The "new" tires really suck. I have come to the conclusion that wider tires are not very good in the snowy conditions. My cyclocross tires performed much better on last years' bike. I am thinking about building up a road bike for the winter and selling the Tasshara - even though it performed well with the Bontrager H2 hybrid tires I had on it previously. They just did not do well in the wintery weather.
Was going to do Williston Rd hills before work but a still link due to a dented link cut that short. Some guy who used to own a local bike shop named "Service Bikes"(?) stopped to help. He said he never saw a chain with a defect like mine. I decided to ride the flats on the way to work instead. So I went back through Hopkins and took Minnetonka Blvd to Plymouth Rd and then hit Cedar Lake Rd and then work. I replaced the chain with a SRAM 830 chain with a quick-link. It shifted perfect on the way home - and was quiet. A crappier morning got crappier with my bike issue.
It is MUCH more fun to ride Willston north to south than south to north. I need some tights - both long and short. The material is transparent where my manhood sits and the thighs are worn into various holes on my long tights. The shit is so expensive though.
On my ride home tonight I had 2 or 3 mother&*%kers honk their horns at me. What a bunch of jackasses! I truly despize motorists these days. Chill out and share the road....
It felt fuckin' great to be on a bike....any bike, even for just a short short ride to work. I rode the winterbike today because it was dripping rain and windy when I left. Also, I had to stop and get some brew and hoiday wine on the way home and needed the panniers.
About a half-hour after I git home I realized I had somehow gained a flat on my winterbike...interested in what caused it. The tires only have 50 or so mile on them....
Happy T-Day!! I hope to get in a ride tomorrow before the turkey....
This great November weather is really nice. Around 50 degrees today with the sun shining. The 520 needed a bit of a lube and rear derailleur adjustment. If I wouldn't have worked, I could've gotten a nice ride in. Comsidering that next week will be cold and rainy, I should've gone all-out today!! Oh well...
Had lunch with my wife at Birchwood cafe on 25 st. in S. Minneapolis. If you haven't been, you must go! I had a delicious black bean burger that kept my tummy occupied until late in the evening. www.birchwoodcafe.com
Had a nice, but chilly ride down to the river and back this morning. Decent ride to and from work...nothing exciting, however, it was quite nice to get out this morning and get a few unfettered miles in. I am not a fan of the Pearl Izumi AmFib toe covers. They do NOT stay in place and want to slide front, thus covering up the cleat with the rubber sole. I am trying to find a solution, but to no avail.
Its gettin' chilly out there. I got a closer look at the tracks I wiped out on last week. I was right. They are at the same level as the road surface and the angle and speed I was taking them was ripe for the rear wheel to slide out from under me. I look at them differently now!!!
Three Rivers Park District cops are now sitting in an SUV by the intersection at Wooddale and SW Corridor Trail and chasing violators of blowing through the trail stop sign.
How this came about: Some dude and his buddy were riding their bikes drunk late at night a few weeks ago. They were going home to St. Paul from drinking in Hopkins and blew through the stop sign in the dark and one of the guys ran into the side of a lady's car and died.
Now because this ignorant biker got killed through stupidity, we all have to pay for his ignorance and of course the ignorance of the St. Louis Park PD because they probably pushed Three Rivers into ticketing, and for Three Rivers because they are assanine enough to follow through.
Why am I upset. Not because I recieved a ticket, but because I am a commuter who was riding in misty rain running an errand to Uptown, dressed properly with safety gear, a blinky light in the front and a blinky light in the rear fully fulfilling my personal standards of safety.
In this process I was keeping a car off the busy streets at a busy time of the day. There were no cars coming in either direction in my line of full sight in both directions when i blew through the stop sign.
This is a problem, because of: 1. MOMENTUM - There is a reason bikes don't fully stop at stop signs. Momentum is the key. Lazy auto drivers can simply push their foot down slightly on an accelerator and off they go. We have to utulize our full energy potential to speedily get ourselves and our bikes back up to cruising speed. Every time I stop I have to utilize vital energy to get myself going again. It is time consuming and frustrating. 2. FREEDOM - I ride my bike to feel the freedom of the road at full potential. I ride so that I do not have to deal with bullshit speeding tickets, road rage, stoplight/signs, etc... Biking is a very free way to get around, in more ways than one. After the ticket, I felt Big Brother breathing down my neck - I was looking around at every intersection, looking behind me incessantly, and I felt the rage I have experienced many many times at the wheel of a car.
