Monthly Archives: September 2017

Im Out.


I had the bike loaded up on my car for a ride this morn but huge storms overnight had me rethinking. I would like to get one small ride in the woods before I leave for FL and it looks like its got to be tomorrow along with the 200 other things I need to get done that day. Work ahead in the store, pack, cut the grass, do all laundry. And get to bed by 9pm for a 3am wake up. Not looking forward to that.

I guess all in all Im not looking forward to this trip, and I say that now, but when Im there Im sure I will have a good time. Looks like temps near 90 most of next week Yikes, thats going to leave a mark.

Here’s what the storm looked like on my home from work last nite. It didnt hit for another couple hours.

So yesterday we put in a Long Ride Wednesday. 6 of us for 50 miles. And of course I did not eat or drink and bonked pretty hard at mile 40. It was near 80 degrees at finish and I have been getting used to 60 degree riding of late. That said, I did bring water but not enough. I was dehydrated the rest of the day. To where I was feeling sick. Im recovered this morning but it was a tough rest of the day in the store for me yesterday. And I just had a yogurt before the ride. Not enough food for those miles.

Its crazy how I over eat and drink off the bike and under eat and drink on it. That’s just wrong and I know it. I’ve always been super bad at that stuff.

So no ride today but Im going to leave the bike on the car for tomorrow morn. Maybe a easy hour in the woods before work to clam me down.  I have help coming in the store at noon so I’ll show up to get things rolling here than bug out early. Over an hour to cut the grass. I might do that and come back to the store for another hour just to go over stuff with everybody. Since I opened the store 10 years ago I was never gone a full week. So Im nervous. Its should be fine tho.. Im sure I will be in and out all day…

Im pretty sure I will not post tomorrow so this will be it for awhile. I will have a laptop with me but not sure if I will blog or just post on Facebook. It looks like we might see the edge of the hurricane Saturday into Sunday. 50% rain forecasted those days but the big storm will be pretty for to the east. But even on the edge will be enough to say I was in or near a category 4.

So the next time you hear from me will be from the Magic Kingdom, or Epcot or  something. Trying my best to keep up to 4 kids ages 4 to 9. I have my work cut out for me.

Have a great weekend. Get outside. Talk soon.



Just a quick one today. Nice visit to my happy place this morn. Enjoyed some solitude before work. And to top it off today was a good coffee day. Some days its just OK but some days its amazing. Today is one of the amazing days.

I got to work way too early today since Im alone here all day. Not sure what is up with that but maybe its just making sure I get stuff done before I leave.

As I mentioned before Saturday I leave for 8 days in Florida. Disney with the kids and grand kids. Some of you who know me may have heard me talking negative about this. And I  just want to say dont get me wrong. Im sure this time with the Fam will be great. I took my kids to Disneyworld about 10 times in a 12 year span. Sometime twice in the same month, But.. the kids grew up and the last time I was there was 16 years ago.

My daughter booked everything for us so I can’t complain and I won’t out loud. But at my age and the status of my knees have me thinking 8 days is a bit too long. With my weight at an all time high Im not sure how much walking I can do with these two bum knees. I have braces I can wear to help and I will for sure bring them along. That along with lots of Ibuprofen.

I guess Im fearing for the worst but hoping for the best. Pace myself. But no way Im going to keep up to a pair of 9 year olds, a 5 and a 4 year old in the Magic Kingdom. I’ll do my best and Im sure I will have a good time. I’ll be gone from the 23rd to the 30th.

My next and final post for the week will most likely come Thursday morn. I hope to ride some tomorrow morning. Pending chance of rain. And might be my race road ride of the summer. I’ll still ride on the road but with my cross bike with the cross tires back on. I have road tires on right now but big 32m tires. Its a smooth ride. But back on will go the 40c tires and back to the road\woods riding I love so much. Once it hits Oct here the road bikes get hung up pretty quick and the MTB rides start. Or cross bike rides….. My favorite time of the year.

Friday will be a crazy day both at the store and at home. We actually leave for the airport at 3am (with a strong protest from me) so thats really Friday nite to me. i will try and get to bed by 9pm which is not that hard for me to do as I already do that now. Friday at the store will be nuts for me too. Making sure all the ducks are in a row for a week of absence. Kinda stressful.

That’s about it today. 


