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TIMBA Membership Dues Are Due Now

The reason for the immediate influx of cash is that TiCruz, formally known as TiTim, needs some fundage to cover all his repairs from the ride on Thursday night.  Forget about maintenance on that back trail (before the long stretch of road), TiCruz needs to replenish his stock of spare tubes and derailleur hangers for the ride this week.

The TIMBA park has always been known for its voracious appetite of bike parts but never to the same person within 10 yards of each incident.  NatGeo will remember walking his bike out of there a couple years ago and waiting for a ride in the back of a pickup back to base camp.  Right Geo?  Actually TiCruz has had his licks in the past on one of these rides.  I discovered in an old posting that says he got a little squirrely on a few occasions and even provided some entertainment value.

This time around he got a flat on a nasty downhill and when we went to fix it, the gring-master decided that his rear brake pads needed to be futzed with.  Note to self…self, the gringo is usually great at trail triage but don’t let him touch your brakes.  Just kidding gringo, thanks for all your help…just don’t touch my brakes.  Twenty minutes later, TiCruz had his bike back in motion.  Only to destroy his rear derailleur hanger on a surprisingly sturdy limb sticking out of a dead tree that he tried to go around.  He sheered that thing right off as witnessed by the gringo.  Did I mention that he actually went about 10 yards from where we fixed his flat (and brakes)?

Needless to say TiCruz was all fired up after that, leading us on a blistering pace.  The last time I rode here was back on October 30, 2008.  Looking at the stats from that last ride, this trip we rode more miles at a slightly slower pace (due to sitting around for about 40 minutes).  It was another hot and humid night as well.

Here is the course data and map as uploaded to Garmin Connect.  We went 12.04 miles in 02:21:27 for an average speed of 5.1 mph.  I hit a maximum speed of 24.7 mph on a downhill.  What a great ride…long trails and a variety of different terrain.

TiCruz provided the evening hospitality.  Dogs and beer.  Speaking of the beers, we got Heineken Light.  None of those Nasties we were served last week.  You honestly didn’t think I wouldn’t dig on those again, did you gringo??

Later,

Slim

2009 Specialized Enduro SL Pro Carbon
2005 Specialized Roubaix Elite Double

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