Holy cow…a new post! The “Bip Trip”

June 12th, 2013

It’s been forever since I have been on a bike. I did one ride last summer that I never posted, and finally, my buddy Mark came to town and convinced me to do a ride on the White River Valley Trail system, in Branson.

I’m currently weighing in about 20lbs heavier than when I was riding all the time, so I was sucking air quite a bit. All my bikes had flat tires and dried out “tubeless sealant” in them, so I wound up opting to pull the tires off the Specialized and throw on the OEM tires, with tubes.

We started at the “Red Loop” trailhead, riding counter clockwise, and took the connector trail over to the blue loop. Because I’m a whimp, I let Mark ride the blue loop solo. He accidentally took a wrong turn and cut that loop in half, so I took him back over to it and we cut through the woods to hit the trail below the BIG climb, and I rode it back down to the “Blue Loop” trailhead. Knowing I wasn’t in shape, I opted to ride out on the road, but in a downshift, I threw the chain and got it stuck between the bottom bracket and the “granny gear”, so I had to push the rest of the way.

Here’s the Everytrail link.

Bip Trip

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First “real” ride of the year!

July 16th, 2011

Aaron and I finally got in a “real” ride today.

We had tried to get in a ride about a month, or so, ago, but my “hillbilly tubeless” setup failed, and the front tire wouldn’t hold air. After that ride, I changed out my setup, and it is working great. After the ride today, I decided I need to do the same on the rear, as it is only holding about 20lbs.

I FINALLY talked Aaron into heading to Branson, to ride the White River Valley Trail. We started on the green loop, and rode most of it, when we realized we wanted to take the cutoff over to the orange loop, so we backtracked to the cutoff trail. Then we took the eastern side of the Orange loop and over to the north side of the blue loop. Due to time constraints, we bailed out to the access road and took the highway back over to the truck. Wound up making it back to the truck within 2 minutes of the “planned” time, so that was a good thing.

Anyway…here’s a few pictures of a neat spot on the orange loop. I hadn’t ever been on either, the green or orange loops, so it was a fun adventure.





White River Valley Trail info

January 4th, 2011

Just received an e-mail with the following:

Mountain bikers and hikers will have a new trail to explore in the spring at Table Rock State Park. The new 10-mile trail White River Valley Trail is being developed on the east side of Highway 165. The trail is not open for use during construction. Watch for information about when this new trail will open in the spring.

The access points have been blocked off and “Warning No Trespassing Trail Under Construction” signs have been posted at various access points.

Thanks for the help in spreading the word.

Carl Bonnell
Natural Resource Manager
Table Rock State Park
5272 State Hwy 165
Branson, MO 65616
417-334-4704 FAX: 417-334-4782

Bummer deal, as the trail is very sweet, but that will give us plenty of time to look forward to hitting the trail this spring.

White River Valley Trail with the White Boys!

December 12th, 2010

Met up with Doug and Barrett White, and rode some of the White River Valley Trail. We parked at the trailhead at the Blue Loop, and rode over to the connecting trail, so that we could ride the Red Loop. Doug and Barrett hadn’t ever ridden that loop, so it was a change of pace for them.

Due to a meeting that I had to get back to Springfield for, we bailed after finishing the red loop, and hit the access road back to the parking lot.

Here’s the “everytrail” of the ride.

Wrvt red loop

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Saturday ride?

December 8th, 2010

I think that Aaron and I may try to slide out for a morning ride this Saturday, out at Sac River. We have a meeting at noon, with another buddy, to discuss the rest of the development of his bike store web site. Looks like a good deal for all!

I may be putting the Specialized up on craigslist soon, as I believe that I am going to have Tim order a NOS 2009 GT Peace 9r Multi, with the Rasta paint, for me. I may even have him get the blue “tri-tone” Peace 9r Single Speed for me, too, for a slight upgrade from my Stout.

Gotta love Craigslist!

November 26th, 2010

I found a killer deal on a set of WTB Dissent 2.5 tires that I couldn’t pass up on. Yes, they are HUGE “downhill” tires. The MSRP on them are $55, and the kid selling them was only asking $25. They are the “old” tread design, which didn’t get great reviews, but then again, the stock tires that I have been riding on didn’t either!

Brought them home today, and this evening, I did the “Hillbilly Tubeless” treatment to the Specialized, and threw them on there. Took it for a test spin down to the end of the street and did notice some different ride characteristics, on the pavement. Looking forward to hitting the trail with them!

The Brothers-in-Law ride again!

November 21st, 2010

It’s been since Easter 2010 since I dragged Brandon, Barrett and Doug out for the first “Brothers-in-Law ride” (and nephew, too) Back in April, we attempted to ride Busiek. Was my first time to the east side of Busiek, and was the first time that Barrett and Brandon had ever ridden mountain bikes like that. Brandon learned about how effective front discs are.

