Monthly Archives: June 2017

Heading into Holiday.


Another great ride this morn. Yesterday too. Thursday 3 of us grabbed the road bikes and put down 45 miles with a stop for coffee. Definitely a ride I could do a few times per week. Im pretty sure I have more road miles in already than all of last year. And maybe thats because the woods have been so wet lately, keeping me off the MTB. Either way Im glad to get these rides in.

This morning I grabbed the Crockett and put in another  hour and a half before work. I can tell the 40mil tires are slower on the road but thats to be expected. Im getting used to the eTap. Its shifting perfectly right now. Like I mentioned in the last post, I always ride something a bit before I drop my opinion on it.

Its kinda tough to ride two bikes that have different shifting motions but I guess I’ve been dealing with that for years. Makes for a few missed shifts but thats not the end of the world to me.

I even spent 20 minutes in the woods this morn. These cross rides are my favorite. Just tool around, dirt or pavement. Its a great ride when you’re riding solo. Again, when riding alone this is the bike I will be on. So much fun.

Not sure what I have going this weekend. I have to work alone this Saturday. So that rules out any morning ride for me. Of course its the Holiday weekend and should be a pretty busy weekend. We are closed on Tuesday so that will help with some R and R.

Im sure I will get out for a ride at some point in the next few days. Maybe a couple.

Hope you have a great Holiday! Get outside.


2018 Trek Crockett


One of my favorite things owning a bike store lets me do is build bikes. I love getting a frame and starting from scratch with consideration for every nut and bolt. Once I decided on the frame I get paper and pencil to map out all the parts and components. Sometimes. like in this build, things can get held up for a few days just waiting on the right 90 cent bolt. But Im very patient in my component choices and never in a hurry. More often than not I start collecting components before the frame is even here.

I started out by getting the gold Crockett frameset. Trek always throws in a different color frameset from their production bikes. I like that. Makes the build even more custom. Then, after a few phone calls, I got ahold of a Sram eTap hydro group thats not really available for another month yet. I was told I got one of ten available. And when that happens you just have to go for it. This is acually my first experience with eTap and I know its been around for over a year but in that time frame its just not been that available. Distributors get them in, sell them out and wait to get them in again. Anyway, I was holding out for the hydro brakes anyway. I no longer have rim brakes on anything I ride.

Then, I was going to wait for Zipp’s new 302 wheel. A $1500 price point Zipp carbon wheel sounds great. However, not available until early August (for the disk wheel) so I was just going throw on a set of aluminum’s when Bontrager came out with their new carbon wheel, the Aeolus 3Pro. MSRP on those is only $1199 for a full carbon wheel.  And the wheels are great. Price points on stuff like this will be headed downward across the industry.  Those wheels came available last Friday and I got me a set and put them on the bike on Monday.

The cockpit is all Easton. I really like their EC90 aero bars. So I went with those plus a stem and seatpost also to be all matchy.

I forgot to mention the new Crocketts have Treks Stranglehold rear dropouts. You can move the rear axle in the frame to compensate for bigger tires or just to change wheelbase. That first came out a few years ago on the 29+ Stache, then moved to the Farelys and now the Crockett. It works very well.

Stranglehold adjustable dropout. Sram Red flat mount brakes.

Most road\cross bikes now are coming with the newer flat mount brake mount. So easy to mount and adjust. It’s a smaller and lighter caliper too. And works well.

Let’s talk about hydro brakes and how far they have come over the years. I remember not too long ago breaking a hydro line opened a can of worms and bleeding those brakes required some swearing and sometimes two people. When I put the Shimano stuff on my BMC Roadmachine last April the brake kit came unassembled. So I had to put it together dry. However bleeding the system was so easy now. One guy, no swearing, 15 minutes per brake. Done and clean. With Sram, the system came assembled and pre blead. But I still had to shorten the hose both front and back. Both lines, when cut and reassembled, just bolted back together and worked fine, no bleeding needed. In fact, the rear line I screwed up on the compression olive, didnt have another in shop so I ordered them, let the brake line hang open for three days. Put on the new olive when it came in, tightened it up and brake worked perfect. After hanging open all those days. Crazy.

