The last post talked about my visual motivator while on the trail. But I find visual motivators at home as well. Think back to being a kid and plastering the walls of your room with pictures of whatever you were totally into at the time. I’m sure it still happens – that growing collection of cycling magazines I have is kept primarily for the pictures, not the articles. When was the last time you heard that excuse? But these days, riders are just as likely to scour the internet for an inspiring desktop background or sweet video. I’ve been on a documentary kick lately and stumbled across a trailer for Pedal Driven, a “bike-umentary” about the future of trail building, often done illegally on public land. The conflict between freeride trail builders and the US Forest Service results from differing ideas of how the US population ought to be able to enjoy public land. Since Pedal Driven is still in production, I only have the trailer to go on, but I am definitely looking forward to the finished product. What are your thoughts?
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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.