Wednesday, October 9, 2013


Thats my store there across the river. Tuesdays are my long ride days and I happened to spend a couple hours south, then a hour north.
So I snuck past the store passing thru town.

It was one of those rides where you had a lot of time and no where to go. So I tooled around in the woods. Tooled around the city for some urban assault.  Put down 15 miles out in the country roads too.Perfect cross bike ride.

Ended up with almost 3 hours of saddle time. Took a tour of the city park we held our MTB race in on Sunday. Considering we were battling wet conditions it was in pretty good shape.
I was pleasantly surprised to find very little work is needed.

Im really liking the cross bike. But I think its going for sale. And if I do end up selling I will get a Felt carbon frame for Ultegra Di2. Mechanical disc brakes.

Dont get me wrong, the Sram Red 22 hydo stuff is great. And light. But Im just spoiled with the Di2 stuff. Im not going to put it on the floor or anything. Just word of mouth. If I dont sell it thats fine too. I'll keep riding it. Its a nice bike.

Soon the group will be riding in winter mode. All the road bikes get put away. And all the people with cross bikes get them out. And if no cross bike then they ride their MTB. So cross bikes rule until its cold enough to ride on the frozen beach. Then I put away this pretty cross bike and ride my disc trucker tour bike, with all the racking off it.
 Im still bummed I did not use it this year. My so called busy Fall just would not let me. But someday. Im still tossing some stupid idea of a small tour after my daughters wedding, maybe the last week of Oct.
That will be a credit card tour. Hotel only. Too cold for this kid to camp.
Time will tell. If the weather is anything like it is today I'll leave in a heartbeat.

Sunny and 60's. I'll take it. Get outside. The leaves are falling and the clock is ticking.


Monday, October 7, 2013


file foto.
So race weekend has come and gone. Its really all just a big blur to me now. Once the machine starts Friday morn everything just runs into each other and its hard to remember one specific thing.
I do remember all the rain.
For the second year we got hammered with rain.
Right up to 530am Sunday morn. The course was soaked.
But by 9am Sunday the sun actually came out but too little to late and we had to cut the course to save the trails.

Today Im exhausted from the weekend. Mostly mentally. I slept 10 hours last nite and woke up tired. I muddle trying to catch up at the store today. But tomorrow is ride day for me.Cross bike. A long but relaxing ride. Like a recovery ride but I didn't race.

So thats the short story of a long weekend.

And that means Im getting closer to putting an end to this crazy busy fall season. Only one thing left and thats to marry off one of my daughters in two weeks. Just to recap: Ive had "things" going on every other week starting with the mini vaca to Wisc Dells. Then my cross race. Then Vegas and Interbike. Then the MTB race  and finally the wedding. Thats a crazy 10 weeks for me. 

And I can see daylight.


Thursday, October 3, 2013


For now the tenth day in a row I have rode. This mornings MTB ride was a soft peddle. And some days thats not a bad thing. Tooling around this weekend's race course, for about the 750th time, had me just looking around at stuff.
Stuff you normally would not see.
It funny how sometime you run right next to a part that you were on 15 minutes ago and never know it.

Tomorrow it will all start for me. I will have help running the store and will be running errands all morning, and start marking the course around noon.
And for the most part will not stop except to sleep until Sunday at 6pm.
Pretty much no posting.

I did get one of Treks Fatbikes in. Frameset only cuz I like to build my bikes. And this one is mine.
Ive got big plans for it. But that will have to wait until next week like everything else.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Yesterday. 1029am
Today when I ride after work, will be the 8th day in a row I swung a leg over a bike. The riding streak just seems to keep on going.
But that streak will come to an end I think when the race prep ramps up. And that really starts tomorrow afternoon.
So a morning ride will be in order. Now that I open at 11am it seems so much easier to ride and still get stuff done in time to open.

Im considering opening at noon.

Yesterdays cross ride was a classic. One of those rides when you did not need to be back at any specific time. I just tooled around for almost 3 hours.Stopped in my Happy Place and hit the lake at a few other spots too. I even threw in a few intervals. You know I was feeling good to do that.
Im looking forward to more of those rides soon.

And it has to be soon. The trees have started to turn here. To me its a bittersweet feeling. Soon the trees will be peak, but after that its all gone. I would think Northern Wisco is close to peak right now.
And that means game on. And whoever can spend the most time outside wins. And in that respect I intend not to lose.

