The Angry Singlespeeder: Get into Costume and Get on Your Bike

Opinion

Although TAMBA narrowly missed out on the grant for Corral, the organization recently struck up a partnership with another important local advocacy group, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS), who builds and maintains trails in the Downieville, Gold Lakes and surrounding regions. SBTS has agreed to help build out the rest of Corral Trail in 2014 with dozens of jump features guaranteed to make it one of the best flow trails in the country.

To celebrate, TAMBA and Reno-based light manufacturer JetLites recently hosted a Halloween costume night ride on Corral Trail. Everything from a fully-clad hockey player and Evel Knevil to Woodsy the human-headed owl and a homeless panhandling woman were in attendance. The vibe was righteous, the costumes were ridonkulous and the enthusiastic volunteers were wearing grins from ear-to-ear. In summary – it’s what mountain biking is all about.

A guy dressed as a ranger walked up next to me and took in all the costumed festivities. I turned to him and noticed something was wrong.

“Where’s your drink, chief?” I handed him a PBR.

“Oh, no drinks for me, I’m on duty,” the ranger responded.

“Riiiight. Gotcha. Where’d you get that costume, boss? It’s legit.”

“It’s not a costume, it’s my uniform.”

“Oh….right.” I paused for a moment and gave the guy a closer look. “So then I guess that gun is real too, huh?”

“Yep.”

“And those handcuffs.”

“Government issue.”

“Right.”

The ranger smiled, walked over to TAMBA president Kevin Joell and shook his hand. Then as quickly as he appeared, the ranger vanished back into the pitch-black forest. It was at that moment I fully realized these TAMBA folks got it on lock.

So in celebration of Halloween and the love for riding, get into costume and get out on your bike. Whether you’re commuting to work, doing a group ride with friends, tooling around the neighborhood or bombing downhill on Corral Trail in pitch black darkness, wearing something totally ridiculous while riding is not only a blast, but it makes everyone around you smile. And smiles are good, especially for angry people like me.

Besides, you’re not a real mountain biker if you don’t ride in costume at least once.

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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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