Took the trail for these rides....the trail conditions were awesome with a sheen of dry snow and no ice. Today it warmed up and has been raining all day and the temps are going to drop to 15 tonight....its gonna get messy. The trail conditions are going to get wrecked and there will be black ice everywhere. Snow this weekend so then we have snow over a thick layer of ice. All this equals shittay!!
Wow....what a winter!!! I thought I could get 200 miles in December. Hardly possible with below 10 degree temps and seven snowfalls in the past 6 weeks. Calling for more snow on Friday. I guess I will have to settle for around 2900 miles. Better luck next year I guess...
Icey wet and snow....I think I may be geared a bit too high with a 50t front chainring. So I am going to install a 46t chainring that I have laying around. I like the top end, but with my left knee in a bit of pain from pushing a big gear and snowy conditions may be better with a different - higher RPM and lower overall speed. Oh yeah...I finally got that damn front fender to stop rubbing...that is, until I bump it or something. The getting-used-to curve is over for the winter bike. Now tyhe slower speeds and weird handling is just familiar again. I better get used to it. It's going to my only ride for another 4 months.
Went to get some beer and stop at the shop to chat. Actually enjoyed riding the winter bike tonight. I think I will turn it into my Luce Line bike next summer with some hybrid tires and maybe a summertime wheel set. I have been wanting to build something up just to ride on the crushed limestone trails...might as well keep it going in the summer.
I don't live at the U, so I started from home in St. Louis Park. I decided to ride the route clockwise. I rode strsight up Minnetonka Blvd. I followed the route pretty well until Shorline Dr, where I missed Tonkawa Rd and instead stayed on Shoreline Dr until Ferndale Rd.
It was exciting to ride new roads, plus the whole idea of having a map and having to use tat map to find my location and route took me back to my 4 Day Solo Tour from August of this year. Apparently I love the feeling of having to find my way and chart a new course.
It was fun ride. I just wish I had more time to do longer routes. Its November anyway....
Madone....maybe the last ride on the Madone for the season??? Hope not!!! I still need 365 miles in the next 2 months to break my minimum annual goal of 3000 miles. Hope I can find the time to do it....
The guys at work think I am crazy for riding my other bikes as much as I ride the Madone. Of the rides on the Madone, most are longer than the trips on the other bikes. So I am riding the Madone, according to the numbers, on longer planned rides and for the short commutes and utilitarian rides I am using the other bikes. Totally makes sense.
Black Trek w/ Burley attached. I decided to utilize the Black Trek as my Burley puller until I decide what would work better. Tonight I reattached the Bontrager quick release fenders - which rule - and put on some RaceLite Hardcase 700 x 25 tires that I had laying around, cleaned and adjusted the bike. It really is a beaut. I should post some recent pics.
I have decided that I am probably going to let go of the 790 due to the fact that it is too small for me, even though I have manipulated it to work. I am still not totally comfy on the bike and probably never will be...we'll see... its been a great steed to have. I just wish it was one size bigger....
It was nice to get out for more than an hour...felt good and a nice day....love that view from the Ford Bridge....also I have concluded that Hammer Gel and GU carb packs work the best for sustaining energy for me.
Getting ready for my three day trip next week. It is a lot of prep for a short trip. I am borrowing the Axiom Monsoon panniers from Kate. It was the set I was going to purchase. I can test them before I buy them. I took a trip to REI tonight to seek out a coffeemaker, nice blanket, cooking pot, bowls and a lightweight camp stove. I ended up with the WhisperLite Pocket Rocket and two cannisters, a Therma Rest blanket, a java press and some cookware. I will give details after the ride on how well they worked. I am currently working out the itinerary, but I know I will be staying at Interstate State Park, St. Croix State Park and if I can get an extra night, Wild River State Park. The mileage is 65, 65, and 110 or 65, 65, 65, and 65.
Great short ride on my way home from work...the lakes can get annoying, but today there weren't a ton of people strolling at 3:30 in the afternoon. Started out wanting just a slow casual ride and something about theat Madone just wants to go fast....
Blew a tube at dusk on the north side of Lake Calhoun. I heard my front brake rub and thought I popped a spoke or bent the rim, so I reached down and released the quick release, which didn't help (it was dark). Then I heard a huge POW!!! It was like a gunshot blast and one of the four girls on cruiser bikes 50 feet in front of me screamed bloody murder. I pulled over and changed the tube while getting sucked dry of my blood from those little flying creatures. It was an interesting ride. Glad I didn't take the Madone tonight, especially around the Lakes.
