Living in the city kind of sucks sometimes. An urban living situation for most means apartments and stairs, lots of stairs. (I hate using our elevator) Unless I’m pedaling directly from home base, loading bikes and gear in the car can be a challenge with multiple flights of stairs to traverse. My loading ritual consists of stacking gear and bikes outside our door, then running up and down three flights of stairs until everything is stowed in the car. Honestly, it’s a pain in the ass.
Lately I’ve been rocking a cycling-specific duffel bag made by Timbuk2, a well sized duffle with a unique feature that goes a long way to improving this loading process.
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We’ve wanted to check out the Paradise Royale Trail System since we heard about it a few years ago. Built by the BLM and IMBA after a number of trails in the King Range area were rendered unrideable, (due to the Wilderness bill) the system includes a 14 mile XC loop (there are plans to expand the mileage) and a bike park with trail features provided by Alpine Bike Parks. The downside? To reach the trail destination, you’ll need to invest in several hours of drive time.
Although we’ve heard a number of mixed reviews, we make it our mission to ride new stuff whenever possible, and made plans to ride it. Due to the time investment in getting there, we elected to make weekend of it. [more after the jump…]