Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Rode the shocker a lot this week. Rode Wed, thursday, friday, saturday. Friday night was a great ride. Call Gumby and met up at his shed and ended home with 50 miles of gravel and road. Woke up saturday morning to attend the shop ride out at 730am. Rode 25 at a good pace on the Cannondale CAAD 9. Thursday was a great ride with the Wife on a very beautiful day. I really enjoy when the weather gets drier and those f#$%&*(ing mosquitoes go away. Man, where they the worst ever. All the hard work I put into the powerline trail has been just a waste. Nobody rode the thing and the weeds are again 6 feet tall. It is just amazing. We should really go out there and keep that trail alive. It is worth it. The Shocker has been a revelation. 35 lbs with an internal gear hub. Suspension fork and post and a real good riding position. It is great on bumpy gravel and the huge continental touring tires are the ticket. Gumby and I and perhaps new mechanic Chad will be working on a ride down south. We hope it rains so it won't be easy and that it will also scare people.
Hope all is well. Our laptop is back in order and Comcast never informed me that they changed their whole online pay bill thingy, so I almost suffered a disconnection. I chatted with some friendly person, somewhere far away from the u.s. and they got me back on track.
Friday, August 27, 2010
In a rare occasion the Mrs and I had some time off together. We saddled up and took the GWT trail out to Wasco and back clocking in 37 miles altogether. The weather was absolutely perfect with the temps in the low 70's and not a hint of humidity. I was riding the brown Shocker and the wife was on her fancy Rivendelll Bleriot. It was kinda weird to be out in daylight and see things one normally does not see during the night. I must confess I still prefer to ride in the dark. I feel that I am getting back on track with the riding and feel like this is going to be a good season.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
As usual we went up to our favorite place Decorah, Iowa. The 5 hour drive went by like a breeze. We had mounted the Salsa Big Mama on the rack and stuffed the wife's Interloc and the trailabike in the trunk. Our suitcases were in the back seat along with the little one. We stayed there for a few days and just enjoyed riding the trails, walking, and hitting up the local bar. Was really stoked to meet up with Ben Shockey and do a nice gravel grinder up to Bluffton. The local hills quickly reminded me of the route we had done on T.IV4. That's were Ben lives and those are the roads he rides. Great way to get ready for the Trans Iowa. On the other hand summer time is the time were I get fat and out of shape. My season basically starts August 1st. At that point I am starting to work on base miles, lose some weight and start to get in some lengthy miles. I am known for riding loose shoulders on roads for miles on end. That is why sometimes I am referred to as straight shot. In the five days I was in decorah I clocked in 200 miles on the 4" suspension Salsa. I felt good and by the fifth straight day of riding I was noticing a change. It also helped that I did not have to stand on my feet for 9 hours a day.
I was also able to get in a 50 mile ride on the Cannondale in sub 3 hours, and last night we had an awesome, awesome ride with Gumby out on the trail. I am glad nobody else showed up.
So, the girls are back in school, Gumby's kids are in school and we are starting to fall into our Autumn routine. Bikes are ready, lights are good, we will work on Gumby's winter bike situation and I am stoked for some cold weather.
As far as the Salsa Big Mama, it is really fun to ride. Even if hard core trails don't exist it is useful to have the full suspension. It is plush and it keeps the arms and back fresh.
Looking foward to Fall and a lot of riding.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thanks to Joe from Salsa Cycles for the funny Video!!
While the gang at the shop was talking and seeing the new Salsas, the girls and I were up in Decorah taking some days off before school started. I was fortunate enough to wrangle my Salsa Big Mama onto the rear mounted rack of the Pantani-mobile and make the 5 hour trek. I rode the large beast for 5 days and covered over 200 miles on it.
I rode some great singletrack, did a lot of gravel roads, pavement and also pulled the Adams Trail a bike with my 7 year old daughter on it. The blogging has been spotty since the Toshiba laptop has a busted charger. I should be up to speed starting friday. I need to do a huge photo dump that is clogging my cameras.
I encourage all to go to the Salsa cycles website and check out the new bikes. If you are thinking of a snow bike DONT THINK FOR TOO LONG. Come in and place a deposit because when these animals come out they will be gone. We will also continue to build the incredible Surly Pugsley as well.
More to come soon,
Friday, August 13, 2010
The Trek maintained singletrack in Waterloo, Wisconsin. It was a blast to ride the Gary Fisher Superfly Elite on these trails. I would have ridden for at least 24 hours without stopping. Seriously.
Probably the best Moutain bike I have ever ridden. Xo 2x10, great wheels, fox fork, avid hydros, Tubeless tires, Carbon frame,
Just wanted to convey that the show was amazing. I really enjoyed going through 9 one hour seminars and hearing the speeches by John Burke (president of Trek) and many other great guests that were invited. Trek has heard a lot of comments about their products and has spent a lot of time, effort and dinero to rectify those situations. The Gary Fisher line is just fabulous. I rode the Superfly elite 29er for 2 hours on singletrack and did not want to give it up. I also rode the Cronus Carbon Crossbike and it rides perfect. The transport is going to be a good seller as are many other bikes. Wheels, tires, clothing, helmets, shoes have seen dramatic improvements over past models.
So, I encourage you to check out these products and give the Gary Fisher line a good inspection if you are looking for that special niche bike. Whether you are into the Superfly, Rumblefish, Cronus, Sawyer or others, we will be able to order them as they become available. Keep in mind that these are special bikes so don't wait around too long.
Below is the link with all the photos I took at Trek World feel free to check them out.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The winds tonight had shifted and were coming out of the north, northwest. It was such a change to be able to feel comfortable whilst riding. I cannot wait for the cooler temps and actually I am looking foward to the winter for sure. Pugsley is riding very fine indeed and I am also contemplating whether I should also rig up a studded tire bike.
junior showing off his smooth pedal stroke.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
150 miles so far for the month. Am targeting 1000.
T.I training will start soon.