Although I do have some obstacles in the way. Of course, the race this weekend puts me outside but I wont have a minute to myself. Once thats over, I have a week until my daughters wedding. Thats a big deal. My wife will spend a lot of time on that and will be unavailable for travel. So I hope this weather holds for awhile yet. It looks like I wont be heading out of town for fall for quite some time. End of the month.
So I hope this fall thing waits for me. Another three weeks.

I wont be holding my breath.


Monday, September 30, 2013


This was a weekend of firsts for me.
This morning I rode my bike for the sixth day in a row.

And thats a first for this summer.

And since I worked all weekend, Saturday I commuted home, then Sunday morn commuted to work by bike.
And that is also a first for this summer. Sadly.

Things are getting real for the MTB race coming up. Its pretty much the only thing on my mind.
I'll be spending a lot of time on the course every day now. And thats not a bad thing. With all the riding of late Im feeling much better in the saddle.

And as I planed it, Tuesdays Im having someone open the store for me. Its going to be my day to ride long.
With the store slowing, pretty much everyone is laid off. Except I will have someone open one day for four hours, and close one day. That closing day will be Friday. So Tuesday morn and Friday afternoon is my time now.
And I will use it to my advantage.

So no post tomorrow. I see a 3 hour cross ride in my future.


Friday, September 27, 2013


My God the mornings have been pretty much glorious and I have rode two hours before the store opens three days in a row now.

Another cross ride today. Pretty sure Im going to park the MTB for the most part. I will ride it a few times yet but really the cross bike is singing to me now.

Today I had three others join in. All cross bikes.

For the most part I am knee deep in our WORS race. Its really just a week away and I am now in the time where I get scared cuz I have nothing to do. I think everything is covered. So all I do is sit around and wonder if I missed something. And thats kinda a awful feeling.

But thing seem to be all on the up and up and I should relax.

I have scheduled myself all weekend alone in the store. Its kinda my turn anyway. And this will be the last Sunday open. Will be on full winter hours starting next week. Which means more time to ride.
I cant remember the last time I rode three days in a row. Its been months.

Even with working all weekend I'll get something in both days. Saturday before work, Sunday after.

Have a good weekend.


Thursday, September 26, 2013


Both yesterday and today I got out for rides before the store opened. Both days in perfect weather. Yesterday on the MTB. Today on the cross.

Im amazed on how better I feel after riding just two days in a row. As opposed to two days a week.

My cross ride is about the best ride I can do from the store. I for sure do enjoy riding the MTB but its always a drive to destination. And thats fine and all. But riding a cross bike right from the store is just so convenient since  I dont open till 11am now. And when Im done Im right at the store, ready to work so I can ride way longer.
A two hour morning cross ride consists of about an hour on the road and a hour in the woods. And as a bonus I end up down by my Happy Place so I stop and sit a spell. If Im not smiling when I start I sure am when Im done.
I am going to do this a lot this fall.

As I mentioned many posts ago I am in the middle of the busiest Fall I have ever had. With my cross race and Interbike down, I have just two items left and they are the biggest. In a little more that a week we have out MTB race weekend. Thats super busy. And kinda looking forward to it being over.... But its fun to do at the same time. After that I am marrying off one of my daughters the third week of Oct. Thats taking quite some time. Its going to be a big wedding. And expensive.
So I have my work cut out for me in the next 3 weeks. But the store is slow enough now to make it all a bit easier. This week is our last Sunday open.

Then...after the dust settles its time to ride. A lot.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013


The temps got to me.
How much do I dislike Vegas?
A lot.

Every year that I attend the show I have to mentally prep myself. I realize that the strip is not the only way it is here. People get the perception that the awful two miles or so that is the strip is Vegas and I guess for visits like this one it is. If the tons of people don't get me the temps will. Both make me very uncomfortable.

But I always get a rental car, even tho its such a pain to drive here. We use it to get out.

Every year we find a destination to go to. One year it was Zion National Park. One year it was Death Valley. We did not have the time to do a full day so we just drove to the dam.
Last time we were there was 2009 and the bridge was not even done yet. The view from the bridge is pretty cool.

Pic from bridge

But that was pretty much only half a day. So we drove around the city. Not the strip but in the city. And even if you pull the strip out no way could I live here. Way too much brown. Brown houses, sheds, rocks and hills. Everything brown. No green. I need green.

Again, if it were not for the cross race I would not go. Or if I did I would hit the show for a morning, then get out and only come back when my flight leaves. There is a few nice things to see 4 hours or less drive away.

