Monthly Archives: March 2016


So I started on the new Domane yesterday. Trying to change as much as I could for me to ride. Longer stem, different bar even tho this new handlebar that came with the bike is supposed to be super comfy. But the bike comes with a 42cm and I ride at least a 44cm so I made the switch. I set up the hydro brakes and new bar, today I’ll get the driveline set.

I noticed the bike came with a 32 tooth cassette. I expected a 28. Its got a compact 50\34 crank and I wonder if Im 32 in the back if I can run a 53\39 standard crank?

Not done. Nice bike.

There are times in the group when 50 by 11 is not enough. Just once in a while.

I really dont know if I can show you any more than this for now. Trek dealers were sworn to secrecy until Monday. So I’ll wait until tomorrow when its all done to show you more 🙂 First ride is slated for the group ride Saturday morn, however the weather looks to be about as crappy as it can get (again). Rain, wind and snow. Most likely at the same time. Weather like that will have me on the 920 still. Full fenders you know.

Whenever it is, Im looking forward to riding the new bike.


Latest and Greatest

One of the things that amaze me in this industry is the way new products get announced.

I’m  amazed on how they keep it all under wraps for so long. I’ll note two cases in point.

The new Trek Domane SLR. Its got more stuff going on. The dampner( Iso speed) under the seat is now adjustable and its got another one in the headtube. Just more of what makes it a great bike. We all saw the pics of Fabian’s bike a few weeks ago. The bike will be officially released this Monday, but some bikes have already been shipped and Im getting mine today! Trek wont release a pic of it but their shipping them. Crazy!

So… really this bike has been a done deal for about a year. Then it has gone into production. Then its been shipped and is now in Treks warehouses. And we really only have heard about it for about 3 weeks now. Its just amazing to me how all that gets done under the table. I cant wait to put my bike together! I will be riding it on out Saturday group ride!

Full drivetrain

Next up is Srams new 12 speed. One by twelve. The large ring on the cassette is a massive 50 tooth! Thats nuts. But it allows a guy like me to run a bigger chain ring. We all knew that Sram was working on this but then BAM! There it is. Designed and manufactured. In boxes all nice and pretty and sitting in a shipping container somewhere. How many people knew about this. Hundreds I would guess. Yet nothing leaked.

I have mixed emotions on this. And I’ll mention something that happened to me in 2012, the first year the Domane came out.

Its early April back then and I just put the finishing touches on my new Madone P1. It ws my first bike with Di2. I was pretty pumped when I got it in store. It was the first with Treks “H3” headtube. Just a bit taller for us older guys. Pretty cool. Well, I did not have this bike more than a week and rode it once when the new Domane hit unannounced. And not just announced but in stock, ready to order. I had just bought my Madone and for sure would have waited a week to get this new bike. I was kinda pissed that I didnt get a heads up. I mean, I do get the bikes cheaper but I still have to pay for them.

So I sold that Madone and ordered the new Domane within 10 days. Someone got a great deal on a Project Madone for sure. I still know where it is.

Sometime in February my Trek rep visited. One of the things we talked about was if i was going to ride a Boone on the road this summer or a Domane. He just looked at me and said “dont get the Domane just yet”. He knew something was up. Maybe he knew everything. Either way it was nice to get a heads up so I trusted him. And now my new Domane SLR will be here in two hours.

Such things to worry about….. what expensive bike to ride. As for my Domane this year I ordered a complete bike. I usually like to build my own but just like the 9.8 Farley, its got all the same stuff I would put on it anyway. Just need to change out the seat, bars and wheels and it good to go. I will put it together and give a report soon.

And the year long secret will be out. And I’ll be sitting on it.




Many days I head down to the park I dont even get out of my car. Today I did. All the snow we got on Thursday is gone except for the piles. It took two days to get the 8 inches of snow and about two for it to all melt. Lots of standing water. My yard is a pond.

The thoughts of fat biking in the snow long gone. Overall it was a pretty good year. The local trails had a solid three weeks of prime riding. I had a disappointing weekend in Marquette in January with the trails ungroomed all weekend. But I had a great visit to Hayward for the Birkie and rode amazing trails there besides the race. The store sold more fatbikes than any other year but Im sure that was the case everywhere. There’s a bunch on the trails now. I remember just 4 years ago if you wanted a aluminum frame (or carbon) I had to build it from scratch. Now they come in box’s, at least most of them. I still enjoy that custom build tho…

But now all the thoughts of fat are giving away to conventional bikes. Normal MTB’s and road bikes. I’ll keep one or two fatbikes on the floor during the summer but thats about it. More to come say… August.

While many are heading to the basement to get their MTB’s some just keep on cranking on the fat bikes. Like I do. Throw on some 29+ wheels and you have a fun summer bike. Or not, just keep it fat. You would be surprised how fast you can rip it up  on the summer trails with a fatbike. So much traction you cant make a mistake. If someone tells me they want to hit the woods but lack in skills and confidence a fat bike is the way to go. You can ride some pretty tech stuff much easier. Then up go the skills and confidence.

But at least here the dirt is some ways off. Until the flooding subsides and the woods dry out. Today and tomorrow look dry but more rain Thursday and Friday. Maybe snow yet for the weekend. Spring is the worst time of year here. The ride time available is way less then winter. If I could I would just move away for March and April. Spend May thru October here, then head north for November thru February. Now there a plan.


Weekend Update


Somewhat uneventful weekend. Saturday group ride happened but I had to cut it short to open the store. I woke up to 26 degrees and huge fog. Such crappy weather of late. I almost pulled the plug for the second week in a row but ended up going at the last minute like last week. And it turned out to be a nice sunny ride. Sure temps were cool but the sun just lifted the fog in no time and soon we were riding on dry roads which was a surprise.

The snow and then huge meltdown has the roads still slushy Friday morn. I put the full fenders back on the 920. Especially since the cold rain we rode in last week.

Full fenderage.

Im pretty sure my new Domane will get here this week, and hope to be riding that next weekend. So the 920 will start morphing back into tour bike mode.

Getting this bike to tour mode will light a fire under me to get a tour together as soon as possible. It looks like sometime mid June will be possible if its warm enough. My summer help and winter help will overlap until the end of June. I hope to take full advantage.

Sunday was Easter and we had all the kids and grandkids over. But not before I headed to the store in the morning to work a little. An all day rain along with the melting snow has everything flooded again. Second time in two weeks. My sump in the basement is screaming for mercy, its keeping up but just barely. Its going to need to hold on for a few more days yet. At least I hope thats all.

Im pretty exited to get back on the road for some longer rides with that new Domane. They will get announced April 4th and Im sworn to secrecy until then.