I was pleasantly surprised Thursday afternoon when my good buddy Dwayne dropped by and delivered a banner to hang on the side of the van. Dwayne is an ace with graphics and signage and much like Doc Wheelies, he is absolutely rabid for cycling! If you find yourself in need of banners, jerseys, stickers or signage: click http://www.dhdco.com/ and check out Dwayne’s designs.
banner courtesy of Dwayne Hunter Design
now thats more like it!
With each passing day, Doc Wheelies evolves and grows to serve the contemporary biking boom and the growing community of cyclists here in Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas. Thanks to the help of my buddy Dwayne, Doc Wheelies is going to get some much needed, positive visibility!
inside the van
Rode a really pretty route out of Rural Hall on Tuesday; calling this one Tour de Cliffs because it rolls right under the quartzite cliffs of Sauratown and Cook’s Wall. After consulting maps and Google Earth, it was discovered that there are some nice options for rides west of Hwy 66 that don’t involve lots of time rolling along Hwy 66 (read lots of fast cars).
We had twice as many folks turn out for the Tuesday Night Beer & Pizza Ride. With dark clouds and imminent thunderstorms swirling all around we chose our route so as to keep away from the storms. With a few pedal strokes we were rolling down Edwards Road and saw less than a dozen cars for the whole ride! We turned up Payne (read Pain), Road and headed over to Slate Road which is a jewel of a road to ride.
typical view along car-free, farm-to-market roads of Stokes County
The clouds stayed on the horizon and we were able to just enjoy the rolling terrain and some steep pitches of asphalt. Slate Road has one screamer downhill that is a gas to fly down.
more fun than a log flume!
The prize of the ride was rolling up Covington Road and soaking up the eye-candy offered by the quartzite cliffs of Cooks Wall
Western End Cooks Wall, Photographer: Dave Cook
Our mellow group then set a spirited pace down Friendship Road and headed back to our cars and Frank’s Pizza. Along the way, our good buddy Dudley grabbed a KOM with a snappy ride up Edwards Road.
a steep pair of hairpin turns gives Edwards Road some of its character
once again accommodated us with ice cold recovery drinks and hot pizza pie!
While down visiting my mother in the Cape Fear, I went and checked out the developing singletrack trails at Brunswick Nature Park near Leland, NC. I had heard about this evolving trail system thru a friend and via Sir-Bikes-alot, and always love exploring new terrain.
^check out that spaghetti!
The first section of the Moore’s Spring mountain bike trail system is tantalizingly close to completion.
via Volunteers hit the bike trail in Stokes County.
Saturday, a dedicated crew built some more trail out at MST.
its physical work... but we're sowing seeds for future fruit!
We’re so psyched to have world class mountain biking in Stokes County. The trail has a bunch of new vegetation growth to tickle your senses! A motto that has evolved from the volunteer is: “we ride after we build, come join us for the fun!”
turns, slopes, and berms!
There was a huge storm blanketing the region last night, so after looking at the radar I decided to drop down south and ride some favorite Davidson County roads. Riding solo with strong gusts of winds compelled me to sit up and enjoy the scenery and forgot about how fast I was traveling. I snapped a few pics from my phone camera, but they suffer from blurriness. One photo though, is just too cool not to share:
blurry tunnel of cedar trees.... whoa!
There are some really scenic rural rides in Davidson County; there are some architectural jewels to ogle as well. Next time, I’ll plan on taking better photos.
stokes county scenery
Beautiful scenery, quiet roads, and proximity to Winston-Salem, NC makes cycling in Stokes County attractive.
check out that tag... we're rolling now!
Today, Doc Wheelies the 2 Wheeler Healer achieved a milestone…. we’re now street legal! I began my morning by arriving at the NC license plate agency 15 minutes before their scheduled opening time; only to find a line of at least a dozen folks waiting for them to open. I rolled my eyes as the day before their computers went down after I had waited 20 minutes and on a previous attempt last week I gave up at the sight of the long line. Today was a cinch, 15 minutes after arriving, I had tag and registration in hand.Next I started hanging tools on the pegboard in order to visualize and test the workspace. The work bench is perfect as it offers lots of space for repairs and tools, yet it doesn’t consume too much space.
helper elf posing in front of pegboard thats starting to fill up with tools
We took some measurements and from them we derived the ideal location for the truing stand.
measuring to find the ideal spot for the truing stand
big blue.... its all about the quality!
I was so excited to see the 2 Wheeler Healer van concept start to come to fruition that I had to take the van out for a spin. While cruising I checked out a bike shop near Larry and Linda’s house. J & L Bicycle Co. in downtown Burlington, NC is a nice shop with friendly folks working and lots of svelte bikes from BMC.
Mostly I grinned and drove around for a while and tested out the tool hangers. I needed to see how well the hangers and pegboard secured the tools while bouncing around potholes, parking lots, and curb cuts that will be encountered while out servicing calls.