20 miles on the first morning of our short stay at the Cascade Lodge (http://www.cascadelodgemn.com/) was great. Warm weather and hardly a breeze. 10 miles on the second day because there was a fog that spattered my glasses, I forgot my water bottle and I was very achy for some reason. 27 miles on the last day. I set a very small goal which was to climb the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais to the top of the hill - 3 miles on a steady and steep incline. It was fun and nice to feel a burn from climbing for a change. There are no hills in the Twin Cities worthy of calling a challenge. Great rides, although short. The pics are of a cool strange bike and of a view from mid hill on the Gunflint of Grand Marais.
I went out with the intention of keeping the avg speed nice ad easy. It was difficult with the wind at my back, but on the way home up the Greenway the wind was blowing (according to www.wunderground.com) at a nice 20-30MPH in my face, so it slowed the avg speed down. I was feeling tired and sluggish due to poor sleep and too little sleep. I love crossing the brdges over the river though.
Although it was a short ride and the same old, same old, it was an awesome ride. I don't know if it was the two good beers before I left or the fact that my legs just felt strong as hell. Either way it was great!!
Installed Origin8 stem adapter from threaded to threadless so that I could change stem whenever I want...its great and works well...so I shortened the stem a bit and rose it to close to the same height as my seat...nice comfy ride.
Sometimes Kian will go over to the shed and bang on the shed door trying to tell me he wants to go for a Burley ride. It was nice riding with Thatcher and pulling Kian the other evening. We cruised down the Greenway and around Bass Lake. It was slow and Thatcher talked to whole time - something we don't get much time to do. Today I weighted down the Burley with Kian, 3 bags of groceries, 3 bottles of wine and a gallon of milk. It rode pretty stiff, but held up well. I decided today that I want an ExtraCycle....
Felt pretty strong today for working in the garden for 4 hours and not getting much, or good, sleep last night. FYI, riding on popular shared-use trails - like Lake Calhoun, etc... - suck ass because people are basically idiots!!!
First longer ride with the Bontrager Race shoes and Shimano 105 road pedals. Like the road, but up in the air about the shoes. They are obviously different the ones I have been riding for the past four years, so I need to give them some time. I had to adjust my left cleat as usual. My knee was in someintense pain and the left part of my left foot was feeling stressed. The cleat adjustment alleviated that. We'll see how the new road setup goes in the next few weeks. Hopefully by then I can get my Madone up and running!!!!
Liam was kickin' ass riding to the skate park twice and a bit of extra riding. We also hit Trader Joe's and the Redbox at McDonoalds on Exelsior. It was a pleasant day of hanging with my two younger boys. Liam did NOT whine, until 9PM and he finally got hungry, but he was cool about it. The weather was great and very few bugs!
Good old Trek hit a really muddy patch on the Cedar Lake Bike HWY and is doused in mud...gotta clean her up tomorrow. I felt very sluggish b/c I haven't been on the bike much this spring even though the weather has been awesome. I had a hard time pulling small hils and fighting the wind....hopefully I can get my fitness/cardio level back up to where it needs to be.
Had time for a quickie and I am catching a cold, which will most certainly put a damper on an already slow start to putting on some miles this spring....oh well!! At least my average speed hit 19.0 for the first time this year, although the ride was only 11 miles. That is a little more difficult to accomplish on the old Trek...
The first time I have been on the mountain bike for about a year and a half. I installed the new-in-box XT 8 speed shifters, cassette, Race Lite grips, Bontrager Crowbar handlebar, Bontrager Jones tires, new Deore front wheel, LX/Mavic SUP rear wheel, Avid brake levers and a new chain sometime last year. The next thing to do is install a new fork. For the amount of off-road riding I do there is no need for me to buy a new bike.
It was a great ride. I rode around Brownie lake on my way home. It was really enjoyable.
I am going to create a very small MTB trail around South Oak Lake in my 'hood for Liam to ride around.
Went ot the library before work. Overpumped my front tire and almost had it come off the bead and blow. I stopped and let out some air. By the time I got out of the library it had reseated itself. What a friggin' beautiful day outside!!!!!
The "Hilliston" hills don't seem to hit me that hard this year. Maybe it is from running two miles every other day. I think that running improves cardio for biking. At least I feel that my running routine seems to help my biking. Anyway, those hills were easy and not so strenuous.
