28 July 2015

Bell Trail Session

Hooked up with a few folks the other week to learn how to get a little air. The new Bell Trail at Pocahontas has some rollers, pumps and jumps. This is a little different than my riding style but something that I needed to work on. No mater how long you have been riding you can always learn something new.

No riders were hurt or harmed in any way while taking these pictures.

Since I took the pictures at the same location on the trail you can see the different skill level of the riders

Here is the best for last

12 July 2015

First Ride of the Richmond Regional Ride Center Trails at Pocahontas State Park

I ventured to the north side of the park to take my first ride of the new trails which are part of the Richmond Regional Ride Center. The trail head to the Blueberry Trail is easy to find. Just across the bridge at Swift Creek Lake. The Blueberry trail is rated as beginner.

Not too far up the trail the Virginia Forest Service had to do their handy work on the trail due to a lighting strike.

My first few minutes on the Blueberry I did not think much about it. I would call it a double track raised trail. Meaning you would have no issues to overtake a past a rider and they have brought in a base of loamy soil to build the trail up. I started to hit the rollers and was able to get some jumps in and the trail started to be really fun.

The picture above is what is called the "Hub" This is a point where the Blueberry and Gateway trails meet. It's not like you can get lost because you enter and exit the trails at one center point. The Blueberry trail does cross over a couple of the forest roads and if you had to bailout it might be hard at first to know which way to go on the forest road to get back to the start.

Now the Gateway trail is made up of a raised red clay base. Got to love Chesterfield County red clay!

Dry this trail is hard and super fast! The term hard pack comes to mind. There are also some trail features that you can ride.

I did ride the Bell Trail which has a series of rollers and jumps. This type of trail riding is new to me and I had a great time but I have some skills I need to work on.

02 July 2015

Pello Bikes- Kids Bikes Designed in Richmond VA

In the last few years, the Richmond Virginia area has really become a hub for adventure activities such as mountains biking, kayaking, SUP, and the list goes on. What Richmond might not be known for are its bike builders.

One market that is missed is kid’s bikes. All of us that ride as adults know that riding a bike as a kid was our first taste of freedom. We were able to ride to our friend’s house or to a fort at the creek. But I am sure our bikes were heavy and did not fit very well and had crap parts.

Well a bike company in Richmond Virginia thinks a kid’s bike should not weigh as much as a boat anchor and should have some good parts. Pello Bikes is that company and they are in their last week of their kickstarter project

I don't have kids that are in this size or age range of these bikes but I love the idea and this project could plant the seed of life long love of riding.

I hope getting the word out about Pello Bikes will help them reach their goal. Support this project if you can