Bellingham

Finding the Silver Lining

It’s a normal dreary winter day. The clouds hang low and thick as if they’ve just given up on their job to support the sky. Instead, they rained down pieces of themselves in a manner just heavy enough to completely saturate me. I find myself in this odd purgatory of riding space: my usual trails have fallen prey to some serious logging, leaving slash piles and hints of what used to be hiding under feet and feet of tree debris. It’s been frustrating, but I can’t complain as I still write on paper, always forget my reusable grocery store bags, and still…go to the bathroom. Regardless, it’s been a frustrating winter trying to negotiate new routes when I find so much comfort in the loops that I’d grown to love.

But while I’m struggling with the reality that my mid-day rides aren’t so simple anymore, I’ve found some solace in exploration. The closure of my routine route has forced me to reconsider the vast network of trails that Bellingham has to offer. It’s no secret: this place is an absolute mecca for mountain biking. Galbraith alone has around 60 miles of pristine singletrack. Even with the logging activity, there are still dozens of really fun trails waiting to be ridden. I’ve found myself taking rights when normally I’d take a left. I climb just a little bit further in hopes of having a bit more of a descent, and usually, I’ve been really happy with the end result.

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This particular day I found myself in one of Bellingham’s special semi-secret zones. There were no cars parked at the start of the climb, which I was happy about. It was one of those days where I just felt like riding alone. I cruised up the soft road that had been rendered completely mushy by the inches of rain that had fallen in the prior week. My Process 153 CR DL kept my legs spinning while it slowly became splattered with specs of brown gooey mud from the road. I’ve always thought aqua and brown were nice complements to each other, so I didn’t mind this newfound color scheme.

When I reached the top of the climb I looked beyond the current ridge and onto the now-scarred mountain that we all call our home. In my mind I said a little ode, telling it we’d all be back on her trails soon enough, but for now, this time of discovery was proving useful. After all, variety is the spice of life. With that thought, I took the left instead of the usual right. I found myself navigating punchy rock sections and hanging on for dear life while I somehow managed to keep it upright in steep sections that at this point were really just funnels of mud. When I reached the end of the trail I felt invigorated and happy to accomplish the ride on a trail where I don’t have much experience. Turns out that even logging can provide a silver lining, it’s just a matter of being willing to see it.

 

Support Your Local Trail Association

Mountain bike trail organizations are the bread and butter of trail sustainability and mountain biking advocacy throughout international bike communities. Locally in Bellingham, we’re super fortunate to have the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition leading the charge for more trails, facilities, and access to land that has been previously denied to bikers. It doesn’t go without a ton of work from WMBC members and volunteers. Kona athlete Spencer Paxson was recently featured in a promo video for WMBC’s fundraising drive.

No matter where you live, it’s important to support your local trail association. Singletracks has compiled an extensive list of groups that are hungry for your support. Donate. Volunteer. We are still a young sport that needs to be dedicated in order to grow.

Party with the Kona Supremes!

The Kona Supremes are a new riding and racing team based out of the Kona Bike Shop in Bellingham, WA. The Supremes were born from a local group of female Kona riders that shared a common vision: shred fast, play hard, and get more women into cycling. Each rider hails from a multi-sport background but has planted roots here in the PNW, where the loam is perfect and the two-wheeled adventures keep rolling as easily as the beer flows.

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The goal of the Supremes is to always offer an inclusive adventure on our local trails, chock-full of support and inspiration. These ambassadors are students, environmentalists, industry professionals, artists, and all around outdoor enthusiasts.

This spring in Bellingham look out for rides and clinics hosted by the Supremes along with fundraisers and trail days with Bellingham’s local trail association, The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. The Supremes will also be racing the local enduro series and the Cascade Dirt Cup.

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Head over to the Kona Supremes team page to read about the riders and connect with them through social media. You can also follow the Supremes team on Instagram and on Facebook, and on the Kona Bike Shop blog. And on Friday, April 14th, 2017, you can join the Kona Supremes at the Kona Bike Shop for some food, drinks, and good times.

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My Kona – Angi Weston

Angi Weston is all about bikes: she’s a sales rep out of our Bellingham office and spends her weekends as a professional mountain bike coach focusing on women’s skills clinics. She’s a shredder, but more than that, an enabler of others to push their own riding and to become more comfortable riding technical terrain.

As a growth-minded teacher and mentor, Angi sees the challenges we face with mountain biking as positive practice for challenging situations elsewhere in life:

“The world needs more people, especially women and girls, who have more faith in their abilities on a bike, and in life.” – Angi Weston

Ah yes, Angi truly is a rider, finding those parallels so she can continue to think about bikes just a little bit longer.

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Freehub Magazine Review the 2016 Process 153DL “The Kona Process 153 DL is an absurdly fun bike”

The Freehub magazine guys ride the same trails as us here in Bellingham, so it only seemed fitting that we get them on a bike designed with those same trails in mind. Their review of the 2016 Process 153 DL is online now and it appears they loved the bike, I mean really LOVED it, if you don’t want to take one for a spin after reading it, well i’m guessing you work for one of our competitors. You can check out the review here (or by clicking on any of the images below).

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