Friday Report

Not a lot to report. I have not gotten on a bike since Hayway, been busy catching up in the store. With the 4 or so inches of snow we got Wednesday I’ve been busy waxing ski’s and boards. This morning I went out to our local State Park where I groom the ski trails and ran the snowmobile around to help set a base. The park does not have a roller so just laps on the snowmobile is the poor mans roller. So thats done. Should help with the next snow.

Today Ive got a bike to build and some ski’s to wax along with scraping and brushing out all the rental ski’s. Lots of work to do today and tomorrow.

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I will get a ride in tomorrow morn. Just not sure what kind of ride. The snow is too deep in the woods for the cross bikes and maybe the MTB’s. Not everyone has a fat bike (as crazy as that sounds) and the roads might be crappy too. I’ll ride the fat bike. But riding a fat bike on a slushy road without a fender is a disaster. Sunday will for sure be fat bikes in the woods.

I quick mention that I was pumped to be able to ride the full rigid Fat bike on trails that it was intended. If you read back a few days I was a bit concerned about ditching the full suspension Farley EX for the Borealis full ridgid. Sure, the bike was a full 10 pounds lighter but at my age the suspension is much needed. The few rides in the woods with the rigid bike was not favorable to me. It was rough on me at the start.

But last weekend I was on the type of trails that this bike is intended and that was nice. Smooth and snowy. I did not have to lug around the 10 pounds of suspension and as long as we have snow trails Im good to go. I’ve already rode on more snow trails on Dec 15th than all of last year. That’s promising I guess.

Another new thing to me is the bigger tire. In the past Ive always ran a 3.8. I just like the way it handled. Even tho Im a big guy I just never went for the big tires. It did hurt me a few times with the less float but just a couple times. Last year I had no problem with the lack of winter.

This year Im on the 4.5 Bontys and at first on the dirt I did not like them. I could feel a little counter steer if the pressure was down to smooth out the bumps.  But last weekend was the first on snow with a bigger tire and it seemed to be better. Better on snow. So another direction I went with me not being too sure turned out good. Now we have snow here. Its not real deep but its snow and I hope the bigger tire works for me. Im sure it will.

That’s about it today. Better get to work.

DLD

 

HAYWARD TRIP w|SNOW

Just back from Hayward. Actually, we spent more time in Cable and Seeley,WI than Hayward so I dont know why I call it Hayward. I guess its the biggest town there.

After getting up at 5am Saturday for the bike swap I did it again on Sunday. On the road by 6am. An uneventful 5 1\2 hour drive and thats a good thing.

After eating lunch at Sawmill in Seeley we got dressed for a afternoon ride. We decided to ride the Hatchery trails which are the pretty much the closest to Hayward. The locals said those were in the best shape.

With the snow they got a week ago Monday almost all their resources were being used to clean up all the downed trees from the heavy snow.

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Sunday

Here’s a pic of one of the many groomers they have. You can see how all the small trees are bent over from the weight of the ice\snow. It was like this everywhere. Very pretty to ride in. But they just did not have the time to properly groom things.

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Sunday

Here’s a pic from Sunday. The woods was amazing to ride in. The snow was soft but rideable. We all took our turns slipping out and hitting the deck. Me more that others. It was slow going but still quite fun and your head was on a swivel with the scenery.

You could see every 50 yards or so where they chainsawed out the fallen trees. There was a lot of them. On Sunday and Monday we rode on trails that only had one pass on them with a groomer. And the temps were in the upper 20’s which is warm there. So the trails were soft pretty much anywhere. In fact. one of the best trails we rode on was the snowshoe trails in Cable. Called the city trails. Pretty much right in town and only a few miles long, We rode those on Monday, Along with a few miles of fire roads. The riding was not perfect but then again its a snow sport. If you wait to ride when the conditions are perfect you will never ride.

On Monday we got news the groomers were out in force. With the temps near 30 some moisture snuck back in the snow. Then, overnight it was going to plummet. Pretty much the best scenario for setting up fresh groom. So we turned in for the nite hoping Tuesday morning was going to be a great ride and we were not disappointed.

We woke and had breakfast at Sawmill and it was 4 degrees at 8am. We headed back to the Mosquito Brook\Hatchery trail as we knew for sure they were groomed last nite.

Up there everyone has a groomer. Everyone has laid claim to a specific part of the trail. There are Rokons everywhere. Besides CAMBA who does quite a few miles of trails some of the local business owners have their own equipment. Be it a small snowmobile like in the pic above or a Rokon. The local bike store does some grooming. A restaurant owner up in Cable does some. It’s crazy how many machines hit the trails on any given day. With the trails finally cleared Im sure a ton out out up there today (Wednesday). So we waited until the Hatchery trails were groomed a second time.