Anyway, Vegas is not my cup of tea and Im very uncomfortable during the visit. Today, in Wisco, its a nice temp out, the sun is shining and Im glad I live in Wisconsin.


Monday, September 23, 2013


The show.

Sure, the show is the headliner of the trip. Supposedly.
I go to it. For about 4 hours. Actually, 3 and a half this year.

I have my three or four booths I want to see. Felt had a great one this year. But really, I get that done in about 2 hours. Then I try to walk around awhile.
I stay until I cant stand it anymore. A million people, bumping shoulders. Its quite a task to move around the place. Hard to do.
I do look at stuff and I think the coolest new thing a saw was all the new roof racks that used big suction cups. Fit on any car. And their were some pretty cool ones. But I would be a little hesitant to put my $10k bike on that. But they must work fine. There were several manufacturers doing it. Thule included. So the must be safe. I wonder how to lock the bike tho?

I guess we will know soon enough.
Other than that it was the same old. Except with newer stuff.

"I must break you"

With Crossvegas Wednesday, there was a street crit on Thursday in the Mandalay Bay parking lot, adjacent to the show. Back in 2009, the first year I went, they had this and it was lame. This year it was on the National Crit Series calender and it was not lame. Many teams there. The course just tooled around the parking lot lined with temp fencing and seemed dangerous. Many riders dropped either by crashing or just saying screw this. Anyway, United Healthcare pretty much assembled with a few laps to go and took the win. It was actually a nice race and I hope they build on this and make the race stick like the cross race.

So that was the extent of the show for me. Another year in the books. And while Im not a fan of Vegas (will write about that next) and dont soend a lot of time at the show, there is still enough here to bring me back again. Someday.


Friday, September 20, 2013


Huge wood berm.

So. The reason I come out here. CrossVegas.

The energy here is umatched at any cycling event I have ever attended. I missed last year but the additions to the race was off the hook. 2 flyovers. This wooden berm. 4 sets of barriers which 3 were easily hoppable. 2 huge screens so you can watch whats going on all over.

Sven Nys pretty much schooled everyone. Several other riders had the fitness but none could match his skills. He was hopping stuff wide open in the big ring.
It was a spectacle to see.

Besides Sven there were a few other Belgium's there. They ran around 5th or so.
Powers was a distant second. Kabush third.

As much as I hate Vegas I would put up with this crap every time to see this event.
Besides the main events. They have category's where dealers and vender's can race.  Before the pro's run. Its always fun to watch all the schenenigans and the issues that a 160 bike mass start possess.
Lots of beer and bacon.

I had poor Internet reception at the hotel. Im typing this Friday at 6pm. Waiting for my flight home.
I can wait to get out of this damn heat. I need Wisconsin.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013


1030pm Fremont St

We landed at 6pm in Vegas. I hate flying. Stuck in a tin can for almost 4 hours. I struggle with sitting for that long. I try to sleep or just rest but to no avail.

We did make good time after we landed with getting our rental car and checking into the Excalibur. We then settled in and since we have a pretty busy schedule I decided to head over to Fremont St. The old strip.
This is where you find a majority of the weirdos. There are two types of people there. The weirdos and the ones looking at the weirdos. This area is not quite as polished as the new strip. Lots of homeless show up there. Lots of street performers. Most of them pretty bad. To me its a completely different culture. Too many people. Im usually pretty uncomfortable down there.

After two hours we drove back to the hotel. And dont get me started on the driving here. Actually Im pretty good at it as you need to drive pretty aggressive. I can do that.

This morn we are prepping to hit the show in a few hours. Then out for some lunch, back to the show. Then back to the room for a bit and then CrossVegas.
My reason for putting up with all this shit.
I cant wait.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Just a quickie before I fly to Vegas in a few hours. This is my fourth trip to Interbike. Im not a big fan of the show. In fact I will spend less than 4 hours total there. Im not a big fan of the city.
Most of my time is spent out of town.

I'll hit the show a bit Wednesday, then its CrossVegas Wednesday nite. I get there early. I dont want to miss on wheel on the course. 

CrossVegas is really the highlite of of trip and my main reason for going. Then Thursday I think a ride over to the Dam. I have not seen the bridge there yet. Thursday nite is some national crit on the hotel grounds. I saw a crit there my first year to the show. It sucked and never came back. Until now. Will see I guess. Friday I fly back but dont leave until 6pm so that day we will spend on the strip. Shopping or whatever. Im borrowing a Chromebook to stay online during. Maybe even a post or two. I will for sure post a few pics from my phone at Crossvegas.  Its going to be a fast four days. And starts in two hours.


