About Matt

I am a thirty-two year pretty normal guy who loves a girl, good friends, and bicycles. I live in Normal Illinois. I work for an IT shop and I do a fair bit of cycling year round which includes commuting, road riding, cross-country racing, and winter riding. I aim to do some product reviews, detail some of my favorite rides, and my thoughts on cycling in today’s world.

Changes

It always feels like one cycle comes to an end while another one starts when I update the first post of this blog. Editing the post up until now was to add another year to my age as my hair gets a little more grey, but the change tonight hit me in the feels a little more.

Cycles in Life. Not a straight line towards or away from one thing or towards a different thing. Different cycles of events and feelings. Not a goodbye, just an I’ll see you later. Different events and opportunities. A time and place to reflect on the amazing experiences and fond memories of people and places.

Cycles In Life

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Putting Tires On Dirt In Texas – Northshore Trails

We’re settling into life in Wylie outside of Dallas Texas now. I took the opportunity yesterday on a beautiful sunny 68ºF Sunday to ride my Ibis HD3 at Northshore trails near Dallas Texas. It’s the trail system that I’d been wanting to ride since moving based on reviews. I only had enough daylight to ride the East loop which makes up about half of the 20 or so miles of singletrack. I’ll be back soon to loop the whole place.

Gathering my stuff took about twenty minutes longer than usual because of the move and it’s been a while.

It was really nice to ride again. The roller coaster of flowy and technical trails were a lot of fun. There was plenty of rock and the trail flowed as well as about anything else I’ve ever pedaled. I had a great time and will be back regularly.

Riding local rocky trails in 70ºF temps in January. That’s something I’ve never typed before.

I met some nice local DORBA members. I wanted to show some of the technical climbs and descents. Here’s a local making his way up a rocky steep climb and he later held my phone to capture me rolling down a section. #itsAlwaysSteeperInRealLife :)

It’s been too long, but now that’s made correct. I’ve got a lot of exploring and riding to start doing every week. I’ve found several mountain bike trail systems and will begin to check them out. I want to ride up and around a lake in my area on my cross bike. The roads are busy enough I’d like to find an out of traffic country loop somewhere. I’m hoping I can make that happen in the coming weeks. I’ll join the big group rides on the road as soon as I can make up my mind on what road bike to buy. (Please Specialized release the 2017 S-Works Tarmac Dura Ace Di2 soon…)

Thanks for continuing to read this thing I started a few years ago. I hope you find some joy out of it in this sometimes crazy but often times wonderful world we’re living in.

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Looking Back & Looking Forward

I’m sitting in a hotel currently homeless as we just sold our Illinois home and we’re about to make the drive south to our new home in Texas. It seemed like a good time to write a quick post to look back and look forward. In a few hours my wife and I are going to our local bike shop’s new years party, something of a special tradition at this point. One last night here to smile, talk about fond memories, and try not to get sad about leaving.

Looking Back

I had an enjoyable year on the bike with some great memories, new amazing trails ridden, and even raced my first year of crits ever. Some of the highlights are:

I had some changes done to my Ibis HD3 that I’d been wanting transforming that bike into something that fits so well into what I want. I wouldn’t change a thing.

I had a great early season trip to Alabama to escape the cold of the north and ride some rocky mountain bike trails with some decent elevation. Really fun trip I hope becomes an annual thing.

The annual Giant City roadie camp weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the year. I love the combination of being with great friends, early season excitement to ride, and a pretty beautiful place to ride in Illinois.

The Lake Tahoe trip was second to no other experiences I’ve had. Really great trip. It was big mountain biking but terrain and views were different from what I’ve seen in Colorado and Utah in past trips. Really beautiful place. 

Looking Forward

I’m looking forward to the exciting possibilities in Texas. I plan to explore as much of the riding as possible. It looks like there are many places with Singletrack in the area. I hope to find some gravel somewhere. I know the road riding will be warm and year round. I’m excited. I’m also sad to leave so many of the people who have made such a huge impact on my life when I moved here nine years ago. You know who you are. I love you. Thanks, really.

Onward & Forward.

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It’s Official, We’re Moving To Texas!

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We’ve had this in the works for a while. I’m excited about many aspects of the move like warmer winters, allowing my wife to work three 12 hour shifts a week as a RN which will allow for more time spent hanging out with our daughter. We’re going to miss seeing our friends and loved ones weekly, but there’s always airplanes and car trips. Cheers to the next chapter in life!

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