More to come.
|Not good. 845am|
How can I not complain? This is wrong in so many ways.
Im not going to post on the crappy weather.
Well, that's because I have bigger fish to fry. This morn I signed a lease to move the store to a bigger, better location. I guess its official and the ink has yet to dry on the paperwork. Change of address is a pain.
Ive got to cut this post short. My head is swimming.
As so it begins. I want to be in that location in 3 weeks.
That means this will consume me.
14 hour days.
Not knowing what day it is.
I will miss my family.
A hope like hell it was worth it.
|The ship that started it all. Getting some R&R.|
|Its a biggen....|
I guess I'll go back to complaining. This next stretch of time is going to be a real bummer. The store has slowed to beyond hibernation. Maybe it just feels that way since it was such a good December. A good Christmas sell, backed up by snow to push ski sales and rentals. Things were rockin' all month.
Then, when I thought enough snow fell to hold a base on the trails till spring, I ordered a ton more ski and winter stuff. Two days later everything melted. Base is gone. Ski stuff grinds to a halt. Things get too quiet.
Now, on top of that it below zero. Frigid temps with bare ground is a double whammy.The the worst of both worlds. To cold to do anything. No snow to do anything.
What the hell happened to winter here?
Ive mentioned this before but I study several weather websites including the National Weather Service. I look at several 30 day outlooks. I try to base my inventory on that info. Even tho it was below zero last nite, I see rain on Sunday\Monday. Thats just nuts. Things like that, that are out of my control, drive me crazy. Its one of the downsides to a bike\ski store. You can do everything right, by the books, and fall short.
And its around this time of year (late Jan\early Feb) that the lack of sunlite hits me and I just need to get away a bit. I think they should move Interbike to February.
So there it is. Some bitching. Now things are back to normal. Temps in the 20's on Saturday and Im already looking forward to the ride then. Ive only been on a bike twice in 14 days. Definitely a product of the weather and time of year.
Even my ship spotting deal is on hold as the shipping season has closed on the lake for a some time. So I cant even do that.
Spin bike still in basement. But I look at it every time I walk past it. I think it laughing at me.
Its like it knows.......
Cold mornings make me get up late. Bed just too warm to get out of. But I do. Against my better judgement.
Negative 3 this morn as the lake was steaming. Despite what some may call too cold to go out, my routine does not change. But my outside time is just a little shorter, but not by much. No ships today.
|820am dusting of snow|
Little bit of snow today.Maybe if I keep up this "screw winter" attitude it might just come back. Looking ahead, ride time will be minimal in the next week or so. Tomorrow Im heading to a large bike swap in Madison. Gonna try and sell some stuff I dont want anymore. So thats going to take my day. Then Sunday we have a fatbike ride planned back at Greenebush. But the temps will be brutal. Maybe single digits.
I see these guys 8 out of 10 visits to the park. Its two yearlings with their mom. Ive watched them since they were days old. Almost like an extended family. I'd like to think they recognise me, but thats me just thinking weird.
Once the weekend blows thru temps will be single digits during the day and below zero at nite. That will put a halt to outdoor activities Such crazy weather. 6 days ago it was 51 degrees and raining. A drop in daytime highs of almost 50 degrees. Crazy.
Im going to keep this short today. Pretty busy day. any thoughts on Lance you ask? Nope. None. He only came clean on the obvious. I think the conversation was pretty weak.
Have a great weekend. Get outside before the temps plummet.
|Headed to the great white north,eh?|
|Look long. Its getting deleted. 845am|
|Sunday on the snowmobile trails.|
|Yesterday. Foto by Mike K.|
This Fatbike thing can be confusing. Its so new(ish). New products being developed everyday. Old tried and true products never in stock.
As a dealer, its been frustrating.
The small group you see here from yesterday has bought their bikes from four different dealers with one of course being mine.
With all this stuff being so new (to the mainstream) there are so many views, thoughts and opinions between all the dealers. And riders.
