Bidwell Park #2

This wasn’t a good day. It started well enough but ended in total failure. After the re-introductory ride yesterday, I planned to get one more in before leaving town. I attacked North Rim. Crushed B-Trail. Just like yesterday, I took Middle Trail back to the car. Not more than 100 yards from the parking lot, […]

Santa Cruz Chameleon

Out with the old. In with the new. I said goodbye to my 2015 Salsa El Mariachi 3 and am in a relationship with a new ride; a 2019 Santa Cruz Chameleon 29 R. This is my 4th Chameleon. I had three in the mid-2000’s when 26″ was still a thing. There is a lot […]

Big Rock Trail at Cowles Mountain

The Setting I can’t jump for the life of me. I stink at it. Huge mental block. While I can handle steeps and drops like a champ, and consider myself a descent technical rider, the trail owned me today. If slow, steep, and technical is your thing, Cowles Mountain is for you. Nestled in the […]

Salsa El Mariachi

The good folks at Bike Magazine included the 2013 Salsa El Mariachi in their annual Bible of Bike Tests. Check it out: There isn’t a ton more to add. The El Mariachi is not a particular kind of a bike. It’s just a bike. Without razzle dazzle. Without wow. It climbs and descends well. Switchbacks […]