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A mountain biker who loves to ride the trails with sandstone (slick rock) and granite rocks. My favorite trails are around Moab, UT, Lake Tahoe, Downieville, CA, and near the west entrance to Zion National Park and Bryce National Park. Mostly I ride the Santa Cruz Mountains.

October 2018 MTB Road Trip – Too Many Troubles!

I just returned from Outerbike in Moab and the end of a 3 week road trip. The first part was a visit to Yellowstone and that went well. We rode Fruita, CO a little then over to Moab where I ripped my lower back and was off the bike for five days. Ugh.

That is rare for me but when it happens I’m almost totally disabled.  Even down and up on the toilet because hellish torture.  Living out of our van is no worse than a motel room and at least in the van I have a 360 degree view!

Finally back on the bike for a couple of rides and then the weather turned to rain, rain, rain on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday of Outerbike. The weather looked bad for the rest of the week so I drove home. Fortunately few trips have this level of disappointment.

I was able to shoot some additional video near Fruita and the Horsethief Trails near Moab.  Besides my other problems I forgot my GoPro chest harness at home.  When Katya flew home she sent it to me – $40.  Ugh.

We did enjoy showing off our repainted Yeti SB95c’s! They look so new and shiny! Photo on Horsethief Bench above the Colorado River.

Fall 2018 MTB Road Trip Plans

In mid Sept we have this trip planned for 3 weeks!

Yellowstone Moab route

We plan to ride Jackson Hole, Park City, Fruita, and Moab.  About a 3,200 mile trip with all the driving around to trailheads.  The leg to Yellowstone, which Katya hasn’t been to yet, is about 15 hours as is the return from Moab.  Ugh.

There is one more thing!  I just scored a Red Bull Rampage ticket so I’ll be riding the Virgin / St George area at the end of October for a week or so!

Las Vegas Great Santa Run Plaza Hotel Offer

Thank you for registering for the REDBULL RAMPAGE!!!

This General Admission ticket allows 1 person access to the Red Bull Rampage on October 26, 2018.  Access is via a rough 4-mile road and a bike valet is included with this ticket.  Bicycles or walking only, no vehicles of any kind allowed.  Tickets must have the name of the person attending on them.  Tickets are transferable within the Strideevents.com platform for a fee of $15.

Tickets are non-refundable and will be sent digitally to the purchaser 3 days prior to the event.

This ticket includes a $5 donation to both Dixie Mountain Bike Trail Association and Wings for life Foundation.

Jim Preston

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Category Name

General Admission Ticket

Category Price

$65.00

 

 

Spring 2018 MTB Road Trips – A Little Late…

My last post was at the beginning of the spring 2018 road trip season.  I forgot to post anything here but I made two trips that included Virgin / St George, Sedona, Moab, and Fruita.  Unfortunately my last trip was cut short but a very bad case of hay fever.  I was struggling for a few months until I found a med that worked great.  So nothing got posted because I was too busy coughing.

However,  I did shoot a fair amount of 4k video with the Evo SS Gimbal on my chest.  The gimbal wasn’t as awkward as I expected and the videos came out super!  I’m deep into working on a project since then and no time to create some interesting videos and post them.  Hopefully this winter.  I want to do something different than in the past but not sure yet what that format will be.

On the drive to the Hurricane MTB Festival in Moab in March my GoPro Hero Session 5 camera died.  This was the beginning of a three week shoot!  GoPro said they would replace it, which they did after we got home, but we were almost to St George, Utah and the receipt was 10 hours behind us.

So in St George I went on Amazon and ordered the new Hero 6 to be delivered to Over The Edge Sports in Hurricane.  I ordered on Thursday and picked up the camera on Monday.  It worked great for the trip but died soon after.  GoPro replaced that camera and the new one is still working.

We only biked twice during the summer.  Katya’s carbon bike frame broke and her 2017 Fox Factory fork lost most of its travel even with full air pressure.  WTF?  She doesn’t jump off cliffs, or even 3′ rocks!  So beside my working a lot it took Fox a long time to rebuild it for $180.  Only a month older than one year.  We are supposed to get the bike back in a few days and it is the end of August!  Great fork but this sucks.

