By All Means, Feel Free to Envy Me

10.4.2006 | 8:55 pm

Here’s what I saw during my mountain bike ride at Tibble Fork (10 minute drive from my house) this morning before work:


So, how was your morning?


  1. Comment by sans auto | 10.4.2006 | 9:06 pm

    I rode the fixie to work in the dark and watched the lightning at the point of the mountain.  Not as pretty as the trails during daylight, but some of us mere mortals have to work for a living…. or go to school forever in hopes of someday getting a job that allows us the freedom to play more.

  2. Comment by Lauri | 10.4.2006 | 9:43 pm

    Are there often miscellaneous bikes out on the trail?  Can anyone take them?  Cause I sure could use a new one…. 
    Nope not jealous at all that I’m sitting at my desk looking out at a sunny, perfect riding weather afternoon. 
    Bike Babe

  3. Comment by Unknown | 10.4.2006 | 9:53 pm

    Any help finding a job with your kind of hours?  Rides up Emmigration Canyon at lunch, mtb rides before work when its still dark for most of us, time to post while you’re at work, etc.   

  4. Comment by mtnbound | 10.4.2006 | 10:03 pm

    Wow!  I am insanely jealous.  It looks like you got the fall weather you were looking for.  I can’t believe how smooth those trails are – I thought Utah was full of rocks!  I bet you can rip down that trail.  Any jumps?
    Sighhh – Oh well, I’ll just  have to keep those pics in mind while I slave away at work (at least until this weekend when I can break out for a ride!).
    Mtnbike W

  5. Comment by Unknown | 10.4.2006 | 10:19 pm

    What… no sasquatch, pfft…

  6. Comment by BIg Mike In Oz | 10.4.2006 | 10:22 pm

    Playing the deBono black hat card, I note that there is a lot of yellow in the picture denoting the imminent departure of both light and warmth.  I’m further note that I didn’t need lights when I left on my ride at 5:15am in standard race garb with no warming enhancements.  I may even ride a century before lectures tomorrow.  Summer pending…

  7. Comment by mtnbound | 10.4.2006 | 10:44 pm

    FC, I am ashamed for you.  I see you were carving into the tree above your bike!
    Mtnbike W

  8. Comment by mark | 10.4.2006 | 11:04 pm

    Glad to see you dumped that rigid fork. Did you put it on your single speed, or do both bikes have suspension forks now?

  9. Comment by barry1021 | 10.4.2006 | 11:22 pm

    Oh, well now, that doesn’t suck!!

  10. Comment by Katie | 10.4.2006 | 11:43 pm

    I hate you so much right now.

  11. Comment by JET(not a nickname) | 10.4.2006 | 11:50 pm

    Teasing us Midwesterners with images like that!? For shame FC…
    For shame.

  12. Comment by Chad and Charlotte | 10.5.2006 | 3:30 am

    How do you get any riding in taking all those pictures that you just rub in our collective face?
    I really am insanely jealous…

  13. Comment by Unknown | 10.5.2006 | 3:32 am

    Not jealous at all. I got to spend the afternoon up Diamond Fork Canyon with my two kids as my 3-year-old ran through the leaves singing, "I’m so glad to run through the leaves in the rain"
    Does it get any better than that?

  14. Comment by UltraRob | 10.5.2006 | 3:34 am

    It would probably take me closer to 20 minutes of driving to get somewhere I could ride anything close to that.  It would have been a good day for a ride but I was stuck in a court room for the 3rd day for jury duty.    The case is expected to take another week so I won’t be getting out for any lunch rides.  No, I’m not bitter, I just wish some people would get over it and get on with their life.

  15. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 10.5.2006 | 3:36 am

    I’ll admit that it looks pretty good, but it doesn’t look perfect (a little mud). After Gosseberry, I vowed to never ride again, unless it was perfect.
    Kenny rides that trail on a single speed. Where’s your single speed? I see a bike with gears. LOTS of gears. Dozens of gears. Brad rides that trail with one gear. 1 vs 27. Please imagine me slowly shaking my head from side to side, with my head slighly bowed and a mild look of dissapointment and distain on my face. And thanks for the invite, but I was WAY too busy doing really interesting and important things (like curing cancer) to go on a bicycle ride.

  16. Comment by Born4Lycra | 10.5.2006 | 6:20 am

    Look at that not a man made teeter totter structural thingy in sight. I bet even the trails were made by bears. Yep your morning started off way better than mine but I bet your stuck behind a computer now just like us.  It’s at least sun shining here in Adelaide.  Oh yes I meant to mention yesterday that you should be congratulated on the high class of intelligent correspondents you attract. Wow I just managed to suck up to ecveryone!

  17. Comment by Tyler | 10.5.2006 | 7:31 am

    Okay, that is pretty friggin’ awesome.
    All of your stuff recently, along with a few other things, has made me (gasp!) want to get a mountain bike.  This makes me feel all weird inside, epecially since, as I will shortly relate to you, I am terrible at it.  Well, mostly because I have never done it.
    At the end of my first full road season, I went and built up a cyclocross bike, because, it’s something to do, right?  And, in short, I realized, "hey, I can see where those trails sticking out the side of the road GO…"
    Well, on what an MTB rider would probably call "non-technical singletrack," my reaction was basically "Oh my GOD, there’s NO ROAD!  What now?" compounded by a few steep descents, where I realized that Avid Shorty 4 cantilever brakes + ergopower levers = you may as well try to grab trees with your hands to stop…

  18. Comment by Tim D | 10.5.2006 | 8:10 am

    Well yesterday morning I drove the 200 miles to Bristol.  Two torrential downpours, two shunts, three sets of roadworks, 4 3/4 hours.  Your morning was definitely better than mine

  19. Comment by Fat | 10.5.2006 | 12:04 pm

    Wow… unfortunately those colors are all I like about autumn. But it’s wonderful while it lasts.

  20. Comment by Rick | 10.5.2006 | 12:39 pm

    I don’t envy you.  I hate you.  My local trails blow.

  21. Comment by Unknown | 10.5.2006 | 1:54 pm

    Okay, that makes me jealous for my youth when I lived in the Rockies. But, I had 30 years there so I can still call up a lot of memories, so unlike others I don’t hate you! :-)

    My ride in this morning was good, except I was carrying approximatetly my body weight in today since I’ll be at work 12+ hours today. Fun fun! At least the humidity is going down now that fall is here.

  22. Comment by Unknown | 10.5.2006 | 1:57 pm

    Oh yeah – is it just me or does clicking on the images not bring up a larger image, but the text of the actual image file??? Is this MS’s way of making me not want to use my Mac? It doesn’t work with Safari or Firefox.

  23. Comment by BotchedExperiment | 10.5.2006 | 6:22 pm

    Brett, it’s just you. Pictures work fine for me.


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