Weekend\No Ride

Yet another weekend without a ride. Fog and rain. And cold. Woke up to 39 degrees on Sunday morn. My clothing for that is all put away and Im not getting it out.

But what being stubborn has got me is another step in the wrong direction. Bike fitness (or any fitness for that matter) has at critical mass. Every week I post on how bad I am on the bike. And the next week it’s even worse.

It’s all on me. I need to make the time. But with the store rocking its hard. My windows to ride are small and if the weather does not cooperate I’m screwed. Saturday morn was cold and rain and fog. Sunday I brought the Checkpoint home to ride and it was just too damn cold. I cut my grass around noon on Sunday and froze. I just did not feel like digging out all the thermal stuff. Its 10 days till June.  April and May in Wisconsin if you live along Lake Michigan is the worst time of year. Speaking of…


A visit to the park Sunday morn. The lake’s water level is off the hook. This is the boardwalk used to access the beach. 5 years ago the water was 30 feet away. Last year is was maybe 15. Look at this year. Crazy. I have pictures of us riding the beach in winter with the waterline 30 yards out. Global warming? Melting ice caps? Who knows. I remember back in the 80’s it was up too but I don’t think this high. I remember riding three wheelers on the beach back in that day.


When its windy (and it was) the gulls like to play. Here an Eagle has joined them soaring around in the wind currents. He looked clumsy compared to the gulls.

On to new business. My MTB is set to ship this week. Its shipped as a demo so it does not get shipped with other bikes. I’m sure there’s a bit more paperwork with that. It shows ready to ship but needs to be released. Next couple days. I hope soon tho. I need to get my first ride in the woods soon. Next week is a Holiday weekend and I hope to at least have some sort of road trip, even if it’s just a day. Two days off in a row!

When the bike gets here I have some work to do on it. I have a carbon wheelset coming for it. And I have to decide what tires to run. I’ll figure that out today and get them ordered. Again, 2.4in minimum. This will be my first summer in 5 years that I will not be on 29+ so I’ll try to get as close as I can.

My next chance to ride actually looks like tomorrow. And I’m also setting things up to commute to work soon. Need to get my lights and stuff figured out for that. That would help me in the fitness category. Would help me catch up anyway.

That’s about it for today.


MTB Ahoy

So yesterday I went to ride my BMC with a couple others around noon. First off, its damn cold again. Middle of May and damn near in the 40,s. I almost did not have enough clothing along with me.

Anyway, we take off from the store and my bike does not shift at all. Di2. I check the battery level and I cant even get a reading. Completely dead. I quick checked the battery connection which was good and at that point had to grab the Checkpoint which was not the best with every other on road bikes. I did have a good hour and a half ride but all I could think about is that Di2. I kept thinking I will have to go thru all the connections which would entail pulling the crank to get at the B junction. And when I would find the time to do so.

So I get back from my ride and plugged in the battery charger and it started taking a charge. And worked again. This is now the third time this has happened to me with Di2.

All fixed.

The battery gets so drained that it does not even register. Completely empty. After a charge its good to go. Why and how did it get so drained? I don’t know. I showed a full charge last time I used it.

One theory is that when I lean the bike on something maybe the bars turn a bit to hit a button and stays that way all nite? Draining the battery? Again, this happened to me three times now. Its a mystery.

So I was reminded on how much slower I am on the Checkpoint. And thats OK. Im considering maybe a smaller tire on it. Its cool to have the 29ers on but maybe I’ll go to something like a 42c. The 1.9’s on there now are pretty light tho. And roll good. So I most likely will keep them. It’s just too bad I didnt get to go north to ride gravel a week ago. Its what I got the bike for.


So hell froze over. I put my order in for the MTB. I got a 2018 Fuel EX 9.8. Its a nice bike thats spec’d about the same as my Farley EX last year. NX Eagle drive. It should ship Monday.

On its way.

I still have the Eagle XX cassette and chain from my fatbike. Also that gold oval ring and will throw that stuff on it. I’ll ditch the dropperpost for now. I sure could have used it last fall out west but for around here its useless. But I will keep it this time. Wait, there more….

Ive also ordered these wheels.

Carbon is good.

