Today On A Bike

2014-02-22 14.05.28 2014-02-22 14.27.46I set out on a solo 50 mile ride today in preparation for the Barry-Roubaix. It was a little cold and a little longer than my legs wanted. I wanted to benchmark my fitness, revealing how much work I still have to do to prepare for the 62 mile gravel race. I also wanted to try out some changes I made to the my Crux in preparation for gravel events this spring including Surly Knard 41c 120TPI tires and a Revelate Designs Tangle Frame Bag. The bike did well today, although the cable disc brakes lack in comparison to the hydraulics that were recalled by Sram. I look forward to getting the redesigned models when Sram releases them, hopefully they will last longer than five months this time…

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2014 Enchanted Fat Bike Stomp

2014-02-15 10.59.41My wife and I along with some local CORBA folks made the journey to the Quad Cities this weekend for the 2014 Enchanted Fat Bike Stomp. The quad cities host what is possibly one of the most enthusiastic fat bike scenes in the country. When you look around during a ride and see more than fifty fat bikes, you’re in good company, especially when those people are FORC.

Jake Ralfs, the event organizer went above and beyond by grooming the trail by foot with a sled and sand bags! It’s people like him that make great cycling events a reality. I had a great time talking to locals and even meeting a few readers of my blog!

The day started earlier than normally exists for me…
2014-02-15 05.36.47After arriving, we geared up and were off for a day full of smiles and cheap beer. The temperature started at a chilly 7°F and warmed up to the upper teens by the afternoon. The snow-covered banks of the Mississippi river were great terrain to ride!
2014-02-15 09.43.09 2014-02-15 09.58.09 2014-02-15 10.08.59A section that had not be ride-able in past visits made for a make shift half-pipe that provided all sorts of entertainment, be it a successful transition across, or an attempt that resulted in a face full of snow.
2014-02-15 10.25.09There were a few stops for rehydrating, because, hydration is important.
2014-02-15 10.42.42 2014-02-15 10.35.312014-02-15 11.44.47 2014-02-15 11.52.19We made our way across the mighty Mississippi, riding some motorcycle ice tracks along the way.
2014-02-15 11.07.59 2014-02-15 12.02.16We arrived at Dee’s Catfish Cove for food, drinks, and festivities.
2014-02-15 12.26.05When I went inside to grab some lunch, I smiled when I saw the dollar bill a few CORBA members hung last year still there. It’s the little things!
2014-02-15 12.43.08The parking was smile inducing…
2014-02-15 12.37.13I had a blast and can’t wait until the next time I have the opportunity to ride and hang out with the fine folks of FORC!

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