Matt Van Acker bringing us a look back on his trails adventures around the Chicago area last year. Every time I see something from there it reminds me that I really need to make it back out that way to check out the scene. I’m making it happen this year, so watch out Chicago, I’m coming for you!
This look into the thriving Chicago area trails scene comes to us courtesy of our friend Matt Van Acker. All I know is that it’s been way too long since I’ve been to Chicago, and this very well may have provided the motivation I needed to get back out there!
That fine looking new trail frame from Ketch is finally available. Designed and ridden by Steve Schwartz, it features a 21.15″ top tube, 74.25 degree head tube, 71 degree seat tube, 13.875″ – 14.25″ chain stays, and is made right here in the good ol’ US of A by LairdFrame. You can get your hands on one directly through the Ketch Store and check out more pictures after the jump.
Steve Schwartz is a Midwest legend, plain and simple. I’ve caught glimpses of his riding in videos for the last decade and a half but it wasn’t until recently that I actually had the chance to meet and ride with him in person. I can tell you that he’s as solid of a dude off of his bike as he is on. Here’s a look back at how his summer of 2014 went and a little peek at that fine new Ketch trail frame.
Here’s one that almost slipped through the cracks. Jump ahead to 02:13 to get straight to the dirt, dirt quarter that is. You’ll have to wait till 03:14 for Steve Schwartz and the rest of the Ketch krew to start kruising through the trails.