Monthly Archives: October 2012


10am. Lake is a bit calmer
Pinky is once again retired.
So today is Long Ride Wednesday (LRW). But not real long today as I have hired help coming in late today so I can take the grandkids out for Halloween later.  But I did get in an hour and a half.
It was the maiden voyage on a cross bike I built out of boredom. Yup, it a cheap, low(er) quality Origin8 frame.
I really wanted a carbon cross bike with discs and since Treks stuff is at least a year out I thought I would give this off brand a try. Its distributed by J&B and my rep stops in a lot so he put one on backorder and I waited.

The frame arrived last week and I had planned on putting an old Force driveline I have laying around (its for sale) but decided to once again strip Pinky of its new Apex. I had to also buy wheels and brakes. Other than that it was the ol’ switcheroo……

So…. this is a carbon frame. Is it as nice as a Trek Cronus? No way. It weighs a ton. The complete bike is 21 pounds. Pretty sure Pinky was a pound lighter and she’s aluminum. But not disc. Anyway, the quality is down, the weight is up but the ride seems carbon frame smooth. And its less than half the cost than a name brand. Im not looking to stock this bike. Just thought since Im waiting for it to snow and the pending ski season I could build up something different. And it is cross bike season.

I will once again praise the Easton wheels. EA90XD disc tubeless ready( I put tubes in since I run 80 pounds of air). 1600 and change grams. Thats not bad for a aluminum disc road wheel. At retail, the wheels pretty much cost more than the rest of the bike. Almost.The brakes are the standard BB7 roads. Driveline is Apex compact. I have Apex both on this bike and my touring bike and have never had a problem. And its not expensive.

I love maiden voyages on new bikes. I get to do it a lot. I bring a tool along to tweek the cockpit a bit ( I know what I just said). And then I ride with all my senses on alert. Since the driveline has been tried and true, I look for other things. Mostly handling and ride. In that respect its a thumbs up. No toe overlap from the front wheel. I did notice better acceleration from the stiffer frame and yet less vibration from the road from the carbon. All in all its not a bike I would race but an awesome bike for our fall\winter group rides. So with taking in consideration the lesser cost for this carbon bike, its a thumbs up on this build.
So… this is what I will ride into the winter. Pinky will be retired back into the laboratory only to come out some other crazy configuration. Im thinking single speed.


So todays deal is the storm. Somehow that storm way over there is causing the lake to generate huge waves. Here’s what it looked like this morn. And predicted to get bigger.
No damage or anything. Just cool to look at..

Another thing I saw last nite was what is called a lunar halo around the moon. It was very bright and looked very much like this.

That was a first for me.

So today I will finish a build of a new cross bike. Its a Origin8. Yeah, I know. I cheep knock off bike. Its a full carbon, disc brake only bike so I thought it would be cool for the Saturday group rides until the beach freezes. The best deal on the build is the easton CX disc wheels. Really like them. Pics to come soon. Most likely on the LRW ride in the morning. That will be the maiden voyage. I put it together so Im sure something will fall off..

And with this bike, Pinky once again gets stripped and retired back to the basement. Waiting to get the call up some other day.

Tomorrows ride will happen, regardless of the weather. However the length may be adjusted as needed.



Today I did not get out of my car at the HP. It was 31 degrees and I left all my coats at the store. I hate when I do that.

So looking out the window of a warm car had to do it today.

I did get a couple rides in  this weekend. I did the Saturday morning Breakfast Ride (SMBR) since Im on a cross bike and everyone else is on a MTB. Still, I’m riding with pretty much the fastest guy in a 20 miles radius so I still suffered.

But that a good thing as I almost never push myself to that point. I’ll make plans to do as many of those as I can. That was about two and a half hours.
Sunday I waited a few hours later in the morn to ride. I’ll do that as the temps start pretty could but jump up near noon when the sun is out. Headed out with Steve D going west.
Strangely, about 20 min in I popped a spoke. I almost never do that. Not sure why this one popped as it was non drive side. It happens I guess.
Then, about 10 minutes later the bearings in one of my Eggbeaters pretty much fall out of the pedal (in pieces).  That one I was waiting for as I use those particular pedals in winter. On the beach too. So I have been digging sand out of those for three years. It was just weird how those 2 fails came within minutes of each other. Good thing I own a bike shop I guess.
So Sundays ride was cut short a bit but still got almost an hour and a half then too.

The last seven days have been better for me as far as saddle time. Almost ten hours. I hope to keep that up.
So I went to see the Doc Friday and things are better than I thought. Vital signs were better than I was lead to believe and any suspicions of poor health were dashed with some testing.
However, after talking to Doc about my weight he highly suggested I try Weight Watchers. Really I get plenty of exercise so in his opinion that leaves most of the blame on food intake. And sure, I could eat less but its not always how much but what.
Looking at my history he also suggested to cut out all wheat and try to go gluten free.
Thats based on my crappy metabolism. I knew it was pretty much non existent.

So its Weight Watchers online for me. I join today and hope to have things rolling better in the food dept by weeks end….. And so with that it begins.


later yesterday
Not much to say today. Colder temps have settled in. Will have do a clothing inventory before the group ride tomorrow. About 32 degrees at ride time predicted.
But sunny so its all good. No rain in the 5 day. Its a miracle.

The Saturday morning group ride has morphed into winter mode last week so its all MTB and cross bikes. I ride a cross bike until the beach freezes, then Im most likely on the disc Trucker due to the 26 in wheels and the ability to run MTB tire. I’ll run 2.0’s.

But until that day the ride is a little bit of woods and mostly road so cross bikes rule. And out of 20 riders only four or so have cross so Im able to stay in the game better with the cross road advantage.
I think I only did four or five summer road group rides but now I’ll be there every Saturday. Or as much as work lets me. The meeting place changes and its only a 15 min ride from the store so its easier for me to do…

I’ll ride Sunday too. Just not sure when. I’ll shoot for 5 hours this weekend.
There…. I set a goal. Now I have to deal with it.

Have a good weekend.