Rainy Weekend

This is the Saturday group ride.

So after last week getting jabbed a bit for bailing on a Saturday group ride this happens. I was the only one to show this week. Lame. It pretty much was just as wet as last Saturday. Maybe a couple degrees cooler. I sometimes get concerned that I might be getting soft but this pretty much confirms that I am not.

So I’ll make a point to mention this to the guys next time someone gives me shit about bailing on bad weather. Ive earned a pass now.

Its Sunday right now. Such a crappy day out I came to the store to get a head start on my ordering. I still have not brought in my spring shipments but I’ve waited long enough. My inventory will double in the next week. Bikes included. I’ll have 3 people working at least 2 shifts putting bikes together. I’ll need to build at least 30 this week and 30 more next week. Its go time. My favorite time of the year for ordering.

In the fall you have to be careful what you bring in but in spring you pretty much cant make a mistake in ordering. There really is no accidentally ordering too much, I mean within reason. Ive done double orders in the fall and thats a big mistake. I forget I’ve ordered something and ordered it twice. Im old and forget things. But this time of year thats not a problem, you have all summer to sell them.

So thats what Im doing here on a rainy Sunday. Im like a kid in a candy store. Or more like a bike guy in a bike store. These orders are so big I sometimes sneak a thing or two in for me. Perk of the bike store gig.

Its Monday now. The rest of the day yesterday was a washout and on the couch. I binged on a mini series on Netflix. A solid six hours worth. That’s more TV that I watch in a week!

Ongoing rain the last three day has the trails socked and out of the question for a long, long time. Ive heard some talk about maybe heading south for a few days this April. Not sure if I could afford the time off when it’s busy but would love to.

With the solo ride Saturday I put in about 6 hours in the saddle last week. Not to bad. I was feeling much better on hour six than on hour one. Just need to keep it going.

I am ready to start ordering all the parts for the BMC. Some things are out of stock so its not going to be cut and dry. Thats a bummer. It’s going to be a one part at a time kind of build.

I like that.



Thursday 910am

This crappy picture is the US Joyce L Van Enkevort. The first ship I saw this spring sailing past. This ship is  a tug bolted to a barge. I saw this tug in Escanaba,MI when I drove home from Marquette late Feb. They had the tug disconnected from the barge which has its own name called Great Lakes Trader. Almost all tug and the barges they are bolted to have different names.

Here’s the same ship coming into port in Marquette in Aug 2015. Most of the time it hauls coal to smaller ports. Anyway, it seems the shipping season has started but its pretty slow until the Soo locks open up. Not sure when but soon.

Got in another 20 miles this morn. Twice now this week. I felt pretty good on the bike. Better anyway. Not that Im getting faster but a bit more comfortable. Tomorrow’s ride is in jeopardy as the weather dudes are calling for like 90% chance of rain. And mid 30’s for temps. Thats a bummer.

Another bummer is my BMC frame that came yesterday. I thought I was getting the red one and they sent me black. Yeah, another black bike. Only color available for demo.

Its not terrible but Im kinda tired of black bikes……

Another executive decision: It’s going Ultegra Di2. A nice bike like this needs hydro brakes. eTap hydro not available yet. Ultegra keeps the bike afordable later. Done and done. Ordering the parts starts Monday. Its still looking like ZIpp 404’s with a Zipp SL70 Aero handlebar.

Like Treks Madone, this has all wires and housing internal thru the headtube. It’s a very cool and clean look but quite a bit of work to assemble and set up correctly. Im sure it will look nice when done. It’s still March so I get to take my time to build it. I like that cuz I can make sure all the parts I want it on it and I dont have to substitute anything.

I hope I can ride in the morning… it looks like the next 4 days have rain in them. Have a good weekend.


BMC w\pics


So Monday I had a lot to say with no pics. Not today. Got some good shots this morn from the beach. It’s cold, like 20 degrees down from the near 40 at this time yesterday. In fact I did get a ride in yesterday. 20 miles before the store opened.

