Sunday, December 4, 2011

Scenes from the Trail

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Tax forfeit land about a 5 mile road ride from my house.

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I was surprised to find virgin snow on the trail.

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North Shore State Trail. Not quite ready for snowmobiles yet.

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Over the river........

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and through the woods.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Laying Low

Laying Low
It was a balmy 27 degrees and I just needed a little break from the wind.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Let There Be Light

Trish bought herself a new headlamp today, so while she was slaving away at work, I took the mukluk out to give it a test. It seemed to work pretty well, although the trail I rode was so muddy and rutted that I couldn't get up enough speed to attempt to outrun the beam. I guess we'll just have to wait till things firm up to give it a real test.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


First Snow Ride
We got out for a few hours today to ride the local trails before the midweek melt. Hopefully winter will be back with a vengeance next week.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Crack of Dawn

 Yesterday morning I thought I would get out early enough to watch the sunrise over the lake.

It looks like I succeeded.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nice Rack

It's kind of funny what people will use as a bike rack.

Check out the headlights on that one.

I meant the bike.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


As ashamed as I am to admit it, Monday was the first time I rode my bike to work this year.
My main excuse has been not having a good lock (thanks JRA!). That excuse was actually so good I didn't need to come up with any others. I finally broke down and purchased a U-lock last month. I guess that means no more excuses.

So, at 6:15 I donned my reflective vest and sparked up my lights for the  6 1/2 mile descent down to work. Being pretty much all downhill, getting to work is actually a pretty easy ride. I broke more of a sweat unloading and locking up the bike than I did riding.

Arriving as early as I did, I got the primo spot right next to the window. There is rack closer to where I work, but this one seems to be safer and is more convenient to taking the scenic route home. There is also a security camera nearby, although I can't tell whether it's facing the rack or not.

 The requisite "Lift Bridge in the Background" shot.

When riding along Lake Superior it's important to stop for a ship photo too.

 The first six miles of my ride home was along the lakewalk through eastern Duluth. Riding into the strong headwind was a good warm up before heading up the hill.

 After reaching the end of the path, it was time to head up Seven Bridges Road.

 The best thing about the bridges is that the views from them give you a good excuse to stop climbing and take a breather.

 After leaving the road, I got to ride through the woods for a couple of miles on the Amity trail.

The final hill, and there always is one.

I think my first commute turned out pretty well. The only negative I really found was that after work it took me a while to change clothes and get the bike loaded.* By that point, I would have been almost home had I driven. Hopefully, as I do it more often, I'll get into a better rhythm and be able to get on the road more quickly.

*It would have gone faster had I been bright enough to pull the bike away from the rack before putting on the pannier and trunk bag. I had to take them off again in order to get the bike through the rack. Embarrassing, but funny.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Autumn Smiles

Just a few of the reasons we were all smiles this afternoon.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pictures from Heck

Yesterday I participated in my first gravel race, The Heck of the North. I completed the 104 mile course (and nearly 5000 ft of climbing) in a little over 9 hours. I had a great time, although my knees say otherwise. 
I'm still processing the whole experience, and I'm not sure if I'm going to try to put it all into words, so for now at least I'll just post some pictures from the day.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mukluk Rear Rack Hack

Because the frame on Trish's Mukluk is too small for a frame bag, we were looking for a cheap and easy way to mount a rear rack on the bike. Luckily the solution was hanging in the garage on her old mountain bike in the form of a Topeak Explorer with disc mounts.

By cutting off the disc mounts we were able to gain the clearance needed to get around the 170 mm hubs. It's amazing what a little work with a hack saw and a dremel will do.

The struts only had to be spread a little and it bolted on perfectly.

We had to extend the extenders to make them reach the mounts on the seat stays. Not the prettiest solution, but it works.

Funny, But Functional
Plenty of clearance above the tire......

Topeak Explorer Rack
......and on the sides. I may just have to get one for mine.