This is the SONDORS X, their orginal fat tire mountain bike, which is more than enough the handle the gravel roads, off-road trails, and steep hills in our area (look out McGowen Rd!). This is a heavy duty hard tail, with the 4″ fat tires smoothing out the bumps. The controller and battery are well protected from water and mud in the SONDORS proprietary case, making it a great ride in any weather. The SONDORS X is $1300 at Zephyr E-Bikes, plus $200 with the Accessory Kit.
The Fold XS is the premium version of the Fold X, and is a beast of a machine, ready to hold a 300 pound person and still zip up any hill in southern Indiana. It sports a 750Watt continuous (1000Watt peak) motor, and a 14 Ah 48V battery, so the Fold XS can go the distance. With 4″ fat tires, a suspension fork and a suspension dropper seat, this e-bike smoothes out the bumps in the back country, or the potholes in the city streets! The hydraulic disk brakes with 180mm rotor offer best in class braking power for this heavy duty bike. The 20″ x 4″ tires allow both maneuverability and great traction, while allowing for more torque from the motor, so you have to be careful not to pull a wheelie when starting up!
- 48Volt, 750Watt motor
- Hydraulic 180mm brakes
- Adjustable air shocks
- Handle bar riser (accomodates taller riders)
- Exaform Dropper Seat
- Color LCD w/USB
- 14 Ah Battery
- Front hub with sealed bearings
This model is $1800 on the SONDORS website, but earliest delivery date is the end of June. So if you want one now, just let us know, our shop price is $1875, fully assembled and ready to go.
We have the accessory kit (rack, bag and fenders) on order, but it has not yet shipped, it is apparently on the same slow boat from China that the rest of the SONDORS e-bikes are on!
I love waterfalls, and take pictures of them when I find them on my rides. Northeast of Bloomington, Bean Blossom creek flows north to northwest until it flows into the West Fork of the White River. One Sunday, Jojo and rode along Bottom Road. Its about five miles of “flat” riding up to the intersection of Woodall Road. Woodland Road heads west off of Woodall, and rises out of the valley, and which intersects Barr Road. We took that back east, and it dropped into the valley, where to our suprise we found a dry waterfall with a large pool. It was quite interesting how the water was totally contained by large rocks, even though it was dry uphill and downhill from the site. My camera had a finger smudge, so my pictures aren’t that great, but I posted them anyhow.
We rode on Delap Road, which runs west and north along the ridge for a while, offering some great views of the Bean Blossom valley. We passed a farm with peacocks and llamas, very scenic in the early evening sunlight. Where Delap drops into the valley we found a cascade/waterfall, probably spring fed, as it was running strong, and had good growth of stream moss. We stopped to explore, and found that there were two parts, dropping about 15 feet total. This video should give you an idea of what if was like:
Waterfalls are special places, maybe it’s the ions, the water vapor, the sound, the whole experience is magical, waterfalls have a spirit, and each one is unique.
This waterfall runs most of the year, and is visible from Mt. Gilead Rd. The small branch that falls into Stephan’s Creek runs for about a half mile till it attains the Mt. Gilead Ridge. There are not that many waterfalls in Monroe county, I hope on visiting them all this year, but I don’t know where they all are. Let me know of any you are aware of, I would love to take a shower in each and everyone this summer.
An easy ride to the southwest side of town, the Leonard Springs Nature Park is a great getaway, and Jojo and I biked out there last weekend. The water was flowing really well, the waterfall below the springs was loud and proud. I think this is the best waterfall in the county, anyone know of others that are better?
On Saturday, Jojo and I went for a bike ride east of Bloomington, and while hiking in the Yellowwood forest found the motherload of bluebells (Mertensia virginica). Two weeks before we had ridden to Woodall Road where we had found them last year, but no luck, and a lot of hill climbing resulted. But this cool clear spring day we encountered a side valley that eventually rises to Scarce o’ Fat ridge.
All along the forested valley floor the bluebells were only plants visible, with an occasional buckeye sprout rising above the carpet of blue flowers and magenta buds. There was a dry branch running through the middle, and we walked up it a few hundred yards and sat on a log to admire the etheric glow of the bluebells. Right next to us I discovered a rare plant which did not turn blue once it flowered. (The bluebell buds are magenta when they appear, then as the flowers grow out of the buds, they morph to the a vibrant deep blue.) The pink bluebell seemed to be pretty rare, of the tens of thousands of flowers in the valley we saw only 2 pinks, and they were close together.
I’ve heard from others that this has been a good year for bluebells, they certainly did like this spring. They are perennials, but also spread from seed that is not easily dispersed. This means that they take over whole areas of a forested flood plain; here they were even beginning to climb the hillside, not their normal habitat.
|We walked up the dry branch into the Valley of the Bluebells | Flowers 2009|
|Bluebells morph from Magenta to Blue | Flowers 2009|
|Rare pink Virginia Bluebell | Flowers 2009|
|I’ve always found some phlox growing with a colony of bluebells | Flowers 2009|