Monthly Archives: April 2018

Weekend Report

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Sunday morn.

I finally got down to the beach on Sunday morn before the ride. I really miss mornings there. By now I thought I would have things in place to once again be able to have my time there. Soon I hope.

The water is so high. There used to be almost 30 or so feet of beach beyond that boardwalk. Now the water is hitting it. Actually running under it at times. Its crazy how the lake changes day to day.

We are now leaving the 5th coldest April on record and things like that do affect bike stores. Sunday morn it was 29 degrees when I got up and its just two days from May. It got up to 48 with the average high now about 60 degrees. Thats nuts.

Saturday I just didn’t ride. It was just too cold. Im so done with that and besides, I was planning a longer ride Sunday anyway. Sunday rolls around and I called out a 40 mile ride at 11am. Just one other showed and I needed more to be able to ride that long. I did manage 30 miles which is the longest to date this year. And I did not feel so good after. I guess I was sore in a good way. But I was really sore. When there is 5 bikes or so I can hide a little bit better. With just one other Im pulling and that just takes more out of me.

The weather is turning today. Maybe 70’s for temps tomorrow and I do plan on a ride then. Maybe one more later this week too. In between the rain. Looking at the 10 day things look about 10 degrees warmer. About time.

That’s about it for today. Again, with the woods drying out I need to keep thinking MTB. Soon.

DLD

I Like Spring

I like spring. Of course it gets warmer and I can wear less clothing to ride. But another thing is the flurry of this summer’s new bikes to ride. You all have seen the BMC Roadmachine. Yesterday I got another bike for this years stable. My Trek Checkpoint got here about 11am and I was out on a 20 miler by 2pm.

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This bike may be a keeper for me. Carbon SL frame with isospeed. Room for big tires. I currently have some Bonty 29-0,s that are 1.9’s but Im pretty sure 2.0’s with a smooth tread pattern will fit too. I threw on the 3T carbon wheels I took off the BMC. I specced the bike with 105 which works wonderfully. If I decide to keep this one then some form of electronic will be installed.

All the bosses for racks, bags and such are everywhere. Throw on a 35m road tire and its a tour bike. Put the fatter tires on and its a gravel bike. It’s a commuter in any configuration. The 20 mile first ride was a nice one. I rode with a few others who had road bikes. I struggled but that fine by me. I’ll use the road bike for the group rides and when Im solo, which is most of the time anyway it will be on this guy.

My commutes back and forth to work will be fun as I can cut through the local park and hit up some single track right on the way. When they introduced this bike I knew I was getting one immediately. It was hard to get. Always backordered. But my number came up and here we go.

Im looking at all the racking possibilities right now. If you remember I had that Trek 920 for three years, all bagged up to go and never used it. The right thing was to sell it and I was a little bummed when I did last fall but thats old news now. I think if I do any touring it will be more of a overnite bikepacking as opposed to a full blown tour. So this would be perfect decked out in bikepacking gear. And when Im not its not this heavy tank. Like I said, this one could be a keeper for me.

I still have that ride up in Cable on May 12th. 60 miles of gravel. Well, I might cut that a bit short but still will be a good time. Its crazy but they are still skiing up there so I dont know how the roads are going to be in two week. Time will tell. All the MTB race series here in Wisco have already cancelled their openers. Still a ton of snow in the woods farther north but melting fast. It’s all but gone here. Some snowplow piles and thats about it.  Some have rode in the woods already. Its early for that.

So now I turn toward my last bike of 2018 and thats the MTB. Couple weeks before I order that one. Still on the fence with which one. I guess the one thats in stock at the time. Really, no bad choice.

I rode Wednesday and Thursday this week. I’ll not ride today and not sure about Saturday morn before work. Back in the 30’s for temps. Im just about ready to put all the 30 degree ride stuff away. So I might pass tomorrow morn and wait to put in a longer ride Sunday. 50 degrees at noon. All my rides (like 5 of them) this spring have been in the 20 miles range. I hope to spread my wings a bit Sunday. Not sure what Im thinking. Some are calling out a 65 mile route but Im not so sure I can do that yet. Will see. Maybe a 40 mile route for me. That would be good enough.

Its a nice weekend so get outside whatever you do.

DLD

Tubeless

So I broke down and mounted my road bike tubeless yesterday.

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Actually I had two sets to do. Mine and a customers. I guess the jury is out on this. First I was pumped to give it a try, then I got cold feet and decided not to bother. Then I figured since I had the tires I might as well.

I did my customers first and those went surprisingly well. One ounce of sealant and up they went. Holding all air right off the bat. Nice. Then I did mine and the first one went just as well. But the second one (the last one) was the one to give me fits. First off I gotta say I was surprised how loose the tires were in the rims. Looser than the tubed Conti’s I took off.