Ticketing bikes interferes with the good kharma of riding a bike. If I have to worry about tickets and rage, I might as well park my lazy stupid ignorant American ass behind the wheel of my Saturn wagon permenantly!
35.7 miles 17.1 avg 30.6 max 2:05:06 Vintage Trek road bike
I took the old Trek out of winter storage and installed the pedals from the Burley puller to go for this ride today. The Poprad needs a new chain and cassette, so I didn't ride it. It was a good ride in spite of the older bike. It may be geometry that slows me down in the old Trek vs. the Poprad. It could've been the windy conditions, knee pain and tiredness also....good ride though. PS: Although I thoroughly enjoyed the Indian buffet, I don't recommend it before a 2 hour ride.
Sluggish and winnndy - knees hurt, especially the left one. But overall a pleasant ride. I have close to 3000 miles on thee Poprad and finally the gears are starting to get skippy. I am going to swap the sweet 10 speed ones on the old Trek. I may just swap wheelsets. Then the Popard would have Race Lite's instead of Race.
Felt good to get something in over 20 miles and get on the bike for an hour or so...its been very bad weather lately and the kids have been need. At least I rounded 2700 miles so far this year. Underr 300 more to hit my yearly goal. Last year I nearly hit 3400, but I didn't have a baby either. Still lovin' the 520. I decied I am going to invest in a Salsa Cromoto stem that is a bit shorter. Down the road the 520 is going to have to get a bar with less reach to the drops. I can really only ride this one on tthe hoods or top. If I raise the stem I will be too high on top, but with reachable drops. One step at a time.
It was nice to get back on the Poprad for a decent, albeit quick, ride....felt good, but every late fall ride keeps you thinking it may be the last decent ride until spring.... Toes were chilly and had my usual layers and was prretty comfy and snug...
Changed the rear cog over to an 18t last night and viola, we have a bike that can climb hills - with some effort - and can descend at a reasonable speed. Most of all I can actually get a workout....weee!
This bike was a combination of new parts, parts laying around, garage sale finds and Craigslist finds. It turned out great in my opinion. The single speed is set at 50/20 for this ride. I am trying out 50/18 for the next ride. The 50/20 really spun out and I had a hard time descending hills without much top end. The bike originally cost $50 at a yard sale. I installed new chain tensioner, tires, tubes, and it needed a bottom bracket. I also went the extra mile and stuck a new seat and seat post on the bike.
The great finds were the yard sale fenders (brand new) for $3 and the Craigslist lighting system, which is a NiteRider Cyclops for $20....
...very excited for a fun winter bike that rides well, is a single speed and has a low center of gravity...I reinstalled the rack today with better hardware, changed the rear cog to a 18t, installed the new seat post and dropped the handlebars about 1.5"...
Felt very strong today. Had a pervasive SE wind that slowed me on the way east, but coming west it gave me a nice boost. Not looking forward to next weeks chilly weather consdiering we are on the cusp of a Minnesota winter....
What a night for a ride and I am feeling stronger with my flu-like symptoms disspating....put a shorter stem on the Poprad - 100mm to a 90mm - and noticed it as soon as I got oon the bike....I may go down to an 80mm though.
9.98 miles avg 11.4 max 17.9 cal 205.3 0:52:09 Trek 790 w/ ride-a-long
Pulled Liam (he's 6 years old now) for the first time this year on our Adam's trail-a-bike. Last year we put many many miles on that thing and this year it is just not cool anymore. All that aside, we had a great time on the floating pier on Lake Calhoun and at Noodles for dinner. I really enjoyed some quality time with my middle child!!!
Very warm ride...had high hopes of a 50 plus day way out into the western burbs, but got bogged down with the family in the morning (no regrest of course) and got started late. I sort of zig-zagged everywhere and learned a few new routes...overall a good ride!
Wonderful ride around Lake Independence. Independence Rd is a great and very quiet place to ride. I saw a Bald Eagle perched on a dead tree by the road. I was about 20 feet from him/her. It just was checking me out. It was kind of scraggly - maybe a young bird or diseased, but still majestic and beautiful!
18.93 avg 11.8 max 18.3 cal 392.5 1:35:29 Trek 790 Burley Puller
Took Kian to dinner at Noodles & Co., Whole Foods and the Dunn Bros on Hennepin tonight. He had a decent ride....he typically dozed off a few times. But I think he had a good time. It was great spending time with him. I miss spending time with the other boys when they were this age. They all have different qualities and personalities - even at this early age.