I am NOT digging my Louis Garneau gloves that I just purchased. The mesh on the palms is very slippery on the inside and my hands feel like they are slipping off of the hood constantly. I'll keep an eye on it and do a full review later in the season.
It was nice being able to ride something under 32 lbs. The 520 is a tank - but I still love it. The new chain and cassette (11-23) is now functioning fine. Guse and Doug diagnosed my shifting dilemma as not adjusting the tension for the switch from 27 to 23 big gear on the cog. Now it shifts gggggreat!!
The 520 weighs in at 32 pounds unloaded...its a virtual tank. Brought home my Black Trek and the wheels and handlebars from the Madone...gotta get that sweet beast roling sooner rather than later! I also baought a sram 10 speed chain and a Rival 11/23 cassette for the Black Trek today. We'll see how that changes the sloppiness in the shifting. I still have to work on getting the fit right on the Black Trek.
Love riding the 520. I had a 19.1 avg speed with the wind at my back when I hit the river. I am hoping that I can keep my avg speed up to nearly 20+MPH for these short rides when I get my Madone put together. Beautiful day. Maybe its my age, but I seem to see the scenery and the people differently lately. I don't know why and I can't quite put my finger on it.
Having some issues with the fit on the black Trek. I think I simply need a shorter stem. I have been waiting for the Salsa CroMoto quill stem to come off of recall. I may just have to go another route....
Surly hub laced into the original Rigida rim with 27 x 1 1/4 Conty Ultra Sport tires.
I wanted to keep it looking like a classic-looking road bike, so I stripped all drivetrain, except for the cranks (170mm) and the brakes and replaced the hub and front chainring. I added the Bontrager Select lightweight fenders for spring riding.
She's a wee bit dirty right now, but really shines up nice!!!
First "ride" of the season....very short and very slow. I need to work the winter out of my bones. Plus I haven't really spent much time on the trainer - most of the exercise has been running and strength training.
Needless to say, the 520 is finished and in commuting mode...LOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT YEAR!!!!
Rode to the Y and back to work....a lot of clothes to carry along...changed 4 times in about an hour.
I need to get the new bars, brake levers and tires on the 520. It is going to be my spring bike this year. I may have to get some full fenders for extra protection. The Bontrager Satellites just won't cut it in the large puddles and horrible amounts of leftover sand and salt from the winter...
Even though it was snowing I decided to ride the long way home from work this afternoon. I am glad I did because as I pulled up to the stoplight at Baker and Exelsior and a car pulled next to me and rolled their window down. I was expecting the same "F&%K YOU A$$HOLE get off the road." However, the gentlemen said, "I a...ppreciate you on the road." And the lady in passenger seat yelled "it's your right!!!"
I was waiting for the yang of someone trying to run me off the road, but it never happened and it was a great ride home!! Cyclists don't hate cars (necessarily), and we do deserve some respect. I don't know if they heard my thank you, but I hope they did!!!
105 miles for January 2010...very surprized I even hit 100 considering I hurt my back, the temps were crazily frigid and the roads/trails have been covered with un-uniform ice. We'll see what February holds with vacation and weather.
Had to ride to Gorshe Auto in Dinkytown after work to pick up my wife LeeAnn's Passat. The longest ride under 10 degrees in awhile. I had to stuff a t-shirt down my pants on Cedar Lake trail because my manhod was going numb. The Stone Arch Bridge was a sheet of ice and Cedar Lake Trail was sketchy in spots, but overall it wasn't a bad ride. Oh yeah....I wore my ski hemet and my ski goggles tended to fog up a lot.
Within those 47 commuter miles I took a trip to Trader Joe's and ventured onto the Minnetonka Mills trail following the Minnehaha Creek from Minnetonka Blvd to Cedar Lake Rd. The trail is all snow covered with no ice. Lots of footprints so it was bumpy. The weather has been warmer so it has been easier to venture a few extra miles before the toes get too cold. The pics are on the SW Corridoor just west of Wooddle Ave around 6PM on saturday the 16th.
The ice has been really bad the past couple of weeks, so I didn't feel dsafe on the roads. Since we are having a warm spell some of that ice is melting away. It was nice to ride a bike that moves again. I finally got a nice pair of JonesXC tires from Josh at work, thus I finally found the right tire for the weather. Less rolling resistance and better traction....yahooo!!!