So after all those problems we are looking forward to a big fall MTB road trip!!!

Jim

 

 

MTB Road Trip Season Starts This Thursday!

The van is half packed already and heading for the Hurricane MTB Festival this Thursday March 22!  Rather hyped now and ready for big MTB action!

Shooting video with a GoPro Hero 5 Session on my new EVO SS gimbal for smooth 4K action on the most interesting parts of the trails you’ve heard about.  I’ll replace my current Moab trail maps YouTube series with maps + visuals this year.

 

Moab Trails Maps Explained

I like to help other riders get oriented to trails that are new to them but I ride frequently and know the rocks.  Giving back for all the help I received.  So I have many of the Moab trails explained on YouTube in this growing playlist Moab Maps Explained

This is only version 1.  An experiment.  In a few weeks I’ll be riding Moab trails again but with a gimbal on my chest and I’m developing new ideas for explaining the trails.  It will combine these map’s advice with on-scene video.

By the way, I’ve deleted all my years of video.  I tried to use them in these videos but without a gimbal they suck.  The old shit is unusable.  I have to ride all the main trails of Moab, Grand Valley (Fruita / Grand Junction), Zion / St George, and Tahoe again and shoot some crazy good video.   Feel sorry for me.  🙂

I’m also adding Sedona soon.  Katya and I will be there riding for most of a week after the Hurricane MTB Festival coming up at the end of March.

 

Change of videography plans

I’m going to buy a gimbal and reshoot the trails of Moab, Grand Valley (Fruita), and Zion / St. George, and all in 4K. I tried working with what I have this winter and wasn’t satisfied.

Meanwhile I’m changing format and will soon have videos of me explaining the trails on maps in 4K while showing my 1080p videos as picture in picture.  They will be replaced with 4K gimbal shots of trails after that for the best ever explanation and orientation of these trails.

This is only interesting if you haven’t rode the area before but want to know what is there. The next step for you would be to focus on specific trails that interest you at http://utahmountainbiking.com and YouTube.

Katya and I will be riding Sedona near the end of March then hanging out at the Hurricane Mountain Bike Festival.  See you there?

Jim

New Videos Update

I’m trying something new, basing the videos on me explaining the trails with maps and added a few images and videos at the more interesting trail sections.  I’m experimenting and progress is very slow.  Also swamped with work if I’m to get back on the Moab trails in April.

Somehow I have to stop coding for a while and get this done but not easy to do.  Meanwhile, I’ll be in Hurricane, Moab, and the Grand Valley (Fruita / Grand Junction) for much of April.

 

Fox Fork Update

My 2017 Fox 34 Factory was installed on my Yeti in October, 2016.  I’ve biked about 3+ months since then and have not crashed.  Really amazing for me.  I’m really good at going over the handlebars and not getting hurt.  I’m going to lose that skill.

I’m riding much more technical than previously, as is my wife who now has the same fork.  Starting to do crazy shit like about half of the drop-in to Horsethief Bench near Fruita, CO and part of Flying Monkey in Virgin, UT.  I’ve become fearless…

I will never ride a Rock Shox again.  If a demo bike has a Pike I’m waling away.

I have a new theory.  When riders say you have to have the technical skills to ride Rock Shox, it really means they figured out hacks for the poor design.  Of course they are proud of their hacks, err, skills, they earned them.  For the rest of us there is Fox.

 

 

Starting To Edit The New Moab Videos!

Christmas Day and starting the long edit process for new videos. The first one will be Moab West Side, then North Side, then East Side. After this I’ll move on to Fruita / Grand Junction, Lake Tahoe, and remake my Zion / St. George production which will include new trails and clips.
 
I’m using an editor that is new to me, Apple’s Final Cut Pro, and a totally different approach to telling the story about MTB trails. It will be modeled after how I advise riders on the trails but with video clips of what is in my head at the time. Voice-overs of course but very little music in these videos.