Sluggish (i.e., not in the mood) start with the wind in my face and then got into the rythmn and felt good. Warning: Jackass alert around the 6.2 mile Baker Park Loop. Look out for inline skaters riding on the qwrong side of the trail!!!
Vintage Trek Commmuter w/ Burley on the way home from work.
Bought a Burley today...was going to buy a used Solo, but the people stood me and weren't home...so I said F%#@ it and bought a new Honey Bee at work. The discount on the HB was close to the price of the used SOLO...so I went with it and took Kian out a for a jaunt around the 'hood tonight and he loved it. I got the baby snuggler to fit him in there really nice. I am very excited to get him out and ctuise around with him.
First ride on the "new" Trek 400 that I bought from an older guy in Minnetonka. His son worked for Now Sports in yesteryear and he was very attached to this bike. He felt confident that I would take care of it....I will for that particular guy. It rides nice. The wheels are tight and smooth and very strong for how old they are in age. Its going to be a very cool bike when I am done. Pics soon I hope!
Really fun ride...first time to Hariet Island - love St. Paul. The winding paved trails through the river bottom was very cool and even surreal at points for some reason - must be the peyote, I don't know.
18.11 MILES AVG 16.3 34.9 MAX CAL 622.0 1:06:20 Winter Bike (Alfresco)
Took the winter bike due to rain and badly wamped wheel that needed trued at work...wheel turned out to have a bad ding and flat spot...looking for replacement wheelset...love riding in the warm rain!!!
Great day for a ride....before work ride and a trip to Punch Pizza after wirk to meet my family (minus Thatcher) for dinner and then a stroll around Lake Calhoun. After this ride I felt fantastic at work - in comparison to feeling like a total zombie on Saturday!
First ride with the Ultegra STI shifters, Ultegra front derailleur/ SRAM 10 speed chain and cassette installed...having a little difficulty getting it to shift properly. May be due to something with the shifter...I had Josh at the shop take a look at it today. I will have Doug check it out Friday or something. Other than that if is freakin' cool!!
Tried out the new trail that connects Wayzata with St. Bonifacious...its nice, but judging by the wealth along the trails, it made me well aware of how monetarily poor I really am. Great day for a ride...got a sunburn. Skipped lunch so I was very tired and ran out of energy on this relatively short ride....dah!
3.5 miles Fisher Burley Puller Trip to Trader Joe's
38.4 miles 2:15:18 30.5 max avg 17.0 Vintage Trek
Greeeaaat ride...put the bar end shifter in friction mode and it shifted perfectly. Stopped twice to readjust my new saddle...still haven't hit the sweet spot, but soon. It was a great time...the River Parkway is quite beautiful...
Time to start finishing what I started with this old Trek and build it properly. Going to start with a front derailleur and hopefully a new set of brakes (Cane Creek is on my wish list) and a chain and cassette. It rides like a dream...now I want it to perform.
Beautiful, but chilly day. I really smelled the roses today...probably because I have not been out this whole week. I stopped for a burrito and then at Dunn Bros in Loring Park for a cookie and coffee on the way home.
Was going to take the Old Trek Commuter today, but I am having trouble getting it to shift properly due to a bad mesh of parts. I am going to get a new crank set, chain, cassette and front derailleur for it and then it should be quite a sweeeet ride!
What a great ride....I must've had tons of energy from Easter candy and Easter meal stored up from the day before....I didn't bonk from lack of food until 4 miles from home...I need to make a note to self that anything over 35 miles I need some provisions...
13.64 miles 16.8 avg 31.6 max 456.4 cal 0:48:39 Swamp Monster
Rode to "Picture Person" art volunteering at Aquila and Cedar Manor...then to Trader Joe's and home via the Gary Fisher Alfresco winter bike. I took off the cyclocross tires that I used for winter and replaced them with 700x23 Continental Gator Skins...feels much faster now...
Cleaned the Poprad at work tonight...it's that feeling on the bike, which is the same as a car - after the wash everything feels smoother and faster....very quick but an enjoyable ride home from work!!
I noticed how squeaky people's bikes are and I also noticed that people buy really expensive bikes that don't fit them, or don't have them fitted to them properly. Buy some detergent and some lube people!!! And take your bikes to your local shop and ask them for a fitting!!!
