What a crappy morning. Steady rain. I planned on riding. Denied.
Yesterday I was having a conversation with someone who reads this blog and he was complaining ( then why read it?) that it was the same thing over and over and I don’t disagree. Im a very repetitive guy. My life’s experiences are pretty much the same thing over and over. So that shows here.
I will try to change that. In the past I have went out of my way to avoid personal stuff and maybe will kinda still do that. But another thing I try to do is keep the store off this blog. I didn’t want to make it sound like an advertisement. I have another website for that. But what I think I will do more of is maybe some product reviews. But it will be stuff I sell so there’s that. I ride a lot of bikes.
So maybe that will help this blogs content.
Today, its Halloween. In my family, this was kinda my holiday. I took my kids (now grown up) on the quest for candy for over 20 years in a row. About 5 years ago was the first one we did not attend. I felt so old then. Such a part of my life was over. When things like that happen and your forced to move on I have problems with it.
Fast forward 5 or so years and now its game on again with the grand kids. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Hopefully the rain stops and I can once again watch the (grand) kids have a good time.
No post yesterday only means one thing. I was out on a bike ride. Rode the Fat Farley once again on our local MTB trails. Once again the “summer” fat setup proved sufficient enough for me to completely ditch my Superfly for the remainder of the year.
Its safe to say this is the slowest time of the year for the store. The biking winds down. The skiing has not started.
I have such a love\hate relationship with cross country skiing. On one hand I want the weather hold longer for the bike stuff. On the other I wish it would turn cold and snow. I like to ski but I like riding a bike better.
The ski’s are always a hit or miss. The time to stock up on the inventory is now. During the slowest time for the store. To be safe you could have a very conservative first order. So if the ski season is a bust then you’re not out much. But if its not, by the time you realize you need more its too late and all the stuff is sold out. Last year I went conservative and it worked out to my favor.
This year I went big. I threw down a pretty big ski order. Lets hope that decision makes me and not breaks me.
Here are my rentals ready to go. Either these things will help pay the rent in winter or they might just hang there. Such huge business that relies on weather. Sometimes that can be so frustrating. But its all part of the bike\ski shop experience.
You just gatta go with the flow and worry about tomorrow tomorrow. So I will patiently wait for the snow to come.
I’ll ride my bikes in the meantime a lot to take my mind off of that.
I would have to consider this weekend a success in the bike riding category. Things went well. All according to plan. Both days had great weather. And this upcoming week looks good too!
Saturday morning had me rolling the breakfast group ride on the cross bike. While I struggled in the woods, Once we hit the pavement I was good to go. It was ill attended tho. Maybe 10 or 12 bikes. Soon the beaches of the lake will freeze and those numbers will double. But until then, its cross bike vs MTB. And cross wins. For now.
Sunday I was invited to ride with Steve D in the Milwaukee area. Wauwatosa to be exact. I figured this would be a good time to shake down the Farley after I switched to a larger frame. I had no idea the group was going to include some jokers I knew from the area.
Whenever I build a bike there always is something I forget to tighten ( Im old, remember?) and yesterday’s ride was no different. So here in the pic Im re tightening the derailleur cable that slipped thru the set bolt. And had to endure quit a bit of heckling while I straightened out the miscue. These guys live for this shit and it was weird to see them assume their positions when it happened. So fast. They have the heckle pic taking down to a science. Before I could reach for a multi tool they seemed to be calling a football play with a audible. Everyone knew their job. And they get this pic in less than 30 seconds. Very impressive.
But its all in fun and thats what I had yesterday. I must say switching to the larger frame was the right choice for me. It felt much better. And I also must say this Farley is the fastest “summer” fatbike I have ever jumped on. The entire day was tight and twisty singletrack and I could just throw the bike anywhere. Very nimble. How much air did I have in those Surly Nards? About 25 pounds. Yup.
So no doubt the bike is summer fast. But not so sure about winter fast. Not too sure how much float I will get from those narrower rims. But soon I will take the pressure down to 7 or 8 pounds and find out. I might be pleasantly surprised.
My God it is beautiful out this morn. I had plans to ride but cancelled as I had a meeting with a huge resort (In Kohler,WI) about rental ski’s. Business before pleasure.
I did get a quick stop in my Happy Place. And saw another ship. Actually, its the Undaunted again making its rounds up and down Lake Michigan. The same ship I saw a few days ago.
Today my mind turns to cross county ski’s and am transitioning the store from full service bike shop to full service ski shop. Im kinda sad to push the bikes aside but then pretty pumped to be around the ski’s again. And every morning I pray for snow. Quite a bit has fallen in northern Wisco and thats ahead of schedule. All the prediction entities are says above average snowfall for us here. I sure hope so.
Some other good news is that the Saturday morning group ride here has switched to winter mode. Our group of 20+ bikes ride year round. In winter mode the road bikes get put away for MTB’s. I then, ride a cross bike and get to stay in the game along with all the Cat1’s on fat tires. And the route changes to be able to ride the frozen beaches of Lake Michigan when the possibility presents itself. So we leave right from my store which makes it easy for me to join in on the fun.
Looks like my entire weekend is open. And that means Im outside riding.