Fat and Icy

Most winters, I spend substantial portions of my riding time on one or the other of the frozen lakes in Madison (there are five). Lake ice forms a massive winter playground, letting us ride places that require watercraft the rest of the year, and see things from a completely different perspective. I look forward to […]

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I don’t talk about it much here, but I listen to a lot of music. A lot. All of the time. A premium Spotify subscription let’s me listen to pretty much whatever I want, wherever I am. All day at work, whenever I’m at home and not watching TV or listening to a podcast, and […]

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Looking Forward…

2015 wasn’t the best year for me, on or off the bike, and I’m glad it’s over. But it wasn’t all bad. Built myself two new bikes and bought/built a new one for my wife. Rode the fat-bike in the snow, on rail trails, at Powderhorn 24, on single-track, and in the Minnesota River Bottoms. […]

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New Bike Day: SS Cross Check

No…not for me. My wife has been less than satisfied, for several reasons, with her old single-speed commuter, a heavily modified Raleigh One-Way. A couple of weeks ago, I was trawling eBay for something else, when I ran across a very good deal on a  new-in-box Surly Cross Check SS complete. So I pulled the […]

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Bottomed Out

While in Minneapolis this weekend, I finally got a chance to ride the Minnesota River bottoms on the Ox.  We’d ridden hard at Carver Lake the day before, so our Sunday morning ride was all about mellow cruising and basking in the warm November sun. We started at Sibley House and rode the trails southwest […]

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Northwoods Sojourn

It’s pretty hard to beat fall in the Wisconsin Northwoods–and we seem to make a trip north about this time each year to visit the in-laws and get outside in the crisp, mosquito-free air. This time, I took the Pugsley and squeezed in not one but two different rides. On Saturday, after a stop for […]

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New Bike Day: All-City JYD

Well, it took me just about a year to build it up, but the All-City JYD is finally on the road. I’ve only ridden it a bit around the neighborhood. I’m really liking it so far, though the front brake still squeaks (either the pads aren’t toed-in correctly or I’ve got the straddle wire too […]

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