Monday, September 16, 2013



Nice morning in my happy place. Cool temps. Sun out.

Had a big day on the bike Saturday but really over did it a bit (now when have I been know to overdo anything?) and got a bit blown out.

Nice 2 hour ride Saturday morn to breakfast. Cross bikes. Woods and road. That pretty much how its going to be from now on. Took a few hours off and then drove to the WEMS race as planned.

I went onto this race with a laid back attitude and its showed immediately  Very not prepared. And it all went bad from the get go as we had to Lemans start and run to our bikes 50 years away. That 50 yards pretty much doubled my running mileage from the last two years. So... it started bad and continued. I floundered for two laps and wanted to hang it up but decided to soft peddle one more lap for fun. It was not.
About half way thru the lap it turned into a death march. I was blown out. I fell pretty hard. And got lapped by most of the field. I finished truly DFL.

Pretty sure I mentioned before I have a meager 3 point criteria to a good race.
1) Do not finish DFL
2) Pass someone, anyone in the last lap.
3) Do not fall down.
I did not hit even one of those. Limping to the car I changed clothes and left. Tired and sore.
Good thing it was raining on Sunday norn cuz no way could I even get out of bed.

I need to pick my battles better. I need to stick to a 50 min WORS citizen race. Next to last years Chequamegon this was the second longest race I did at 2 hours 15 min. I cant do that anymore. I need to be smarter next time I come out of retirement (cuz Im back in for now).

With that out of the way I turn my thoughts to Interbike.

I fly out in the morn. Back really late Firday. Right now the stress level is once again up as Im trying to get all the ordering done here at the store, tie up all loose ends. I most likely will not relax until Im on the plane winging west. I love heading west.

I cant believe CrossVegas is in two days. Im pretty exited!

As usual, Im taking a notebook out with me for maybe a post or two. And I'll try to post a quickie in the morning but Im planning a small morning ride so that might not be possible. I also need to work on our MTB race thats up in three short weeks. Will be most likely doing some of that from Vegas.

So not sure when the next post comes.....


Friday, September 13, 2013

HAYWARD (with links)

Hayward 2012
As everyone leaves for the Chequamegon 40 up in Hayward this weekend I pretty much wish like hell I was going back up. I had a great time there last year. The cabin was awesome.
Got to ride and race. And then chill.

Sitting on the deck of the cabin at nite with a beer. Listening to the coyotes.

I would have loved to do that again. Ive only been to Hayward,WI twice and its already a top two destination for me (just behind Marquette,MI) and I will for sure get there again. The FatBike Birke was once again announced for March 8th 2014. And I wont let that one slip away.
Although the chances of staying at Telemark are slim.  With it most likely to die a slow death. Sad.

However, in just three short days I will be jetting to Vegas. It would have been tough to do both Hayward and Vegas. Just home from one and leave the next. So I'll And thats whats on my mind today. That, and my big riding plans this weekend. Smallish cross ride in morn. 20 miles and coffee. Then this WEMS race at 3pm.
I know Ive said I have retired from racing but I'll pull a Brett Favre on this to race this one. More like ride. Its put on by a great bunch of people. I'll have fun.
So thats my weekend. 


Thursday, September 12, 2013


file foto
It was not raining today so I grabbed the MTB and headed to the New Fane trails.
Cuz there is a WEMS race there Saturday I was thinking of doing.

Thinking is about all right now. Not sure if I want to ride my bike for 3 hours but what the hell. Its not like I would be going fast or anything.
Besides, I year ago I rode my MTB for 3 hours 39 minutes.

Im worse than a woman in the respect that I cant make up my mind. I could do a nice 3 hour cross bike ride in the morning with a stop for coffee, or race the trails for 3 hours, no coffee. What to do. Both? Maybe??

I really need to ride my MTB more and I must have said that a million times in my life. But its true. Im off it for so long, then when I hit up the trails I wonder what the hell was I thinking?

Well, Fall is fast approaching and Fall means MTB'ing.

Tomorrow is a cross ride in the morn. Talk to ya after that.
I cant believe I have not mentions Vegas. I leave for Interbike in four days....

Crazy how time passes. So fast.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Had to wait until he\she walked off the trail. Sunday.

My ride windows are small. And few. I set aside some time this morn with my new found hour in the morning. Woke up to rain. Bummer.
Will try again in the morn. Most likely MTB.