Weekend (impact)Report


Another weekend gone. I worked at the store. I rode bikes. I did stuff. Pretty much all solo. And thats not all bad.

Saturday morn I ditched the normal road ride to the State Park and had a MTB ride in out City Park.


Such awesome weather we are in right now. Warm, sun and blue sky everyday for the last week. I just want to close the store and go ride my bike everyday. Some leaves are falling now. Its game on as Fall is here. Every year at this time I scramble to get as much outside time as I can. It was a great ride. Just tooled around the place, no big efforts needed or wanted. These kind of rides are what Fall is all about. Very pleasent. Had a good day in the store also Saturday.

So Saturday was the Chuammy 40. Here’s a video of the rollout out of Hayward. I must say the drone piloting here is top notch. Its funny how I’ve done this a bunch of times before I “retired” and now that Im out most of my friends now do it. Where were they 10 years ago? Seeing all the posts at the race makes me sad I dont do it anymore. Honestly I dont think I could even if I tried these days.

But deep down something tells me to lose some weight and give it a go again. The last time I did this was 2014. And I had to bump down to the shorter race due to poor fitness. But I would love to do the long race one more time….

On Sunday as I sat on my patio and  decided which bike to ride.

So I grabbed the Crockett on Sunday and acually put in a couple intervals. Not sure why I did that cuz its so not me but I did. I had a thing I used to do when I didn’t have a lot of time to ride. I would take off down the road and put in a nice 30 minute warm up. Then at the 30 minute mark I would flip and see how much time I could take off the same distance heading back home. I havent done that in years. I TT’d it back and took off two minutes which is not a lot but I worked pretty hard a few times. Trying to hold 22mph or so as long as I can a few times. I thought I would take off more than two minutes but thats really not too bad for my weight and fitness right now. I used to do 5 or 6 minutes back in the day.

I was done by noon so I just sat outside are read all the posts about all the fun people were having up in Hayward. Remember I was then there a month ago.

So that was my weekend. This week, my thoughts turn to the impending family trip to Disney. We fly out in 5 days. For 8 days. I have a lot of ducks to get in a row in the next few days and I hope to get out maybe once on a ride.

I guess I will just see how the week goes






I brought the Farely home thinking a very small ride this morning would be nice. I slept in and noticed the fog when I got up. Pretty thick. I decided not to. Maybe Saturday morn then. Im starting to ditch the road riding and head to the woods more. Its time.


Yesterday morn 4 of us headed out for a near 40 mile road ride. The fog was thick as this morn. To the point of getting as wet as riding in rain. It was still doable but wet. Water dripping off our helmets as we rode. Had to take off any glasses. But about 3\4th into the ride the sun came out for a bit and stopped for coffee (and a donut). Once back on the bike we headed back and the fog returned as we got closer to the lake. As soon as it gets even a little bit colder we will be on the MTB’s in the morning. In the summer my road to MTB rides are about 5 to 1 (road), soon that will be flipped. 5 MTB and 1 road.

So my last post I mentioned the Rockymount thru axle bike tray. And just for fun, I ordered the Thule I spoke of. Here it is.


The good thing about this is since its a clamp it fit all sizes of thru axles with no adapters or switching sleeves. But thats about it.

First off, like I said, this thing was designed by NASA. A million moving parts here. A lot going on. It take a hour just to assemble it. And its huge. The head is almost eight inches across, taking up a lot of real estate on your cross bar. This rail for sure has to go to the inside of the car’s towers. To put it on the outside like I like it I would have to order longer crossbars (not going to happen) and once mounted would most likely hit my head on the damn thing when I got out of the car. And this thing retails for like $239 or something. The RM is about $189  Still, Im going to put that fancy one on the car anyway. Im sure its nice.

In the end I’ll give the nod to the Rockymount. Its cheaper, easier to use if you have just one thru axle size. Much simpler and smaller. It might take be the better part of the afternoon just to get it on my car. I can only imagine what happens to the Thule after a winter of salt and grime. Way more maintenance.

If I were a consumer, Id take the RM. But Im a dealer so I’ll put on the Thule.

Thus ending the thru axle bike tray discussion.

I have a few business meetings tomorrow morn so my next ride will be Saturday morn. Most likey solo and I hope on the Farely. Have a good weekend. Get outside.