Snow is slow in coming to our home mountains in Colorado. We are anxiously waiting.
Before storm cycles settle us into the permanence of winter, the canyonlands of Utah beckon for a few days of mountain biking and camping in the warm desert sun.
We slarve the slopes of slickrock, making turns with rubber instead of ptex. Louie and his friends cruise along on their finely engineered mountain bikes. Lou and I follow on Haibikes, electric assist cycles that make it almost easy for us to keep up with the crew. We even false stroke our egos by cranking past them on steep uphills, thanks to a burst of turbo mode.
One thing lacking when we tested Haibike eBikes for ski touring last spring, was “walk mode,” a slight assist that compensates for the heavy cycle when you must hike-a-bike. We had thought this was only available on European models. We are delighted to report that the new bikes we tested have walk mode. We used it, and still got a good session of cross-training in for ski days ahead.
Week in review: November 14 to November 18, 2016: