Sunday, October 28, 2012


Here in the Wasatch we are blessed with excellent proximity to great mountains, and one of our favorite outing styles is that of "ride to the trailhead and do a hike or a run".  Depending on our mood and/or goals we call it a "rike" (ride/hike) or "bun" (bike/run).  And my favorite is when I ride my fixy up to a trail and go for a run, then it becomes..... a "Fun!" 

Fundamentally, the concept of a Rike/Bun/Fun is to put your running shoes and shorts (and a bit of extra food) in your Camelbak, hop on your road steed, (Riking has been officially designated as an activity that approves of the wearing of a Camelbak on a road bike) ride up one of the canyons to a trailhead, stash your bike, change your shorts and shoes, march up into the mountains on the trails, then ride home.  Pretty simple, and addresses the sort-of annoying concept of driving our car past good recreation to go do some good recreating (and provides a good warmup before charging straight uphill on cold/tight hamstrings/calves/Achilles).  

A significant issue associated with Riking is what to do with your bike while you hike?  Given that trailheads are usually in/near thickly wooded areas, it’s generally possible to stash them in nearby woods with the rationale that “no one would think to look for $5000 worth of carbon bikes and shoes in that thicket” or bringing a cable lock.  Locking it along with your helmet to a gate/tree/signpost and stashing shoes nearby generally works fine.  However, I went out for a Fun yesterday and forgot my lock, so I reverted to one of the tried and true Riking techniques employed by veterans:  drape the cycling shorts over the handlebars to dry with the chamois-side out: 

It has proven to be a very effective anti-theft technique. 

Yesterday I did a new (to me) Fun that was only 8 miles from the house, and is both very accessible and sorta wild and wooly feeling.  Here's the view from on (sorta) high:

Quite nice, and will likely become a bit of a staple of my future Fun outings. 

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