Return to basics: Rocky Mountain Blizzard restored

by Raymond Parker on August 20, 2012

in Adventure, Cycling, Technical

“On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We’re the best of friends.
Insisting that the world keep turning our way.”

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Rocky Restored

(click to enlarge)

In 1994, Rocky Mountain Bicycles were one of the sponsors that helped me realize my “Three Borders Tour” through Alaska, Yukon and the length of British Columbia.

Since that time, my Rocky Mountain Blizzard has been through several incarnations, as described at the preceding link.

Eighteen-years-later I am retracing part of that route by car, with my trusty Rocky mounted on a roof rack.

I made the photo above at last night’s campsite near Lac La Hache, where it provided trustworthy transportation through rugged territory, to the loo.

Last week, Max the master mechanic at Fairfield Bike Shop, in Victoria, returned the Blizzard to it’s original configuration: Shimano XT 7-speed, with simple, reliable, thumb-shifters.

All the other preparations for this trip (not to mention finishing a headset video for VeloGarage) left me no time to wrench my own bike. Thanks for the excellent work Max; everything is smooth as can be.

Even the short rides I’ve done so far are like reuniting with an old friend. This is the way this bike was meant to be. Speaking of old friends … Super Dave is also thrilled to be back in the driver’s seat, looking out from his viewpoint on the stem. Let’s go, Dave! Yukon here we come!

I’m not sure where I’ll find an Internet café after this (Quesnel), but I’ll update as soon as I do.

Laurie August 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Yeah Super Dave!! Where did you camp at Lac la Hache? I have a cousin who owns a campsite there somewhere. How is the TDI running? 1000 km out of a tank yet?

Raymond Parker August 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

We stayed at the provincial campsite, just off Hwy. 97. Laurie, with the roads we’ve been taking, not quite. Still not bad, though. Had to stop in Pr. George today to pull a rusty nail out of rear right tire. Otherwise all’s good.
After 2 nights “roughing it,” showers and washing at a motel tonight in Smithers.

Laurie August 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Oh , forgot, the Blizzard looks great!

Conor Ahern August 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

Back on the road again!

Raymond Parker August 21, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Ha, ha, you read my mind! Was going to use that as intro to this post (will update) but ran out of battery, yesterday.
Spent most of today flying over the territory you and I covered together in three days. Photos will follow.

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