This time, we headed out to White River Valley Trail, down in Branson. We didn’t know about that trail back in April! We got there in the early afternoon, and rode the blue loop. The trail was very nice, and much more enjoyable for everyone. Barrett rode way more of the trail, not walking over some of the tricky parts, and Brandon started developing a feel for flowing through the trail.

It was a great time. We would have ridden more, however, we had Doug and Lori’s 20th anniversary party, and since he was one of the guests of honor, we figured we needed to get back plenty early.

Oh…btw…this was the first ride that I had, testing my new tubeless setup on my 29er. Worked like a charm. No flats and they held air without burping any out the beads.

Hillbilly Tubeless…DONE!

November 17th, 2010

So, tonight, I finished up the “Hillbilly Tubeless” conversion (more commonly referred to as the “Ghetto Tubeless” conversion). Just like last night’s experience, I used the pipe tape for the front tire of my 29er, but this time I remembered a trick from last night that proved to be more helpful. SOAPY WATER on the beads to help them seat better!

So far, it seems to be holding pressure great!

Report on last nights work…

I didn’t follow the shake and seal method very well. The dang thing lost most of it’s pressure overnight, so this morning, I re-shook the sealant around the inside of the tire, put a little additional pressure in, and now it seems to be sealed tight. I may take it back off the bike, drop the pressure back down, and get a little soapy water on the beads and re-seat them again, just to make me feel a little more confident with the job.

I did have a little “weeping” of the sealant through the sidewalls on the back tire. That is a common thing with using “non tubeless” tires, as the sidewalls are thinner, and tend to be a bit porous, but I believe it all to be good.

Can’t wait to ride and try it out this weekend.

Sick of flats!

November 16th, 2010

After having to push back out of the woods last Saturday (yeah, left without tools, tubes, patches, etc) I started looking at what it would take to convert to tubeless. Deciding to go “cheap” versus using a commercially available “system”, I chose the “pipe wrap” method of what’s commonly known as “Ghetto Tubeless”, or what I prefer to refer to as “Hillbilly tubeless”, since I live in the Ozarks.

The concept is to seal up the existing rims so that they will hold air, add some sealant, and bingo…it’s now tubeless. The tires that I am using are “standard” tires, so the sidewalls are not as tough as actual tubeless tires, but according to the research I have done, they should be fine.

Here’s the summary of the process that I posted on MTBR.com.


1. Left stock rim strip in place.
2. Wrapped the rim with 3M 2″ wide 10Mil black pipe wrap. (nobody seems to stock Harvey’s here in Springtown)
3. Pressed the tape with my thumbs around the entire rim, removing bubbles as best as I could.
4. Sealed the tape under the bead lip as best as I could.
5. Trimmed the excess tape off by “shaving” around the rim on both sides, leaving just a small bit wrapping the edge of the rim.
6. Cut down and taped in a standard bike schrader valve from a pinch flatted tube.
7. Poked a hole to insert the schrader through and taped it down with a 9″ piece of pipe tape, cut to fit within the edges of the rim, to try and prevent any leakage.
8. Installed the tire and seated the beads (dry~forgot to use soapy water)
9. Broke the bead loose and added probably too much sealant.
10. Did the shake and rotate dance.
11. Put the tire on it’s side and let it sit 30 minutes.
12. Flipped it and checked for seepage. None thus far…
13. Came inside and posted this post that everyone else has already experienced.

Depending on if the schrader holds or not, I will probably go ahead and do the front one tomorrow evening. What stresses would affect the schrader valve since it’s all taped into the rim? On an under inflated tube, I have had the tire slip and yank a valve out of a tube before, but I really don’t see what would cause a problem, other than tape failure, allowing spooge to escape.

White River Valley Trail

November 1st, 2010

Hooked up with Doug, Barrett and Dovie last Saturday (Dovie’s birthday!) and went to the WRVT. Doug and Dovie opted not to ride the trail, but Barrett and I took off on the Blue loop. Since the morning didn’t work out quite as planned, we only had time for one loop, and I hadn’t ridden that section yet.

Barrett rode his “new to him” Cannondale, and I was on the Stout, with it’s new disc brakes. This was it’s maiden voyage with the new discs, and supposedly was the steepest section of the WRVT trail, too.

We took off and rode the blue trail CCW, as I heard that was the best way to go. It goes by a little quarry area that we used to rappel back when I was in college. I believe that the trail climbs around 350′, and then decends back down into the valley. I forgot to set my everytrail app on the phone until we reached the top, so I only have half the info.

Anyway…the trail is awesome. Barry and crew have done a great job on it, and I had a blast riding it on a singlespeed! Since getting my Stout, I have had more fun riding it than I have had in a LONG time. Singlespeed Rigid is a blast!