Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bad Numbers


Its quite a bit colder than yesterday. And I knew that was going to happen. I should have rode yesterday but Mondays are a busy day in a bike store. Its re grouping from the weekend. Lot of ordering stuff and lining up service bikes.

I also had a doc appt and it was not all good. Nothing extreme but just more weight related issues. For the first time I’m on medication. I don’t like that. One would think that at some point I would say enough and do what I need to do to lose the weight. I might just be there now. I can reverse all the bad numbers I got yesterday. Im just glad I still can do that. And I understand there is a point of 20140422_083450[1]no return. Duty now for the future.

Im also going to talk a little about the upcoming weekend.

The Cheesehead Roubaix is Sunday. Its just a local ride put on by a nice guy for free. Unsupported. Its a blast. I did it last year. But Im thinking of skipping it this year.

John ( the organizer) has put a lot of time into this ride by himself. And all of us thank him for sure. But I think there’s a chance that this has kinda got away from him. Just a little. I mean no disrespect but this might be a disaster waiting. I remember heading out in the lead group last year and was in it for the first 8 miles. It was very hectic. I get nervous when Im wheel to wheel at 20mph with people I dont know. Most people up there know whats going on but it takes one overlaped wheel to have a bad day.

Here John speaks out about next Sunday.

Also, I was thinking of starting 30 min sooner to miss the craziness and let them all catch us later when things have calmed down a bit. Either way I wish John and his free event all the best of luck. I’ll make my decision later this week.

But first I have to get thru this week. I hope to get at least two rides in before the weekend. And that looks like Thurs\Fri with rain calling on both days….

So…will have to wait and see.




Awesome morning. Its going to hit 60 today. Almost 60 yesterday. I was outside all day yesterday and got a bit of a sunburn. How great that feels!

The lack of post Friday only means it was busy AND I got a ride in. In fact between Friday and Sunday I was in the saddle almost 8 hours. Got on the bike 3 days in a row. Very productive.


Friday was a nice roll with a few others. Doing my usual loop around the Park. By the end of summer I will have what seems like a million of these rides in. Its a good morning ride before the store opens.

The Felt cross bike with 28c tires is a smooth roll. I’ll stick with this setup for about two more weeks and then throw some cross tires on it to hit the woods and get my road bike up and running. Still have not set up the road bike yet. It still hangs on the sales floor, not even set up yet. But soon. Need to pick a wheelset yet.

Saturday was also a good one. Almost 3 hours and some breakfast. Had about 20 bikes on the ride and a few with cross bikes still went into the woods for a bit. I’ll stay on the road until the dirt  has dried a bit more.


Sunday was just three of us with it being Easter Sunday. But was a another solid two hours in the saddle. Good base miles.

I hope to keep this up and be ready to do a bit of racing in a month. Not a lot mind you but a little social racing. Ive got a ways to go especially in the weight dept. Thats gone south of late. And this last Sundays Holiday dinner did not help any. Once again I will make a concerned effort to limit my intake. Every time I do that it snows or something and Im off the bike for a week. Or more. Lets hope I can put in a good string of bike rides up against the limited diet. I’ll start watching my food today.

Or just after that half a pan of lemon torte from Sunday is gone.


Up North

As much as I boast about loving the Hayward,WI area I gatta say I most likely could not live there.

Yesterday and last nite they got about 10 to 12 inches of  new snow.  To add to the snow that was still on the ground. And Im sure they are used to that up there but still. I’m not sure if I would play in that snow or just damn it away. I’m sure nothing gets groomed to ski. It looks like it will start the re melting process already today.  I like snow but Im not sure that much. You just need to absolutely love winter up there. I’ll be up there n 6 weeks for a MTB race. You would think it would be summer(ish) by the end of May when I get there.

And here we complain about temps still in the low 40’s. Since the flood waters have receded I’ll reach back into my bag of winter clothing and get in a ride in the morn. 35 degrees at start. Looking forward the temps seem to moderate in the 50’s everyday after the weekend. Except by the store where its always 10 or more degrees cooler. Just gatta start heading west on the rides.

Today is cleaning day at the store. The crappy weather has slowed sales so now it the time to get all the extra curricular stuff in. Im sure the weather will turn soon enough ( always looking at the bright side).  Also the landlord is doing  a walkthru today.  Thats always a good time.

I’ll just look forward to the ride in the morning….


Summer Hoops


Good stuff.

So here is the fixin’s for fun. My 29+ wheelset for the fat bike. Over three years ago when I had a Moonlander everyone was amazed at the 5 inch tire on the 100mil rim. Back then I said the these bikes need to narrow down a bit to be mainstream. Float is always fun and for sure I was inconvenienced a few times this winter with breaking thru groomed trails. But my point was I would have done the same  with the wide stuff too.

In fall of 2012 I put on Surlys Marge Lite 65mil rims on my new aluminum 9zero7 frame and the difference between that and the Moonlander was nite and day. Here was a bike I could ride year round. Here was a bike that in spring of 2013 I rode as my MTB until the middle of June. Everyone’s tractor tire bikes were in the basement.

Then last fall I took it one step further and got a set of Northpaw rims. Only 47mil wide with 3.8 Knards. They did not even look like a wheel for a fatbike. I got my Farley in Oct and hit the trails. What a blast. I had to look down to even notice I was on a fat bike.

Fast forward to today and Im taking this one step further by building up a 29+ wheelset. The formula was once again born in the garage of the Surly engineers. A bigger(but not a fatbike) 3 inch tire on a wider 29 inch rim. The Velocity Dually 29in rims are pretty much the same width as the 26in Northpaws, only taller.

With Surly introducing this format on their Krampus pretty much enforces my way of thinking two years ago. One can still get the effects of the fat tire without going crazy big, and then still have a great bike in the summer too. However the tires do not make the minimum width of 3.7 that most races ask for. So technically at 3in its not a fatbike tire. Kinda like the 27.5 rims that fit in between the big and small MTB hoops. No mans land.

Of course, the best scenario is two wheelsets. And that makes the most sense. One for summer and one for winter.

Now, lets talk carbon wheels.  Some pretty cool wheels around now. Way more in next fall. Most are what? 70 or 80 mil? Heres another bold prediction.

Soon those rims will be getting down to race width. 45 or 50 mil? Super light. Super fast. And now Surly is making a 26in 120tpi 3in knard tire (not in stock yet) to go along with those wheels. Fact is I could have waited for a set of those and just used them on my Northpaw wheels to get the same summer effect Im looking for with the 29+ wheels.

But I’ll enjoy the even bigger wheel for now. Who knows. Maybe I wont get a MTB this summer and just ride the carbon fatty on a wheel diet.