Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
It was supposed to rain and be 40 degrees, it was 40 all day, but only and occasional mist. Thinking rain, I wore plastic, yeap plastic, cheap stuff but does keep me dry, when it rains. The expensive 'rain gear' I own sooner or later if I stay out long enough, gets me soaked. I ditched the 'plastic rain jacket early, I was overheating.
I had plans to ride for 6 hours, and when I reached for my first drink I realized I forgot to put any fluids in my bottles DUH!!!!!
So I can wander all the way back home, or find a Mart out here. I saw a sign that pointed down a Snow Mobile path that said Eichman's So I followed. Was a GREAT ride, amazing path through the woods, along creeks, across creeks, up and down hills. Was totally amazing ride. Plus I found some drink. The clerk was amazed at my bike and someone riding like this in the winter.
So back to work for one day and then "hey hey it's the weekend"
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Before I left I filled tired to 14 psi, I figure it would be easier to remove some air psi then to add some.
After about 4 miles of riding I knew I needed to drop some air psi in tires to get them to have a larger profile to hook up better, and stop the sliding around.
I was unscrewing the rubber cap on the presta valve and didn't realize I was removing the entire valve core. I did realize what I had done when all the air was blowing out the stem and I simultaneously realized I had forgotten to bring along my air pump. PANIC HITS!!!! I hurriedly screwed the cap back in that had the valve core attached to it. The air loss stopped and I had about 2 psi in my front tire.
The ride was beautiful out here tonight. The solitude gave way to reflection, I shut my IPOD off to listen to the silence.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
After an hour here comes the Fat that was making the tracks headed at me. It was the snow machine Lance Andre. So I turned around and rode with him. We are both riding FatBacks his Titanium, mine Aluminium. His weighing in the low 30 lbs mine in the low 60 lbs. Lance on a rigid training schedule with major races planed, including Iditatrod, Arrowhead, etc. Me, just riding to ride. Back in my younger life, I would be doing the same, competition would make me push myself to the end of my limits back then. What we totally share in common is our love to ride bikes. We both ride year round as much as we can. That makes us bond easily, and enjoy the biking camaraderie.
Lance offered a lot of good suggestions, and offered some of his bike extra bike parts to lighten me up. He is directing and racing the Triple D this Jan 16th, he won it last year, and my money is on him this year.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
After bringing her up to speed she was ready to go.
It always amazes me how well the Nokian Studs hook up on ice, rode around town, up to parks and around the river walks and through the large cemeteries in my neighborhood.
It was fun, and what surprised me was how light a almost 40 lb bike with gear and 2.3 studded snow tires felt. The reason being I've been snow plowing with the FatBack, and it's 4 inch tires alot lately. I think it would feel like a rocket ship riding my road bike now on pavement. But good, bad, or indifferent, that ain't gonna happen for a long time, unless I drop down and ride with Mr. Bill in Texas.
Here is a view looking out over the frozen Mississippi River.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Was headed back home with the 'Fat' on the back of the car and saw a truck go by with a FatTired bike on the back. So I had to turn around. There are only two FatTired bikes in this county of 90,000. Well actually 1.5 mine and Lance Andre's. Lance's only counts as a half attendant because he lives here and in Florida.
Ok back to the FatTired sighting. I followed him back into the trail parking lot, introduced myself and him to me. He's from Iowa City, just got his MukLuk, and was loving it. He said it is like when you get your first bike and the joys that come with it. Sorry I forgot your name, that happens a lot at my age, but if you read this please drop a comment.
Hope you can play some today too.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I have heard of some riders routinely go down to 5 psi or less to get the tires to hook up in lose snow.
It warmed up to 31 degrees and the snow was flying up from tires and coating my gears and derailleur, and freezing on my rear gears. Causing the chain to skip, hop, and grind.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Now, on to something I wish wasn't the case.
"The knee, the knee, always the knee" said Vince Lombardi.
My knee has been becoming more and more problematic lately. The knee I injured quite severely in 1972. I've had four surgeries over the years to help gain more time. I really can't complain due to the severity of the injury and the fact that I have had a very active lifestyle. Competing in running, power lifting, swimming and bicycling.
Last week it was swollen up on me, and I had it checked at the bone doc's. X-rays were taken and knee was drained and given a shot of xylocaine. I've been there done that before.
Friday the doctor's office called my cell phone. X-rays are showing joint deterioration, arthritis, and very little cartilage remaining. All this injury is on the inside of the knee.
So what's next? I am going to be scheduled for Viscosupplementation.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Temps were from 9 to 14 F. I was never cold at all. I took inventory of my clothing. 3 of my long sleeve upper body wear is Merino Wool which works great for wicking sweat. Zippers add a great heat control method and my last 4 layers have zippers.
1 Long sleeve
2 Long sleeve turtle neck.
3 Long sleeve turtle neck (zipper)
4 Long sleeve (zipper)
5 Jersey (zipper)
6 Wind breaker (zipper)
7 Light sock
8 Heavy sock
9 winter SIDI biking shoes
10 Shoe cover
11 Helmet Liner
13 Wool socking hat
16 ATV Handle bar mitts
17 Long insulated leg covers
18 Biking shorts
I discovered a lil Gnome Home, seems they live in igloos for the winter season. Cheers, thanks for visiting
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Oh geeepers, see below comment my lady posted on FaceBook when I went out cycling on the FatBack.
Well I had to comment back. I bet she is skeeered now.
So I tried to sooth things over. I told her I really didn't spend all that money on my new bike. It was a gift, I was afraid you wouldn't believe me, I showed her this picture. I don't think she believes me.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Saw the bone doctor today. He did drain my knee, he is going to talk to his colleague to see if I am a candidate for the gel treatment. He is not sure because I broke my ACL ligament twice and I guess that makes this procedure questionable for what ever reason.
But enough of that stuff. After work tonight I decided the best thing to do would be to go out and ride a couple of hours on Heritage Trails. When I went through the trail head parking lot there was two guys loading up their snowmobiles on a trailer. It was just getting dark. I wheeled over next to them and said "hello fellows" They looked at me like I was a creature from outer space. I guess from a non bikers perception for a guy to peddle up on the snow, at night, 17 degrees F, with 4 inch tires, just ain't right. The trail was hard packed from all the snow mobile traffic. The ride was fast for snow riding. I couldn't see my speed, or heart rate in the night so I am not sure how hard I was pushing it.
The FatTires go anywhere.
I will ride again, I will ride some more, I think tomorrow would work quite well.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
So I talked back and forth with myself for an hour after work trying to decide if I should go out after dark and ride some on deserted snow mobile trails. I say deserted because on a Tuesday night it would probably be just me and a few deer, beaver, and raccoons running around.
I ended up with a no. I wanted to ride. The "no" logic being mainly driven from the fact that my 4 surgery knee is not cooperating. So I have a appointment with the doc tomorrow, if it goes as I prefer, he will drain the fluid, relieving the pressure, reducing the pain, and increasing the mobility.
Then, unless my doctor totally insists I do not, I will ride. He's knows my drive, he says I bicycle to much, he knows my knee is eventually headed for a polyethylene and titanium one. He knows I don't listen well to his warnings.
I'll pack lights, a snack, fluids, and music. Will get 5 hours plus in and finish the ride after darkness.
I have FatBack Bike all ready to go, with double set of batteries for head light, two blinkie lights for the rear in case there is a snow mobiler out rip'n up the trails and coming up from behind at a high rate of speed and tries to run right up my arse.
It will be "warm" tomorrow, 18 F. More snow coming, the trails are well packed, my fat 4 inch tires will hook up well even as more snow falls.
Ok be sensible, and not like me.