galbraith mountain – Bike Intelligencer http://bikeintelligencer.com All bike, all the time Wed, 11 Nov 2015 18:11:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Galbraith Mountain: Riding Unemployment Line http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/08/galbraith-mountain-riding-unemployment-line/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/08/galbraith-mountain-riding-unemployment-line/#respond Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:41:55 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=4195 Mongo set us up for a primo day of riding on Bellingham's Galbraith Mountain.

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Our longtime friend Bruce Brown aka Mongo, the Guru of Galbraith and progenitor of one of the Web’s leading mtb sites, the inimitable GalbraithMt.com, hooked us up with himself and a couple of super strong locals, Steve and Mark, the three of whom meted out fearsome punishment to this city wuss all over the mountain.

Lead-in ramp to Unemployment Line.

Bruce’s facile documentation makes me look like a real mountain biker — although as he notes in the cedar stump jump, I almost manage to take him out even as I try to avoid hitting a fresher stump right in my flight pattern. Bruce survived to tell the tale, and we all had a great time capping off Tour de Galby with Eric Brown’s fantastic new Unemployment Line and Atomic Dog (which is shaping into arguably Galbraith’s best in Bruce’s opinion, me seconding).

iPhone app Motion X GPS caught it all.

It was a great day, which we caught on our iPhone with Motion X GPS. I love this $2.99 app but it’s not without caveats, which we’ll explore in a forthcoming review. For now the word is, hit Galbraith asap. The trails are buff (Unemployment has berms the size Maverick waves) and you can spend all day riding switchbacks without ever knowing exactly where you are, let alone repeating yourself.

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Galbraith Mountain’s New Unemployment Line http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/08/galbraith-mountains-new-unemployment-line/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/08/galbraith-mountains-new-unemployment-line/#respond Sun, 01 Aug 2010 06:41:16 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=4092 Galbraith Mountain has some tasty new bits to sample.

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One of our favorite NW trailbuilders, Eric Brown, talks about the rad new lines going in at Galby.

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News Cycle: What the people spoke http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/05/news-cycle-what-the-people-spoke/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/05/news-cycle-what-the-people-spoke/#respond Wed, 05 May 2010 03:12:06 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=2940 Bike blogger meetup, the New York City bicycle bomber, Mojo's workin', Peaty's app & more ...

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Remember the bicycle bomber?

Bike Blogger Meetup reviewed.

KING 5’s “Evening Magazine”
had a segment on the new Duthie Hill mountain bike park, whose grand opening is May 22.


But Duthie can’t yet touch
Galbraith Mountain for KING5’s “best Northwest mountain biking Escape”.

It’s a lot of work and you takes your chances… but hey, that old car you used to drive that’s just sitting in the driveway like rust bait? Fill out the forms and you could get a new Titus Rockstar 29er for a trade.

I’m going to want to stop in at this place some day on my Ibis Mojo.

Spokane has been added to the League of American Bicyclists list of bicycle-friendly cities.

Peaty has an app! Steve Peat will endorse a downhill racing game to coincide with the 2010 World Cup launch the beginning of June.

In Chicago, if you’re a 67-year-old woman and you try to run down a teenager on a bicycle in a fit of road rage, here’s what you can expect.

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News Cycle: Ride-by shooting, Interbike’s future, Galbraith Mt. cause for pause? http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/04/news-cycle-ride-by-shooting-interbike-2010-galbraith-mt/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/04/news-cycle-ride-by-shooting-interbike-2010-galbraith-mt/#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2010 15:21:19 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.com/?p=2719 From drive-by to ride-by, and what may be in store for Interbike 2011 and Galbraith Mt.'s Disneyland of trails ...

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We’ve been chronicling a syndrome that might be termed bad-driver crossover for cyclists: RUI (riding under the influence), “distracted riding” (texting, phoning while cycling) and so on.

Now comes the “ride-by shooting.” At least the article didn’t call the perp a “cyclist.”

Interbike 2011 may move to August, when it’s cooler out, the cycling community is sitting at home bored, and everyone wants to ride in the desert…

A somewhat cryptic article in the Bellingham Herald on the transfer of ownership/stewardship for Galbraith Mountain. It sounds like a routine financial handoff, but hey, the Northwest’s “Little Whistler” is on the line here, thousands of hours of trail work and miles of really romping singletrack, features, structures and what have you.