And like I mentioned yesterday Im getting the itch to ride a road bike. The 920 tour bike suffices early on but as more and more riders pull out their carbon road rockets and the rides get longer the 30+ pound bike get a little boring. Its time to get my summer road bike rolling. And thats just what I did.

Yesterday’s ride.

I havent said too much but Im bringing in a few BMC bikes. BMC is new(ish) to the States and they are allowing me to be a non stocking dealer. Which means I dont need to order 20k in bikes to sell them. In the past I’ve sold both Felt and Raleigh but their huge order requirements had me drop them. I like to sell another brand besides my main (Trek) but I can’t and won’t order 20k of bikes I dont want. So long story short, Im bringing 3 BMC road bikes in. Even tho BMC is not well known here they do have a huge Protour presence with the team based in the US.

So after a lot of thought I decided to ride a BMC Roadmachine 1. Im getting the red team frameset and going from there. One of the things I like to do is build my bikes. Its fun. originally I had my heart set on eTap but I just can’t get past not having hydro brakes. And since the eTap hydro won’t be out till later this summer its Di2. And thats not a bad second choice. To make the bike easier to sell later I’ll go with Ultegra. Like XT on the MTB Im always been a fan of one step off the top. It’s just as good to me and half the cost.

But one new twist this year is I hope to get my first set of Zipp wheels.I never rode a set. So Im thinking 404 Firecrest disk. I think that will look nice on that bike.


Anyway, I’ll talk more about the build when I get started. The frame is on the way and Im now getting all the parts documented. Should be a fun build.

So now we had something to talk about AND some pics. In fact here’s one more from this morn….


Im sure you will see a ton of the new bike in the next few weeks. In the back of my mind Im thinking 1 by 11. I’ll have to sleep on that a few more nights….


Spring Weekend

Typical spring weeknd. I woke up Saturday not wanting to do the group ride. It was snowing\rain\wet out. Roads were wet. And it was 35 degrees so the chance of a potential bad ride was high. I even sent out a email to the guy saying I was out. Then after some peer pressure I agreed to go.

It was not just the wet conditions that held me back but also lack of sleep. It’s crazy how when you get old things you do everyday go to hell. Like sleep. I woke at 3am and that was about it for me. At the time that I was to get up and get ready for the ride I was trying to go back to sleep. But I most likely would not so I got up and rode my bike.

It was a nice ride. And I knew that if I went I would have a good ride. I have the best fenders out of the group and thats a plus for most of the other guys as I was getting spray from their fenderless rear wheels. How rude.

It was a bike ride I was not going to do and Im glad I did it. God knows I need the saddle time.

Sunday was a lazy day but I knew that going in. I had some of the grandkids for a sleepover and my wife had something going on so she was out. The kids put me thru my paces and I knew I was not going to ride the next morn. Then after all the excitement I just spent the rest of the day on the couch. I might have had a small nap shoved in there somewhere.

This morn is pretty nice out. Almost sunny and temps in the 40’s for the first day of spring. A ride this morn would have been nice but I had work to do.

All the normal spring thoughts are going thru my head.

What road bike am I going to ride?: The weather will be nice enough to ride good road bikes soon.  I have no idea. Well, I do have a few ideas but have no idea which idea I will or can go with.

I think Im going to ride to the store more often this summer: I always say that this time of year. I never do. I should.

I should start looking at where Im going to tour this summer: Like thats going to happen. The last few years I was looking to tour up to Marquette. Around the lake is my bucket list ride but will take too long. I’ll settle for another ride up to Door County. I’ve done that twice.

Im going to lose weight and get back on my 10 hour a week ride schedule: This is one that I should do also. 10 hours of saddle time is not that much and I do have some weeks that I do, but just a couple. Never consistently.

There’s more but I can’t think of them.

One week ago today we got near 10 inches of snow. It’s all gone. All of it. Looking at the 10 day I see some temps below freezing at night but nothing like that during the day. It looks like all rain. No snow. At least none that sticks….

Im ready to push the go button on my spring bike order. Maybe later this week. Then its bike building full time for a few days…

I realized I have no picture with this post so I’ll throw in a random oldie but goodie.