RR: Hawes Trail-Blood and FSSS

Discussion in 'Mountain Bikes' started by John Spann, May 31, 2003.

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  1. John Spann

    John Spann Guest

    Luckily we hit Hawes before the heat hit. This summer, it seemed like it was Spring here in Phoenix.
    A comfortable 85 or so. Next thing ya know, it's 110.

    We saw quite a few cars at the trailhead parking by the canal, but since most people ride Hawes in a
    counter-clockwise fashion, trail traffic wasn't a problem.

    After the first climb up the rapidly degrading waterbars, we met up with a couple of guys resting up
    top. A little chit chat and they took off while my friend and riding partner, el Jefe, hit his
    inhaler. We started rolling and as we crested the little roll-up to a fairly mellow downhill, we see
    one guy down and the other waving for us to stop. So, we hung out for a few, but the guy that was
    down was still down. el Jefe has had extensive emergency first aid training and decided to get down
    there and see what happened. Turns out the guy that went down had an open wound on his arm worthy of
    a Pete Fagerlin photo-op. The guy was fairly freaking out as well as his friend. Both were pretty
    shaken up and the wounded guy was bloody as hell. After admistering first-aid, the guys headed back
    to their ride, refusing an offer for escort. No problem and good luck.

    We continued with our ride and Hawes being Hawes, we weren't disappointed. The trail tooks it's toll
    as we rolled over the ridge heading over to the Mine Loop. I don't know if this connecting trail has
    a name or not, but it is fun. I clipped a pedal on the descent and took a dive OTB. Derailer busted,
    hanger bent and I went down hard. After laying on the ground for a few minutes collecting the brain
    cells that were knocked loose, I got up and with el Jefe's assistance, began the trailside SS
    conversion. A few minutes later, we had a working bike. I was a little concerned how the ride would
    be considering I was on my FS. It was a suprisingly good ride but the larger bumps would cause a
    shift in gears and a tight-as-hell chain if it went onto a larger cog. The ride ended up being a new
    experience running full suspension as a SS. I did break the chain on the last 100 yards back to the
    parking lot, but the walk wasn't too bad.

    I do have a a bit of beef with DeKerf though. I never really paid attention to it at purchase, but
    the Phenomenon has a propriatary derailer hanger. Two screws and a machined puzzle-like interface.
    Weird. I'm not sure if all DeKerfs are like that or not, but I ended up buying two so I don't have
    to wait for it to get shipped next time.

    Well, y'all have a good weekend.

    John Spann
     
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  2. John Morgan

    John Morgan Guest

    "John Spann" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Luckily we hit Hawes before the heat hit. This summer, it seemed like it was Spring here in
    > Phoenix. A comfortable 85 or so. Next thing ya know, it's 110.

    I'm offended. You guys ride my favorite trail and didn't even invite me.

    > We continued with our ride and Hawes being Hawes, we weren't disappointed. The trail tooks it's
    > toll as we rolled over the ridge heading over to the Mine Loop. I don't know if this connecting
    > trail has a name or not, but it is fun.

    There is a lot of trail between the first steep climb and the mine trail... but if you're talking
    about a steeper descent, it must be the switchback section. This part is a bit tricky after trail
    maint. goes through and fills in the deep V's with softer gravel and sand. It sounds like your crash
    wasn't as bad as the first guy, though.

    There is a new trail that branches off from the Mine Trail, and goes out to Usury. It's still
    pristine singletrack... about 6 inches wide. =) It'll add a few hours to your ride if you try to
    tackle it.

    -John Morgan ... still has yet to ride with anybody from this group, despite many open invites.
     
  3. Jd

    Jd Guest

    John Spann <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Luckily we hit Hawes before the heat hit. This summer, it seemed like it was Spring here in
    > Phoenix. A comfortable 85 or so. Next thing ya know, it's 110.
    >
    > We saw quite a few cars at the trailhead parking by the canal, but since most people ride Hawes in
    > a counter-clockwise fashion, trail traffic wasn't a problem.
    >
    > After the first climb up the rapidly degrading waterbars, we met up with a couple of guys resting
    > up top. A little chit chat and they took off while my friend and riding partner, el Jefe, hit his
    > inhaler. We started rolling and as we crested the little roll-up to a fairly mellow downhill, we
    > see one guy down and the other waving for us to stop. So, we hung out for a few, but the guy that
    > was down was still down. el Jefe has had extensive emergency first aid training and decided to get
    > down there and see what happened. Turns out the guy that went down had an open wound on his arm
    > worthy of a Pete Fagerlin photo-op. The guy was fairly freaking out as well as his friend. Both
    > were pretty shaken up and the wounded guy was bloody as hell. After admistering first-aid, the
    > guys headed back to their ride, refusing an offer for escort. No problem and good luck.
    >
    > We continued with our ride and Hawes being Hawes, we weren't disappointed. The trail tooks it's
    > toll as we rolled over the ridge heading over to the Mine Loop. I don't know if this connecting
    > trail has a name or not, but it is fun. I clipped a pedal on the descent and took a dive OTB.
    > Derailer busted, hanger bent and I went down hard.
    <stop the music>

    What? No singlespeed? I just connected up the 3ZSSE top section on Friday. It's all open (finally).

    JD
     
  4. John Spann

    John Spann Guest

    JD wrote:
    > John Spann <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    >
    >>Luckily we hit Hawes before the heat hit. This summer, it seemed like it was Spring here in
    >>Phoenix. A comfortable 85 or so. Next thing ya know, it's 110.
    >>
    >>We saw quite a few cars at the trailhead parking by the canal, but since most people ride Hawes in
    >>a counter-clockwise fashion, trail traffic wasn't a problem.
    >>
    >>After the first climb up the rapidly degrading waterbars, we met up with a couple of guys resting
    >>up top. A little chit chat and they took off while my friend and riding partner, el Jefe, hit his
    >>inhaler. We started rolling and as we crested the little roll-up to a fairly mellow downhill, we
    >>see one guy down and the other waving for us to stop. So, we hung out for a few, but the guy that
    >>was down was still down. el Jefe has had extensive emergency first aid training and decided to get
    >>down there and see what happened. Turns out the guy that went down had an open wound on his arm
    >>worthy of a Pete Fagerlin photo-op. The guy was fairly freaking out as well as his friend. Both
    >>were pretty shaken up and the wounded guy was bloody as hell. After admistering first-aid, the
    >>guys headed back to their ride, refusing an offer for escort. No problem and good luck.
    >>
    >>We continued with our ride and Hawes being Hawes, we weren't disappointed. The trail tooks it's
    >>toll as we rolled over the ridge heading over to the Mine Loop. I don't know if this connecting
    >>trail has a name or not, but it is fun. I clipped a pedal on the descent and took a dive OTB.
    >>Derailer busted, hanger bent and I went down hard.
    >
    > <stop the music>
    >
    > What? No singlespeed? I just connected up the 3ZSSE top section on Friday. It's all open
    > (finally).
    >
    > JD

    Yeah...I guess that's what I deserve. If I WAS on my SS this whole thing wouldn't have happened.

    John Spann
     
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