Thursday, February 25, 2016

With Malus Aforethought

Lucky day for me yesterday. I was about to go to Ames to look at a Craigslisted  Mongoose Malus, the web's second most hated fat bike, after the Beast. So I thought I would check the web to see if I could buy a new one for similar money. Low and behold there it is on Target.com for $40 less than the clist price. Soon enough I'll have a fat grin on my face.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Well, well, well, well, well indeed...

I'm back in business for blogging. I finally have a smart enough phone to blog on a 5.5" screen. Amazing.
I'm pretty sure I can even post pictures without having to get a cord out, stick it in a USB, download the shots from the camera, put them into the body of the post, position them.....you get it, right?
I have managed to get in a bit of ice-fat biking this winter. I thought the river wasn't going to cooperate at first because of the warmth and high water. In fact, it froze while it was up high, then retreated and left car-sized shards of ice all over. Side bonus...it left glassy smooth pools on the upper banks. Perfect for some fat icy donuts.
Last fall and summer were full of crushed limestone trail travel, along with a departure from biking. I ran (if you can call it that...you know when Forest Gump had his leg braces, yah). I ran 74 consecutive 5Ks while my son was at AIT for MP School. I sure did loose a lot of weight, for my build anyway. I dropped from a comfortably fit 172 down to about 160 for the last 3 weeks. It has since come back to about 170, but I think I'll be running a lot this year, as I started to like it. Biking is still number one though. At least with biking I can ride in the sunlight. My running stride is so weird that I only ran at night.
What was fun about biking last year was seeing how many of my bikes I could ride at least once during the summer. I was aiming for 20, but only made it to 11. Still, that's ten more than anyone else around here. Some pictures (if it works)





Friday, November 7, 2014

Finally!!!

I figured out how to get into my own blog! I lost the password somewhere in my head, but now I can post something again. It's only been half a year. OK, so soon I will come up with a tale or two. Until then, I have the password written down.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Profile Shots

I spent most of Tuesday morning getting some profile shots of some of my bikes for a special project I'm working on. Since I had them, I figured I would put them up for fun. So......












Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Fatbike Donuts

video
Big thanks to my wife for the tech support. I took this video and another on yesterday's ride in Ames. I was up a creek...literally! I rode from Peterson's Pits to near Story City on the beautifully frozen Skunk River, and found this nice patch of ice with just the right amount of tackiness to it. So what else was there to do but whip out the cellie and record some fun. The second session was recorded on my other phone, but it is not playing nice, so there may be some other donuts, or not. Here is a taste....of Fatbike Donuts.
Note: Front tire is spike with self drilling screws, back is free spinning. Look closely to see if Bigfoot lumbers through the background.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wish List 2014

Looking back on my list from 2013 I realize that I achieved more fun on my bike than I ever would have had I not posted a list. I am in the process of getting over the death of Comet ISON, but it should be OK in the end. In the interest of getting some joy out of 2014, I have a new list. Here goes:
       Iowa Games Gravel - Had a blast last year. Got a bronze medal, and shocked myself about still having some fitness on the bike. Might as well do it again, maybe get faster before...
      White Rock and Roll - I want to check out the White Rock Conservancy in Coon Rapids. I will ride over with some camping gear and get a good feel for what all is over there. Expect to hear more about this place in the coming year or so. Pure Iowa!
      12 Hour Gravel Solo - Last year's effort was well intentioned, but ill conceived. I tried to watch meteors, while riding, at the same time, for 12 hours? Yah, No. Saw a few good meteors, but only rode for about two hours. I will just shut up and ride this year. Same beautiful section of N.E. Boone county.
      Grotto Grinder - A two day trip to Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend. This is left over from last year. There is no place like it, might as well ride up there and enjoy. This is about 100 miles each way,so lots of saddle time. Luckily, about a third is on Three Rivers Trail, an all-rock surfaced trail.
      4 Corners - Another hold over from last year. Trying to ride to the four corners of Boone County, Iowa.
      Dirty RAGBRAI - It is available any summer in July. I just didn't get it together last year to ride it. Had the opportunity for a drop at Perry, but ended up driving for my brother and some friends instead. There's always July people...Northern route this year.
      Guitar Ted Death Ride Invitational - I still have not made it to this one. It sounds like a lot of fun riding. A three mile gravel climb??? I think this was an either or last year with Iowa Games, so hopefully not this year too.
      * NEW * Tweed Ride - I am thinking seriously about riding the Des Moines Tweed Ride. I have a Raleigh 3 speed that I plan to steampunk, so I might as well ride it where it will fit in. Start hitting the Goodwills for some tweed and I'm good.
      * NEW * Rent bikes out for window displays - I have this dream of going down to Des Moines East Village area and talking to various store owners about using bikes in their window displays. If I rented out a few of my 45+ bikes for a dollar a day, maybe for a month at a crack, I could make some change. I Googled a bunch of images of bikes as window dressings, and the concept is solid. I figure that pounding the pavement in the weeks leading up to Bke Month will be a great time. Missed the chance at doing it last year when RAGBRAI was overnighting there, but hey, I just thought of doing it last month! Should be cool.
      * NEW * L'Eroica Iowa - Gravel, bikes,Iowa. I figure that there would be a few people interested in hopping on a vintage bike (think lots of chrome and fenders, chainguards, etc.) and busting out some miles. Ideally, Heart of Iowa Nature Trail would be the venue, with it's crushed limestone surface and ability to generate white dust, there is no better place for this event. A mandatory stop at Logsdon's Grocery store in Maxwell, and a destination of Hoy Bridge and Rhodes. Short of "promoting" this ride, I will have to do some networking and talking to some people to build it up, but I think it will be a go. I have a short list of 5 or 6 people, and if each brought a couple of friends, it could be a good time. Hot and dry time, thinking a Sunday in July.

I have just about given up on any celestial shows for the new year. Every, I MEAN EVERY thing I hoped for last year got clouded out, or in the case of ISON, vaporized!!!! I even missed a sure fire Aurora Borealis event last week, so 2014 is not even playing fair! I am sad about this. Oh well, still a lot to look forward to. Later!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Spike In Activity

I decided that ridinc donuts was so much fun that I wanted to get just a little bit more out of it. A trip to Ace Hardware and about 45 minutes with a drill and I have a spiked front tire. Trust me when I say, this is a good thing! There is now enough grip with the front wheel to twist donuts like a madman! I can even do figure eights. It is going to be a sad day when there is no more ice around here. Even plowed roads are good for donuts, since the blades are never down very far around here, there is usually a skim of hard packed snow to ride on. I was doing some donuts under a street light last night. Then I headed down to the skating pond in the city park and did some more.
The trick to a complete 360 degree donut is to look at, and steer toward, an imaginary point about seven feet in front of your front wheel. This keeps the path of travel at about a twenty foot diameter. It also keeps you from turning a corkscrew inward. The energy of a turning rear wheel and a relatively static front will end up at a central point. you have to counter steer and ever so slightly expand this tendancy outward to complete a full donut. Or, as I have found so far, up to 3 donuts at once. So much fun! Whoever thinks that a Mongoose Beast cannot be fun because it's not a "real fat bike" needs to have their priorities examined! Trying to think of how to get video of this stuff, stay tuned.... Later!