Monthly Archives: November 2012

Another awesome phone pic. From file.

And here we are with another impending weekend. One I hope is filled with riding. The usual Saturday group ride. And the impending voyage on my demo 9zero7.

Just finished it yesterday. It weights in at just under 29 pounds without peddles. Its going to be way faster than my Moonlander in the woods. We’ll see how the float is in the sand. And Im pretty sure Im not going to ride it in the lake.

So my job is to ride this bike this weekend. Its what I get paid to do. And you can stop in to take it for a spin too!
I hope to use this bike as my MTB pretty much into next summer. With these bikes getting lighter, their not just for beach and snow anymore.
The temps are up and the beach is gone for awhile. At least for the MTB’s. I think I got to ride the frozen beach 3 times in the last week. Thats a good thing.
The warm temps will stick around a few days. The 30 day does not look good for winter sports. So I guess we just keep on riding (more).
Have a good weekend.
Fatbike maiden voyage report to follow on Monday.



915 Yesterday

Yesterdays edition of Long Ride Wednesday almost did not happen. Or at least cut short.
With the temp hovering around 24 degrees I knew the beach was going to be good. But the sun was out and I knew that was to be short lived so I did not waste any time and was on the road by 830am. I grabbed the Trucker on off I went.
However just a few miles in the front of the bike felt weird and it was not long before I realized I had a tire going down. Thats a bummer. You all know that time frame when you feel something is wrong but you just pretend its not happening. This just cant be happening. Not now. Im only 15 minutes into the ride. Its 24 flippin degrees.
Yes. That just happened.
The tire is just low. I’ll keep riding and it will stop leaking. Yeah. And Im going to win the Powerball tonite too.
I pull off the road. I have everything I need. I take off my gloves. Its cold. Its the front so the wheel is off the bike and I have a seat in the ditch to do the job at hand. As I expected, this tire\rim combo is not the best for quick tube changes. If I didn’t have a lever, the tire would not have came off. I found the culprit, small strand of metal of something. Thinner than a pin.
With numb fingers it was hard to get it out of the tire, then I struggled getting the tire back on the rim, all this while sitting in a ditch, getting colder by the minute.
I swear and fight the tire back on the rim, not using the tool, cuz I almost always pinch a MTB tube doing that and that would mean a walk back to the store.
Its back on the bike and Im ready to air it up. Its been about 10 minutes now, Im shivering. I look in my bag, one CO2. That just about seals the deal on this ride. Will only fill the tire half way. Will just ride back on a very low tire I guess.
Then, BMatter rolls past just as Im ready to get out of the ditch and mentions I can roll over to his house. The garage door was open and use his floor pump.
The ride is saved. I was less than a mile away. Brian said he was off to do intervals and I noticed he seemed way too happy about that. Pro riders are weird.
Anyhoo, I swung past his place and topped off the tire, then made a bee line to the beach, assuming it was too late and it was not rideable.
I was pleasantly surprised to find it in great riding shape. Still froze solid. Check the pic above. I was barely leaving a print riding my 2.0’s

I then proceeded to ride about 20 or so miles along the lake. I say this a lot, but its just a awesome feeling doing this.

And being a big fan of the lake, for me is a bigger treat than most people.
I did always have the fact that I was without spare tube on my mind. A potentially long walk back. But if its to be, no better place than the shores of the lake.
2 hours long is still not a real long ride but I spent way too long on the flat to add any more ride time.
Last nite was a pretty sweet full moon. Check out the pic I took with my phone. If you look close you see a dot just above the moon. That’s Jupiter.
I am still amazed on the pics my Galaxy 3 takes……

I was set to ride again this more but called it off as I need to get my 9zero7 fatbike built before the weekend. And Im running out of time.
So its bike build today… ride it tomorrow? I say yes. What say you?




Today started out like any other day. Spent time on the beach. Only today it was 16 degrees. But that stuff never slows me down. I took a long look at the pending ski trail in the park. Its staked out and ready to go. Now, all we need is snow.

This time of year I am looking at 30 day forecasts. Everyday. From 4 different sites. And it does not look good. Not good for skiing. Its crazy that only a four hour drive north the conditions are already good enough to lay classic tracks. Another winter like last year and I will have to rethink this whole ski thing. I didn’t order one piece of new stock. And I wont until it snows here. I have plenty from last year. But if the skiing sucks, that means the riding is still good to go.

So faster than you can say “spoiled store owner” I change rides. With the colder temps bringing on the beach riding, out goes the shiny new red cross bike, and in comes my Disc Trucker tour bike. Strip off all the racks and bags, throw on a pair of 2.0 tires (its a 26in!) and I now have a pretty cool winter bike. This is the bike I rode up to our cabin this summer. I did take the Brooks saddle off to test ride that new seat. Planet Bike Pro titanium. I truly do ride the stuff I sell. For a $69.00 titanium seat, its a thumbs up. It will go on my impending 9zero7 later this week.
I’ll keep the cross bike ready to go for awhile. Unfortunately its going to warm up. And if we are off the beach, its back on the faster bike.
But for today, this week, its the Trucker. Long Ride Wednesday is coming up tomorrow and I cant wait to hit that beach. I’ll try to get a earlier start to make sure the beach is still rock hard.
Im sure you will hear all about it later.
Next post is Thursday.



Saturday 930am Pic by John H.

As anticipated by the weather forecast, Saturdays group ride was treated to out first frozen beach ride. Temps around 25 at ride time.
While the explosion of the fatbike has people riding the beach more and more, we have been doing it for almost 20 years. With a rock hard beach, one does not need fat tires. Some were on cross bikes.
Yesterday was a good one with us putting well over 20 miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. Riding along at 20mph only 5 feet from the waves. At that time, the sun is coming up over the lake and all you hear is waves crashing.
Its a ride like no other.
Lately we hear of other places where landowners are cracking down on this. While we have had our share of conversations, most beach owners know us and since its been many years almost expect us to ride by. We wave. They wave. All good.

The best beach rides have always been in November\early December. Before ice forms and deeper snow. The last few years its been poor conditions. Either the snow was too deep or like last year, was just too warm all winter. One can never predict how froze the beach will get. Its a mixture of temp\moisture in the sand\wind direction. Its been froze solid at 33 degrees and soft at 28. So when its available we take advantage. This looks like it may be a good winter for beach riding with the water level so low.

Sunday had us on our bi-weekly Sunday  morn Fatbike ride. Once again, we were on the beach and it was a good thing we had big tires cuz it was not froze like the day before. Regardless we rode the very same beach again. And about an hour in the woods too. Here, we were surprised to see a decorated tree in the middle of nowhere. Very cool. This tree is almost a mile from any road and seems to have needed a ladder to do. It made for a awesome ride. Hope this ride continues all winter…

Today, in the store, Im getting a bunch of Fatbike stuff. Tires, wheels and frames.
Let the bike building begin. Its going to be a busy day!