Im pretty well done with the road stuff. Cross bike and MTB from now on. And thats why I love this time of year.
We are now less than a month away from the MTB race and that takes my focus right now.
Right after I get back from Interbike....


Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Post with no bikes. No bike races.

The mornings in my happy place are nothing short of spectacular these days. Today was coffee and a blueberry muffin. Its warm out. Might get up to 90 today.

The kids are in school so the park slows now during the week. As if on cue, my work (I didn't mention what I do) also slows. I now start at 11 after Labor Day so I have an extra hour in the morning to do what I love to do ( what would that be?).

Some trees have a hint of color in them. The best time of the year is close. Soon Fall will be here and for me its the best time of the year to get outside (and do whatever). 
This time of year is the first wave of when my business slows. And thats kinda bittersweet and in a way welcomed. In the next two months I will do what I love to do outside the most out of any time of year. Several weekends out of town hopefully. Many mornings spent outside with that extra hour I granted myself. I owe me.

My ship spotting hobby has been non existent as it is every summer. The big ships run down the middle of Michigan during the easy months. I still track them. By November they will be running closer to shore and I will start seeing them again. Maybe I'll see one doing what I like to do in the winter on the frozen beaches of Lake Michigan.

But I wont get ahead of the seasons.
Bring on Fall! And all that it represents.


Monday, September 9, 2013


Sunday @ 515pm

I could write a ton here. Sometimes finding enough to write about is a problem. But sometimes you have too much to say. Its hard to condense it all down to a few paragraphs. I'll try.

The cross race went well. Thanks to all for coming  Thanks to all for helping. We were up 40 bikes from last year and thats a success.
There, hows that for condensing.
But really it was a long day and tons of fun. The weather held off. At the end of the day I was physically and mentally drained but still smiling.

The pic here is from my recovery ride on Sunday. Race directing is strenuous  I needed some recovery. Im resting my bike on a old raft that was in the local swimming hole I went to as a teenager. The cross race has the riders running over it. I pushed a lot of girls off that raft back in my childhood. The race is held in that same park. Being able to make it part of my race was just cool. The bike? The Crockett is up and running. Sram Red 22 Hydro brakes and driveline. Its light. But hard to tune as in any high end road Sram stuff.
The bike is racing fast. Turns fast. A little too fast for me.
Really, I love a good cross bike. I ride them a lot. But I dont race. I just tool around on them. This is the first cross bike I have rode (and I have rode many) that I can notice the aggressive race geometry. It lets you turn tight. And fast. Its a pure race geometry frame.
And if a fat,old,bald guy like me can notice it then its really there.

But since I dont race I'll just tool it around. Like I always do. Its still does that well also.

Now, that race is out of the way and I set my sights on Interbike in 8 days. Im looking forward to a little R and R. And Crossvegas.
More on that later.


Friday, September 6, 2013


Its already Friday. Got a million things to do for the race tomorrow. And just confirmed its a 50% chance for rain.
Now Im officially freaking out. If in fact it is raining in the morn would be a catastrophe for the race.

As far as finances, its been on the bubble for two years now. If it does rain and bike attendance takes a hit I will for sure lose money and that could be the end of this deal.

Most of the attendance comes from the south. Milwaukee Madison. Its a long drive up here from where all the other races in the series are. Im kinda the red headed step child in the series.

So if it rains Im done for. Just another element to add to the stress level.

To leave on a better note, the mornings on the beach this week have been spectacular. Cool breeze, warm sun. Hope this continues.

I guess looking forward, right past the weekend, next up is Interbike 10 days after my race Saturday. So thats something to look forward to.

But not until this weekend is over. I better get back to my huge list of stuff to do. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013



What a absolutely beautiful day. And Im in the store alone till close. Bummer. When things in the store start to slow one has to cut payroll a bit and that means I run solo.
Today is one of those days where I would call in if I were not the boss. Even tho the end of summer means slow business, its bt far the best time of year for me. Best riding weather. Best everything. And its just starting and is all ahead of us still.

Just let me get thru this weekend, with the cross race. Nerves are rising. Fear of forgetting something sets in.

Heres the flyer.

Im consumed right now. With the race and the weather.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013


845am Beautiful morning.

I'll start by saying I had 6 hours in the saddle this weekend. Saturday was a solo ride before work. And was interrupted by a bee or wasp (I did not really see it) flying into my mouth. before I could spit it out it stung me both on the gum and lip. I have never felt so much pain from a sting as that one on my gum. I teared up. It hurt.
Then, I started to feel the swelling. Like when you went to the dentist. I was about 30 minutes from the store so I put my head down and peddled not knowing how bad this was going to get. After about 15 minutes the pain started to subside but I could feel my skin getting tighter around my lower lip. To make a long store short I had a fat lip for about two hours.

