Xanadu in Leavenworth

Just a few weeks ago, we were riding on Forest Service roads up in the same hills as this edit during the Grand Fondo Leavenworth, and I wondered where the good MTB trails where.

Today, Russy’s edit shares Xanadu….


And said

It’s really a tale of two trails: the upper rocky sections and steep roll overs then it gets fast, a very new school Bobsled run. My POV here doesn’t do the steepness justice.

At 3:00 is where all the fun starts.

2016 Scott Foil


Well, while we were with the Deadheads, Scott Sports released their new aero road bike, the Foil. I wrote about the 15 version in Issue 11, and I expect to ride this 15 in a couple weeks. My only complaint about the bike, and it’s the same issue with aero road bikes in general, is they’re not know for their ride quality. That Scott addressed comfort, in this category is interesting indeed. Cause all the expected gains in time, get lost, if you’re sitting up, trying to stretch out back pain.

Also see their behind-the-scenes video too.

Double Rainbows at the Dead 50

Double freakin' rainbow #gratefuldead #dead50

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As the first Dead 50 set ended, the sky turned dark with clouds gathering over the stadium.

Colors changed from blue to pink, a rainbow appeared, and another. Cheers from the crowd crescendoed as the sun set, the rainbows disappeared, and the music faded.

The old guys can still play. Mother Nature joined in with her own light show.

After the encore, Bill the Drummer, asked for a round of applause for the rainbows, and the crowd obliged.

Then filed out of the stadium.

We’ll get back to the bike on Monday.

Rainbow Stripes

The only rainbow stripes more important than the World Championship stripes……..

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From a friend and occasional Bike Hugger magazine contributor

The only rainbow stripes more important than the World Championship stripes….

Also see our take on Medium.

Years ago in downtown Seattle, my friend Marcus and I were just riding along when a group of cheering, costumed cyclists surrounded us. We upped our tempo to keep pace, wondered what was going on, and rode another few blocks. Singling up onto a path into Myrtle Edwards park, we crossed an AIDS ride finish line and into the arms of a cheering group. Adorned with free beer, schwag, and praise for riding two blocks for AIDS, we agreed that this was one of the best bike rides ever. It still is. I’m happy now to return some equality-karma by sharing this stories, and how Roy’s ride was like a group therapy session.

Police Trailer

Seeing the Dead this weekend, on their Fare The Well tour, I was reminded me of the time Sting opened for them in Vegas, then Andy Summers posted the Can’t Stand Losing You trailer on Twitter

Can't Stand Losing You from Cinema Libre Studio on Vimeo.

Talk about the music of our times…theres not a music device I've had in 20 years that didn't include at least one Police song. During the Grand Fondo Leavenworth playlist, Man in a Suitcase eventually shuffled in. That was a few songs after Hey Jude.

While we're with the Dead, the adventure don't stop. Magazine contributor Chris Matthews is riding with DeuxNorth. Follow along on Instagram

Other than trying to obliterate my tires, these roads are pretty damn cool. #RenoDeuxCino #SeekAndEnjoy

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