Friday, October 31, 2008

3015 miles!!!!!!!!!

35.77 miles - Commute/Scooterville - 1-/31/08

35.77 miles
avg 16.4
max 32.8
cal 1151.7
Vintage Trek Commuter

A lot of soul searching during my ride today...also the most stupid thing I have done on a bike in many years...great day. Great ride!!!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

10 miles - Commute - 10/30/08

10 miles
Trek 330 single speed

Dropped the Vespa off at the shop and rode the SS the long way home.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

27.30 miles - Gorshe Auto in Dinkytown to work/work to Gorshe's - 10/29/08

27.30 miles
avg 15.8
max 29.2
cal 852.5

Very sluggish and cold morning ride....nice/warm/42 degree night ride....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

26.69 miles - Greenway/Lake St Brdige/E Rvr Parkweay/Ford Bridge/Minnehaha Prkwy/Wooddale Blvd - 10/26/08

26.69 miles
avg 16.7
max 28.1
cal 866.7

35 degree ride in evening and then AmPhibs work well on the feet, but still got pretty cold ride - I spent 10 seconds or so inside a leaf dust devil on the E River Parkway and nearly ran into a pack of raccoons coming down the hill after Lyndale Ave on the Minnehaha Parkway!!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

24.83 miles - Commute/Cedar lake Extension/Dinkytown on the way home - 10/24/08

24.83 miles
avg 16.3
max 27.4
cal 798.5
Trek 330 single speed

Wow...I am going to take more night rides. I took Cedar Lake Rd and crossed Cedar Lake Bike Trail via the walking bridge that leads to Cedar Lake. Then I rode over to Lake of the Isles and stopped at the canal bridge overlooking the lake with a full view of downtown - it was serene, urban and beautiful. I sat for a while and enjoyed the silence. I got a little mixed in Downtown, but eventually made it across the Hennepin Bridge and into Dinkytown. The sights and the feel of the city were sensational. It makes one appreciate Minneapolis and the various connectivity in the suburbs.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Winter bike - 1982 Trek road bike -> winterized!

This is the frame of its previous existence - nice Reynolds 501 steel frame from is presently up for auction on Ebay...

This is the 1982 Trek winter bike, with Bontrager Jones cycocross tires, Salsa cyclocross bars, Trek concave wheels from 1990, an XT rear derailleur, Origin 8 SS crank set and stem, a Bontrager seat post and saddle, and a really cool vintage Shimano bar-end shifter (the set came off of an early 70's "Sentinal" road bike). Thanks to Mr. Eric Guse, we ended up installing a new head set this evening in the switchover process from 1984 to 1982 Trek road frame.

8 miles - Commute - 10/22/08

8 miles
Trek winterbike

Left on my Trek 500 winterbike...came home on a different frame - same parts. I will be posting some pics...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Panoramas from today's ride!

Views from the Stone Arch Bridge

Not prize-winnig photos by any means, but this is a such a great spot, I thought it necessary to share it!!!

The fourth picture is a shot of the new 35W bridge...

Cedar Lake Bike Highway - Minneapolis

Looking west from Cedar Lake in these photos.

25.09 miles - SW Corridor/Cedar Lake Trail/Walker Art/Hennepin/W River Pkwy/Greenway - 10/21/08

25.09 miles
avg 17.4
max 28.1
cal 838.1

Nice ride, but with a strong E/SE wind that really slowed me down....still a great time of the year to ride. I enjoy the parkway a lot, but it tends to be rather bumpy...I took some pictures on the ride of Cedar Lake Bike Highway and a few of downtown MPLS from the arch bridge.

I also wicked up a vintage Trek frame and fork today....I may swap it out on my winter bike and sell the Reynolds frame that is currently on the winter bike...we'll see.

Monday, October 20, 2008

20.69 miles - Commute/Wliston Rd extension - 10/20/08

20.69 miles
avg 18.0
max 32.5
cal 759.4

I don't know what was going on, but I died going to the top of Williston Rd hill....I had lung burn and my heart was racing. The ride home from work was great...I felt totally fine. Weird!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

14.52 miles - Commute/Errands - 10/16/08

14.52 miles
avg 16.9
max 32.3
cal 532.2

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Cateye Velo 8 Cycling Computer = indestructable!!!

