Saturday, April 25, 2015
Finding some little hidden gems locally can be hard. I hope to get to do this ride, but a longer version and a possible stop for some #coffeeoutside. I probably have said it before but cross bikes make exploration quick and fun. You can pretty much tackle legit MTB trails (as long as you have the skills) and ride gravel easily.
If riding every day has taught me something other than I can do it, its all about layering. I have a pretty dialed layer setup now for road riding, and it makes things easier. However todays wind and cold temps made that even nearly impossible. It was colder and more windy than yesterday. I decided to stick close and just sprint up my hill. THIS WAS FUN, believe it or not, out of the saddle sprints taught me my limits, some were greater than I thought, and some things I need to work on. hopefully the weekend brings some better weather, I've been really hoping to get out for a longer ride.
We talked a about the right bike for a while, and my mind keeps coming back to the Salsa Horsethief, a nimble pedaling bike with plenty of travel and 29" wheels. The Horsethief made a lot of sense for Dave and where/how he rides. Taking this into consideration the next step is to talk about material and component choices. Its become more frequent, but still somewhat of a rarity that a bike is perfect straight out of the box. I think if there was one thing I would change on the bike would have maybe been a carbon handlebar. I completely understand Salsa's mantra of Adventure by Bike, one day you can load it up with bags, do a S24O and the next day you can hammer your local trails. Enough chatting, enjoy the pictures.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
HTFU. Thats what I kept saying to myself while on this ride. When your day starts off with a mix of snow and rain and it "road bike day" you have to put yourself somewhere mentally. Not one to typically ride road in these conditions the phrase rain or shine also comes into play. This vow I have to myself to get out and workout by bike this month has been paying off, with the way I feel, and the weight loss accompanying it.
I decided to get dressed and rush out the door. Immediately greeted by mother natures icy grip on spring I started off getting soaked in the first 5 minutes. I pressed on, made it to point A continued on and played around with the thought for a new loop. Originally I was going to climb Eisenhower, but my toes were soaked and numb, my fingers were soaked and numb, my core was warm, but I turned back halfway because I didn't want to chance hypothermia. Next time I will prep with a more waterproof overboot, and some backup gloves ( two necessities). Once home, it was apparent that I really need to invest in a boot/shoe dryer. Sometime I hope to do a gear listing for cold/wet weather prep.
I got enough mileage in, but not as much climbing as I wanted. Lets hope the weather normalizes so that I can give the loop a shot next week. I really prefer to carry a wind jacket rather than wear two layers of tights a bunch of wool and some waterproof layers. The adage about April showers is pretty prominent this month so I will be putting some road bike fenders on my bike.
Today I really wanted to make it into the woods to give the Tranny another go. It was given to me with some "rear tire issues" apparently these issues weren't solved with a bunch of Stan's. Maybe we will talk more about the inevitable failure in a little bit. Sometimes the most fun bikes are the ones that make no noise. Thats really what I like about this thing. Belt driven single speeds are pretty much silent. I felt like I could concentrate on the trail. Making it through part of the loop, I felt pretty good, before the tire issues reared their head. Having to hike out, I was happy to have my Trusty Salsa Cycles Blackborow back in the car. I pulled it out and continued a loop that I had in my head for a while, crossing over between trails several times. Usually I don't notice the weight of my fattie, but going from a carbon wheeled, carbon framed bike at 20.4 lbs to my 31lb fattie I did notice it. After a brief pedal I got my fatbike legs back. Ending on a descent in the dark is a great way to end the night even if it wasn't on the bike you originally planned.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Hail, that's right, the kind that doesn't feel so good while its pelting you in the neck. Monday's start off the boring work week for a lot of people, but for me they just mean that I get to help people get people stoked on bikes. I was lucky enough to me up with some friends after work and show them my favorite new climb. It's not the hardest, it's just fun! The payoff is supe rewarding and the view is pretty damn nice. Rob and Steve met at my place amidst the 30-70% chance of rain/thunderstorms and we departed. Today we made it to the climb without rain so I thought "sure we've got the whole loop". Well spoiler alert, on the way back a black cloud formed and the air got thick. At this point I couldn't help but wonder if we would make it ball to my place, let alone the rest of the route before the sky's opened up. The sky just started to open up as we crested the hill to my house I rushed to the porch and we narrowly missed that storm. Talk about timing #FITTHATKIT.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Today I had a little more of something that I typically don't have a lot of, yep, you guessed it, time! What did I want to do with that whopping extra 30 minutes, well I wanted to climb. Earlier in the week, Peltzer, Novack and I found a new climb that is fun and has minimal traffic. I wanted to add this to the After School Special, so today I did. I knew that there was a 50% chance of rain at 6pm so I wanted to make it out and have most of my ride done before then.
