RT-1 is Back and The Heat is On

In a recent post I mention the theft of my friend Eli’s rail trail bike.  Yesterday he got some good news, his bike had been recovered, RT-1 is back. He discovered that his bike was missing and around the same time that his neighbor’s car was stolen.  Apparently there was a bike involved in the theft of his neighbor’s car, and it turned out to be his.  The thief took Elam’s bike and rode it about a quarter of a mile to his neighbor’s house and then stole the car.

Mountain Bike Action used to run a feature called “Bikes of the Pros” where they showed the build of a pro’s custom race bike.  So I now I bring, Bikes of the Pros… RT-1

The Mongoose Pro Newman frame offers lots of stand over height and with its oversized tubes was very stiff.

The Mongoose Pro Newman frame offers lots of stand over height and with its oversized tubes is very stiff.  Note the missing bar end, one of RT-1’s battle scars.  

For riding the rail trail after dark this is ELi's G1 homebrew LED light.

For riding the rail trail after dark this is ELi’s G1 homebrew LED light.

Getting 700c wheels to work in a 26 inch frame takes a few couple customizations, like moving the brake pads up about an inch.

Getting 700c wheels to work in a 26 inch frame takes  customization, like moving the brake pads up about an inch.

Eli is a firm believer in the single speed and removed the gears from his Rail Trail bike.

Eli is a firm believer in the single speed and removed the gears from his Rail Trail bike.

This saddle shows wear and tear from years of hard riding.  Eli says it has years left.

This saddle shows wear and tear from years of hard riding.  The seatpost has some custom welding. Eli says it has years left.

In other news we got in a mountain bike yesterday, an oppressively hot day.  High of 93 with a humidity of 89%.  The last couple of times I’ve gone mountain bike riding its been hot and I’ve gotten sick to my stomach.  My legs feel absolutely fine, but I’m fighting nausea and a weird feeling of slowness and tiredness, perhaps its heat exhaustion.  Luckily it didn’t really get bad until the last couple of miles.  The forest is in total bloom and if you can stand the heat it’s a beautiful time to be outside.  The trails have almost become like tunnels, where we could see across to the next hollow in winter now we can’t see 15 feet into the woods. The wildflower Indian Paintbrush was in full bloom and I got a picture of one.

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About Matt Gholson

Cycling, school teaching, husband.
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3 Responses to RT-1 is Back and The Heat is On

  1. Moe says:

    That is awesome that his bike was recovered. You can’t get a sweetheart like that one just anywhere. It takes years to build a steed of such prominence.

    Lee and I also rode the Gossage area yesterday. I was really bummed that the horses and ATVs have destroyed the trails in that area also. Luckily it looked like the ATV’s turned off before Julio/Pedro, but that trail seemed to be the only one that wasn’t littered with post holes and mud bogs. Not anymore… 😦 The 459 down to the bottom of 2mile hill wasn’t bad, but once you turned up it was a hellish nightmare until you reached the gravel road. SO much mud and damage. Totally maddening. We did the loop on the east side of the road, then rode the west side of the road. Once we were beyond the atv and horse damage the ride was nice. Too bad that was only about 25% of the ride.

  2. K M says:

    No wonder Eli is setting all those KOM’s, hell anybody could on that machine!
    I can see why it was stolen now.
    Are we sure the guy didn’t steal the car in order to drive down to Eli’s house to get his bike?

  3. K M says:

    But seriously, that bike has about the most character I’ve seen, although Mr. G you’ve probably got one or two that would give it a run for it’s money.

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