Monthly Archives: December 2017

End of Week Report

Really nothing to say today. It will be a busy day packing two cars for the Milwaukee Bike Swap tomorrow. I usually hate doing things like this. It sometimes seems counter productive being out of the store a full Saturday. And its a lot of work to pack up, get up before its light. drive the hour+ and unload. Sell as much stuff as you can for pennies on the dollar, pack it all up and drive the hour+ home. Unload and if its a bad day put all the stuff back. I just dont know why I do this. But I do.

Then, throw the Hayward trip on top. So when I get back to the store late Saturday afternoon not only do I have to unload the car, but load it up again for Hayward. So I’ll need to have all that stuff in a row before I leave today. I’ll leave for the bike swap about 6am, and the Sunday leave for Hayward also at 6am. And Saturday nite throw in my granddaughter’s birthday. So soon I will start packing and it seems things will run right into each other all weekend long. One after another. The key is good planning.

So we will be in Hayward Sunday thru Tuesday afternoon with a good sized ride each day starting with Sunday afternoon and ending with Tuesday morn. The temps do not seem too cold. The coldest ride will be Tuesday morn in the single digits. The other three look to be in the teens or even twenties. Its going to be a big weekend up there. Its the first weekend with groomed trails both ski and bike. I know the skiers are heading up there in droves.24862237_10155239977206173_8309508846297410522_n

Here’s a pic from Wednesday. The Birkie crew really does work almost 24 hours a day. This looks like a shift change. Its crazy to think that 5 days a go it was bare ground.

We are set to receive our first dusting of snow. Maybe 2 inches tonite. Its a start anyway. The ground is plenty froze so it will all stick.

So thats about it. Next post maybe next Wednesday. Im not taking a laptop with me. This will be a kinda off the grid mini vacation. I should have some pics and stories to tell about the great white north when I get back.  Have a good weekend, get outside! Or as the new kids say..   #optoutside


Mid Week Report


Took a walk on the frozen beach this morn. It was near perfect for a beach ride. I had errands to run today but tomorrow I will grab the bike and head there post haste. I hope it’s as good as this morn. Conditions can change pretty quickly.


So yesterday before the nite ride I attached my gold chain ring. It may seem I go over the top with this stuff but it keeps me going during the day. Also I had my totally pro Garmin\light mount going on. Very clean. Very cool. I was the talk of the nite ride.

Now, I usually would not point this out but its a funny story. Look at the pic of the chainring. Look closer. Look at the crank arms. Yes, I attached the non drive side not straight. The funny thing is that I did not know until I unloaded it at the nite ride and tried to ride it. Its that moment when you try to pedal it and cant and dont know why. That was a strange feeling. Anyway. I guess you had to be there. Grabbed a number 8 allen and fixed it real quick in the parking lot.

Let’s talk about my Hayward trip that I announces canceled on Monday. Well, since then they have gotten 9 inches of snow. 6 to 7 Monday nite and another 3ish last nite. Its game on. We leave Sunday morn at 6am. Will get a Sunday aft ride in, the maybe two rides on Monday and a quickie Tuesday morn, leave for home at noon. Get back around 6pm to hit up the Tuesday nite ride. How crazy will Tuesday be? Ride the groomed snow trails of Hayward\Cable and then be back riding the frozen tundra back home on the same day.

photo courtesy of Jeff Tumbleson

Here’s a pic of this (Wednesday) morning up there. You can see the plowed snow from Monday nite, with Tuesday’s nits snow on top. 2 days ago it was bare ground.

Now Im set to head up there and Im pumped. Remember, all of last year I was on groomed snow trails just once up in Marquette. So its been awhile since I had a nice groomed trail to ride on. Even if the trails dont get groom Im sure a ton of bikes will be on them Saturday for us to start riding on Sunday. Im excited.

Its going to be a busy next few days as Im heading to Milwaukee for a big bike swap on Saturday, then quickly driving home to attend my granddaughter’s birthday party Saturday nite, the leaving for Hayward Sunday morn. I’ll know more by Friday’s post.