Sunday was a rare group ride(for me). I joined a group that rode the 27 miles to Port Washington for lunch. Round trip was 54 miles. And sadly was the second longest ride of the summer for me. Very good conversation and good times. Thanks to all for inviting me.

Sunday I once again headed out with Steve D for another two hours. Decent pace. At least for riding the 20 pound cross bike on the road.

Today I stand just days away from my cross race and that will consume me until that day. On paper everything looks like a go. Just need to coordinate a set up crew and I think Im good. I hope so.

Park visit was nice this morn. Kids are in school and its much quieter. I get my bench back in the mornings now. Soon the park will be a ghost town.
And thats when I move back in...


Friday, August 30, 2013


815 am

Its a typical Friday. Im alone in the store all day. Its going to be hot today.

As of this morn Im all caught up in the store from being out 4 days. My office is a mess. And that means its back to normal.

As in every Friday I plan a weekend of riding. Saturday, road ride to coffee, then work. Sunday is a road ride for lunch with a group. Its been like forever that I rode with "the group". Should be fun.

On my mind ongoing is the one week away cross race I put on. Im pretty sure I have things taken care of. I wont start to panic till Wednesday.

I am in what one would call a busy period. Which started last week with the fam vaca. Then a week off and my cross race, then a week off and then Interbike Vegas. Then a week off and the WORS MTB race. Then a week off and then I marry off one of my daughters. That takes me right to Oct 20th. I think Im open after that.

In my mind its one thing at a time. Vacation down, next is cross race. One thing at a time. Concentrate.

Get out side this weekend.


Thursday, August 29, 2013


My posting schedule is all screwed up. Its  I was out getting some family time in as we spent 3 full days at Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Its hard to believe that its Thursday and I went almost an entire week from posting. But time off is time off. Spent some quality time with the kids and grandkids. With absolutely no bikes involved.

The resort is huge. And really not my kind of thing. So many people. Everywhere. But the kids and especially the grandkids liked it and it was nice to get away and do something different.

If you read this blog you are most likely into biking pretty deep like I am. Its my hobby and my business  And sometimes thats a problem.

Sometimes you need to get away from even your hobby. I know some people or even some couples that ride a lot. They go away on weekends to ride. Take a day trip to ride. Head up north to race and\or ride.
And nothing else.

You know of any couple who found each other while riding? And pretty much only ride. They cant take a weekend alone without the bike. I see it in the store all the time. If they went on even a weekend out of town without the bikes they would be lost. They would not know what to do. Since its my business I need some time away from this every once in a while.

Not just the store but bikes in general. Just relax and forget about life for awhile. So even tho the last few days would not have been my personal choice of things to do, it was nice to hang with the fam and forget about bikes for a few days.
Anyway, thats what Ive been doing the last bunch of days.

That said, Im prepping for a ride as soon as another person gets to the store.
Business as usual.


Friday, August 23, 2013


Awesome morning on the beach. Its such a great way to start my day. Warm sun, slight breeze and good coffee. I stay as long as I can. The longer Im there the fuller my batterys get.

Yesterday I started off with a morning MTB ride. This was the first time I sat on that thing since Ore to Shore some 12 days ago. With that weekend being somewhat of a bummer for me I lost the taste for the woods a bit. I kinda took it out on the bike. Yesterday I had fun on it. While Im still thinking more of a trail bike I still can have fun on the Superfly.
It was super humid yesterday. Like almost 100%. I rode for a bit over an hour in the woods and I was as soaked as if it was raining. I had to leave the phone in the car cuz by the pic you can see it was wet too.
Today, Im here to open she store and then Im out for another two hours on the road. Its just such a nice day out and I cant let that stuff slip thru my fingers.
Tomorrow, on Saturday, I'll get another two hours on the road, but then late afternoon Im out for 4 days on a small family vacation with the kids and grandkids. No bikes. Back on Tuesday.
So not sure on the posting but I will have my netbook with me if I find the time.

Check out this rig.
Its been parked (moored in boat terms) down from the store.

Thats a few million for sure. The boat is from Florida. They have been out for awhile now.

So thats about it for a few days.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Since I missed last year Im getting pumped for Interbike. Flights, hotel and car are booked.

I spend a relatively short time in the actual show. Maybe 5 hours max all week. Maybe more this year as its been revamped. On paper it sure looks like they improved it.

