Monday, September 14, 2009

Why I Should be a Stumpjumper Trail Crew Memeber

As you know, I'm a Stumpjumper fan (I'm on #3 in Test Bike Blue), not just because it is made by Specialized, but because that bike was made for the Northwest. As the leader of the "Old Men's Bike Club" we are riding all the time, year round, night and day, and all rides in this part of the country are either up or down, rocky or roots and the Stumpy takes it all. Specialized is looking for people to be members of their 2010 Stumpjumper Trail Crew, and here are my "Top 10 Reasons" why they should select me to be a member:

1. I love to ride, I ride almost every day, which includes the 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning rides that I lead, along with the Wednesday and Thursday 9:30 p.m. night rides that I some times lead. Riding is what it is all about, with a crew, some one new, or just a solo.

2. I love to map the trails (see and I send these out with every Saturday ride I plan.

3. I love to plan "epics" like the Corvallis to Coast ride which is 60 miles and 7,000 feet of climb.

4. I enjoy talking about mountain biking and reporting on the conditions of the local trails as evidenced by this blog. (

5. I am a rider, not really a racer. I look for the new trails and ride the old ones, though as I near 50, I have been thinking about doing an endurance race or mini-triathlon. It is really all about just getting out there, single, XX, for 27, ridgid, hard tail, or full on, Cross, DH, etc. it doesn't matter as long you get off the couch.

6. I represent the "older" group of riders, as I turn 50 at the start of 2010.

7. I always carry a camera to document the rides, trails, and the great views (see facebook

8. I live in a town of about 50,000 (20,000 of which are college students) and we have 7 bike shops.

9. I live within a few hours of the McKenzie Trail, Oak Ridge, North Umpqua Trail, Hood River, Ashland, Black Rock, and Mary's Peak.

10. I'm a Specialized Club member, and I read Mountain Bike Action, Mountain Bike, Bike, and Outside magazines cover to cover.

I've got the time, desire, and will. I think it would be a great opportunity to spread the joys of owning and riding a (Specialized) mountain bike.

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