Thursday, July 31, 2008

1805 total miles (approximate) 550 commuting miles (approximate)


Random picture off the internet....hopefully those boxes are empty...

14.92 miles - Liam's soccer game/Lake Calhoun - 7/31/08

14.92 miles
avg 17.5
max 27.3
cal 509.6
0.51.02

Trek Commuter

Liam almost scored a goal 4 or 5 times...he did great....then I took a stroll down around Cedar Lake and the Lake Calhoun....beautiful evening for a ride, but still quite hot...still love riding my old Trek 400...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

11.69 miles - Cedar Lake Quick Route - 7/31/08

11.69 miles
avg 17.1
max 25.0
cal 379.2
0.40.57
Vintage Trek 610

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

34.58 miles CRC/Greenway/East River Parkway via Stone Arch Bridge/Minnehaha Parkway - 7/29/08

34.58 miles
avg 16.0
max 27.1
cal 1059.4
2.09.32

Trek 610

First decent ride on my 610...it was pretty lovely I must say...beautiful day but hot-as-hell!! Its amazing how the 35W bridge has come along - just in time for the RNC in St. Paul - coincidence? Probably not....

8 miles - Commute - 7/28/08

8 miles
Trek Commuter

Sunday, July 27, 2008

12 miles - Cedar Lake Quick Route - 7/27/08

12 miles
35 minutes

Trek 330 Single Speed

Gotta ride when you can...

8.03 - Errands - 7/26/08

8.03 miles
avg 11.4
max.4
cal 174.7
Greenpeace with ride-a-long

Thatcher, Mitch and Liam to the Jones' house and ten a stop at Target on the way home....

Friday, July 25, 2008

12 miles - Cedar Lake Quick Route - 7/25/08

12 miles
Trek 330 Single Speed

I friend wants to buy my 330 frame because he likes and because he believes that it is too big for me...I happen to disagree about the size, but it is a really difficult decision since I picked up a 1984 58cm Trek 500 frame and fork....I would want to get the 500 custom painted, which would mean that I would be out a single speed for a while...????

26.34 miles - Greenway/Minnehaha Parkway/SW Corridor - 7/24/08

26.34 miles
avg 17.8
max 26.8
cal 931.9
1.28.25
Trek Commuter

Nice ride on my old commuter...started out feeling sluggish....but really reached a zen on the way back west...it was one of those moments when you truly can say "there is nothing else I would rather be doing right now."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

9.36 miles - Ben & Jerry's Trip/part of Lake Calhoun - 7/23/08

9.36 miles
avg 13.8
max 19.8
cal 232.5
0.40.33
Greenpeace with ride-a-long

Liam enjoyed his cone but was very squiggly on the way home...he was yelling and singing and throwing the bike all over the place....its called tired kid syndrome...!!!

19 miles - Greenway to Mississipi River and back - 8/22/08

19 miles
Trek 330 Single Speed

What is the great thing about a well setup single speed? One word....quiet. I love the smooth quiet ride on my 330...the gear ratio seems to be about just right and it is dialed in for comfort....

Monday, July 21, 2008

15.73 miles - Dinner @ Punch with Liam/ Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun - 7/21/08

15.73 miles
avg 14.8
max 21.1
cal 428.8
1.03.38
Greenpeace with ride-a-long

Had pizza and a beer with Liam and went around a couple of the lakes...it was an absolutely beautiful evening. Liam called the clouds "his mountains," which was a surprising quote from a kid who tends not to notice (or at least not vocalize) these certain aesthetic pleasures in life. It was an awesome ride with my great little guy....

Friday, July 18, 2008

Greenpeace with ride-a-long attached


I bought this Gary Fisher Tassahara mountain bike new in 2000.

It has been a great bike.

I installed the XT rear derailluer last year after the original LX failed.

It has Continental high pressure (85psi) road tires on a cheapie rear wheel that I replaced because the freehub died. On the front I have a Deore.

Right now I have the cheapie Wellgo pedals with SPD's on one side and standard pedal on the other.

The crappie Manitou fork will probably last awhile because I don't want it to...this bike is on my "no sale" list because it has simply been too good to me!!!

It is decked out with the seat post rack and Trek Interchange bag...you got to be prepared with the kids in tow!!!

The Adams trail-a-bike that we call a "ride-a-long" has a nice handy rear rack.