The rest of the build was uneventful. I love the color. Im still waiting for a set of Dura Ace rotors. Just because I can. Not due in for a few weeks yet but thats a quick upgrade.

Ive rode this bike twice now for about an hour and a half. The ride from the 40mm Clement tires is amazing for a old guy. If Im in a group I’ll ride my road bike but if Im alone I will be on this one. This mornings ride was about 80% road and 20% dirt. And a blast. The eTap is working perfectly and I will put some more time on it before I comment on it. I know Im going to get asked which is better, eTap or Di2 since Im riding both at the same time.

I can say this, both have their own shining qualities. But there is a difference in ride and feel. I will be able to elaborate in time….

Coming to a gravel road near you.

Im looking forward to many miles on this Crockett and hopefully some gravel roads in northern Wisco!

Now…. what to build next?


Weekend Off.

Sunday test ride.

Some days I have nothing to write about. Some days too much.

Lets start off with my decision not to head up to Marquette. That was a good one as I think it hasn’t stopped raining there since Friday. I saw a few pics of the races up there and it was a mud fest. Glad I passed.

Saturday, since I was off all weekend I decided to give the local group ride another shot. This is the one that I lasted about 8 minutes on last month. I had planned to ride solo anyway so getting dropped would be no biggie this time. When I pulled up to the lot I was as nervous as if this was a race. That feeling in your gut that you have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s been a long time since I had that nervous race feeling and I kinda miss it.

Then I was even more worried when 4 out of the 12 or so bikes were CAT 1 riders. No doubt the fastest bikes in the area. I was prepared to ride on my own in short time.

But it was not as bad as I thought. Sure, I got dropped a few times and even butt pushed up a few hills but for the most part they waited up enough for me to only be a few minutes off when we stopped for breakfast. Well over an hour into the ride. At least I got to eat with them. On the way home it was a bit faster but thats to be expected. The last 10 miles was just me and another guy who rode with me. But I’ll take it. Some of the guys were still in the parking lot when I got back and thats pretty much a win for me.

Sunday I went in to work just for a bit and took the new Crockett home with me to test ride. I put about an hour on it. My first ride with eTap. I’ll have more to say about that in a day or so. I have just a couple tweeks to do yet before I call the bike done but I’ll have a separate post on it as with all my personal builds.

Monday morning.

Another amazing day here. Coffee by the lake was nice this morn. I’ll have more to say about the Crockett in a few days. All in all a nice weekend even tho I didn’t get to head up to the UP as planned.



So… another morning ride foiled by rain. Pretty huge storms once again rolled thru early morning. It looks like the MTBing here is out for awhile. Pretty wet right now.

I havent said much about my current bike build. 2018 Trek Crockett. I was lucky to be one of the few here in the States to get a set of Sram Hydro eTap. And I mean there was less than a couple handfuls released. I have a few more sets on order and they show early Aug to arrive. So I got pretty lucky.

Here’s a sneak peek and the bike. Its not entirely done but will be soon. Actually Im just waiting for the rear caliper mounting bolts and thats it. I’ll announce the bike next week when its done. I didnt ride it yet but Im pretty sure I’ll be happy with it. Big 40c tires mounted tubeless. Remember, gravel is all the rage these days. Anyway, more on this later.

As I expected yesterday, Im staying home this weekend. You know I did want to change my mind this morning but a quick check on the weather up there had rain chances go from 40% to 60%. So its officially over. No first enduro for me. Im kinda bummed about that. But again, to spend the money to go up there for a weekend only to rain would be a bummer. Save the money for another day.

But I will still take advantage of the store being covered as I will put in at least a 50 miler in the morning. And then hit up the races in the afternoon\evening. Should be a nice day. Sunday most likely another road ride as Im sure the woods will still be too wet to ride. But I’ll check to make sure. So I’ll get a little “staycation” this weekend. And if Im not headed out of town thats the next best thing….