Black Trek pullin the Burley. Kian had fun riding in the Burley. It hasn't seen qite as much useage since the boys started summer vacay. New saddle - Bontrager Affinity - was quite nice on the Black Trek. So far so good.
Experiencing some crazy shifting issues with the black Trek. It is likely the reason that my L Ultegra shifter failed recently, which I replaced w/ a set of 105 shifters. I will check back in when I figure out the problem. Note to self: when attaching Burley hitch, crank like hell on the skewer to make sure it is tight.
Madone 6.5 - Really great ride. Had a hard time getting the cobwebs out of my legs this morning. Felt really strong when I had to go home, of course. Going to try again tomorrow for a longer ride. I took the Greenway to the River. Then down to Minnehaha Parkway and home by Cedar Lake and then the Hutch-Spur Trail.
7.2 miles 20.2 max 0:40:09
Greenpeace pullin' the Burley. Took Kian down to the Good Bean Cafe for a cookie and a coffee. Had to stop at the police station to pick up my neighborhood newsletters to hand out. Kian fell asleep on the way home.
Took a trip to the store w/ Thatch. the boy can gab. He is fun to ride with, but we move along at a snails pace. He has a Trek 920 with slick tires that I bought him last year. We are going to do an extensve overhaul and make some mechanical changes and adjustments for him. It'll be a nice ride when we are done with it.
First ride on the 520 with the new Avid Shorty 4 brakes and a new rack and bags - both from Bontrager. Brakes have some squeak, however the stopping power has doubled. Great moring ride before work (14 miles) on the 520.
2nd ride on the Madone for the year. Boy there is something about a stiff carbon ride that is simply magnificent. Its hard to describe. Nice day. Had to wait for the rain to subside. It was around 55 degrees fo the ride and the clouds changed from overcast to a blue sky on the western horizon as I rode. I felt fresh and strong but didn't last long. I am going to work on my strength training in the gym and gear it towards cycling if I can. I want to strengthen my lower back and my neck, shoulders and "lower core." I really wanna start eating better also.
A little post and pre-work ride. Finished installing my new (literally) 105 shifters that I got from Doug this morning. Same 2008 vintage that my Ultegra shifters are from and I honestly didn't notice a difference.
Greenpeace pullin' the Burley. We had a good time. Kian fell asleep three times. We stopped at a park in Minnetonka for Kian to play. We ate at Big Bowl in Byerly's in Ridgedale. Pretty cool time with the little guy.
Rode a pretty typical route down the Greenway, north up the river, through MPLS and out to Theo Wirth, and then onto the Kenilworth Trail to Ceadr Lake Rd. I then took an extra couple of miles to Wayzata Blvd(Frontage Rd) and then to the shop.
I really need to strat riding the Madone. There were some mechanical issues w/ the Black Trek, including a locked up front derailleurand a bent tooth on my large chainring in the front making it not possible to use my last two small cogs (top speed) on my cassette.
Otherwise a really nice ride.
It has been taking my legs longer than usual to get motivated during rides. I think I need to cut the running down in the winter and take some spin classes or something.
Rode out to the Minnetonka Middle School for a tour . It was just over 12 miles one way.the tour went well and solidified my thought that it will be a great school for Thatcher. Nice ride....beat the rain - whooo!
Liam, Kian and I went to the skate park. Decided to leave earl;y due to too many delinquents cussing like crazy. One pestered Liam to "borrow" his bike to do bunny hops. Liam is smart enough at 8 to know who the Fuckheads are. Kian enjoyed the ride in the trailer of course. Weather was nice for early April.
The first commute on this bike I was sluggish. I have to say that I don't have many trips under 10 miles that are brutal. I don't know why this one was, but the ride home was great. I've got a few more bnugs to work out on the black Trek, such as adjusting the rear deraileur drop and maybe replacing the chain to add a link or two. I may add spacers to the horizontal dropouts also.
Rode from Gorshe's in Dinkytown to work and home. Yup, it was 35 degrees and raining/sleeting through MPLS and again in Minnetonka. The ride home was intersting also. I was buzzed by many many litttle tiny chinks of ice called sleet that didn't allow me to look straight ahead for more than a second at a time. It wasn't so bad on Texas Ave after I turned from pointing due east to due south on Texas.
Trek 620 spring bike (performed awesome in those conditions with the cyclocross tires and SKS Commuter fenders)
First couple of rides of the new year were very snowy and treacherous. 3 degrees ride to work on Saturday and 8 degrees on the ride home. Looking forward to a break in the weather in the coming months.