I have been using the wired Cateye Velo 8 computers on all of my bikes (I don't mind the wire) because Cateye specializes in computers and lights. I really didn't understand how great the Cateye cycling computer is until a couple of days ago, when I failed to push it onto its holder all of the way and it fell off on busy Excelsior Blvd in St. Louis Park. I stopped ASAP and tried to rescue it, but it was too late. Two cars ran over it. It popped under at least wheels and on the third wheel it flew over to the shoulder of the road. As I watched I yelled F#%K and swung my arms thinking I am going to have to lay down some cash for a new computer for my road bikes.

Alas, I picked the computer up angrily, looked at it and started pushing the buttons. Unbelievable, it was still working totally fine and totally intact. I was shocked. I simply stuck it back on its holder (correctly this time) and rode away!!

I would recommend the Cateye cycling computer. Its affordable, dependable, easy to use and obviously indestructible!!!

Its got some road rash, but hey, it was run over 3 times...what do ya expect!!!

2735 miles!

16.37 miles - Commute/Cedar Lake extension - 10/11/08

16.37 miles
avg 17.2
max 32.2
cal 561.2
Trek 330 single speed

Saturday, October 11, 2008

22.68 miles - Commute/Errands/Whole Foods - 10/11/08

22.68 miles
avg 17.4
max 25.4
cal 773.2
Trek 330 single speed

Great ride to work this morning - stopped at the Harvest Moon Coffeehouse for some bread pudding. Then rode out to Cedar Lake and took the trail to Virginia Ave and then to work. Rode the opposite way home and stopped for dinner foods at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Gotta love this fall weather!

Friday, October 10, 2008

12.74 miles - SW Corridor/Shady Oak Rd/Penn/Grocery Store - 10/10/08

12.74 miles
avg 18.3
cal 496.7

Felt really strong today...wish I had the time to ride farther!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

25.40 miles - Greenway/Coffee@Birchwood/W River Pkwy/Minnehaha PkWy/Trader Joes - 10/09/08

25.40 miles
avg 18.5
max 28.5
cal 938.3

Replaced the Race x Lite tires with Coninental Ultra Gator Skins for better protection against road debris...I like them so far. They ride a bit harder, but they seem to be just as fast. Beautiful time of year!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

17.26 miles - Cedar Lake Trail/Lake Calhoun/Trader Joes Errand - 10/08/08

17.26 miles
avg 17.7
max 28.4
cal 616.0
Vintage Trek Commuter

9.60 miles - Commute - 10/07/08

9.60 miles
avg 15.5
max 30.7
cal 289.3
Trek 500 winter bike

Rainy ride to work....when I got home and was hanging around with my kids in the basement play room, the tire blew out in a huge bang!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

13.05 - Shady Oak Rd Quick Route - 10/06/08

13.05 miles
avg 19.1
max 29.7
cal 510.5

Flatted on the Hutchinson Spur Trail portion between Excelsior Blvd and Minnetonka Blvd - same place I flatted with the same bike earlier this year. I think I am going to change my tires out to the Conty Gator Skins for the early and late parts of the season from now on...there is too much debris in the roadway and trails this time of the year!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

10.89 miles - Cedar Lake Quick Route (sprint) - 10/03/08

10.89 miles
avg 19.1
max 32.4
cal 419.4

Had to sneak a ride in today...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

30.38 miles - Greenway/ E River Parkway/Ford Bridge/Minnehaha Pkwy/SW Corridor - 10/02/08

30.38 miles
avg 18.1
max 28.6
cal 1079.3

Like riding in air conditioning....beautiful time of year to ride.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

4 Metro Cyclists Down - No More Please!!!

See the link above for the effective are ghost bikes?
It is truly not that dangerous to comute by bike...

8.44 miles - Commute - 10/01/08

8.44 miles
avg 16.4
max 32.3
cal 279.9
Vintage Trek Commuter

15.32 miles - Freewheel/Lake Calhoun quick ride - 9/30/08

15.32 miles
avg 18.0
max 23.8
cal 539.1
Vintage Trek Commuter

Got a ride in before my wisdom teeth were pulled...a little chilly.