Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

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No Derailleur, no chain, Scoot-a-bike At Transiowa

So I found this little gem on my digital camera. This is Cornbread scooting his bike to finish Transiowa 8. He lost his drivetrain 7 miles before the finish to a B-road. So he scooted and coasted to finish. Another rider had the same fate and arrive on his Scoot-a-bike also.
Good job men!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wide Bike Riding

Going up hill on the 32x32 gear

Fat bikes belong on the road too!!!

Getting fitter, still 40 lbs from my goal.

A wonderful day on the fat bike.

Wife at the bottom of US 20 and Oran-Delphi road.

The picture does no justice. I bombed this hill at 47mph on the Pugsley.

Heading east on US 20, heading towards Cazenovia, N.Y.

Yeah, this day was awesome. 

Had the joy to get out with the wife on a most splendid day. Yesterday was hot and sticky, then it stormed and now we are enjoying some beautiful fresh air from our Canadian neighbors. I was out on the Pugsley and the wife on her Bleriot. We did our usual 10mile climb then took US 20 downhill to Oran-Delphi road then came back into town via 92. The Pugsley with 30lbs of pressure was a joy to ride and I did hit 47mph going down 20. The sun was out, the scenery outstanding and the company great. Fat bikes are not only for the snow but correcting the pressure they can be used on a wide array of surfaces. For snow at around 10 lbs or less according to your weight. I had them maxed out at 30lbs for the road. I would be interested in using a pair of the new slicks that they have.

Good luck to all of you preparing for the Dirty Kanza 200. Our dear friend the Llama will be out there sweating buckets as he attempts to conquer the heat and the gravel of Kansas. Good luck buddy and I hope you have a blast down there.



Rode the Mariachi yesterday and did 20. This time I jacked up the pressure to 50lbs PSI and My legs did not feel like warm gum. Climbed for 10 miles and came downhill all the way home. Very hot and humid. Later on it stormed like crazy and the temps dropped.


P.S. I would invite you to Google Slender Fungus and see all the great images that show up.

On the way up Ridge rd I spotted Dodge Cemetary. Looks like a peaceful play to lay your bones.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Sunday Riding in CNY

Got out this morning with the Giggles for a Memorial Day Ride. Went out South,then East then South then West, then north, in circles, up and down and around. I decided to ride my dumb 29er all the way to the 60 mile mark. Then we got a storm we waited out in a Gas Station. I died and re-died the whole ride. My legs never came  through. So I just kept going until the end. We saw some beautiful scenery rode along side a Bald Eagle saw a jumbo woodpecker. Then we hid under some bushes while another storm came and went. So, I really had a blast riding with my pal and I feel bad that I just could not get going. I arrived home and cleaned the bike, oiled the chain and according to my michelin pressure gauge the rear was sitting on 26lbs psi while the front was 36lbs psi. Maybe that had something to do with it. Maybe. Any rate a good 60 miles on the bike.

 yes, that is my tongue.

 roads here are clean, little traveled and have a paved shoulder.
Giggles on cheater Pecker bike.

 This hill was a  biter and I laid down and died.

 Reminds me of Kansas. Wide open areas, lurking storm clouds.

 Giggles enjoying being outside. Yes, that is my tongue.

Along this stream we rode alongside a Bald Eagle. We must have been only 20 feet away from each other.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Revamping the Sanchez

So the magical bike known as the Surly Cross Check has seen another modification. I have had some ideas about positioning and being able to conquer the incessant rollers in Trans Iowa. This time I built up the Crosscheck using 700x44 tires on my xtr hubbed wheels. I also got rid of the 130mm BCD cranks and opted for some compacts. For the time being I will be running 34x50 until I run into a smaller outer chainring. I also got rid of my Hunter Cycles upright stem and opted for a Deda with my Midge Bars. The result is a much more comfortable bike with a narrower distance between the hoods, A lower front end for climbing and super absorbing tires for the endless miles of fresh gravel. I will keep playing with this format and then transfer it over to a lighter bike


Saturday, May 26, 2012

May riding and more.

First of all I would like to give thanks to all the veterans that have served and given they time and lives for this great country. I have lived in many a lands through my life and I cannot think of a better place to be than right here in the good ol' USA. Thank you so much. 
I would also like to thank my readers for stopping by and also by giving your comments. I have not given in to other forms of technology and I thank you for staying in touch. I have alway enjoyed posting stuff on this blog and it has always been fun doing so. 
I would also like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that our clan is going to head back to the midwest after our 6 month stay here in Central New York. We have missed our family and friends and also our favorite places to go and enjoy. The gravel has been greatly missed and as soon as I come back that will all resume. So for the time being the wife and I are getting things ready, taking some time to catch up and also going on some very good rides during the week. 
Slender Fungus Cycling Association. 
 Giggles and Wife Ari and Wife at Snow Top Manlius N.Y.
Wifey and her Bleriot Pratt Falls N.Y. 

 The Subaru and My Salsa Find our way back to IL. Gravel.

I had a chance to ride with my good friend T.J.

 The Slender Fungus Cycling Association Headquarters. Location Classified.

 I attended my first cousin's wedding in ILLinois

 Wifey and I all decked out. We looked smashing.

 In back my younger brother and Me
in front my Dad and my middle brother.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Trans Iowa V 8 Video and update

Here you see a short video of Jay Barre (Cookie) and Jeremy Kershaw of the DBD adventure Society arriving at the finish of the most grueling edtion of the TransIowa.


And here is a nice set of almost 100 images I took during Transiowa. They are posted on the flickr thingy. More uploading coming your way and then we will be done with it.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Trans Iowa 8 some images.

Black Mountain Cycles ready for Action

 Giggles is passed out while the Lynskey waits anxiously

 Our first B road and of course it was sticky and messy

 These little rollers are the leg breakers.

