Monday, August 16, 2010

Seeking the Middle

The old ad states that this isn't your father's Buick. Well this isn't your fathers economy either, which is not to say that there isn't room for dear ol' dad in this new economy, shoot, mines making fuel out of algae, just that it is not going to look like anything that has ever come before.

There has been an unofficial motto of FT3 that "we are doing a lot more than just riding bikes". Yeah, there is that whole beer swilling Iron John thing, but there may be a bit more than that as well. We are potentially helping to revitalize the dead or struggling economies of traditional ag or resource based communities.

While trying to catch my breath this weekend, I was once again hit in the gut by shot of reality delivered by the mighty welterweight NPR. Delivering the, often abused (only during pledge week), but always loved "driveway moment", NPR hit me with their new program State of the Re:Union. This show examines the burning question of, "where we go from here"? The answer may be as simple as we go Mt. Biking. During this weekends listening, enjoyed in my driveway, I learned of the drama being played out in the small hamlet of Oakridge OR. Oakridge is/was a dying logging town that is undergoing a revolution at the hands of those that normally grip handlebars! The old guard plays the tune of "locals only" while the purely selfish riders take on all trails as if they were only built for them. However, there is a group, a group settled somewhere in the middle, a group that loves its town, and sees the potential of new and vital growth. This transformation of a town has flushed out those that will either buy a chainsaw to make new trails or a Mt. Bike to ride where the once logged. Cafes, bars, and other new businesses have popped up to cater to this new economy and move the city from the ICU to that of stable condition. The whole time I was listening I didn't hear Oakridge, I heard Pollock Pines, I heard Colfax, I heard Ketchikan, I heard Home.
Now Mt. Biking is no new trend, its been around for a while and is tested and proven. This thing we do every Tuesday has grown from cult to mainstream, from build your own to how much can you spend. Which I guess isn't all that bad. If folks get out there and see the beauty of a place by bike, what can be all that bad about it? I guess the question is, how many folks do you want in your back yard? I am sure the first guys to step over a bike atop a rocky dirt trail had no idea that Mt. Biking may later be the key to saving local economies.
I guess in the end, the fun part is getting out there and seeing if you have a trail system vast enough to accommodate a group of yahoo's wanting some adventure. Who knows, but I am willing to do the research.
Anyone got a helmet cam?
Mosquito @ 5:45...Exit 54?
Until we ride,
LOtB

15 comments:

  1. Not One more. I'm out.
    Last minute call to SB for work has me on a plane tonight while you all get to rider your Klunkers around P'Ville.
    Cappy or C-Man need to get the FL2FT3 update into Lars, the Epic Toads CX!! Hell Yea.
    1 week ago this moment I was on my cross and loving it, or was I grinding it uphill at this exact moment.

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  2. Out tonight. Wife's birthday today. FL2FT3 was legit. 28 miles and 8000 ft of climbing.

    Will work on a ride report, while putting cover sheets on my TPS reports...F'n A!

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  3. Oh yeah, thanks for stoking the fires, Larz. I have read a bit about Oakridge over the last 3-4 years. They have made the Bike Mag list of best places to ride. Something like a 150+ miles of buff singletrack, enthusiastic locals staging ever larger events, and a steady flow of visiters each summer. Whether or not it becomes another Downieville is hard to say. They need revenue, we need to ride sweet trails. Pville/Polly could benefit in the same way...

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  4. Larz, nice to see you are waxing politic rather than poetic. Was there a ride call out in there somewhere? No matter for me, as I am out anyway. I will be presenting the draft non-motorized plan to the Pville Planning Commission. Those of you at home tonight can watch it on local channel 2. Should be riveting. Have a fun ride tonight gents. Keep the dream alive.

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  5. Two. Although one of my lights won't be in attendance. After an unsuccessful charge, the battery hummed and the indicator light flickered erratically. So, I might be a little slow on the dark descents.

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  6. I can loan a light. Hit me up later, nocar.

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  7. The "call out" was the need to research our riding location and ensure that we too could turn the Knot Hole into a destination Mt. Bike hub!

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  8. It's ridiculous, you guys never let me ride with you anymore. Maybe this winter I will come out. Maybe when it gets more dusty.

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  9. For those in attendance tonight, there will be a special presentation to Safety First.

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  10. Thanks for arranging these epic rides!! I'll do my best to get to mosquito at 17:45.

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  11. I am out tonight and for the weeks too come. Hopefully they hold up the state budget for a while so I can get some tuesday rides in.

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  12. Three! I'm in. Too far and too hot for Folsom TT tonight.

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  13. 人生匆匆-把握當下,支持鼓勵~事事如意~..................................................

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