My 2016 Biking Wishlist

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2015 was my first year in Oregon. I was still figuring out the lay of the land. I put in a lot of quality time on two wheels. But I also missed the boat on a number of great organized events and really epic rides. In 2016 I’m getting a jump on planning so that I can claim the best year of biking in my life thus far – and I’ve had some pretty awesome years…


No self-respecting mountain biker rides without picking up a shovel and getting some trail dirt under the fingernails. I’ve never been the most gung-ho builder in town, but I like to think I pull my weight in trail building. This years I have a couple of build days already on my radar, just to get things rolling.


The top of Mt Greylock, the MA highpoint
On a 30 mile off road stretch during a 167 mile ride in VT


Stub Stewart became my go to local trails last year, and I think that will remain the case in 2016. In addition, I have a few epic goals in my sights.

Trails/Trail Systems
Greenline #6 at Capital State Forest in WA
The trail gap on Drip Torch at LL Stub in OR


My MTB is a 2013 Giant Reign 2 with a long list of upgrades. I’ve decided that it is time to move on – partly because I’m on a 1×10 drivetrain with no overdrive gear. It keeps my legs strong, but I can’t stop thinking about how nice a 1×11 would be. So, I’m on the lookout for a 2015 Giant Reign Advanced; my third Reign in a row!

My road bike is a 2012 Giant TCR AL frame with a mostly SRAM Force groupset. I’m less picky about my road ride, so I’ll probably ride it throughout the year. Eventually I’d like a recent Defy Advanced. But it isn’t a shortlisted item.

Basically, I just want whichever bikes Yoann Barelli is riding (click the link to have your mind blown).

2015 Reign Advanced 1
2016 Giant Defy Advanced 1

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