Iowas is tremendously beautiful. Just look at this road.

The Cue sheets were awesome and had no trouble finding my way even when alone. 

Guitar Ted enjoying a ride on T.J.'s Pugsley. Our support was amazing and they had a blast. 

 Two men I deeply admire: Guitar Ted on my right side and Charlie Farrow on my Left.

 Matt Maxwell finished after 4 attempts. Congrats Matt!!

Our Wunderboy Cookie grabbing his head in disbelief. He and Jeremy Kershaw of the DBD finish together and create the hugest partnership in the northern Hemisphere. The Slender Fungus Cycling Association and the Death before Dishonor (DBD) group from Duluth Minnesota. 
We were so proud of them. 
Good job men!!!

My dear wife and I enjoying some fine stout from our friend Charlie Farrow. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Trans Iowa Version 8 April 2012 part one.

 Transiowa  8

 It has taken me a longer than usual time to be able to focus enough and jot down some lines in regards to the Transiowa race that Giggles and I Just attended. The move to New York last year in November meant leaving all the beautiful gravel roads of the midwest and exchanging them for the amazing  countryside of Central New York. Despite all the warnings of the massive lake effect snowstorms none of them actually materialized. We found ourselves riding outside all winter. Giggles was not once on his indoor trainer and I commuted every day on my bike to work. My Pugsley sat lonely and dusty in the garage while I rode my cross bike and the steamroller.
The incessant hills and rolling terrain were a perfect background for me to lose weight and re-learn my body how to climb. I lost the weight, stayed healthy and was preparing in earnst since the start of november. Around March the shop started to get busy and some of my riding slimmed. But I ended up loading up the bike and gear as we prepared for the long trip to the great state of Iowa. I was excited to meet G.T, the volunteers, my co-racers, whom are great friends, my dear friends Cookie, Gumby and the ever energetic T.J. 
We finally met up and found ourselves in the Grinnell Steakhouse. 
It was awesome to see everyone and to once again meet with our good friends from the DBD Charlie Farrrow and Jeremy Kershaw. As usual the weather had driven me mad up to this point. I had spent endless hours prepping 3 bikes from which I would pick one at last minute. These included the Chili con Crosso, The reliable BMC and my Selma singlespeed in case of disaster weather. The wind blowing at 30mph was the deciding factor in choosing eh BMC with its Triple in the front. I basically took all my clothes and decided the night before what to wear. I am experienced and there was no second guessing. We ran to Walmart for some small supplies, readied bikes and we were in bed. I was nervous but slept ok. I jumped out of bed at 2am something and started to get ready. 
It had stormed like crazy while we were laying in bed and I awoke to a wicked wind and saturated gravel. We met all the other racers at the beginning and everyone was in winter gear and rain jackets. It was cold,windy and very wet. The Wednesday before TransIowa I had contracted what seemed like a cold. I had that stupid fuzzy feeling in my body but ignored it. To this point I don't know if I had allergies, a cold or some type of flu. 
I completely ignored it since I had prepared for this event for so long. 
We started and inmediately I saw the front end tear away. I struggled to warm up. My legs were heavy and I was trying to find a rhythm. I lost contact with Jay eventually as I did not expect him to jeopardize any chance of getting through this time. I also lost contact with Giggles and eventually lost contact with all the groups that I was trying to stick with. The winds completely destroyed me. I could not believe the terrain was so brutal, so strong, so unrelenting. I loved Iowa at that point and understood the power of its fields, the muscle destroying rollers. The gravel sucked my tires in as I wished for my Pugsley. I was in my glory of riding the beautiful gravel while getting my face blasted with the cold wind. 
I noticed the sweat dripping from my sleeeves as I exerted every ounce of strength to make it to check point 1. 
I arrived at 920 am with 10 minutes to spare. I was probably one of the last guys to make it in. MG and other volunteers helped in getting me back in order. I cleaned my bike, lubed the chain and went to replenish my liquids at the gas station. Once back on the road I felt completely isolated and saw no small figures in the distance. I looked back and there was nobody there. I rode and rode and made little progress. My back was tight, my arms cramped, my legs demolished. Nobody in front to take a pull. So at one moment I just decided it was pointless.There was no way I was going to continue like that for another 12 hours.  I stopped pedaling and sat down to think whether I would regret my decision. I sat  there and knew my race was over. I was o.k. with that and knew it was impossible to conquer the wind and hills alone.
I walked and pedaled to Sigourney, Iowa to call my ride in. I was done. I learned even more this year as I destroyed myself in 85 miles. I learned the importance of having a partner. I learned that I have to drop another 40 lbs. I learned that I love the State of Iowa and that I have become family with people at T.I.
The pain in my back and legs lasted for days and those days I enjoyed reliving those moments. I thank G.T. for putting on this event. I thank Steve Fuller for the photos, the people at the Grinnell Steakhouse, Our ever accomodating hotel people for extending our stay, The awesome volunteers, the racers. I am grateful for the deep friendships that this event has given me.
So at this point the race is over and there is a kinda void left in there somewhere. I will be back on the bike, stay healthy and keep pedaling. It is my desire to finish this race. I now believe I have all the tools I need and it is up to me use them in getting ready. A deep congratulation to Jay Barre for finishing Trans Iowa. Thank you Giggles for being always there. It was great travelling with you. Thank you Gumby and T.J. for being the best support anyone could hope for. Everyone loved you guys and you made the Slender Fungus proud. The biggest thank you goes to my dear wife who puts up with my endless riding and talking about bikes. 


Ari ,
President Slender Fungus Cycling Association. 

I will post photos soon.

Photos will be ready in the next post. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Almost there

My head is almost screwed on right again.