last minute run the local bike shop this morning. the old owner has been a bike shop dealer for over 30 years. small shop, old bikes and parts - looked like most of his business was probably repairs.
inside, was this bike:
this bike was built around 1890 - if you notice, no chain. i've only seen bikes like this in a few picture books i have. very cool.
the "chain" is actually a metal rod that runs inside the drive train side of the rear triangle of the frame.
a section of trail on the first of the figure 8 loops...
another shot of the huge rock...
and a shot of one of the new sections. where the arrow is placed is actually where the trail used to run - down and to the right. full of ruts that left your speed very low at the begining of super steep climb. nothing like making a tough climb even tougher by starting it out at basically a stand still.
now, the trail basically cuts off the section - the trail circles around in an "S" shape to same climb, but gives you a chance to ramp up your speed a little before it begins.
once again, hats off to the local trail builders. nice job.