Monthly Archives: July 2018




It was a so-so weekend. I did get out for a pre work ride both Friday and Saturday. Sunday was one of those days again where I sat on the couch all day (or lawn chair outside) and ate too much. I did have the MTB with me but just never got the ambition to ride. I dont like those days. Friday i rode the MTB on our local trails. The kids have been busy building these structures. It seems they have been getting more extravagant every summer. Pretty soon I could live in one.

Since I decided to sell the BMC I now pimped out my Checkpoint for road riding. At least for awhile. I dont think I have a lot of road riding to do this summer anymore anyway.


The bike is not half bad on the road. I put down 20 miles on it Saturday morn. The Zipps look funny on the bike tho….

So now its game on with the MTB. Back to my roots. Im planning ahead a bit for August with two possible weekend up in Marquette. Ore to Shore is in two weeks and I can have another weekend on the 25th\26th too. Not sure what to do with that one.

That’s all I have here today. Not much I know.  The bike sale is still going one today. It should be busy….



Back to taking pictures. And spending more lake time in the morning. Always a great way to start the day. I’ve been busy in the store with my stuff.

Bontrager now has a 2.6in tire in XR2. So I had to get it. Currently I have XR3’s in 2.4 and they were OK but since I was always a 29+ guy I wanted to get as big as I could with the EX. Bonty did have some 2.6’s out there but they were XR 4’s was way too beefy for what I ride. So on with the XR2 bigger tires now. Always a pleasant experience mounting tubeless tires on Bonty TLR tire\wheel combo. So easy. So next is the first ride. Im sure I wont notice a difference although Im sure it will be there. The tires are a bit wider and taller too. So that will be good for me. I was going to ride it this morn but some pretty good rains last nite kept me out of out local woods. Maybe tomorrow morn.

4 sale.

I’ve also made an executive decision. I’ve decided to discontinue BMC in the store. Great bikes, I love my Roadmachine, but just did not sell enough of them. So this bike is for sale at demo pricing. I’ll get it up on the interwebs next week after putting it back to stock.

So…..  I did order a new Madone SLR. I was waiting for this bike to come out with disk and now it has. But mine wont be here until late Sept and by then I will be all MTB. But thats OK. I dont group ride a lot anyway anymore and I will just put skinny tires (28c) on the Checkpoint for the road the rest of this summer. I’ll just throw on the Zipps on that bike. Plenty good for what road riding I do. So thats on the agenda today.  I’ll put the fat Checkpoint tires and another wheelset and just switch back and forth….

Besides that, Trek’s summer sale starts today. I’ve done a little advertising so I hope that goes well. One last kick in sales before it slows which is less than a month away.

Its crazy how Im already looking at fall and thinking what MTB weekends I can take. I also plan on another fall trip out west early November. Its pretty slow here then, best time to do that.

That’s about it for today, most likely will talk after the weekend. Get outside.


Busy Times

I completely forgot to post later last week. I was understaffed both Friday and Saturday and I knew that having been overstaffed the weekend prior to get up north.

Hidden Lake trail. Eagle River,WI

Here’s a pic from the Hidden Lake trail near Eagle River. I was a bit blown out at the time. That’s about the best smile I could muster. But you can get an idea on how awesome those trails were. Just beautiful. I will be back to seek revenge on these trails. They kicked my ass that day. I hope to turn that around another day. Those trails were hard and I hope to do the entire loop in the future.

Looking back, that huge bonk Sunday was the accumulation of the third day riding in the heat. I think my body just ran out of water. And I know I suck at eating and drinking on the bike but Im not so sure I could have avoided this altogether. When I wasn’t in an air conditioned hotel room I pretty much was sweating. And it just caught up to me on the third day when I was putting in huge efforts. I was seeing stars on the top of some of those climbs. So if I get back there under different circumstances I think I would be fine if I took my time.

I did not ride once all last week. Just too busy. Saturday morn was a misty overcast. And I was alone in the store all day anyway so I had to prepare. So no ride Saturday either.