Eternal vigilance, in other words, is the price of freeride.

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"Women of Dirt" showings shaping up http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/01/women-of-dirt-showings-shaping-up/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/01/women-of-dirt-showings-shaping-up/#respond Sun, 17 Jan 2010 11:31:49 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.wordpress.com/?p=1795 The show schedule for “Women of Dirt,” the much-anticipated feature movie on downhill/freeride grrllzz, is starting to round out. The worldwide premiere will be Feb. 5th in Seattle, and Cyclelicio.us broke news that the film’s California premiere will be in Santa Cruz Feb. 28 at the Rio Theater on Soquel (Yokota promises more details, including […]

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The show schedule for “Women of Dirt,” the much-anticipated feature movie on downhill/freeride grrllzz, is starting to round out. The worldwide premiere will be Feb. 5th in Seattle, and Cyclelicio.us broke news that the film’s California premiere will be in Santa Cruz Feb. 28 at the Rio Theater on Soquel (Yokota promises more details, including the time, soon). Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, a great advocacy and ride club, will host. Mark Brent, the film’s producer, promises other showings “around the world,” including Vancouver B.C., Florida, Bend and Edmonton. OK that’s North America. But we can see World Cup showings all over, especially in UK, Australia, France, Italy and elsewhere. Japan seems another likely market.

The trailer is tantalizing indeed, with clips from the Aptos Post Office jump park, Whistler mountain bike park, Tahoe, Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington and elsewhere. It’s cool to see pony-tailed riders in full armor skying launches and doubles. Will we be seeing a She Slopestyle event at Crankworx sometime soon? The way these women are amping the skillz, we wouldn’t be surprised.

The fem freerider is definitely here to stay. We noticed it most dramatically at Galbraith Mountain last summer. Any day of the week you could find fully geared women ripping the trails. Where were they all coming from? The presence of Western Washington U undoubtedly is a contributor, but the mtb culture is so generically ingrained in Bellingham that my sense is no single factor is at work. Women have been a mainstay on the GalbraithMt.com Web site for years. All it takes is a few to spread mtb love and you’ve got a revolution on your hands.

Here’s the showtimes for “Women of Dirt” as it stands now.

Related: MTBChick’s Mountain Biking Tips for Girls

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News Cycle: Seattle mayor bikes to presscon, Galby ramps up, Bike safety stickers, Toll workaround & more http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/01/news-cycle-seattle-mayor-bikes-to-presscon-galby-ramps-up-bike-safety-stickers-toll-workaround-more/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2010/01/news-cycle-seattle-mayor-bikes-to-presscon-galby-ramps-up-bike-safety-stickers-toll-workaround-more/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:02:38 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.wordpress.com/?p=1780 You have to love this: Newly elected Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn riding his bike to a press conference. Thanks to BikeHugger for the pix. When we wondered last August whether Seattle could get a mayor “who actually rides,” we were expressing more hope than expectation. Now it’s breakthrough reality. Images like this do wonders to […]

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Mike Bikes! to press conference

You have to love this: Newly elected Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn riding his bike to a press conference. Thanks to BikeHugger for the pix. When we wondered last August whether Seattle could get a mayor “who actually rides,” we were expressing more hope than expectation. Now it’s breakthrough reality. Images like this do wonders to advance the cause. Our full mayoral-bike thread here.

Toll avoidance maneuver: “Bicycle enthusiasts and certain tourists who use the Ohio Turnpike are paying up to 75 percent more in tolls thanks to a change in vehicle classification that took effect toward the end of last year.” As I tweeted to BikingBis, here’s the drill: “Arrive toll booth, get out of car, get bike down, ride past toll booth, back to car, drive thru, put bike back on rack, drive on.”

Pedal Pusher Club's Bicycle Safe Vehicle

The Freeride Revolution continues apace. Up on Galbraith Mountain, not content with the region’s bestination (south of the border), they’re taking Galby to new heights with work on Luge, Upper Mullet and other hot spots. Thanks to WHIMPS, EB, Fanatik Bikes and everyone for giving us a 2010 season to top them all!

Kudos to Cascade Bicycle Club in Seattle for birddogging the bikes-on-bus at any stop in downtown free ride area.

