This was my first ride up to Helipad on South Mountain – always heard about it but I’ve never got the chance to head over that way. The ride this last Saturday was myself @chuckreynolds, @chasers and @blafrance. This was a good ride with some technical climbing and steeper grades than we’ve hit before so lots of lactic acid build up! haha… And the best part… coming down! Top speed was 16.7 mph on my gps, could have probably pushed that but next time for sure.
Initially we took a wrong turn but backtracked and found “thinkers saddle” and the start of the Helipad TT run. None of us are in shape to compete for the Helipad Time Trials of South Mountain but riding it more often will help with that for sure.
The first ride in the Gangplank Rides series comes at South Mountain in Phoenix. We went out looking for the Gila 620 trail from a trailhead at the end of Chandler Blvd. I’m not familiar at all with that side of the mountain so the first time we went out we missed it and ended up having to bail out early to go back to the maps. This week we actually hit it, went the wrong way at first but at least we got on the right trail.
On this ride was myself @chuckreynolds, @chasers, @blafrance and @beaufrusetta. Riding the initial quarter-mile through the neighborhood to get to the trailhead I picked up a thorn in my tire… so that’ll explain the gps circling in that small area on the street. Changed the tube out in under 10min, then Chase fell because he’s not used to his clip-ins yet – made us all laugh and we carried on.
The ride wasn’t too tough but we’re all out of shape and took a few breather breaks. That lactic acid builds up fast! Overall a good ride, great scenery over there, nothing too technical, couple little washes that I’m not a fan of but a good ride none-the-less. Next time we hope to ride a lot more of the Gila 620 trail. Baby steps. We’re trying to do these weekly – read more about Gangplank Rides.
I’ve wanted a better way to transport my mountain bike in my xterra and have so forth been using a quilt to wrap it up so it doesn’t get scratched and so I can have a second bike in there; Sloppy but it worked. I decided to take some measurements and build a mounted system to where I could stand the bikes up and have room for a toolbox and riding gear etc. I’ve seen one out in the wild from Thule I think but it was like $400 and I’m not into that horse-hockey. So below is what I built and it works exceptionally well. I can get both bikes standing with the front wheels off and I have plenty of room in there (my dog Jinx as the stand-in model there).
Basic information you’d need to know to build one:
– the tracks are 36″ on/center and I made the board 3″ longer on each edge just cause
– the fork mounts were on sale at Performance Bike for $10 but are $20 normally: link: XPORT Universal Bike Mount
– my bike is a large and I have to take off the seatpost. The handle bars clear the top by about 1.5″ and I have a 5″ travel bike
So I consider this done, at least to the point of I’ll improve it when I get more time. I wanted some hand-tightened things for the main board but didn’t find anything great to solve that so currently going with a 6mm threaded bolt into the stock Xterra track mounts.
Also I’m going to build something to mount the two front tires as well that will also bolt down to the right track but for now I’m just wrapping them with a bungee cord and hanging from the hooks. It doesn’t swing around at all so it works for now.