the… wait for it… mcleod
This shot of my favorite hand tool, the mcleod, in the flowerbed of my home kinda hit me yesterday.
I will admit there were a few beers involved, which is why Iâ€™m writing this now rather than duringâ€¦
As an old friend and I threw back a few light beers and did maintenance work on LAMBA tools in the Iowa summer humidity, the sweat dripping in the sun adversity that goes hand in hand with utilizing such an implement reminded me of all the work that has gone into our communityâ€™s unlikely custody of solid mountain bike experiences.
As often occurs in the human condition, inspiration need be shared, this is my feeble attempt:
The worn, practically self-sharpened blade reminded me of our friend CG, who almost single-handedly (figure of speech as Iâ€™m sure he used more than one hand) and painstakingly carved the initial singletrack loop at Squaw Creek.
The painterâ€™s masking tape reminded of one of our most recent events in Vinton, the distance between the tape is a simple / handy way to measure the width of the trail volunteers were creating.
The updated LAMBA logo so vehemently debated over and graciously provided by Jason Clary of Cellar Door CreativeÂ gives us a much sexier way to label our equipment.
Topping out with duct tape attempting to retain the rubberized replacement handle grip on the end of this heavily used tool of trail building andÂ maintenance.
Oh yeah, and the prairie flowers… a perfect metaphor for the conservation efforts led by our founding president, Rob Johnson. *LAMBA needs those passionate about conservation efforts to step in / up to help, now more than ever!
Not to focus solelyÂ on the past, FYIÂ the city has been in touch about the installation of prairie in the sun exposed portions of Beverly and the Sac & Fox corridor. While this will affect our trails and result in extra work to keep them in shape, it will be an amazing opportunity for conservation and native flora to be reestablished, further beautifying the natural spaces we enjoy.
Working to clean and eek more life out of the LAMBA hand tool libraryÂ it was easy to fall intoÂ summer mode and my brain completely mixed up theÂ days… thinking it was Tuesday, but in fact it was Wednesday and our crrent LAMBA folk and leadership were revitalizing the Wednesday night thing (a riding / social event held on Wednesdays as announced, for those who don’t know).
This brings me to the triangle of advocacy, or something like that, which is applicable to sustainable mtb clubs, IMBA chapters, communities all around; but that is a post for another time…Â So yeah, I missed out on a part of our local mountain bike experience (scene) but I was doing what I do, fulfilling my role; whatâ€™s yours?Â It takes a village or so they say, plug in! Â Â -Ken
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