Begin the Pedal !

Pedal and Pedal your way through the most beautiful parts of Vermont.

I am lucky to live in the middle of some of the most pristine mountains, rivers and lakes.  Dirt roads are my paths to connect me to these untouched places were it’s greener and more alive with the sounds of nature.  I want to use this blog to share my exploration of these beautiful places with others.  Vermont has so much to offer in the way of pedaling and paddling.

So lets begin our back road tour…………

I think I will start with the pedaling part.  I started to bike as an adult about 11years ago.  Moving up from my days of banana seats and tricycles on to a Cyclo Cross bike.

If you don’t have any idea what a Cyclo Cross bike is you are not alone.  If you want the short answer it is really just a basic road bike frame built up to have more clearance and accommodate a larger and tougher tire which is then able to handle the rigors of dirt road riding.  For those of you who need a visual this is the bike I ride.  Here is the Flicker museum of these bikes.

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Chris Chance cyclo cross “criss cross”

It is a Chris Chance “criss cross.”  For sometime these bikes were  made right here in my hometown of Stowe.  The company was called  Fat City Cycles.  They made one of the first mountain bikes called the “Fat Chance.”   They are no longer in business but have a cult following.  I have to say it is an amazing bike that gets me everywhere in rugged style.

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4 responses to “Begin the Pedal !

  1. I also feel like I can really connect to nature, especially when in the snow. I have had an interest in biking (particularly mountain biking) and hope to purchase one for next year. You should check out some of the trails in the Montgomery area (First Trax on Main street is a great place to connect with other bikers). I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  2. Well, from the photo, I’m not sure I see the difference between a Cyclo Cross and a regular road bike. I used to ride a “12 speed” — that was progressive at the time — with the dropped handlebars. But now I ride Trek that’s basically a mountain bike that I’ve changed the tires, seat, and bars around on a bit. Smoother, thinner tires, mainly.

    The bike is now 17 years old; I’ve never had any maintenance done but my own spring cleaning and oiling; and the thing runs as if it had an electric motor hidden in the works somewhere. My wife and kids and I have done coasting tests with our four bikes, and from a dead start at the same place, on a slight incline, I and my ancient Trek outdistance them all. What’s up with that? It’s like the wind is always at my back!

    You probably already know about Rails to Trails . . . . in any case it’s a GREAT organization, devoted to converting old rail lines to bike paths. Rail lines are wonderful because they go where automobile roads don’t, and the grades are very mild, making for easy biking. If you’re a member, they send you maps of converted rail lines and biking info for trails all over the country! We’ve done a few, and they’re marvelous.

    Anyway — very nice blogsite. I’ve got to learn to do all the cool things you do. — Daniel Hecht

  3. I will check out rails to trails I have heard about it. Any bike will do as long as it rolls and gets you where you need to go is my thought! Thanks for the comments…..

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