GRASSHOPPER T-SHIRTS!

March 3, 2016 at 7:29 am

The time has come, my friends. The Grasshopper signature T-shirt are ready to order now! If you would like to get one for yourself, now is the time! Use the donate button and note in the description your desired style, size and color.

Shirt Style, Size and Color Options:
1) Unisex or Women’s
2) Sm, Med, Lg, XL, 2XL
3) Grasshopper Green or Gray

Include your email and physical address when you order. Price will be $27 including shipping and tax with PayPal. This is a preorder. Shirts should arrive on March 7, 2016 with individual orders will go out after.

Proceeds go toward trail building efforts on Grasshopper Trail at Galbraith Mountain here in Bellingham, WA with a percentage going to Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition for trail advocacy in greater Whatcom County.

DEADLINE for preorders is MARCH 5, 2016!

Here it is, the Grasshopper Trail T-Shirt! LEFT PANEL -  FRONT of the SHIRT including illustrations of features built during the last 3 seasons. And in the center is the trails namesake. RIGHT PANEL - BACK of the SHIRT including the names of all volunteers that have come out to help since November 2013. Names are in alphabetical order, of course.

Here it is, the Grasshopper Trail T-Shirt! LEFT PANEL – FRONT of the SHIRT including illustrations of features built during the last 3 seasons. And in the center is the trails namesake. RIGHT PANEL – BACK of the SHIRT including the names of all volunteers that have come out to help since November 2013. Names are in alphabetical order, of course.

New Video on the New Entrance

January 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

I have an update coming soon for what we’ve been doing on Grasshopper sometime this week. Until then check out this time lapse video of building a jump on the new entrance which is scheduled to open this coming May.

 

Grasshopper Entrance Jump Building (Time Lapse) from manualmike on Vimeo.

Local Shred

December 1, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I’m about to have a lot going on around here, but in the meantime feast your eyes on some local shred. This is video of local rider and builder Drew Trimakas laying down a path of destruction. on the Galbraith Mountain trail, Orient Express. I do like a good “Boy and His Dog(s)” edit. Anyway, here ya go…

Life On The Edge

May 18, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I love jumping my bike with friends and I love following or leading one or more people down a trail or a jump line. There is this incredible since of connectedness that I feel when jumping my bike in close proximity to another rider I know and trust. It’s an amazing. But every now and then, things take a turn and I get an up close and personal look at how close I can get to the edge without actually falling off. Here, Fred Phillips leads a run on Grasshopper Trail that I don’t think I will ever forget…

 

Getting RRAD at Roosevelt

May 18, 2015 at 9:31 am

You just gotta get rad sometimes and this local program to get kids on bikes and caring for the trails is one hell of a good start. This is video from one of their recent bike rodeos for kids. Good fun for a lot of kids. Can you imagine this as your school day?! For more information on the RRAD (Ride, Run And Dig) Program see their Facebook page here. Thanks to Chris Mellick for heading for inviting us out!

Working Out The Kinks

May 18, 2015 at 6:47 am

This has to be one of the most challenging features that I’ve ever tried to integrate into bike trail, in the most challenging zone that I’ve ever tried to build it. It’s been a rough build season with plenty of setbacks, but the testing has begun on the Lewis Brothers Rhythm Method. In this video Scotty Savo and myself test it out.

 

Deep in the Loam

December 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

It’s rare to show up to ride a new trail and find yourself deep in the loam, digging into every corner, tires sticking to the ground like Velcro on a cable knit sweater. Often, on trails like these, the traction is so good it’s almost impossible to inadvertently break the lugs free and slide. Impossible that is unless you actually want them to. In that case, the lightest flick of the hips can be enough to get the bike moving sideways in the most relaxed and confidence inspiring way. If you haven’t ever experienced this yourself, that’s unfortunate. It’s crazy fun. Here is Mark Allison and Ryan Macbeth showing what it’s all about.

Video by Brian Chapel

It’s All a Blur at Shoot The Trails

October 20, 2014 at 3:50 am

Riding Shots

I was unable to attend the WMBC’s Shoot the Trail’s, but I was able to be there in some small way. Burke Hovde was nice enough to come up to Galbraith Mountain and take some pictures for the event. In about 3 hours of shooting, he put together some really sweet motion blur shots of myself, Alex Lewis and Fred Phillips. If you went to Shoot the Trails, then you probably saw me there. Well, not me in person, but you know what I mean. Thanks for coming out Burke!

Grasshopper Changes

October 19, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Video of the new stuff on Grasshopper that we worked on during the first winter of building. After this coming build season, expect more riding video from me. Right now I spend more time with a shovel in my hands than handlebars.

 

Grasshopper: Version 2.0 with Matt Durand

May 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I’m not the first guy with a vision for Grasshopper. I’m actually the third. Here is video of Matt Durand shredding it 3 years ago after tippled it’s length and then added wood and dirt work. Back then he called it Sloppy Seconds, but it was still Grasshopper. It’s fun to see how it’s changed.

Sloppy Seconds from Brad Walton on Vimeo.