That should put the bike sub 27 pounds. I have not decided on what tire to run yet. It comes with a pretty aggressive 2.4 and I don’t want to go smaller than that. In fact I have a set of 2.6’s here in store to use if I want. But those tires are made for enduros and downhilling and such. Here in Wisco I just dont need all that tread. Im looking for a lighter faster rolling tire and dont want to go under 2.4. The 2.6’s I have in store are like 900 grams. Thats close to a fat bike tire and heavier than the 29+ tires I ran last year. Now that Im older and not so racy I really dont care about weight as much the ride. But wheel\tire weight is a bigger deal.

Anyway, that stuff is on its way and I will for sure hit my date of a MTB by Memorial day.

I hope to ride a little this weekend. You should too.


Mid Week Report

I have nothing to say today. At least I think I dont.

A few weeks ago I talked about the comeback. How it started earlier this month when I rode four days in a row. And I started feeling better on the bike. Since then, about three weeks ago, I’ve been on a bike maybe three times. Always I have good intentions but they just never seem to pan out. Once again I am at my all time low on the bike. To the point that I pretty much have to ride alone. Not able to ride without holding everyone else back. That’s got to change soon. And Im the only one that can do that.

The store is busy. Summer is finally here and the repairs are overflowing. Really, there’s not a lot of riding time until thats under control. It helps in that respect getting here at 7am.

The weather is amazing. Today I need to take some time and hang out in the park but Im alone most of the day on Wednesdays.

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Im a bit nervous sitting here in the middle of May without a MTB. It just feels weird. I’ll get one coming soon for sure. I keep saying that. And what I usually say is Im not sure which one to get. Im so wishy washy that way but really it will come down to what’s in stock when I want one.

Just so this was not a complete waste of your time I will show you a new Bontrager helmet I just love.


Bontragers Rally MTB helmet has a new system to hard mount a light or camera on it. It’s called the Blender system and its a GoPro style mount that attaches magnetically. I’ve been night riding for years and have always hated the strapped on lights on my helmet. Lately some have been using a hard mount that screws on and thats cool too but to be able to take it one and off by hand is the best. It just fits in a slot on one side and a magnet on the other. Take it off and you can’t tell from a normal helmet. Very cool. The new Circuit road helmet has this too. This one’s mine and of course its MIPS.

So thats it for today. I hope to ride tomorrow but I know how that has been going lately.


OK With It.

This weekend was not one for the books but Im OK with it. More on that later. But first this.

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Crazy stuff!

So yesterday I was pumped to just take a ride to the park like I used to do everyday since the store was closed for Sunday.  As I cruised along the lake I saw what I thought was a ship way out there. I could not make it out but took this pic. I looked on the radar and saw no ships in the area. I thought that was weird.  I get to the computer this morn and see this. I have no idea what I’m looking at. But it was out there. Some kind of reflection thing? I had no idea. Then, a buddy sent me this. Its pretty awesome I now have some pics of that! So rare!

So Saturday I woke to 38 degrees. I really needed to ride so I had to go back into the basement to get some thermal stuff back out. I hate doing that. Anyway, I rode the Checkpoint knowing I was not going on the group ride but rode the 4 miles over to meet them. I was the first there and thought it was going to be a no show but 3 others finally rode up. After talking about how wimpey the others were, I mean, it was like 43 degrees by then. The three took off and I took the long way home adding some urban assault with the big tire’d bike. It was a nice ride. Sometime I like to just tool around. About an hour ride and got back in good time to open the store.

It was a no go.

Sunday was another story. Brought the road bike home as the woods are for sure too wet. After my drive to the park I got home around noon and took the bike off the car, aired up the tires and got it ready to ride. I was looking for something at least 30 miles. So I went inside to eat a little lunch, got my clothes all lined up and was going to wait a bit to let the temps ride maybe 5 more degrees. Then sat down on the couch. And took a nap. Long story short I put everything back and didnt ride. At first I was a bit upset with myself but then I just thought how often to I get to just hang and relax at home. So I grabbed a wine cooler and watched the Tour of Cali on my computer out on the patio. And just kicked back. It was very pleasant and Im glad I ditched the ride to relax a bit. I almost never get to do that.

Today at the store I start true “summer” hours. Since I get here early I get about three hours off in the middle of the day. About 11 to  2. This will be my time. To ride or just head over and have lunch in my favorite park. Will see how that works.

So it was a uneventful\eventful weekend. What I lost in bike rides I gained in phenomenon.

But I hope to ride a bit this week now with my new found time in the middle of the day. I still have yet to ride in dirt. And most likely will be with the Checkpoint if I do soon. But it will be another week before everything drys out. And thats if it doesn’t rain. And it looks like it will. Patience.