But my real reason to go is CrossVegas. Its a spectacle that should be on your bucket list. Tons of Euro's will be there. Sven Nys this year among others. All the top US riders. All of them. Ten thousand spectators.

Some of the top riders go for fun. Last time I was there in 2011 Danny Summerhill was going out of his way for dollar bills. I think he got off his bike once to pick them up off the ground....
But most are there to race. Ive been to three of them so far. This will be my fourth time.

Small video from 2011. Its like this for a hour.

Besides the pro's they have a no category race for dealers and manufacturers. This race is over 200 riders strong. At one time. Carnage and beer all over the place.  Anyway.. like I said. Bucket list this thing.

Its four short weeks away and I have my own cross race to deal with in between. Things are going well for that I guess. All the paperwork is in place. I have all the stakes and tape ready to go. Still working on schwag and awards. I'll post more on this stuff later.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Im sure you have figured out that the pic is a file foto. But that stuff is going thru my head as I type. In retail you work far ahead of the times.

So today Im focused on winter product. Which is pretty much cross country ski's and fat bikes.

My initial order of Treks Farley is 5 bikes. My initial order of 9zero7 is also 5 bikes. One carbon. Wonder who will be the rider on that machine?

Clothing too. This look into the crystal ball is hard to do. At least the first few years I was in biz. Now I have some history to fall back on. But this winter gig is so weather driven that you could do everything right and have it all wrong. I definitely play it conservative in that respect. Im not good at gambling.

So yesterday, after limping around for a weeks decided to lay off the  racing. Today, I woke up to no pain whatsoever. Hip feels fine. What the hell.

Still, I no longer have the need to see how fast I can ride my bike. I keep thinking back to O2S and now Im sure I was just going thru the motions during the race. I was riding just to finish and I do not remember ever thinking I was having a good time doing it. I dont know. I have a bad memory. Maybe I did have fun during. Whatever.
If I was ever to do a WORS race it would be next week. And Im out of town next week so this could be the second straight year with no WORS races. I for sure do not see any races this year anymore.

Which could give me some time to pull a Favre and un retire.
Maybe I'll retire when Jens retires.....
Maybe I should just say "shut up hip".


Monday, August 19, 2013


Actually had a pretty good riding weekend. Got in two hours on Friday, two and a half on Saturday and almost two on Sunday.
All road.

As I sit here today my thoughts turn to the lack of MTBing on my mind. My mediocre time up in O2S. While I had a good race my body was telling me to stop this.

And here just over a week later Im starting to listen. Ive been bummed out of late with all the pain of getting old on the bike. And as I arrived to the store this morn Ive made the decision to pretty much ditch the MTB racing. Not that I did a lot of it. And if I did the WORS thing it would only be a 50 minute race compared to almost two hours of Ore to Shore.

But it just does not appeal to me anymore.
So I think I will sell my Superfly. Yeah. The 2014 9.9 that I had less than a month. Now, its not that Im ditching MTBing altogether. Just going a different direction. I have already spec'd out a EX 9.9
Gone is the lower travel and super aggressive race geometry. When I was in Marquette a few weeks ago we rode some trails that were pretty technical. The over the top geometry of the Superfly pretty much tried to throw me over the bars several times. And while I would give up the climbing of the Superfly (I sucked at that anyway) I would love to just drop the seat and ride that stuff. More travel is more fun. Just a bit slower on the ups, way more fun on the downs.

So I think that is the route I will take. Kind of a bummer to get rid of the Superfly so soon. But its time to move in the next chapter of my off road experience.

Its like this. But Project One green.

Bring it on.


Thursday, August 15, 2013


Treks Crockett CX disc in the house
So yesterday I spent some time looking at new Trek bikes. Some nice stuff. In the past, they always held off releasing new stuff and the show was the first time we would see new equipment. Now, they release stuff as its available and for the most part I have already seen all the good stuff prior to the show. I like that better anyways.
In fact even having some of it in house with my 2014 9.9Sl Superfly.

Then the release of the new Crockett cross bike just two days old. In fact, I already have a frameset in store. When I saw that new disc specific bike on Monday I called Waterloo and begged like a little kid. They had 5 framesets in hand. I got one. So now for the most fun I can have in my store.
The bike build.
The slate is clean. Possibilities endless.

After going thru all options in my head I made up my mind after talking to the Shimano guys yesterday at Trekworld.

