Sunday, September 13, 2015

Oil Being Sprayed on DOE Roads

I discovered this too while riding home from the Jemez on West Jemez Road. Thanks to Mike Warren for the shout-out on the Pajarito Riders e-list. You can ride it, but its like riding on flypaper and of course once you get fresh tacky oil on your tires, good luck with all the glass shards, debris, and goatheads that will stick to your fancy racing rubber....

Pajarito road is currently impassible by bike due to fresh oil sprayed from edge to edge.  Same thing appears to be happening on E/W Jemez in neighborhood of TA-3.


Here is more from LANL.

A LANL road project currently is in progress and is expected to be complete by Friday, Sept. 18.  The Laboratory's main arterial road surfaces are being treated with an asphalt emulsion intended to extend the service life of the pavement. The following road sections will be worked on this week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • East Jemez (Truck Route) from NM 4 to the Omega Canyon Bridge
  • West Jemez from West Jemez to NM 4 
  • Pajarito Road from Diamond Drive to NM 4.  
The treatment sets up and road surfaces are drivable within 20 minutes. Traffic control will be in place as sections are treated. Motorists should expect delays and are asked not to drive on treated areas until traffic-control personnel direct them to do so. 
Once dry, the road is fine to bike on. --KJS

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Calling All Los Alamos Bicyclists!

This Thursday, September 10th at 6:00PM, the Los Alamos County Council will be meeting to discuss Capital Expenditures for FY16.  The Tuff Riders have decided to put our hat in the ring by requesting a percentage of those funds be used to build a bike park at Pajarito, similar to the one found at Angelfire. 

That may sound like a pipe dream, but the current council is very amenable to ideas for increasing tourism and mountain biking has piqued their interest.  We believe that providing a professionally-built alternative to Angelfire would draw crowds from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and beyond.  These crowds would have a positive economic influence on many of the hotels and small businesses in town, and set a precedent for mountain biking tourism as a positive influence in Los Alamos.

If you've got the time to drop in and voice your support for these improvements to Pajarito Mountain, we'd really appreciate it.  Public comments will be handled first, so please arrive early if you'd like to make a statement.  Opinions are absolutely welcome but we'd also like to give the council some hard facts about mountain bike tourism.

Chris (from Tuff Riders)

p.s. If you can't attend, you can send your $0.02 via

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Extol the Change of Seasons

 Its not all gloom and doom as the seasons change. Enjoy the cooler weather, different sun angles, and the trees changing. By the way, any preference on extol vs. extoll?