Thatcher and went for a ride to the Rec Center to pick up a key for the Louisiana Oaks Pavilion. He REALLY loves his new bike - the Trek 7.6fx. I am glad he enjoys it. Then in the evening I rode over to the neighborhood meeting and then returned the Redbox DVD...the newly built Gary Fisher Tassahara Burley puller works great. I am really enjoying riding it. Unfortunately the front derailleur is giving me problems and on the way home the drive-side crank loosened up. I don't think it is chronic, but I am carrying a crank wrench with me anyway...
A very tired ride with what seemed like a very strong NW headwind...its nice to ride without a lot of water covering the trails...toes got really cold for some reason...I also drew the conclusion that I do not like Continental Ultra Sport road tires. I much prefer the Gator Skins..they both wear and ride much better. The Ultra Sports seem to be very slow...
Strong easterly headwind today...so I rode into the wind and then with the wind to my back on Cedar Lake Rd...very pleasant weather...NOT liking my Pearl Izumi AmPhib shoe covers though...they don't stay in place very well, unlike their Caliente shoe covers...maybe its the user...we'll see...
I took the SW Corridor east to the Lakes and went by Lake Hariet the on to the Minnehaha Parkway to the River Parkway and onto the Ford Bridge - went across the Mississippi River to the St. Paul side and the E River Parkway and into the University of Minnesota - then went by the new stadium construction and into Dinkytown - the by Dunn Bros across University Ave and down and across the Stone Arch Bridge and back into Minneapolis and the W River Parkway and back up to the Greenway...I stopped at Freewheel bikes on the Greenway to get a coffee and a Cliff Bar then home... Excellent day for a ride...again, I wish I could've kept going...the Poprad is very sandy and salty, but holding up quite well...with all the crap on the roads from winter I am glad I installed the Conty Gator Skins last year...I have run over some unsightly objects...
Went to work and then met the family for authentic Mexican at Salsa A La Salsa on Nicollete Ave in Minneapolis...then rode home on the Blake School/ Walker Art road to Lake of the Isles and by Lake Calhoun and back in through St. Louis Park to home...I also went through Bryn Mar to get to the restaurant...very nice day for a ride - very pleasant. I stopped at the Walker Sculpture Garden on the way home because the were a boatload of starlings flying around in strange formations. There were also tons of them in the trees. One tree down by the parking lot was black with birds. I am not sure what they were doing, but I bet it had something to do with finding a mate and nesting.
I shouldn't be riding the Poprad this time of year...a kid could play in the amount of sand on the road shoulders. It was a nice ride. I was happy that I took the Williston hills no problem (unlike last year when I felt like I would die climbing them), but I was not so happy that my avg speed was in the 16MPH's....hopefully I can start upping that!! It was above freezing but yet felt very cold...probably from the dampness in the fog...
First use of the new Trek Incite 9i wireless computer. It has a cool reverse light monitor and a temp guage. Love it so far. I had to cut the ride short because of the very windy cross winds (yaws). My legs and toes got way too cold...oh and I rode for the first time with my new heart rate monitor...very cool...I'll talk about it next time...
19.14 miles avg 17.1 max 30.9 cal 654.4 1.07.08 Poprad
Not a good idea to ride the Poprad, but I was crazy to ride a real bike that was fast and responsive....although the road salts may compromise the Poprad...it was worth it. I love that bike!! I had to ride slow around a lot of ice and my cardio needs to get back up to par....
36.24 miles avg 16.4 max 31 9 cal 1215.1 2.13.21 Trek 330 single speed
Everything is frozen and dry, therefore, it makes a great time to use a bike other than the Swamp Monster...I changed the tires on the SS out to Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires, which have been fantastic tires for the SS 330...we will see how they hold out throughout the Spring and Summer months...
Commuted to work...left early to go and see Liam's first gymnastics meet at Mini Hops in Minnetonka/Wayzata....very tired ride...I bailed coming into the neighbohrood on the way home - 4th wipeout on ice this season.
Great ride. but not long enough!! I flatted when I reached the end of the Greenway. Luckily, I am alwaysd prepared with extra gloves, tube, etc... There was a peice of glass about .5 centimeters in width sticking out of my front tire - right down the center line. I was going to take my Trek 330 single speed, but I am glad I didn't because the ice and slush was very problematic, even for my cyclocross tires on the Monster. I stopped and had dinner at First Wok with my wife, Liam and Kian (the baby) and rode home very chilly from the sweat. I am looking forward to more rides in the next few months... PS: Saw a lot of commuters in full gear...mostly riding squeaky shitboxes and fixies, but I did see a cool Pugsley all decked out for winter commmuting...