Saturday morn.

I did hit the beach a bit Saturday morn. I wasn’t raining but just a mist. Overcast. With all the sunshine we have been getting I didnt mind a gloomy day. We were due.

And that carried into Sunday morn. Woke up to a pretty solid rain. But looking at the radar it seemed it was all coming to an end soon. I got out on the road bike at 2pm. Sunny and windy 20 miles. I’ll take it since it was a solid week since I last rode a bike.

A full week has passed since the north trip and I have been so busy I really did not get to think about it so much. A couple of thoughts. It was kinda bummer to do it alone but that allowed me to pretty much ride when I wanted where I wanted. That was nice. But being alone in the middle of nowhere had me riding pretty conservative. I just could not take the chance of hitting the deck when alone.

So even tho its a full week later I’ll close that chapter. I really have no idea when I’ll get another weekend. Nothing in Aug. Maybe Sept. Other than that its back to work. Im training a new employee and thats always a bummer mid summer.

The two days of rain has moved on and I hope to get in a few rides this week. Maybe a couple of commutes…. I have a full kit I keep at the store just in case….


MTB Tour of the North(pt 2)

Second day Saturday. Still hot (near 90) and still lots of bugs.

Saturday morn.

After finding a nice coffee shop in Minocqua and spending an hour there I was off to my next trail ride. WinMan trails are a privately owned system. Skiing and fat bikes by winter, MTB by summer. Sadly I dont have any pictures from on the trail as the flies were just so bad. Could not stop.

The trail system is on a smallish footprint. The trails wind back and forth right next to each other.I did a pretty good sized loop in 35 minutes but there were trails I did not hit first time thru. The second time I got to hit another loop and also the slalom downhill section. They have it all there. Here is a map. I started both laps on the yellow and finished on different loops. It was busy, maybe 30 bikes there at 10am. There is no fee to ride there but dont leave without making some donation. This stuff is hard to maintain. Lots of berms. The climbing was there but it was switch backed so not as hard. You can see there was a lot of nam hours here building these trails.

After a few hours there I was kinda done for the day and just did the up north sightseeing thing. Our family used to come up here a lot and I backtracked to all the old stomping grounds. The bike paths up here have grown quite a bit. Miles and miles of paved path between many small towns. I’ve been on them 10 years ago and I think they have doubled since. Lots of families on them.

The road riding up here is also second to none. Beautiful country roads with lakes on both sides. I always wanted to just come up here with the road bike. I just might.

I decided to spend the nite in Eagle River. There is a old school trail I was told about a few years ago. I’ll give that a try on Sunday morn before I head home.

The Hidden Lakes trail is not like the others I rode this weekend. Like I said its a old school trail. More like a hiking trail. Not maintained. Always in the rough. Again, no pics due to the insect population but I found some info on it.

This is about the best link on it.

Compared to the fast flowing man made trails I’ve been riding on this was twice as hard, twice as technical. No switchbacks here. You went straight up huge elevation changes. Rocky and roots all the way up. Needless to say it was hike a bike for me. But it was not the trails that kicked my ass. By this third day in the heat I was not keeping up with hydration. And it all came to a head halfway thru this trail. I just had nothing left to sweat out. I was in a bit of trouble. I knew I was going to make it out but I was so sick. I did about 9 miles of the trail and bailed out on a road crossing. Looked at my phone and found my way back to the lot. I could not eat the rest of the day. And Monday morn was a bit tough still. But feeling better now.

Here’s my ride on Connect. It does not look that hard but it was.

But what a beautiful trail. Winding thru lakes and campgrounds. Many times right along the water’s edge. I will for sure be back to try this one again. It’s a true MTB trail. And I’ll be better prepared so I can do the entire loop next time.

So that my weekend. It was fun to hit all the different trails with several different types of trails. I just wish my fitness was better so could have rode with another but at least I got out there. I would not hesitate to do it again.

I think I need to invest in a CamelBak.