While cleaning my basement last night I found a tire that I had used on the trainer this winter so I was able to get the plastic bike back up for todays ride. I packed my Giro New Road 3-1 wind coat, a banana, a bottle with skratch and my Yanco X Tracko tool roll up and made the attempt. I made the climb and on the descent it started a light drizzle so I continued, out 403 made it to 711 and the rain got a little harder but I was already there so I continued out to 56, made the little climb and put on the coat for what is usually a fast section. Immediately after cresting the hill I was greated with a headwind, not the oh i just dropped a MPH headwind, the Fuck I was just going 29MPH and now I'm at 9MPH, and feels like I'm going to get tossed from my bike at any moment. I continued in the shit fest, and the rain turned into a downpour, by the time I reached the west end I was soaked, with a while to go I rubbed my thighs creating some sort of heat, and wishing I had used a light Embro before the ride. Trudging on I decided to dip through the City to cut down on the horizontal beating of rain I was now experiencing. I couldn't help but constantly think to myself this shit sucks, I'm over it, my cellphone is in a plastic bag, make the call. Deciding to press on I finally arrived home, cold, wet and tired from a ride that doesn't typically provide me with any of those feelings. Glancing down at my Garmin, I saw what I had been hoping for 3452 calories burned! FUCK YES! #FITINTHATKIT
Haven't commuted for a while and having the bag loaded down with weight sure does slow me down. I can't help but think of riding the same bike to nearly the same place a week earlier without the baggage. The best part was the ride home, super tucked descent in the dark, sure made it worthwhile.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Seriously this was fun, perfect gradual grade, is it sick of me to wish it was longer. The beginning of my ride started out a little weird after a panic braking situation I realized that my tread removed itself from the fire casing, I rode home and swapped to the cross bike. Although the All City wasn't my choice of for the ride today it ended up being a blast. We three chased some sunsets and found great climb up a quiet rode, with a pretty nice descent to match.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Fucking Rad, you know the feeling you have when a fun ride comes together, or a friend picks up your cross bike and shreds it harder than most locals. First time in the woods, first time on a cross bike and dude fugue shreds. Its a blast just doing fun shit. Today was all about that. I have had my All City Macho Man Disc in the woods before, but seeing someone else shred it really gets me stoked. Cross bikes really are a great tool for riding, they allow you to venture off road and get shit done. Also if you pay attention to STRAVA, or just like it to make fun of all the KOMing that happens, I KOMed a little segment today in the wet on the fatbike by some 4MPH than the next duder. To me that stuff doesn't really matter and getting back to the reality that just getting out on your bike and having fun is fun. But you prolly did just get beat by a dude on a cross bike
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Chris stopped by the shop today and we decided to go for a spin after work. The ride was fun and some of the descents were good, I wish we had time to find some long swooping roads. Supplementing our ride with some gravel next to the tracks we both were amazed at just what the tires handled. The gravel was pretty big and yes I would've pefered a cross bike but shit, it was excellent to just do fun stuff. I ended up snagging a slow leak, pretty sure it was from coming up short on bunny hopping a double manhole but it could've been from gravel. I didn't notice it till a mile or two after the gravel section. Either way, being prepared has its merits. I look forward to more of these fun road rides.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sometimes your plans don't quite go as, well, planned. I watched my sunset slip into darkness after getting out of work a little later than planned. I decided to make the best of it and spin out some miles on the road bike before dark. It always seems I am riding up my hill in the dark, tonight was no different.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Sometimes its just best to get out with a riding buddy who you originally started riding with as a kid. I can remember so many rad times riding Laurel MTN with huckster-mc-plush, aka dir, aka Dirt. Im so stoked that he's back on a bike again. Day 12 was a blast, I finally got some rocks back in my life. There is something that will always be special to me in having to actually pick a line though a rock garden, instead of being able to plow through with speed. Laurel MTN slows you down, and allows you to zen out on rocks. Even though I experienced Laurel for the first time some 15 years ago, it still is one of my favorite places to ride today. After yesterdays flat I decided to take out the Krampus. It was warm in the sun even though the temperature wasn't that high.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Today I was looking forward to riding after work. It was awesome to get out and shred on the fatbike. Unfortunately #flattimesatridgemonthigh had it way but not after getting a good bit of riding taken care of. When you've ridden somewhere so many times you start to look at new lines, today I found a few. Making the most of the flat we had a little skid off, and enjoyed the sunset.
