Sunday, October 12, 2014

Coffeeneuring Ride 1: Stretch It Out

It's Coffeeneuring time once again and I'm a week late getting started, so let's get this thing going.

I hate to admit it, but I was a bit coffee'd out by the time I had a chance to get out to ride, so I invoked  the buying beans rule and went to Caribou coffee to pick some up.

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It was a beautiful day and I wanted to stretch what would have been an 8 mile ride out a bit, so I took the scenic route.

Scenic Overlook
I stopped at Hawk Ridge to admire the view and check out the....um.....hawks.

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While there were no hawks to be found I did spot a laker out on the water. Despite the lack of raptors, it worked out ok. Thousand foot ships are much easier to photograph than soaring hawks.

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Eventually I made my way to the coffee shop. I didn't really want to include this picture, or even ride across the parking lot, but this where I went so here it is.

To Go....For Tomorrow
Date: October 12
Location: Caribou Coffee, Woodland Ave
One pound of Amy's Blend
Distance: 14.4 miles
Observation: The longer path is always more enjoyable.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Holey Rollers

For a while now, I've been looking for ways to make riding my Mukluk more enjoyable. Although it's great fun to ride, it takes so much effort just to get the thing moving, that riding it becomes quite a chore. So I decided that a bit of weight loss was in order.  Since they say the best weight to lose is rotational weight, I took the plunge and drilled out my rims.

Because there are already a ton of how-to's on the subject ( I learned the most from Vic at The Lazy Rondo Blog) and because I'm terrible at stopping what I'm doing to take pictures, I'm not going to go into too much depth on what I did, but there are a couple things I learned that I will touch upon.

Darryl
A jig really helps to hold the wheel steady while you drill. I made mine by nailing some pieces of cedar fencing together.

Template
A template helps get the holes lined up right where they should be. I used a center punch so the drill bit wouldn't wander.

Holey Roller
Drilling the holes was the easy part. Smoothing the edges was a pain. I used a grinding wheel on my dremel and it took forever. Before I do Trish's wheels I think I'll pick up a deburring tool. It should be quicker and will probably do a better job.

Sticky Side Up
The most vital part of the whole project is picking a fun tape. Musn't be boring.

7 Hours Later
The final numbers: It took me 7 hours which I would have just spent reading bike blogs, $20ish in tools and supplies, and 1.2 lbs lost between the two wheels.

Coming up next time: An even less detailed look at my tubeless conversion. Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Boulder Lake S24O

This past Tuesday I loaded up the Trucker for my first bike camping trip in almost 2 years.
My plan was to go to the Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center and stay at one of their free lakeside campsites.

Road Trip!
As this was just an overnight trip, I only used 2 panniers and a frame bag.

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The fall colors are coming along nicely.

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The 17 mile trip was entirely paved until I came to the cross country ski trail that leads to the campsites. Trish and I scouted the trail last year, so I knew which of the ten campsites I wanted.

Boulder Lake Campsite
Lo and Behold, the site was available. As a matter of fact, I believe the other nine were open too. The only company I had was an owl, a few woodpeckers, and a couple of geese.........and cars on the road, and gunshots in the near distance. Next time I'll probably go further up the trail. Wearing blaze orange probably wouldn't be a bad idea either.

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Boulder Lake
Ultimately, I found the view to be well worth having to listen to a little road noise.

Creature Comforts
After tending to a little campfire, I hit the hay for a very restful 9 hours of sleep.

Overall I had a really good time. The sites there are all really well appointed, especially considering that there is no fee. They will even deliver firewood for $5 a bundle if you reserve a site (which is a $30 fee).
The only part of the experience I didn't like was the loneliness of a solo campfire. I have no issue at all being by myself, it just seems that a campfire is better when it's shared.
I'll try to not let another 2 years go by before I bike camp again. I'll have to start early next year so I can get into the groove.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Welcome Bikers


Why thank you!

What? You weren't referring to me. 
My mistake. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tin Lizzie

And I thought I lived life in the slow lane. 
Wait, they passed me. I guess I do. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Go Vegan

I Am and I Will
After devouring a couple of tofu scramble burritos for breakfast, I went for my Sunday morning ride where I came across this little bit of pavement graffiti. I wasn't quite sure if it was telling me to be vegan or if it was cheering me on because I am vegan. I appreciate it either way.

Not Hot
Because man cannot live on burritos alone, I stopped for some iced coffee. I had a black and white mocha with almond milk. It was delicious.

Osprey on a Crane
The osprey cheered me on too.

Pavement Ends

No Hands!!!
I achieved a new milestone. I rode no handed for what must have been a whole five seconds. Since I don't have the greatest balance I won't be making a habit of it.

Danger Panda #1
Look! I did it again.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

4 Months Later

I can't believe its been four months since I last updated this blog. It's not that I haven't been riding, I just haven't taken many pictures. It feels as if I keep seeing the same things over and over, and I just couldn't seem to get inspired enough to pull the camera out of the bag.......until today.
So here goes nothin'. Time to get back in the swing of things.

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To start things off here's the ever popular over the handlebars shot-Pavement Edition.

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This group wants nothing to do with me and I don't blame them. I must have approached from upwind. I didn't take a shower until after my ride.

Paddle and Peddle
I'm not a real big fan of paddle boats. Because my legs are so long, I always end up sitting on the back of the seat in order to be able to pedal without getting a knee in the chin. At least with a bike I can raise the saddle into the stratosphere if I need to.

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Another over the handlebar shot. This time it's the Gravel Edition.

Black and White and Hazy
I took this B/W shot down low for the sake of a little variety.

Doe? a Deer
My second deer sighting of the day. The first was nothing but a blur.

Bike
On the way back home I came across the course for the triathlon being held today. Apparently, triathletes aren't the brightest bulbs in the box.