Wednesday, August 21, 2019

EBIKE

Another very pleasant Tuesday Nite Ride.

About 10 bikes showed. Perfect Wisconsin summer weather.

Im still pretty happy with my ebike situation. I dont even notice it much anymore. And the riders with me dont notice it much anymore either. Im just another guy riding in the group and that makes me happy.

If you go back to last year when I got the ebike those who know me might remember the mental struggle I had with it. I had given up a super cool Fuel EX for that bike. Which is not the same ebike I have today but the same model. I sold last years bike to a dude in CA. 

I struggled with the idea that I just gave up. Ebikes were for the old and disabled. It got to the point where I would just ride alone. People were just sick of me complaining about it. Poor Dan has been reduced to riding a motorcycle.

Of course that was all me. No one else thought that. But I was kinda the odd guy in the group. 

All that bullshit is all gone. Now I just ride with my friends and they dont have to wait for me. Nobody even notices or mentions the bike anymore. We all just ride. How cool is that?

While the ebike is still not mainstream or even still not allowed on some trail systems (which is crazy) its for sure changed my life.  Im riding in the woods way more. I even use it to commute a bit too. Why not? 

I so look forward to the Tuesday rides now. Almost the highlight of my week. Good times with good friends. I hope to keep it rolling thru fall and into winter.


So we are on the second offering of our clothing and Ive added bibs to make a full kit. Email me at danosmodernlife@gmail.com if interested.

So thats about it this week. The great weather continues. Get out side and play!

DLD

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

17 BIKES!

810am
I had no pics for today's post and saw this guy on my way to work today. Its heading to Duluth. I should grab my bike and hitch a ride. Duluth is working on trail systems to rival Marquette or Hayward. I will get up there someday. Its a long drive. 

Last nights Tuesday Nite Ride was the best. We had 17 bikes attend before it was over. Some came sooner and some later but we had a solid group of 10 roll out with me. This ride has become the best of the week for me. I really enjoy it. I forgot my phone in the car so no pics. Sometimes I forget my phone on purpose.

The trails are in great shape besides a few tree down giving us a re route. The rides have been fun. Ive been on those trails a million times but if you tie them together differently every week its not so bad. Forwards and backwards too.

Next up on my mind is a trip to Marquette. This last weekend was race weekend and I never go up that weekend anymore. Just too many people. A room is hard to find. Campgrounds are full booked up months ago. Even if I went up then it would be last minute and I could not find any room at the Inn.

Soon the temps will taper and it will be the beginnings of fall. All the roadies ditch the road bike for a MTB and its game on. Cant wait.

Sorry for the boring post..... next week!

DLD

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

AUGUST ALREADY

Its been a slow week. I did get in a few rides but no pics of such rides so I guess they did not happen. 

Saturday was a 30 mile road ride. Ive done a couple 30 milers and I gatta say I have been getting back on fumes. Maybe a 13-14 MPH average. Which is not terrible considering Im on 40c tires. I considered putting road tires on the Diverge but really since Im riding by myself is not needed. I enjoy hitting up a little woods when I can with the bigger tires.

The weather here is still amazing. A little hot for my liking but tolerable. Yesterday the short sleeve jerseys came in and I handed a few out on the Tuesday ride. Was a bit lower bike count with maybe 6 bikes showing but it was all good. 

I cant believe how fast this summer is going by. I cant believe its August.  O2S is next week already! A race I never missed in the past. While I still go up to Marquette as much as I can I dont go that weekend. Just too many people.

Ive been thinking about a little touring now that I have the gravel bike. Im assuming it can be racked somehow. I have not looked into that but it seems possible. I guess its called bikepacking now. That term originally applied to off road riding but now its seems to be universal.

Here's my last rig. Complete with coffee mug. I had this bike several years and rode it a bit but only toured one weekend with it. Complete with 1.8 pound tent that retailed for over $400. I pitched it once since I bought it in 2013. I ended up selling the bike complete as you see it. Like all my past bikes, I regret selling it. So if I decided to take this up again I would need to buy everything on the bike. Racks, bags and such. I almost sold all the camping gear but I didn't and Im glad I have all of it still.

Here I am touring up to Door County in 2011. Same bags. Borrowed tent. Surly Long Haul Trucker. Id have to say the Trucker was my favorite tour bike. The bar bag here was too big and was almost touching the levers. This one is caliper brakes but a year later I bought a disk Trucker. 


Here is the disk Trucker. This ride was up to Eagle River in 2012. Same bags. Same borrowed tent. Smaller handlebar bag. This was my favorite setup I think. Both my Truckers were 26in wheels. Stronger for sure. I think I had about 40 pounds in the bags. That sounds high but Im not sure. Plus with me being a bigger guy I for sure had to go with a strong setup. The steel frame was smooth riding. 

Anyway, if I do get back into this it for sure wont be like I used to. Much shorter day trips these days. My longest tour was 18 days and 1000 miles. That was in 2008 before I did the bike store thing.

The way this summer is going Im sure I'll run out of time...

DLD