Winter Riding Go

I went ahead with my plan to take the carbon rims off the pink winter bike. Threw on a old set of Reynolds someone had laying around. Now when I hit the brakes the bike acually stops. Much more braking power. And maybe not now needed.

We are all set to hit the beach Saturday morn on the group ride. I hope the 40c tires are big enough to hold me up on the sand. If its frozen there is not a issue but the sun can soften up the sand even on the coldest day and that spells trouble for me. I lot of guys are on old (or newer) MTB’s and can run bigger tires. I dont have a MTB so its the 40c tire of the pink bike or the fatbike. Which would be bad too as the 70% of the ride will still be road. So I take the bike that helps me for 70% of the ride for sure and take a chance on the beach.

If I need more float then I just gotta bite the bullet and prepare my 920 for winter use. With 29 by 2.0’s

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This morn (Friday) I did a beach ride with a few others. We have only 5 miles of open beach before we lose it to high water and rocks. But its 5 more miles than last year so I wont complain. Its enough for a quick ride in the morning before work.

We will be on the same beach tomorrow morn and as I type this I am considering the 920 with the MTB tires. The beach was plenty froze but had a couple inches of dry sand on top. I might struggle with the cross bike. But then it could be completely different tomorrow morn. I’ll have to make a executive decision on what bike to use this winter. When I built the pink bike I was aware that the beach was going to be ridable. The high water line has kept us off two years now. But even with the 5 miles of available beach that kinda changes things and tell me to prep the 920.

Ive got a few sets of ski’s to wax today. If I get those done in time maybe I will work on that  bike.

The talk of the town is the impending snow the weather dude say is coming. 4 to 8 is the prediction here. I’ll believe it when I see it. The 10 day outlook shows three separate systems coming thru. We could be skiing after that. I hope so.

Have a good weekend.

PS: We saw the eagle this morn and I didn’t take a picture of it. It was hard to resist tho.

DLD

Departure

As fast as winter arrived it has left. For Tuesday anyway. 40 degrees this morn and any snow we had is gone but we knew that would happen. Must be patient.

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Tuesday 845am

Another eagle in the eagle tree Tuesday morn. Or is it the same one? He\she kept his\her head down as the winds were gusting maybe 25mph here.  Anyway, thats 3 times in just over a week in the same tree. I’ll stop with the eagle pics tho….

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Random pic of rays of light over the lake. Between that and the eagle its all I could find today. I decided not to do the Tuesday nite ride tonite. Standing water all over the place says its too muddy. It will be froze by this time tomorrow. I can wait.

Woke up this morn (Wednesday) to 21 degrees. Looks like its  going to stay below the freezing mark for the next 10 days. Ground should be frozen by now.

I havent posted much about ships lately. They just have not been on my side of the lake as much. Not sure why. But today I got a treat.

The Virginiaborg from the Netherlands came by so close you could see people on the ship with the naked eye. Almost seemed too close. Heading to Chicago this morn. Only the second time I caught a Federal ship passing by. You can tell it came from across the ocean by the escape pod on the back. Of course Great Lakes ships do not have them. I followed it for almost 45 minutes before work today.

Speaking of work, have had a good spell of ski’s heading out the door. And its going to snow Sunday so Im going over my winter inventory today to fill some holes. Its go time in that respect. And I like waxing ski’s. It’s fun.

Like I said, I skipped the Tuesday nite ride and now Im skipping the Thursday nite ride also. I’ll be attending a meeting with the local bike club about winter grooming the bike trails. The club has purchased a Rokon and has plans to groom both our local park here in town and the State trails we ride on too. I hope all go’s well with that.

I am planning on a Friday morn beach ride with a few guys. Also it looks like the Saturday morn group ride might be on the beach a bit also. The real winter riding has just started. Im just happy there’s no more mud.

DLD

Arrival

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Winter has finally arrived here. Sunday it snowed. To the point that grass is covered and everything is white(ish). Not a big deal but its a start. Today and tomorrow will be in the upper 30’s but from then on out it looks like lows in the teens and highs in the 20’s.

Really what we need more than snow is the ground to freeze. And its not even close yet. But it looks hopeful as the light snow we have will melt a bit during the day and freeze at nite. Then in a few days it will be cold enough to freeze it pretty good. Then bring on the snow as every flake will then count.

