Video: Jeff Kendall-Weed Gets Retro In Durango

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All images by Ben Gavelda.

He might look like an accountant or an attorney, but once he’s on a bike Jeff Kendall-Weed is all style. Even when he’s on a bike from the mid-ninetees. Dammit.

Some of you probably lusted after the bikes he and the Durango locals take to the trails, and maybe a lucky few of you own – or even still own – one. But would you risk taking it round your local blue route, never mind the trails you see here?

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Brendan Shafer’s FatChance Buck Shaver

credit Ben Gavelda Mike Wilk’s Yeti Ultimate

We’re torn. Given the chance to ride these trails in Durango, Colorado, we’d be tempted to say ‘yes’ to whatever bike we were offered…maybe we’d draw the line at a Brompton. But even on a throughly modern bike we’re not sure we’d have the skills to pull off all the lines that Jeff and friends take here. But what lovely trails. And what lovely bikes…

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Yeah, we would.

credit Ben Gavelda Do they ever actually Hi-Five? Or just pose and then go ‘nah’.

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Mike Wilk’s 3d Racing bike

For the retro nerds among you, the local bike shop in the video looks like it would be well worth a visit – although the bikes are rather disappointingly up high and out of reach of any stroking.

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Ah, dust.
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We can’t even do this into a foam pit.

Jeff hooks up with a bunch of local riders with improbable skills and bikes that we want to showcase what the area has to offer, and to take us back to the days of 1992 when Durango hosted the World Championships.

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Same trick.
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Same trick again…OK, yes, if we could do this we’d do it all the time too.
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Ace Ventura, Trail Detective.

It’s heartening to see that these great trails can be ridden on a less than super bike – Ok the riders have skills, and they’re hitting some jump lines. But we can’t help think that if they can ride there on those, then maybe we could ride our local trails on something not too spendy. That fun is in the riding, and not the bike you’re doing it on?

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Hogsback Ridge
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If anyone on Durango Tourist Board is reading, we’d quite like to come and have a look, please.
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Maybe he had a front puncture?
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Ah, back in the day when wheels were small and colours were BRIGHT.

Everyone in the video looks to be having plenty of fun, and as well as the amazing trails and bike nerdery, we’re loving the attitude to riding. Just get out there and see what you can do. Play a bit, have some fun.

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Everyone is grinning. We’re smiling just watching.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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