I took off the dangerous original handlebar and attached a vintage bar that Liam appreciates much beter than the clunky BMX style bar that came on the thing...he also gets a bottle holder and an Incredibell...

14.42 miles - Lake Calhoun/Bass Lake Loop - 8/18/08

14.42 miles
avg 14.4
max 20.7
cal 380.5
0.59.50
Greenpeace with Liam on the ride-a-long

Its a bird, its a plane, no its bicycle repairman!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eCdIe0wdvU&feature=related

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

21.71 miles - Errands - 7/16/08

21.71 miles
avg 13.3
max 28.3
cal 562.2
1.37.44
Greenpeace with ride-a-long

Picked Liam up from his class at the Edina Art Center and rode back into Uptown and had lunch at Jimmy Johns. Rode to Cal-Surf in Uptown and then home...

1984 Trek 610 to add to the collection - pics now, details later






13.24 miles - Freewheel quick route - 7/15/08

13.24 miles
avg 17.4
max 23.4
cal 459.1
0.45.37
Poprad

Had just enough time to go to Freewheel on the Greenway and back...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

7.04 miles - Bass Lake Quick route - 7/14/08

7.04 miles
Greenpeace w/ride-a-long

Had a few minutes with Liam and pulled him down and around bass Lake via the SW Corridor....haven't had much time to ride with my boy lately...so it was great to get out with him again...

Monday, July 14, 2008

8.03 miles - Commute - 7/12/08

8.03 miles
avg15.7
max 32.4
cal 256.8
0.30.39
Trek Commuter

Saturday, July 12, 2008

27.43 miles - Commute/Errands - 7/12/08

27.43 miles
avg 16.5
max 30.0
cal 910.9
1.39.04
Trek Commuter

Gave my panniers a workout today....holding all sorts of stuff from work clothes to wine bottles to 300 sheets of paper...its amazing how many miles you can get by running errands on your bike....

Friday, July 11, 2008

11.40 miles - Commute - 7/12/08

11.40 miles
avg 14.0
max 29.0
cal 384.6
0.48.43
Trek Commuter

14 miles - Commute/Shady Oak Extension - 7/11/08

14 miles
Trek Single Speed

I love this bike!!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

17.27 miles - Ridgedale YMCA via Shady oak Rd/ home by Minnetonka Blvd - 7/9/08

17.27 miles
avg 16.5
max 30.7
cal 587.6
1.02.26
Poprad

A "little" pre-ride slows ya down....recovery with a cup of coffee ad a cookie and a nice exhilarating ride home....

11.57 miles - Commute - 7/8/09

11.57 miles
avg 15.6
max 26.1
cal 361.1
0.44.28
Trek Commuter

Monday, July 7, 2008

New addition to the bike family - vintage Trek road bike 1981-83?


This bike did not originally come with flat bars, but normal road bars and downtube shifters...someone also replaced the saddle and seat post...I am not sure if I want to restore this bike or alter it and use it for myself. I may replace the wheel set with something of a new vintage (9 or 10 speed freehub) and replace the bars, saddle seat post tires, shifters and rear derailuers...all of this is speculation.
This was a great find...I'll keep the blog posted....

23.78 miles - Greenway/Minnehaha Parkway - 7/7/08

23.78 miles
avg 16.6
max 25.2
cal 752.2
1.25.35
Poprad

Nice relaxing ride after being laid up for 5 days with a nasty sinus infection....

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Vintage Trek 330 Single Speed






Its almost done...decided on some "new" single speed wheels....now all I have to do is put on some SPD's and likely a new handlebar, tape. cables and housing someday and I will have myself a finished SS...this one is a keeper and will NOT be going up for sale.....

$ - 26.16 miles - Winnetka Ave/ New Hope /Robbinsdale / Theo Wirth/ Lyndale Ave/ Lake of the Isles/ SW Corridor - 7/1/08

26.16 miles
avg 16.8
max 31.4
cal 885.8
1.33.13
Poprad

New addition to the bike family - Trek mountain bike



I am not sure what I am going to do with this bike...I was thinking about equipping it for transporting goods - maybe a grocery setup, or an Extracycle, or maybe I will simply resell it if something else comes along....

I like the idea of having a rigid fork mountain bike, but what I am really looking for is a 1985 or older vintage Trek mountain bike - the kind with "USA" on the seat post tube and the cool old head badge....I found one last week and drive to St. Paul to check it out. It was mechanically sound, but cosmetically in very bad shape...so I turned it down.