Surly fat bike in the city

Surly fat bike in the city

I bought this fat tired bike to ride trails after having a pretty bad wreck with the other bike.  Now I find I really love riding it about town, you get a pretty good workout and all the citizens and drivers wave and give you respect that you don\’t always get when you are sharing the road with folks in a hurry to get to Walmart.

 

Bike Races

Bike Races

Huntington, West Virginia

I\’ve posted bike race photos from Huntington in years past, I returned this year to try it again.  The lighting in the city during the evening races will test you a bit but I came away with a few shots.

 

The Surly Ice Cream Truck on the Clay Lick Loop

The Surly Ice Cream Truck on the Clay Lick Loop

While closing out 2016, I think biking photos probably dominated the blog.  I\’m on track to have 110 bike rides in 2016 compared to about 40 in 2015, I\’ve been out of shape for most of my life so that\’s a bit of improvement.   This bike has changed trail riding, making it a bit safer for me and now I just have to figure out how to incorporate other forms of photography into this activity or else find an additional activity that is equally as healthy. It was a pretty good year, or at least ended up mostly that way (with a few exceptions).

 

 

Old Olds (digital painting)

Old Olds (digital painting)

A digital painting from an image I took on a photography road trip with Dennis and Mike a few years ago.  I remember saving this blurred photo but had no idea how to use it but the digital painting app seemed like it might be useful here.  Our trip was just a day long but most productive and great fun, a day in which you look back and treasure for the rest of your life.

 

Fat bike trail riding

Fat bike trail riding

Completing the seasons on the trails means returning to photographing the browns of last winter, not a joyous occasion.  I love the woods this time of year, being able to see the contour of the land and admire the interesting and large trees.  But very difficult to photograph to give the same perception and feeling that you get with your own eyes. 

 

The Surly at Greenbo in late fall

The Surly at Greenbo in late fall

While you were away, I also spent a lot of time on the trails of our local state park.  I have miraculously avoided injury except for mysterious knee and leg pains from time to time.  It was a great fall for fat bike riding, taking it slow and easy.