Monthly Archives: September 2011

Mean Lake.

mean lake. 845am
Todays HP visit was a loud one. You would not believe how loud the lake was. Huge waves pushing 30 feet higher on the beach. Another crappy riding day. Too windy on the road and a all nite rain washed out the woods.  Today is the kind of day to try and work ahead in the store. Set up next weeks orders today to set up riding on Monday.
This weekend is the start of Wisco’s cross scene with a double header weekend on tap. I will show up at some point this weekend but want to make sure I get some riding in too.
Sunday looks like the best riding day so I will shoot for that.
At this point Im not even sure our Saturday morn group is still swinging on the road.  Many have switched to MTB’s with the race coming up in a week.
So Im on the fence as to what I want to ride this weekend.
Have a good weekend.


Cross Bikes Not Just For Racing.

Future home of the Sheboygan Company Classic.
You never know when one of the best rides of the summer hits. Yesterday I just jumped on the Cronus and rode 30 miles in and out of several city parks and even one State Park. (HP)
In the background of the pic above is the wide open spaces to be used in the first annual Sheboygan Bicycle Company Classic. Coming your way Oct 30th.
Bad karma.
After bombing around some city parks I did some singletrack at the local MTB course. Kinda a bit tougher to do with the Cronus as opposed to the Superfly.
I even visited the spot that I got pasted by a car last year. While the damn iPod was a factor, I still had it in my ears today but made sure I looked both ways when I hit the street.
All in all a great ride. 3+hours. 30 miles and various parks and points of interest visited. I made sure to do a few laps around every park I hit. Even a little bit of rain could not dampen my spirits. But I did notice I was not feeling as good as a few weeks ago on the bike. Its weird how fast you lose that feeling. With the Vegas week followed by my crappy week last week my bike riding was at a minimum the last two weeks but I did feel better the third hour today as opposed to the first. So as fast as the feeling leaves, it returns.

817am  Sun shining out there but not here.

Once again this morn its dark and rainy. I think the MTB ride tonite is in a bit of jeopardy due to the almost three days of rain. I know some people are riding it but I dont when its wet. Especially when our MTB race in is two weeks. Todays HP visit was a short one. Its been well over a week since I saw the otters and believe they have moved on to their winter spot, wherever that is. Bummer. I was hoping they would stay.
At least I did get one pic.

Since Im thinking of ditching the MTB ride I might just get another epic cross ride in.
Or both.


Gloomy Ride


Still gloomy out. Still drizzle on and off since Sunday. Its amazing (it least to me) how lack of sun hits me like a two ton heavy thing. Im feeling a little poopy today.

Soon I will turn my frown upside down as I just put the Eastons cross wheels on the Cronus and I plan on going for a long one.

They are tubulars so I get a little nervous about getting a flat but I bring some Tufo sealant along. Its kinda like stans. You have to screw off the valve core (its got a little thinige for that) and its in a little bottle that you use to squirt it in tire. Then spin and inflate.

Today on my HP visit I noticed some trees now turning color. Its crazy how fast time passes. My Grandma used to say that when you get old days go slow and years go fast. I kinda feel that way now. Im old. But we are still on the front side of fall and its truly game on right now. Need to get out and do stuff. There’s still a lot of bike riding to do. With a heavy emphasis on MTB. As soon as it drys out tho. So Im minutes away from the cross bike…….

And I just remembered I dont have any cold weather riding stuff here at the store. Bummer. All my warmers and vests are still home in my basement from spring. 
Hopefully washed before I store them. But no guarantee’s on that.


USGP Weekend

Day 2. Mud.
Driveline destroyed.
These guys had it figured out.

This past weekend I had the USGP on the back of my mind but was going to try and ride at home both days instead. But it was an option I oped for both days. Saturday had some good racing going on. Sunday was a mudfest.

The course was way fast Saturday.  Sunday was another story as the rains moved in early morn and have not stopped yet as of Monday morn. I really don’t like racing in mud. And Im not a big fan of watching a mud race either. Its just not real bike racing. Yes, I understand the element and for sure some riders are better in it than others.
But really, after you see a few riders slip and fall on their ass, the other 40 times it happens is kinda boring. Even in cross racing, if you gatta run with the bike just to get around it no longer looks and feels like a bike race.  And what is going to happen to that park? It is trashed. Its going to cost a lot of money to put the grass back. Im sure these big events have a game plan for such a thing.

So it was no riding this weekend for me. Just a lot of standing and watching. Almost 500 miles of driving to and from. And eating and drinking. Very expensive weekend. 
Wished it was two days of riding instead. But I’ll take it as these riders are not around too often.
Today its dark and gloomy but not gloomy enough to put a dent in my HP visit.  In fact days like today Im almost guaranteed of having some alone time there. And really, thats what this time is for anyway. Today the strong east wind is making the lake very loud. I remember leaving my bedroom window open just a bit even on the coldest nite,  just to listen while I fell asleep.

With last week being kinda crappy for me, I pretty much pushed off all my duties at the store. And today I am going to pay for that. Going to be a busy few days for me. I really hope the rain stops so I can ride a bit. I really could use a few miles soon.
And with the two days of steady rain it looks like not on the MTB.