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I’ll admit it.  I check my “blogstats” on a regular basis.  As a fairly new blogger, I like to see who’s snooping my way and checking out my thoughts.

It seems that my post about the Moxey suspension seatpost is extremely popular in regards to search engine hits.  I guess since the company is defunct and their website is gone, all the people who own them are probably wondering how to tighten them up and replace bushings or split elastomers.  I have a feeling that the popularity of singlespeeding has a little to do with that issue.  Single speeds tend to be hardtails…..and we all know they just aren’t that comfortable.

The Moxey was a far superior design compared to the thudbuster and all the other pieces of crap that were oem’d or given away to pro riders. 

I’d be interested to hear some comments from those of you who have been hitting my page through a search for the Moxey.  I was quite adept at fixing them and helping people out with getting them adjusted correctly.  Don’t be scared.  I like to communicate with people.  One way communication isn’t that fun.  Feel free to contact me.

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Usually I try to ride my brains out during the holidays.  Especially when I’m down in “warm land”.  This holiday has been kind of sucky.  T-day it rained almost all day.  Even a tad bit of snow.  Friday was epic and warm.  I started out with Jen, but her congestion turned her back.  In just knee warmers and a slight bit of additional clothing, I decided to get a good gps track of the full loop around the Franklins that we plan on using for the Puzzler (El Paso Epic).  Soon I was shedding the hat, vest, and gloves.  It was a good turkey burner for sure.  I’m glad I did it because this is what we woke up to this morning…..

me and luna on sidewalk

So much for riding in this crap.  If this keeps up tonight, I’m breaking out the old tele-boards and I’m gonna attempt a run down the face of the dam behind our neighborhood.  It’s gotta be at least 2 feet though.  I don’t have the old rock boards anymore.  Just expensive fatties that haven’t been used in 3 years. 

If it does melt off, tomorrow will be epic riding.  The trails here are sick after a good soaking.  Kind of like skiing fresh pow…just not as cold.

I keep kicking myself for not starting a cycling team when I first came to UTEP in ’04.  I figured there would be little interest.  This year some of my classmates stepped up and instead of just forming a cycling team, they started an endurance club.  This club is slowly morphing into a cycling team.

Our most popular outings are bike rides, both road and mountain.  Finding college kids with the same schedule is impossible, but we are averaging 5 riders on every mountain bike ride, and the road rides consistently have 3 or 4.  Yes, I’m sure someone from Ft. Lewis or CU might read this and get a huge laugh.  Yeah…all you rich kids up there have it made with mommy and daddy buying you sweet full-suspension bikes.  I’m sure you have crowds of youngin’s lining up for group rides.

Here in Paso, things are a bit different.  Many of the residents of this town have never visited our state park, the largest urban state park in the nation.  Many of our students here have never ridden a bicycle.  Most are on some sort of financial aid.  $500 for a bicycle is too much for them…considering most of them haven’t spent much more than that on their car.

The mentality here is different.  Riding a bike is something only the extremely poor people do.  In order to keep from appearing poor, you must own and regularly drive your car.  That’s what happens when you live less than a mile from a city where most of the residents are lucky to make $40 a week.  Yep.  That’s not a typo….forty dollars a week.

But things are looking up here in the borderland.  Cycling in Mexico is growing as fast as the middle class.  Almost 3000 entrants in the Chupacabras is proof of that.  The METS now have 44 people on their email list, and one of our members just ordered her first mountain bike from Randall Scott online.  Small steps caballeros.  Small steps.

This past weekend four of us rode/hiked to the top of north Franklin peak.  It was an awesome ride, but a bit disappointing due to the smog over the city and valleys.  Two girls in the club hiked up to Mundy’s Gap.  For one of the girls, it was her first hike ever. 

Here’s a view from the summit:  http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u316/fastmtnbiker/franklin%20summit/franklinpeak16.jpg

Here’s the three guys climbing.  Yep…Jen kind of put the wood to us on that climb:  http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u316/fastmtnbiker/franklin%20summit/franklinpeakride1.jpg

So those of you who have to deal with too many people at the trail head or so many people at your club meeting that no one can sit down, come join us here in El Paso.  It’s November and we’re still slathering on the sunscreen and wearing camel backs and shorts.  If you are afraid of visiting, at least send some good vibes that will keep the kids interested in mountain biking my way.