Friday, April 10, 2015
I was so happy that after work today I was able to make it out to chase some sunsets. I might not be the best at it but spending some time on the plastic rocket was fun. I guess if I had to sum it up today was a big ring blast.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
If anyone has any suggestions, I hope to spend some time looking at a map at some point before Friday.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
I've been neglecting my fatbike lately (single speeding has been a blast). After today's rainfall I figured that the safe place to ride was Highland, I forgot it was the group ride night, so it was a pleasure to join up with some friends, get some riding in and then snag some after dark miles. So far so good.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Its a pleasure to ride your bike. I was lucky enough to chase some sunset tonight with friends. Its amazing just how much I can't get enough of my single speed bikes. The simple pleasures, I haven't ridden SS MTB in a long time and just like fatbikes give me that feeling of being a kid again, the single speed experience is similar. Tonight I didn't take out the IBIS and instead opted for the Krampus, knowing that I needed to give the new (Maxxis Chronicle) rear tire a shot. I look forward to summer time and S240 adventures on this bike. And yeah, thanks Rick for the shot. B
y the way the re-route/new stuff at Highland is pretty decent.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
I knew it was going to be a windy day so I should stick to wooded areas. Even with two jerseys and a flannel the wind blew right through my clothes. My day didn't start in the woods though, I first picked up an IBIS Tranny 29er. Ive been wanting to try this thing for a while, and the opportunity arose. Lets start out by saying I haven't really spent much time on bikes with small tires lately, so it felt like a rocket ship. I will be on this bike for the next month, and hope to provide some feedback
in that time.
Friday, April 3, 2015
Even though I've been saddling up the drop bar bikes a lot lately, I really wanted to get out for some wooded riding. I chose to take out the single speed Krampus for a couple of laps, and it didn't disappoint. Moving all my bikes one size up has really been a push in the right direction. I switched from the large Krampus I rode all last summer to and XL and it fits like a glove, even with a flat bar.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Today's weather report shows a 60% chance of rain when I get out of work, so I guess I'll find out just how waterproof my bag is. Pretty excited to work on the D.FENDER and get the new revision out to customers. I still can't get over how good it feels to make be outside on drop bars last October was the last time I was able to commute. The total calorie deficit for yesterday was north of 3k. The climbs were just south of 3k. I am looking forward to the weekend and getting out on a fun ride.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Okay, I'm not a boat jumper, but I was looking for a set of sunglasses that sat higher on my forehead for road riding, these look like they could be the ticket. Supposedly the new prism lenses are dialed, and I sure do LOVE my Oakley M2s. Wish these just came in MATTE BLACK with no accent colors. I like the adjustable temple length, but I don't think thats something I would really use.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
I was inspired 24 weeks ago by Kyle at Golden Saddle Cyclery to fit into a special kit. Since those 24 weeks have elapsed I am down a good bit in the lbs. Ill take it, but I want more. Time to set another goal and get back on the saddle even more now that the weather has shifted. So here goes, I will ride every day in April, rain or shine with a follow up goal to loose 30lbs in the month of April. Hopefully I will update the blog daily in that time, and you can follow the rides on STRAVA, with some extra pictures on Instagram. I put in some decent base trainer rides this winter when it was too cold for me to get out on the Fatbike, being outside is much better than spinning a trainer.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
It was a pleasure meeting Pete at Frostbike. His Beargrease had some pretty nice bits on it, from the Industry 9 hubs to all full Whiskey Parts Kit. This Salsa is dialed, there is even something special on his handlebars that I can't show you but I really hope that it sees the light of day, not one that gets too excited often its really something special. Enjoy the photos, Petes bike is awesome and it sure is nice to see a bike's creator that enjoys riding it too.
Pete, I also wanted to thank you for creating the Blackborow, it really is top 3 MTB I've ever owned.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Guess this one beat the port delays, and thankfully so, with the advent of better weather not far off. Mikes Trance Advanced sports a Rock Shox Revelation RCT3 DPA up front matched by a Monarch RT3 out back. This bike is black and blue and ready to boogie. Carbon hoops add to the already quick acceleration of the 27.5"/650b wheels, while the carbon frame keeps the overall build weight low. SRAM Guide RSC brakes squash speed at a moments notice. The SRAM theme is continued on with a Mix of XX1 and X01 components, and yeh a 1x11 drivetrain is really that good.
Want to try something like this out for yourself check out here.