Id better get to work.


Last Fair Weather Weekend

It’s been in the 50’s for days now. Average temp now is 38. Almost 60 this weekend. Alas the temps are set to plummet 30 degrees tomorrow. Then highs in the 20’s and lows in the teens. It’s about time. While I am praying for winter I did take advantage of the fall weather this weekend.

Saturday morn

Saturdays group ride was well attended and I thought it would be with the weather. We had about 15 bikes with a few of them that will not be here next week with winter setting in. Road, cross and MTB’s represented. Soon it will turn to almost all MTB’s when the beach is froze enough to ride. Im considering a 29+ wheelset on the fatbike for that.

It was  such a nice day almost everyone was overdressed. I suffered in that respect on the way home. But a nice ride.


Sunday it was a solo ride in my local park with the fatbike. Again the temps were going to hit 50+. I can’t believe I was the only bike in the lot. I just tooled around, stopped, tooled around some more.


It was a nice slow ride as the sign said. I saw just one more bike in the park. Pretty much the last warm day to ride. Its 45 this morn but raining. I did spend some time dialing in the Borealis a bit more. You would think by now I would have done things like that but usually its my bikes that get worked on last. Today I have a new chainring coming for it. I will  show it off later.

While I have never mentioned it here. I had a nice trip planned to Hayward next weekend. It’s been in the books for weeks. But I’ve decided not to go. Two reasons. One… Im just in the worst bike shape in my life. Mostly due to weight gain. I’ve always been a bigger guy and as I get older its harder and harder to deal with. Today Im the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. I’ve got some work\choices to do.

Second is the lack of snow. Several weeks ago they were out on skis. The trails were not groomed but snow covered. Today its back to mud and rain up there. If Im going to spend the money at this time of year I need snow. So Im sure I wont get another chance this month but maybe…  Then a trip in Jan, one in Feb and of course the Fatbike Birkie in March. That’s the plan anyway.

So along with selling the 920 last Friday I also sold my Crockett.  eTap and all. I am road bike less right now. And thats OK for winter. Hence the 29+ wheelset for the fat bike for the group rides in winter.  That should last me till spring. I dont need no stickin road bike in winter.

However, this is the perfect time to resurrect Pinky. Its down to bare frame, sitting upstairs in storage somewhere. I’ll give that some thought this week. I would have to buy wheels and an entire drive for it. But I could go cheap…

That’s about it for the weekend. I have two bikes to box and ship and a little ordering to do…



No More Touring


There goes the US Sam Laud. Heading for  Waukegan,IL. Most ;likely carrying road salt.

Today my 920 sold on eBay. I loved this bike and just did not get to use it enough. Not sure with what Im going to replace it with or if I will at all. I just dont tour a whole lot anymore. And if I ever do I worry about what to ride then.


I sold it complete. That’s so much nicer than piece by piece. Here it is today, ready to be boxed up.


Here it is in winter mode.


And here in July of 2016. The only time I used my expensive tent since buying it in 2014. To this day I used it just that one nite. Cripes thats sad.

Another thing is that touring is kinda being replaced with “bikepacking”. Which is pretty much the same thing but you have a bike that can go on or off road, and you carry a lot less with you. So maybe I will go in that direction. Its getting pretty popular and there are rides up north that go over the river and thru the woods for a few days. Kinda like backpacking with a bike, hence the name. The way the bags attach to the bike are way different. They dont hang down as low. Take a look at the Trek 1120. This is most likely the way I will go when the time comes.


Kinda looks like this loaded up. I think you can get bigger bags for the back but you get the idea. So maybe that is my future of touring… or bikepacking. Whatever.

I should get some riding in this weekend. The weather will still be in the 40’s during the day but from what I hear the jet stream changes mid week next week ands then the highs could just be in the teens some days. Maybe a little snow. Will see.

Tomorrow morn will be the usual Saturday morning group ride and with the warmer temps should be well attended. So thats about it for now. Have a good weekend and get outside.