RIM Club - Sept. 4 - Mike Ousley - Bikepacking For All


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Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 12, 2018 - 04:00pm PT

Location: Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa

Time & Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @ 7:30 PM (Social hour and free beer for members at 6:30)

Directions: From Highway 101 at Santa Rosa go west on Highway 12 to Stony Point Road Exit. Go straight from the middle lane at the light onto Occidental Road. The Round Table Pizza is on the right just down the road.

Do you dream of bikepacking? Well, itís time to wake up, gear up and get out. Bikepacking is not for only mutant racer-types and crusty globetrotters with too much time off. Bikepacking is for everyone and itís not difficult. Learn some basic approaches, strategies and other insider voodoo that are sure to equip the novice bikdpacker to, at the very least, get into trouble far from homeÖor, possibly, have the indelible adventure of a lifetime!

Mike Ousley started bikepacking in 1975 at age 14, beginning with a six-day tour of central Arizona. Since then he has gravitated to off-road touring and trail riding, including ticks of the Colorado Trail, Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, Arizona Trail and other lengthy routes. Mike likes to ride self-supported Ė solo, tandem and with occasional partners. He splits recreational time between cycling, rock climbing and other casual pursuits, and has completed numerous grade VI climbs in Yosemite and elsewhere, both solo and partnered. Vocationally, heís a freelance writer, graphic designer and a brand ambassador for Guerrilla Gravity Bikes in Denver. His base camp is in Orange County, California.


Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Aug 12, 2018 - 08:32pm PT
This is real deal stuff folks. If you can attend, you should.

I might take the day off and head up north for this one. Just afraid Darren will sign me up for a slide show. :)

Aug 13, 2018 - 08:04am PT
Thanks, Darren and Munge! I'm excited to be able to spread some BP stoke in the NorCoast area.

If a local rider wanted to hit some local trail on 9/5, a visiting rider would love to sample the goods. 😬9/4 or 9/6 are a possibility.

Woohoo, bikes!

vvv "Like"

Gym climber
sawatch choss
Aug 13, 2018 - 11:37am PT
Woohoo, Grade VI biking!

mountain pit stop
mountain pit stop
Credit: Rhodo-Router


Sonoma County
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 4, 2018 - 12:09pm PT
Mike's presentation is tonight.

If you can't make it tonight, he is doing the same presentation tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5 at Trailhouse in Santa Rosa at 7:00.

Munge - you're already signed up. :)

Trad climber
portland, or
Sep 4, 2018 - 12:19pm PT
Now that's what I call a bare bones bike!

Social climber
san joser
Sep 4, 2018 - 01:45pm PT
Hey Mike, I'll show you around Coe if you happen to be heading South after the presentations.


Sep 4, 2018 - 02:09pm PT
Thanks for all, splitclimber. Iím psyched for this! Bob, such a cool offer; thanks, man. If only : /

My ribs are still telling me to stay off the bike after the Lake Trail ďrideĒ two weeks ago. Third class can be a bitch... Chris, I may have to retract my warning and go ahead and kill you after all.

For those like me that didnít know: Trail House is a bike shop cafe bar restaurant type thing.

See ya at Round Table and/or Trail House!

Trad climber
Red Rock
Sep 4, 2018 - 02:35pm PT
Luv taking my bike for a hike....
Credit: BigB
Jerry Dodrill

Sep 7, 2018 - 11:52pm PT
Hey Mike,
Thanks for coming up to Santa Rosa and spreading your stoke with the Rock Ice & Mountain Club. It was great to sneak in a ride at Annadel and get to know you more. Looking forward to an adventure soon!


Sep 8, 2018 - 08:30am PT
Jerry! It was really great to get acquainted with your crew, the club, get a ride in and talk about MTBs. Thanks for making me feel so welcome! See you in a month or so 👍🏼🍻

PS: Many thanks to splitclimber, too!
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