The B Word

IMG_0748I’ve found myself a bit burnt-out this fall. In my typical over analytical fashion I’d pinpoint the cause at almost a full year of competitive riding. I know lots of people who do it but I mentally need a break every fall it seems. I find it harder to get on a bike and ride hard for two hours when there is no goal in site.

I struggled for a bit about whether this post had a place on my blog, but when I reread the first post I was reminded of my original intention with this project. Cycles In Life. This lull is my current cycle and if I hide that, I’m not being honest. I’ve also been receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers and the community both local and beyond. Special thanks to those people, it means a lot.

I think I’m going to make a few changes for next year. I think I’m going to focus on crits next season as they are new and exciting to me. I enjoy that there are multiple measures for personal success on any given race day. The tactics appeal to me. I’m sure I will race a fair share of mountain bike races and cross races, but I don’t think I will have a full season of either.

Thinking about this coming winter season of non competitive, fun first riding with good people puts a smile on my face. I’m ready for that. I plan making several return trips to the Mississippi river banks to join what I presume will be the largest gathering of fat bikes ever amassed. I’m ready to feel the cold on my face and hear the silence of the wind while pedaling in the snow.

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Bike Update: 2012 Salsa Mukluk Ti

MJ5L2536I’ve made some changes to my fat bike this summer and fall I’m pretty jazzed about it. The planed changes were simple enough of moving to a one by drivetrain with Shimano XTR bits and adding Shimano XTR brakes for good measure too.

MJ5L2539 MJ5L2541 MJ5L2578While adding the Shimano XTR brakes and rotors my old Carver carbon fork didn’t want to behave with the new setup so I had to change the fork from that to the MRP carbon fatbike fork (previously named White Brothers). More thoughts on the fork are coming but for now let me say that when compared to the Carver fork I had the MRP is stiffer, heavier, more expensive, and less attractive, but I’m happy with it. I just can’t believe they put the sticker under the clear coat…

MJ5L2546 MJ5L2559 MJ5L2563I love how clean the bottom bracket area is with the one by! The gearing seems perfect for me with a 28 tooth chainring and a normal 11-36 cassette.
MJ5L2577While I was reinstalling a brake rotor with the non extended bolts I had a bone head moment and over torqued the bolts. Expensive lesson learned and with a set of Hope Fatsno hubs things could return back to normal.
MJ5L2553The bike is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to smile a lot in the cold this winter riding it.
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