Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lazer Cat - Dupont Ride

I hung out in court this morning, just observing things and learning a bit, and then had lunch with some attorneys, social workers, and a judge.  After all that fun, it was time to get real again and go for a ride.  I headed home, got out of my stuffy "court clothes," and grabbed the Lazer Cat.  This would be my second ride on her, but my first with the build totally complete with fork remote lockout installed, and the tires set up as tubeless.

I rode her Saturday in Mills River, and she felt great.  Very responsive, light, and smooth.  Today, I wanted to get her out on a route that I have ridden many times on the Karate Monkey to get a good comparison, so I hit Reasonover Creek>Lake Julia Gulia Rd.>Camp Summit Rd.>Airstrip Tr.>Shelter Rock Tr.>Corn Mill Shoals Rd./Tr.>Shoals Tr.>Laurel Ridge Tr.>Mine Mtn. Tr.  The route wasn't nearly as long as it sounds, but it was a good, late afternoon ride.

Right off the bat, I loved the feel of this bike.  It's a little difficult to explain, but it feels like more of an extension of me than something I am sitting on top of.  That means that maneuvering the bike is much more intuitive, and less work.  I don't know if that is because the geometry is just a better match for my size, that it is quite a bit lighter than my Monkey even with a suspension fork, the fact that it does have a suspension fork, or a combination of all of that.  I really do notice how light this bike is, as it's so easy to get airborne, and pop up over obstacles.  It certainly helps on the climbs, too.  The frame is also very compliant.  Steel provides such a smooth ride, and the Lazer Cat doesn't feel nearly as "tank'ish" as the Monkey does.  I'll chalk that up to Brendan's tubing selection.  And finally, having a Reba XX/Race (the dampener was swapped out from Xloc to Pushloc by the PO which meant it was quite affordable for me) with a 20mm thru axle really made a difference as well.  The bike is a point and shoot, not requiring nearly as much finesse as the rigid fork, and allowing me to bomb the downhills a bit more.

That's all I have to say about that for now.  I'm anxious to see how much more I like it as I get used to it.

Here are a couple pics of the build:

Lazer Cat2

Lazer Cat1

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hike to Bridal Veil - 11.7.10

Heather had never been to Bridal Veil Falls in DuPont, so we decided to put together a hiking loop that would include them. I basically just decided on a variation of a loop that I usually ride, which turned out to be a pretty darn long hike. We were out there for a good 4-5 hours hiking, and playing on the falls. We parked at Fawn Lake access and from there the route was Reasonover Creek Tr.>Lake Julia Rd.>Conservation Rd.>Shelter Rock Tr.>Barn Tr.>Bridal Veil Falls Rd.>Bridal Veil Falls>Corn Mill Shoals Tr.>Shelter Rock Tr.>Airstrip Tr.>Conservation Rd.>Fawn Lake Rd. It was kind of a long one, and we were both spent, but very happy, at the end of it.

It was the perfect way to spend such a great day, and right now we are enjoying the perfect way to finish the day, hot cocoa with peppermint schnapps.





Some Nice Canadians with Broken Hockey Sticks as Walking Sticks Took this for Us.

Coming At Ya!

A Little Ice up High

Too Cold to Get Wet Going Behind

Nice Scenery ;)

See Ya

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Forget the Iceman, The Lazer Cat Cometh

After a slightly longer than expected, but apparently well-worth-it wait, my new John Henry is finished.  Brendan puts out some great frames, and mine appears to be no exception.  The color we decided to go with was Lazer [Cat] Rootbeer, and now you know where its name came from.  I was originally looking for something in the charcoal family, with a mocha tint to it, or Charcoal-ate, but nothing was jumping out at me.  Then Brendan showed me this color and I was sold.  These pics sort of show it, but the color has a lot of depth to it, with multi-colored flake.  I left the decal choice up to Brendan, and I'm glad I did.  I probably would have picked silver, but he came up with cream decals, with a brown outline.  I think that complements the frame color much better than silver would have.

Anyway, here are the pics that Brendan sent, and of course, I'll post more once she arrives in NC, next Thursday.




I'm getting ready to go ride at DuPont today. It looks beautiful out, but I know that it's also cold. High of 44 today, which should be some pretty good riding weather.