Mid Week Report

I have nothing to say today. At least I think I dont.

A few weeks ago I talked about the comeback. How it started earlier this month when I rode four days in a row. And I started feeling better on the bike. Since then, about three weeks ago, I’ve been on a bike maybe three times. Always I have good intentions but they just never seem to pan out. Once again I am at my all time low on the bike. To the point that I pretty much have to ride alone. Not able to ride without holding everyone else back. That’s got to change soon. And Im the only one that can do that.

The store is busy. Summer is finally here and the repairs are overflowing. Really, there’s not a lot of riding time until thats under control. It helps in that respect getting here at 7am.

The weather is amazing. Today I need to take some time and hang out in the park but Im alone most of the day on Wednesdays.

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Im a bit nervous sitting here in the middle of May without a MTB. It just feels weird. I’ll get one coming soon for sure. I keep saying that. And what I usually say is Im not sure which one to get. Im so wishy washy that way but really it will come down to what’s in stock when I want one.

Just so this was not a complete waste of your time I will show you a new Bontrager helmet I just love.


Bontragers Rally MTB helmet has a new system to hard mount a light or camera on it. It’s called the Blender system and its a GoPro style mount that attaches magnetically. I’ve been night riding for years and have always hated the strapped on lights on my helmet. Lately some have been using a hard mount that screws on and thats cool too but to be able to take it one and off by hand is the best. It just fits in a slot on one side and a magnet on the other. Take it off and you can’t tell from a normal helmet. Very cool. The new Circuit road helmet has this too. This one’s mine and of course its MIPS.

So thats it for today. I hope to ride tomorrow but I know how that has been going lately.


OK With It.

This weekend was not one for the books but Im OK with it. More on that later. But first this.

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Crazy stuff!

So yesterday I was pumped to just take a ride to the park like I used to do everyday since the store was closed for Sunday.  As I cruised along the lake I saw what I thought was a ship way out there. I could not make it out but took this pic. I looked on the radar and saw no ships in the area. I thought that was weird.  I get to the computer this morn and see this. I have no idea what I’m looking at. But it was out there. Some kind of reflection thing? I had no idea. Then, a buddy sent me this. Its pretty awesome I now have some pics of that! So rare!

So Saturday I woke to 38 degrees. I really needed to ride so I had to go back into the basement to get some thermal stuff back out. I hate doing that. Anyway, I rode the Checkpoint knowing I was not going on the group ride but rode the 4 miles over to meet them. I was the first there and thought it was going to be a no show but 3 others finally rode up. After talking about how wimpey the others were, I mean, it was like 43 degrees by then. The three took off and I took the long way home adding some urban assault with the big tire’d bike. It was a nice ride. Sometime I like to just tool around. About an hour ride and got back in good time to open the store.

It was a no go.

Sunday was another story. Brought the road bike home as the woods are for sure too wet. After my drive to the park I got home around noon and took the bike off the car, aired up the tires and got it ready to ride. I was looking for something at least 30 miles. So I went inside to eat a little lunch, got my clothes all lined up and was going to wait a bit to let the temps ride maybe 5 more degrees. Then sat down on the couch. And took a nap. Long story short I put everything back and didnt ride. At first I was a bit upset with myself but then I just thought how often to I get to just hang and relax at home. So I grabbed a wine cooler and watched the Tour of Cali on my computer out on the patio. And just kicked back. It was very pleasant and Im glad I ditched the ride to relax a bit. I almost never get to do that.

Today at the store I start true “summer” hours. Since I get here early I get about three hours off in the middle of the day. About 11 to  2. This will be my time. To ride or just head over and have lunch in my favorite park. Will see how that works.

So it was a uneventful\eventful weekend. What I lost in bike rides I gained in phenomenon.

But I hope to ride a bit this week now with my new found time in the middle of the day. I still have yet to ride in dirt. And most likely will be with the Checkpoint if I do soon. But it will be another week before everything drys out. And thats if it doesn’t rain. And it looks like it will. Patience.


End of Week

Yet another week goes by and no riding. Its Friday morn and the weather dudes are calling for rain thru to Sunday. Another wasted weekend. I should be driving up to Hayward\Cable. I just heard all the trails up there are now open. Game on.

I now set my sites on Borah Epic weekend. Im not racing but it would be a good weekend to head up there. And this is happening too.  I would like to see that movie. So I will start to work on that. Something to look forward too. Exactly a month away. That should give me time to get my MTB and set it up. I would hope to have a few rides in the woods by then.

It’s Friday and its going to rain all day. Tomorrow too. So all the bikes that we have promised by the weekend will sit. A pet peeve of mine. People beg to have their bikes done quickly and Im very happy to put in the extra time to do so to have them done by weeks end. Then, the bike sits in the shop for a week (or more). Human nature I guess.

It looks like the best shot at riding will be Sunday. I’ll give it a go tomorrow morn but if its wet roads its a no go. And I wouldn’t mind sleeping in a bit but if the window is there I need to take it.20180510_123334

Thursdays is coffee delivery day. Im down to 3 latte’s a week now. Personally, I dont use milk, I use Half and Half. Just a little creamier. But a billion calories. I know if I try using skim I wont like it. I’ll give it a try. Maybe I can have four a week then. Worth it?

That’s about it this week. I’ll do my best to make this weekend as good as I can. You do the same.


Random Thoughts

Weather dudes calling for up to 2+ inches of rain between today and Friday. That will put the woods another week behind. I dont feel so bad about not having a MTB yet. Im thinking by Memorial Day would be fine.

I used to write here (almost) every day. Now I struggle to hit it up every other. Not sure why. Maybe Im busier. Maybe I just dont enjoy it as much anymore. Not sure. I used to write a lot. Short stories that nobody has read. Im not good at it, just like doing it. I dont do that anymore either.

Just no time right now and I knew that when I started the coffee thing. I signed up for this. Things will settle down.

This weekend I had planned to head up to Hayward\Cable for the Hungry Bear 100. Its gravel event. All the cool people are doing it.  I have the Checkpoint ready to go but I will not be there. And I really wanted to do this. I made it a point to get the gravel bike before the MTB knowing this was coming up. And I really could use a weekend off and out of town. I’ll still work on that tho. But it will be hard with game on in the store.

I think on slow weeks I’ll go back into the archives on Wednesdays and pull something out that is close to the days date.

Heres May 11, 2010.

Seems thing have not changes all that much. And I still have not gotten to the Apostle Islands to date.

That’s about all I can think of today. In the store I have a couple tune ups to finish and a few new bike builds. Typical day. The all day rain will slow the sales floor allowing me to get stuff done.