most definitely leave a mark. Everything lining the trails here is spiky. It focuses one’s attention most remarkably.

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