Today, the fat bike is evolving to a more faster, smaller, lighter all around bike and the views, thoughts and opinions are changing once more. Rim width is getting smaller, not bigger. Wheels sets getting lighter. Tires are getting higher end 120 tpi. So now that Joe Biker has decided to pull the trigger on a fatbike based on a few years of old data he is now already behind in trend. I get this a lot.
My first fatbike was a Pug. Over two years ago. Next came my Moonlander. A even fatter fatbike. I still have it. While I liked to ride and still do, its just feels "clunky" in the tight stuff. And that's fine cuz that's how its supposed to feel with 5 inch wide tires.
So now Im on the smaller faster lighter bandwagon. Selling aluminum 9zero7's. Every wheelset I get is smaller than the other. Im running 65mm Margelites now and have 45mm 616's coming. Remember my Moonlander has of course 100mm rims. The fattest of the fat. Pretty cool.
So now finally we have a fatbike contingency here in town and while everyone is pumped to be fattired, Im getting smaller in that respect and no one can relate to that right now.
And lets talk tire pressure.
Every store sells their bikes with recommendations for low, low, low tire pressure. Lower the better? Sure, for more float. It seems on our group ride its a competition to see who can run the lowest. When we ask each other about what pressure we have at the time some will boast 7 or 8. I hear some say 7.5 to 7.8. Then one will boast 5psi and the others will gasp. And jump off to let some air out.
Me? Yesterday I ran 18. And was just fine.
Two years ago we were on all the same tire and it was a no brainer to do what everyone else does. But I go 250 plus pounds and now on lighter side wall tires today. Its not the same for me.
The group almost laughs (in a good way) at me when I tell them my pressure. I kinda get the "what the hell are you doing?" look. They tell me that Billy Bob from some other store said to run no more than 8. Billy Bob most likely weights 165 pounds and runs a 27tpi Larry for tires on a Rolling Darrel rim.
Its not the same for me. Or you for that matter.
So when I'm running in the deeper snow do I take the pressure down? Of course I do. I do so based on how much float I need. If I'm on the frozen beach I need zero float. You could ride a road bike then. 20 pounds of air for me then. What??? You heard me.
I guess my point is that the fatbikes Im trying to build up are not to get the most float, or biggest footprint. But trying to fit in year round. In the summer on the dry trails as well as the winter woods. Im not saying this to sell bikes. I have the stores website to do that.
I just saying its OK for your fatbike to not be a traditional fatbike. And if your about to join the movement, don't be so gun ho to be the fattest or the dude with the lowest pressure unless that's absolutely what your going for. There is a "too fat" line drawn somewhere. I'm not sure where but somewhere. Going fat is awesome, but sometimes too fat hurts where and when you can ride it. And helps at times too. Just depends on when and where you ride. For me, needing maximum float is only a very small part of my fatbike riding.
So don't get talked into needing the fattest tires, or get lured by the thought of just being able to run 5psi. Its cool alrighty, but not always needed.
So how fat should you go?
Really, that's a personal issue. I wont go there. Only you can.
If I had a better camera this pic of the US Wilfred Sykes would have been epic. In the fog of Lake Michigan makes it look like some kind of ghost ship. The shipping season on the lake will end soon. Pending if winter will stay.
Yesterday I had my first ski in two years and it went as such, Almost an hour was good enough for me. At least for the first time. Soon my high end ski's will arrive and with that I hope to get more motivation to do so. Im not worried.
Yesterday I was just too busy to post. In fact I am doing this from home, something I almost never do. Yesterday was not Long Ride Wednesday. I decided to re groom the park. Since I groomed on Saturday the trail took quite a beating. And since I had help in the store I could take my time and do a better job.
So thats what I did.
Soon, I hope to re start my activity schedule and ride\ski more. I ended the Holiday season a few pounds up but Im not discouraged. Ive been on the weight watchers program since Nov 1st and did well the first month but not so good in December.
Looking forward to getting back in the groove.
Today I meet with a potential new space for the store. This one is looking good.
Could have the lease signed by the end of the week.