In the past road tubeless tires were crazy tight on the rim. Almost impossible to do. Let alone throw a tube in on the road somewhere. But for tubeless these tire were crazy loose. On and off by hand only no problem. So I was leary right away. In the end I could just not get the last one to go without tricks. I had to throw a tube in to seat one side of the bead, pull out the tube and add sealant which I usually do thru the stem once its seated but I think I needed the extra help the sealant gave when I tried to seat the bead. Eventually I got the tire up but I had to add another ounce of sealant to stop the leaking.

By that time both the wheel and I were covered in sealant. Now I remembered why I didnt want to do this. Im not sure why that last tire gave me grief. I checked right when I got in today and its still all aired up so its not leaking any air anymore.

Ive been running tubeless tires ongoing since 2001. First MTB and then of course fatbike. Both those situations have benefits of able to run lower pressure and less weight. Im not sure those issues translate over to the road side of things. Sure, you can run lower pressure without a pinch but how low are you really going to run a road tire? I’ve been running 90psi in my 28’s. Should I now go down to 80? Can a big guy like me run that low and not hurt my rolling resistance? I dont know but I guess Im going to find out.

But I will say this. And this is just me. If I dont notice a night and day difference on the road its not worth it to ditch the tube. I understand that this scenario could potentially seal a leak. And most times road bike leaks are very small so maybe there’s that. But I average maybe 2 flats a summer. Not that much of an inconvenience. At least not for me.

So Im tubeless and heading out for a ride today at 2pm. Tomorrow too. It looks like it might hit 60 tomorrow. The comeback continues.

DLD

Game Back On

The road bike is done and done. Well, almost. I slapped on the wheels Friday right before a ride. Yes, you heard right. I rode a bike this weekend. In fact, I had three rides three days in a row. Fri,Sat and Sunday. 60 miles total.

Back to the bike. Everything is on the bike except I did not put the tubeless tires on. Instead I pulled a set of Conti’s off the floor. Not sure why I did that as Im going to air up the tubeless this week. Prior I was all over the tubeless thing. Now that I have them and and a fresh set of Conti’s on Im not so sure anymore. Just cold feet I guess. I have to do a set for a customer. I’ll do those first as see how I like them. Again, Im sure they ride great, just not so sure I want to go thru all the tubeless hassle. Or after setting up that first set maybe its no hassle at all.

Friday me and another headed out in the afternoon for 23 miles. My first real ride in seven weeks. And after that short ride I felt exactly as I thought I would. Everything hurt. Shoulders and neck the worst. I was limping the rest of the day. My knees ached. I hurt so bad I had to take some vitamin “I” before bed to get to sleep. The comeback is not going to be easy. I didnt think it was going to be.

Saturday moen I left with the breakfast group but had to flip back to work. I felt a bit better but then again it was only 15 miles and pretty slow so I’ll call that one a recovery ride.

Sunday 5 of us headed out for a quick 25 miles. Temps in the 50’s felt awesome. Im always amazed on how bad I feel on the bike with a long absence. And then Im amazed on how fast it comes back. I felt great Sunday. Knees did not hurt. I felt so much better than Friday and even pulled quite a bit. I just need to lose some weight and keep the time up on the bike. 10 hours a week would be good but Im not sure I could swing that with the coffee shop opening early.

I’ve got to say the Brooks seat is working perfectly. I think I’ve found a keeper. Other riders with little or no seat time complained about a sore butt. I was pleasantly surprised to find no discomfort at all. On any of the rides. I’ve got two more of those seats on order. The seat really has no padding but a ton of flex. It’s a bit narrower than my other seats so that could be a factor in its success too. I dont care what makes it so comfy, just glad I found a seat that works for me. I wont put one on the floor, these things run over $200 bucks. The most expensive seat I’ve used. And totally worth it

What a difference a week makes. Last week Monday I was amazed by the record setting snow storm. Today, a week later all that snow is almost gone, (here, not so much north of here) and you would not even know it happened just 7 days ago. Tomorrow might hit 60 degrees. But thats about time. We deserve this now. Bring on spring.

My next ride might be tomorrow afternoon. Most likely solo. Now that my store is clean across town I’ve been looking for a half ass decent route to ride out to my favorite park. Yesterday afternoon I spent some time looking for that and I think I found possibility. It involves some sidewalk and across a few yards but it just might work. Maybe I’ll give it a test run Tuesday aft. It might be a great ride with my Checkpoint which was supposed to come in last week, now looking like later this week. Can’t wait.

That’s it for now.

DLD