My friend Charlie, who is the mechanic at our shop, is into freeride and downhill mountain biking. So while out riding the cross-country trails at Big Creek, I caught up with him in the freeride section and did a bit of filming with my cheapo point-and-shoot camera, threw the footage together and showed it to my family. My grandmother was concerned that it was me in the video—she does want great-grandchildren in the near future—but I assured her that I was not the crazy person. Maybe a little jealous, but not crazy. I have decided that my next bike will definitely have more travel so I can at least consider the more technical terrain that is becoming popular. Perhaps one day I’ll even voyage to a lift-accessed slope and rent a big squishy bike. So, without further ado, I give you Charlie the Mechanic on the Sender at Big Creek.