I haven't been too active on the forums lately and originally intended this mainly for the Dahon forums, but figured a few of you guys over here might remember me and enjoy a little folding-bike adventure riding stoke too, so here ya go...
First, I've written up another summer spent punishing my poor Jetstream on Colorado's amazing mountain trails. That writeup has too many photos to post here but you're encouraged to find that and more on my personal website. Just click here for the "Rollin' On 20s!" Ride Reports page then scroll down a bit.
Also on that page, check out the new Google Map of all the rides I've logged across the USA that I think is pretty nifty.
Speaking of the log: I closed last year with rides in eight states (TX, AZ, NM, CO, WY, MT, ID, and OR), totaling a new personal high of just over 2500 miles. That divided as 1500 off-road and 1000 on pavement, a balance I'm relatively happy with.
Despite a few, er, mechanical challenges (let's just say it's a good thing I'm an engineer), the mighty Dahon keeps on chugging and is approaching 7000 miles now. It probably has more replacement parts (many homemade) than factory parts on it now, but it's still loads of fun to ride and inspires curiosity everywhere I go.
I've been riding with other serious (but "mortal") mountain bikers a good bit, and can usually hang okay even on pretty gnarly terrain these days. Well, as long as they're not in TOO big of a hurry, anyway! Riding on 20s is definitely NOT the fastest or easiest way to cover rough terrain (probably 10-30% slower offroad typically, and 50-100% more likely to send ya home bleeding ) but it is certainly challenging and very fun. To match the feeling I get zipping down singletrack at 20-25 mph on the Dahon, I'd have to be going 30-40 mph on a full-size, which I think is a fine thing.
Finally, below is my new 2012 calendar that recaps some of the most interesting of last year's rides. Hope y'all like it, and best wishes to everyone for the new year.