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Saturday morn.

We had a pretty good Saturday group ride. One of the stronger riders in the group brought his fatbike and proceeded to pull us at 22mph pretty much all day. Thats nuts. No way could I do that. He rode me off his wheel and I had a cross bike with 80 pounds of pressure in the tires. But really a lot of guys in the group could not pull that off. Huge respect to the fat bike guy.

So now that winter is here several things will happen. One) I will take off my 29+ wheels and sell them. Putting on the stock carbon Wampa’s with 4in tires. Like driving around with my ski poles in the car rack, the switching of fat bike wheels is a landmark day in my store. Signaling that I have in fact, recognized that winter has started.

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Switcheroo.

And two) I will take off the hitch rack off my car and from now on put the bike on the roof. I saw a county plow out this morn and had salt in the bed, so now that there’s salt on the road, or salt on the road real soon so the bike it now hauled up on the roof and out of the way of winter road crap.

And so now Im in full winter mode so bring it on.

Looking at the 10 day we do have some snow chances coming up. Nothing crazy but its a start. Would be nice to have frozen ground and a few inches already when that big one might come.

Im already looking into the future for fat bike weekends. Jan 22nd is an event in Hayward. Just a week later on Jan 28th there’s a event in Marquette. Im pretty sure I cant do both. But how cool would it be to go the Hayward for a few days and then drive straight to Marquette for a few days. That would be quite a week. And not reality.

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Hitch rack comes off.

I will plan on the Tuesday nite ride this week but the Thursday nite ride is iffy. But I might want to go if the ground is froze making the trails super fast. Maybe even a little snow to crunch on. Tomorrow’s high temp of almost 40 might make the trails a bit muddy and in that case I’ll pass and wait till Thursday to ride.

Also when winter weather arrives any morning rides I do will now be MTB and not road (cross) for the most part. A cold morning now might call for a beach ride. I can’t wait.

Some say fall riding may be the best but winter riding gives fall riding a run for its money in my book.

Bring it on.

DLD

TGIF

Its time for the Friday post and I can’t think of anything to say. So I’ll start with a funny pic and then a funny story. First, I got this text app that lets me send and receive texts on my computer. I like it as I hate typing on my phone. This app also comes with this weird photoshop thingie. So, since I have the time, I do stuff like this… moving on…

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So last nite I did the Thursday nite ride. After the extra help showed up at the store I went in the bathroom and changed into my riding clothes and left about two hours early.

This morning I get to the store and open. About a hour later I hit the bathroom only to find my underwear on the floor. Forgotten when I changed last nite. So the store was open two hours last nite and a hour this morn with my undies on the bathroom floor. I know nobody went in there today but the last two hours last nite is unknown. Talk about creepy if someone used it yesterday.

The Thursday nite ride was OK. A little wet which made things a bit more white knuckle and slower. That makes it harder for me as I cant build up momentum when I need it. So the climbs were a bit harder and I sure felt it. But still fun to get out. The ground was mushy and Im looking forward to some super fast frozen ground rides. Soon one would think.

On Wednesdays post…. Im going to borrow a aluminum wheelset from someone to use. That will help a ton with my braking power issue.

I’ll give it a test tomorrow on the group ride. Its going to be the coldest one yet at around 30 degrees. Which is fine by me. Last nite the temp at ride time was upper 30’s and I again over dressed. I just dont have the correct clothing for the upper 30’s or around 40 degrees.

I seem to have a gap in those temps. Either I gatta overdress or underdress. I usually choose over. And like last nite, sweated off a few pounds. And then get so cold when Im done being so wet. Not a lot of fun. But a road ride at 30 degrees will be just fine if I dress than same as I did last nite.

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Ski poles on car. 24\7

Looking at the 10 day, next Wednesday is the first day of winter showing up. Lows in the teens, highs in the 20’s. Chance of snow. I can’t wait. And winter weather is coming cuz I put my ski rack on the car. And even threw my poles on it. Signaling to the snow Gods its go time. Next up is taking the 29+ off the Farley and putting the fat tires on. I’ll do that this weekend. Then…. things will get wintery for sure!

So thats about it. For me, group ride on Saturday, Sunday on the MTB. That’s the plan every weekend ongoing. Have a good weekend and get outside.

DLD