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Long Time

A few days ago…..

Its been another long gap in posts. Ive just been busy with work and not riding a lot. The weather has been crappy with one day nice, the next day snow. My outside activity has hit a low.

But that will change soon. About a month from now I will have way more time to ride. And plan on doing some hiking\walking too. Next week Im out of town for work and will have next Friday off. A week from today. With that 3 day weekend Im trying to find somewhere to go. Nothing up in Hayward or Marquette will be ready to ride so I think I have to go south.

Like to Brown County. I have never been there but I hear good things from people who have. Its about a 6 hour drive. Thats only a half an hour longer than Hayward. Some of my friends are there this weekend. Its dry and good to go.

So we’ll see. Id like to go. Depending on cash flow. Looks like it will cost about $300 with hotel. Its just too cold to camp yet. But I plan on doing a lot of that up north this summer. Car camping is easy. And much cheaper than a hotel. And again, once we hit June it will be game on!

Anyway, I might be a little absent again for the next month. But once I start riding more I’ll be back here at least weekly.


Ships and Bikes

I go back in this blog to see all the cool bikes I’ve used. Now that I have to buy them I I feel like you all do when I paraded them around. Without all that bling to show off Im not sure my life is now blog worthy. I really dont know anything else but bikes. At least nothing that I could write about.

I used to post a lot about the big ships passing by. I saw one today. The US Indiana Harbor sailed on by this aft.

Thar she is.

So as far as the bike situation, Ive set my first weekend out of town to be April 26th to 28th. Most likely Marquette. Im pretty sure I will have my Powerfly by then (I could not do it without). Actually by the end of next week for sure. The trails are drying out here and we could be on dry dirt in 10 days barring any snow and rain.

As far as any road riding Im still on the old cross bike. Riding that thing hurts my knees. The geometry is from the 90’s. I dont like it.

Pinky 2019

But its good enough for now. I need to decide what kind of gravel\road\cross bike I want. The older Boone I mentioned last post is out of consideration. I just wont spend the money on a bike with outdated standards. So I will wait and save my hard earned money on a bike that makes sense in 2019 and forward.

Right now that would be a new Boone. You can run up to 40c’s on that bike easy. Maybe 42c if you dont mind a tight fit. But really 40’s would be fine. Good enough for any gravel/off road stuff but small enough to hit up a 30 miles road ride. Not a group ride mind you but a nice solo road ride. That’s pretty much the only kind of road ride I do in the summer anyway.

I’ve been looking around at gravel trails to ride that are not way up in northern Wisconsin. Something I could do a day trip for. I did found some about a hour away. I’ll check it out and let you know what thats all about. But first the bike. However I do have some 38’s I can put on Pinky for that stuff. She is a cross bike after all.

That’s about it for now. Maybe I’ll have my MTB by next post.


One done

beach yesterday

Yesterday I pulled the trigger on my ebike. Got a good deal from my past Trek rep. Im happy about that decision. Its 18.5 frame and usually ride a 19.5 but if add a 10mil longer stem the top tube is only 4mm shorter. I can handle that. I get it next week.

Unlike last year when I got my ebike and I went thru this mental breakdown this year will be difference. I will embrace the ride. Maybe not being a bike shop owner takes a little pressure off? I’ve promised my friends I’ll just shut up and ride. Either way Im looking forward to riding with my faster friends and being able to ride much farther without getting wiped out.

I have many weekends to plan. Now that I can. Im really exited about this summer. More so than any of the last 10 summers. So Im hooked up with my summer MTB. So whats next? Road\cross\gravel.

I have a line on a 2016 Boone. Dura Ace Di2. No wheels. $2k. The price is good but its the 2016 Boone. No isospeed in front. And thats not the worse thing. Its got screwed up hub standards. The front is a 15 by 100 and the rear is a 142 QR. Both not used anymore on road\cross bikes. So the wheels I have will not work ( they are the now standard 12mm front and rear). So I have to buy wheels.

This is not the first time I had that bike. Back in 2016 I built one the day after they were released.

I was way ahead of the one by curve for road bikes. This was my road bike that entire summer (2016). The bike Im looking at is the same exact frame. So its a possibility. But my first choice would be build up a new Boone with current hub standards and a iso in the front.

I still might buy that 2016, use the drive on a new bike, then sell all remaining stuff. But then I cant use the brakes. Those are post and I would need flat mount. Then when one thinks about it, All I can use are the shifters\derailer\crank (that I have to buy new rings for cuz its got CX rings). And it would just seem that I could not use enough off that bike to justify another build. So really its only worth it if I keep and ride that bike. Also would be tough to sell with all the old standards.

So I guess what Im saying is that bike is up in the air. And really thats the bike I could be riding today with the MTB parked until the trails dry up. Which could be May?

But at least I have one piece of the puzzle in the books.


Executive Decision.

So now being a consumer and not a bike shop owner is starting to hit me in the pocketbook. Damn, these bikes are expensive. The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about what would be the first bike I want to buy. Honestly, I took nothing with me when I closed the store. I sold everything. Mostly because I needed the money to close the store but partly because I didnt really know what I wanted to keep. This is different than ordering a new bike, giving it a try and just selling it to move on. Now I have to keep the bike I buy. So I just didnt know what to buy at the time.

As I type today, I need a MTB, road\gravel and a fat bike. The fat bike can wait until fall. However I have a line on one of my old Farely EX’s that I could buy reasonable and that would take care of both the MTB and fat bike in one transaction.

I could buy this bike.

Its a bike I built in 2016. Its got XT Di2. Very nice bike and I would only have to get a 29+ wheelset for summer. So thats been the option on my mind. However I do know of a Powerfly, just like the one I had last fall only one size smaller. Its a 18.5 frame and I had a 19.5. But I think I could make it work with just a stem swap. So I have a decision to make.

On top of Marquette Mtn.

I remember all the fun I had on that ebike. Riding trails I could normally not do anymore. If you read this blog you remember the mental anguish I had riding this bike. That kinda consumed me but once I was on the bike and riding that all went away. Im past that. Talking with a much faster freind they mentioned how much more fun it was when I rode with her due to the fact we could ride together and not watch me struggle. So Im so over that type of thinking and Im not getting younger so its the ebike Im going for. I have more time to ride now and ride I shall. 40 mile MTB rides are in my future. Maybe even something out west.

So if I get the ebike I will need to buy a fatbike in fall and thats OK. But this spring Im also looking for a road\gravel\cross bike. I really dont do big road rides anymore so I just dont need that 15 pound road rocket. Last year I rode my Checkpoint the most but for the most part Im sure I wont do a lot of bikepacking so maybe a lighter cross bike would be better when Im on the road.

But I really loved riding fat tires on this bike. So cool. But for the road it was a little cumbersome so maybe a Boone or maybe even a Crockett. Im not opposed to aluminum.

Who here remembers this Crockett I built in 2015. I loved this bike. eTap. Easton cockpit. Aeolus wheels. 40c tires. I wish I had this one back.

So my next drop bar bike will be something like this. Run a 40c gravel tire or a 28c road tire for road riding.

Technically, if I bought the Farely EX and build a bike like this I would only have two bikes to rule them all. That thought is appealing to me as I could afford some nice carbon wheels and the new Sram eTap 12 speed stuff. But I guess we will see. My first priority will be to try and acquire the ebike and go from there.

Thats the plan as of today anyway.