Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Monday, July 17, 2017




Riding into the city with the Kids. It was a weird day of winds coming out of the N-NE and as we got closer to Chicago it got cooler. I swear it was in the low 60's. Nice weather but weird for July. Shouldn't it be hot and sticky? Anyway, it was good to do some urban riding. Lots of cars and people. Makes me aprreciate riding in the country even more. 
Ari

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Knowing when to Bail


This morning I was amped up to get out on the carboner again but plans were averted. A strong storm was coming in and I basically ran in front of it at full speed. I barely made it to the shop before all hell broke loose. The young person sitting in that field quickly left the premises after I took the photo. I remember riding in some lightning out in Trans Iowa a few moons ago. It was amazing to see those bolts hit the fields on each side of the road. There was no place to hide except the ditches. Wherever you are,take care in this weather. It's not worth it. Take shelter and wait it out. The road will still be there. 
Ari 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Fat biking in July is a beast

After being on the road bike, the carboner and generally speaking on skinny bikes I decided to get out on the fat bike and do some miles. I did about 30 miles and I was really tired. It was hot out there and the knobby tires buzzed on the road vibrating me to death. I got what you call the full body workout today. I realized that the fat bike rolls better on gravel than on pavement. I noticed the knobbies create a buzz that makes you hands, rear and more hurt. But it was good to change it up. It was good to hurt and get out there with a different machine. Made it to Green Valley and climb that hill half way. I was short on time and i had alread invested 15 miles so far. Got home, ate some cereal and a smoothie and have a bit of zombie mode going on. 
thanks for reading, 
Ari 

 GReen valley
 Green Valley 





 Entrance to the Dump at Green Valley

 Reminds me of the vistas in DK but this is all Garbage. Too bad. 


 Good Climb. Only open may-oct sat and sun 11am to 6pm. too bad. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

4th of July weekend random riding.

Cal Sag Canal trail with Rand and Ryan




Bridge over Canal on Willow Springs Rd. That sidewalk is new. 
My trusty Black Mountain Cycles monstercross bike. 

Greene road going towards the garbage dump hill which was closed. 
Greene Valley forest preserve. 


Planet bike gloves. Cotton, Leather good fit, affordable. 
Trail in Woodridge
Grass riding in Water Fall 
Great Western Trail, Sycamore. 

Sycamore Courthouse. 
Rode some trails, rode out to Sycamore, rode some more. Did a bunch of chores. Rode more.
Ari

Friday, June 30, 2017

Friday Before the Holiday

Rode with Ricanator, Trapper and Hank on a warm, super-humid morning. Traffic was a bear with cars at every stop sign, construction and drivers just angry at having to work one more day. It would have been a great day to be in the woods. We survived though and got some good miles in. My kit was sweated thru and it felt good to change and cruise home on the Alpina. 
 The clouds last night going home 


 It sure is green everywhere. 
 Trapper and Rick up front. Hank and I behind. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ride with what you got.

Sometimes I have these urges to hit gravel. But, the shop is busy, home is busy. So, the gravel waits. It's 50 miles away from my house. It takes a car and some driving to get there. Instead, I have been hitting the road with Trapper and the Ricanator. It's something. It's exercise and I get to talk to other humans. Work with what you got. Don't get frustrated cause you can't go where you want. The gravel, the adventure, the dirt, the dirt bagging will eventually happen. 
Ride what you got. 

It works. 
Ari 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Local riding is not always boring.

Light made with a jar

 1984 Univega Alpina Ultima restoration project
 Nitto Bullmoose. Suntour power Ratchet shifters. 



 Been seeing a lot more vegetables. 



 The hill at 4 lakes in Lisle
 Trapper and I rode around Fullersburg this morning. 

 Fullersburg Nature center. Kids love this place 
 Carboner. 
The fence over rte 83 




Steady,steady is the name of the game. Been slowly getting back into it. Busy at the shop to say the least. 
that's all for today. 
Ari