Dennis Ordiway

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Chain Reaction

During my Dixon Lake Overnighter I busted a chain. No big. I fixed it trailside and kept riding. But it was to be the end for the chain. It broke again. And again. So it was time for a new chain. Once again, simple enough, right? Wrong. Turns out the chain, cassette and chainrings had …

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On the tail of a storm

Before I get into the details of this ride I need to talk about mountain biking in the rain in this area because it is easily misunderstood. Nearly all of the local wilderness parks in the area close their trails for a day or two after a rain, and for good reason. They are all …

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Attack of the tumbleweeds

Here it is late February and I have a few days of downtime as I change jobs. So what should I do? Go riding, of course! President’s Day was unusually warm. We were supposed to be getting slammed by El Nino driven rain storms by now, but they have not materialized yet. El Nino has …

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New bike trail, new direction, new ends

If you have been following my ride reports you may have noticed that I have been doing a similar loop lately, changing the route a little every time. Today’s change was that I did the loop in reverse, eliminated some climbs and did more mileage instead. The first thing I encountered of any significance was …

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Using Photoshop (Gimp, actually) to add excitement to your ride pics

I recently posted this image on the Facebook Bicycle Touring group, though by now you may end up seeing it elsewhere (Click on the image for full res): It was well received. But since it was, I want to come clean: it is a Photoshopped image. That is the easiest way to explain it. I …

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Santa Fe Dehydrated Refried Beans Review

Yummmmm, dehydrated bikepacking food. Before I look at these beans in more detail it is probably worth talking a little about “why” dehydrated foods and some of your options. The pros of dehydrated foods are that they pack down small and they are lightweight since you are not carrying the water. And they keep for …

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Everywhere a sign

I continued the evolution of my local suburban wilderness loop today. I cannot recommend this version, however, due to numerous steep climbs. Next week I plan a variant of the reverse of this loop with a few mods, look for a ride report on that in the near future. The theme for this ride is …

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Of Cliffs and Condos

In this post: I converted my 29 plus bike tires to tubeless I got a new camera and repurposed a phone holder to carry it in so I can take lots more pictures I have continued to fine tune my local homey epic loop, which is a process that I don’t think will ever end …

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Dixon Lake Overnighter Bikepack

After much planning and anticipation I did another local overnighter tour/bikepack trip, this one staying overnight at Dixon Lake in Escondido, CA.  Strava tells only part of the story, of course:   I completed the trip on the last two days of 2015, which might be symbolic somehow but I really can’t figure out how. …

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Carcer Erectus

During a recent bikepacking trip I encountered a strange phenomena that I have dubbed “carcer erectus”. See the blog on that ride here, but I wanted to give special attention to this uniquely suburban property management technique. Carcer erectus is Latin, though the words probably are not used grammatically correctly. “Carcer”, is the root of …

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