Downieville Classic will be July 9 through 11. Note the reference to “mental hardship”…there was talk of abandoning Downieville because of hassles from locals and the Forest Service. Sounds like nerves are still a bit frayed but at least The Big Dawg is on!!

Momentum: New Bicycle Safe Stickers from Pedal Pushers Club now available!

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For a Merry Cycling Christmas: Helmet cams explored http://bikeintelligencer.com/2009/12/for-a-merry-cycling-christmas-helmet-cams-explored/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2009/12/for-a-merry-cycling-christmas-helmet-cams-explored/#comments Mon, 07 Dec 2009 10:52:08 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.wordpress.com/?p=1445 Our first installment on gift ideas for that supremely deserving cyclist on your list involves helmet cams. Everyone on two wheels wants one of these things. On a recent ride at Soquel Demo Forest I counted no fewer than a dozen helmet cams. They’re the hottest thing going for Gen X-treme. YouTube has had to […]

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Our first installment on gift ideas for that supremely deserving cyclist on your list involves helmet cams. Everyone on two wheels wants one of these things. On a recent ride at Soquel Demo Forest I counted no fewer than a dozen helmet cams. They’re the hottest thing going for Gen X-treme. YouTube has had to build a new server farm in Sri Lanka to accommodate the explosion in helmet-cam videos. OK I made that last bit up.

I cannot claim hands-on familiarity with the breadth of today’s cammery. Back when I got my first helmet cam, circa 2002, there were two models. It was easy to master the landscape, although both were bulky, incredibly complex to set up and difficult to operate. All that, plus grainy resolution too! But we pioneers were glad to have ’em, because the alternatives were duct tape with a standard, brickian camcorder, or one-handing your way to certain biffdom.

Today the market is exploding. The good ones come with High Density, which is pretty cool as long as you have plenty of storage and a frame rate (60 fps) to support it. Expect to spend anywhere from two bills to the $700 range.

GoPro makes several popular models, including the HERO HD. I tried an earlier (non-HD) iteration a couple of years ago and found it to be flimsy and less-than-advertised in performance. But the new models look more robust and are getting decent reviews.

Seattle-based Twenty20 has produced the new ContourHD, billed somewhat hyperbolically as the first “wearable HD camcorder”, whose specs look fantastic. I may spring for one and review it, but for now you can check it out in the links below. I do like the idea of wireless, and reviews say the control panel is easy to use even with the camera atop the helmet.

Wireless is a big deal: My original HelmetCamera.com kit had (and today’s models still have) a wired camera. The lens unit was light, bulletproof (you can ride over it with a truck if you’re prone to that sort of thing) and versatile (could mount just about anywhere) but the dang wires were a real downer. VioSport also offers a popular wired camera.

I also prefer rechargeable batteries, but others argue that you’re dead in the water on road trips without an outlet. I carry an inverter in my rig (which uses a cigarette lighter port to provide AC) for just that reason, but it’s a personal preference. Oregon Scientific offers models using conventional batteries.

REI carries a pretty good line in helmetcams. I’d start with the Contour and HERO and work from there. Shopping around is definitely recommended.

A site dedicated to helmet cams.

MTBR.com’s take on helmet cams.

A good mountain biking video making wise use of helmet cam footage from Galbraith Mountain, Bellingham WA

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Bicycling Classes Added in MTB Hotbed of Bellingham http://bikeintelligencer.com/2009/03/bicycling-classes-added-in-mtb-hotbed-of-bellingham/ http://bikeintelligencer.com/2009/03/bicycling-classes-added-in-mtb-hotbed-of-bellingham/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2009 17:01:59 +0000 http://bikeintelligencer.wordpress.com/?p=249 This is great: The Bellingham Herald reports on cycling repair classes at Bellingham High School. Pretty handy, given the proximity of Galbraith Mountain and other trick haunts for groms and disciples of the knob. Wish I’d had something like this when I went to high school. I might’ve skipped calculus, which somehow has not figured […]

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This is great: The Bellingham Herald reports on cycling repair classes at Bellingham High School. Pretty handy, given the proximity of Galbraith Mountain and other trick haunts for groms and disciples of the knob. Wish I’d had something like this when I went to high school. I might’ve skipped calculus, which somehow has not figured into my life near as much as velocipedery!

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