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Tuesday. This is a Rokon groom.

And we were rewarded with some super firm and fast groomed trails. It’s too bad we did not have this all weekend but we were happy to get some before we had to leave. This is the stuff I gave up my full suspension Farely EX for. This is the stuff that I talk about. Rock hard flowy and fast. Amazing riding. I hope to get a lot more of this. We have another trip planned after the Holidays. And also some snow to hit here at home today. So fingers crossed. Maybe we will get some winter after all.

All in all a great visit to the great white north. Here’s to many more. Maybe I’ll live up there someday.

DLD

End of Week Report

Really nothing to say today. It will be a busy day packing two cars for the Milwaukee Bike Swap tomorrow. I usually hate doing things like this. It sometimes seems counter productive being out of the store a full Saturday. And its a lot of work to pack up, get up before its light. drive the hour+ and unload. Sell as much stuff as you can for pennies on the dollar, pack it all up and drive the hour+ home. Unload and if its a bad day put all the stuff back. I just dont know why I do this. But I do.

Then, throw the Hayward trip on top. So when I get back to the store late Saturday afternoon not only do I have to unload the car, but load it up again for Hayward. So I’ll need to have all that stuff in a row before I leave today. I’ll leave for the bike swap about 6am, and the Sunday leave for Hayward also at 6am. And Saturday nite throw in my granddaughter’s birthday. So soon I will start packing and it seems things will run right into each other all weekend long. One after another. The key is good planning.

So we will be in Hayward Sunday thru Tuesday afternoon with a good sized ride each day starting with Sunday afternoon and ending with Tuesday morn. The temps do not seem too cold. The coldest ride will be Tuesday morn in the single digits. The other three look to be in the teens or even twenties. Its going to be a big weekend up there. Its the first weekend with groomed trails both ski and bike. I know the skiers are heading up there in droves.24862237_10155239977206173_8309508846297410522_n

Here’s a pic from Wednesday. The Birkie crew really does work almost 24 hours a day. This looks like a shift change. Its crazy to think that 5 days a go it was bare ground.

We are set to receive our first dusting of snow. Maybe 2 inches tonite. Its a start anyway. The ground is plenty froze so it will all stick.

So thats about it. Next post maybe next Wednesday. Im not taking a laptop with me. This will be a kinda off the grid mini vacation. I should have some pics and stories to tell about the great white north when I get back.  Have a good weekend, get outside! Or as the new kids say..   #optoutside

DLD

Mid Week Report

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Took a walk on the frozen beach this morn. It was near perfect for a beach ride. I had errands to run today but tomorrow I will grab the bike and head there post haste. I hope it’s as good as this morn. Conditions can change pretty quickly.

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So yesterday before the nite ride I attached my gold chain ring. It may seem I go over the top with this stuff but it keeps me going during the day. Also I had my totally pro Garmin\light mount going on. Very clean. Very cool. I was the talk of the nite ride.

Now, I usually would not point this out but its a funny story. Look at the pic of the chainring. Look closer. Look at the crank arms. Yes, I attached the non drive side not straight. The funny thing is that I did not know until I unloaded it at the nite ride and tried to ride it. Its that moment when you try to pedal it and cant and dont know why. That was a strange feeling. Anyway. I guess you had to be there. Grabbed a number 8 allen and fixed it real quick in the parking lot.

Let’s talk about my Hayward trip that I announces canceled on Monday. Well, since then they have gotten 9 inches of snow. 6 to 7 Monday nite and another 3ish last nite. Its game on. We leave Sunday morn at 6am. Will get a Sunday aft ride in, the maybe two rides on Monday and a quickie Tuesday morn, leave for home at noon. Get back around 6pm to hit up the Tuesday nite ride. How crazy will Tuesday be? Ride the groomed snow trails of Hayward\Cable and then be back riding the frozen tundra back home on the same day.

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photo courtesy of Jeff Tumbleson

Here’s a pic of this (Wednesday) morning up there. You can see the plowed snow from Monday nite, with Tuesday’s nits snow on top. 2 days ago it was bare ground.

Now Im set to head up there and Im pumped. Remember, all of last year I was on groomed snow trails just once up in Marquette. So its been awhile since I had a nice groomed trail to ride on. Even if the trails dont get groom Im sure a ton of bikes will be on them Saturday for us to start riding on Sunday. Im excited.

Its going to be a busy next few days as Im heading to Milwaukee for a big bike swap on Saturday, then quickly driving home to attend my granddaughter’s birthday party Saturday nite, the leaving for Hayward Sunday morn. I’ll know more by Friday’s post.

Id better get to work.

DLD