Its Ultegra Di2. 11speed. 1 by 11 in fact. The shifters will be programed to shift up the cassette on the left and down on the right. How cool is that.
Brakes? Hydraulic. Yup. Di2 hydraulic levers. Not gonna be here till late November tho.
Totally worth the wait.
In the mean time Im ordering a complete 10 speed Ultegra Di2 compact system. Right now they are pretty cheap. Post, stem and bars are going to be Shimano's PRO lineup.
Easton wheels.
However, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time.
In fact I plan on it.
The parts cannot arrive fast enough.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013



Im still pretty amazed at the pictures I can take with my phone. I really like this one. Its a keeper. I delete hundreds of these pics. Almost all taken within 30 yards of each other in the park.

Yesterday was one of those day when you get back from a few days off and you never catch up. Was in the store from 8am to 8pm. Never left. And Im still working on it this morn.

Tomorrow I will head to Madison for Treks dealer convention, or Trekworld as they call it. I wont spend a lot of time there. Just will take the time to look over the 2014 product lines. Its pretty nice stuff.

On a more personal note, Im a bit bummed out. Since the race Saturday my left hip is hurting quite a bit and I know whats going on. Its been coming around for a year now.
I already know I have a right knee thats unrepairable and need replacement. I have had only one cortisone shot and it hurts but I have been tolerating the pain. Now my left hip is following suit.
The reason I left Marquette early is that it was hurting me a ton. Hard to walk. Today, on Tuesday, it still is a pain, but not as much as after the race on Saturday.
Even with my knee, Ive not used any drugs for the pain. No ibuprofen or anything. But as I get older its harder to hold off. So I am on the the next stage of this mess. I cant get thru the day without a few vitamin I's in me.
That go's for both hip and knee.
My riding is now affected. I no longer can keep up with the group I have been riding in for years. I guess Im at a crossroad and need to decide whether to tolerate it or spend the huge amount of time and money to fix it.
My mind is far from made up.
And that is what my Tuesday is all about.


Monday, August 12, 2013


Im about 300 bikes back.

Back early from da UP. Was supposed to be back late Sunday but came home late Saturday. Its just a little weird going up by myself. I had a tough time filling time. I left Friday morn, got 30 minutes down the road and remembered I left my helmet on the counter. That kinda set the whole weekend. After an hour effort to retrieve it I was once again making headway. I love the drive up to Marquette. Very scenic.
I arrived and checked into my hotel, dressed to ride and headed to ride the course backwards as most people do. Met Jon H and Peter H (no relation) and we rode the course. Afterwards Jon wanted to head over to the south trails of Marquette Mountain and I reluctantly agreed.
That was a mistake. He took me up Benson Grade which is close to the longest climb I have ever done on a MTB. That, the day before a race, was a mistake. I went as slow as I could but knew it would effect me in the morning. To some degree anyway.

Bike worked perfectly
The race was uneventful I guess. Which was a good thing. I passed people, people passed me. All in all it met my criteria of a good race. I have three.
1) dont take last in age
2) dont crash
3) pass somebody on last lap
I did all three even tho there were no laps I passed three people that I can remember in the last mile. I finished 4 minutes faster than last year at 1 hour 55 minutes. Placed 313 from last years 308 (out of a little over 1000)

And Sunday morn I sure could feel it. I cant remember ever being this devastated from a race. Everything hurts. I guess thats what age brings.

After the race on Saturday I went back to my room, which I had till Sunday morn, cleaned up and rested till about 3pm. Then I took some time in town. To my suprise, 3 different ships came to Marquette's port. So I did have some time to kill with them.

With the biggest being the James Barker. Stopping to unload coal to the power plant. Its a big one. It takes a long time to off load a ship load of coal. Or whatever.

But even my new hobby could not keep me in town. Even tho I had a room paid for the nite, I decided to pull the plug around 5pm Saturday nite and come home. Just did not pay to stick around just to sleep. And I was way too sore to ride at all. So I came home and slept in my own bed.

I guess I will call the race a success. Maybe by default. Finishing four minutes up from last year was a plus but I think that was due to a faster course. Im sure many came in sooner than thought. Im pretty sure Im in pretty bad race shape. And of course the effort Friday afternoon did not help much.

So the race was good but the weekend just was short. And thats fine.
My next time off is in a month when I travel to Interbike. And I have my cross race to put on in between. So Im going to be busy.

Here now on Monday my hip is still hurting me a ton and I think thats going to be a recurring problem along with my shot knee. Really hurts to walk. More so after the race.
Getting old aint' for sissies.