New bike day!!!

May 22, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

New bike day! After riding the same mountain bike for 13 years it was FINALLY time for a new bike! 

For me, like a lot of other people, bicycles entered my life as a kid. In the mid 1970's My dad came home from work one day with two Schwinn Stingrays with banana seats for my brother and I. That literally started my love affair with 2 wheels! As a kid and teenager it was all about BMX bikes. In my 20's it was all about motorcycles. In my 30's, 40's, and now, 50's, it was all about mountain bikes!

My old school Schwinn StingrayMy old school Schwinn Stingray Moto!Moto!Braaapp!!!

My two sons and I all got mountain bikes around the same time and started hitting our local trails. Then we started participating in racing! Southridge USA in Fontana, CA is the hot spot when it comes to mountain bike racing in Southern California. My sons raced in the downhill category and I jumped into the cross-country racing. My XC races were held on Saturday's and my boys DH racing on Sunday's which gave me time to take pictures after my race. 

I only raced my bike for one season while my boys continued racing DH for the next few years. During that time I focused on photographing the mountain bike racing instead of participating in it. I kept riding my local trails for fun and exercise. We even made a few MTB trips. Mammoth Mountain was a favorite! I also did a solo trip to Moab, Utah that ranks up there with Mammoth!

Mammoth MountainMammoth MountainTop of Mammoth Mountain with my boys! Moab, UtahMoab, UtahMountain bike Mecca, Moab!!!

I purchased my old bike new from my local bike shop back in 2008. It was a Giant Trance X2. It had full suspension and 26" wheels. I rode that thing everywhere!

2008 Giant Trance X22008 Giant Trance X2 2008 Giant Trance X22008 Giant Trance X2Gettin' rad!!!

Jump forward to 2021 and I finally decided it was time for a new bike! I spent a lot of time researching different manufacturers and ended up back with Giant. I enjoyed my old Trance so much I just decided to upgrade to a newer one! A 2021 Giant Trance X 29 3. Full suspension with 29" wheels! This thing has been amazing so far! I'm still adjusting things on it to make it more comfortable for me. I'm 6'4" and it's difficult some times to find things that fit me, including bikes!

2021 Giant Trance X 29 32021 Giant Trance X 29 3 2021 Giant Trance X 29 32021 Giant Trance X 29 3 2021 Giant Trance X 29 32021 Giant Trance X 29 3 2021 Giant Trance X 29 32021 Giant Trance X 29 3

I don't know if I'll have this bike for 13 years but I'm sure I'll have fun trying!

2021 Giant Trance X 29 32021 Giant Trance X 29 3


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