It’s not next year yet, is it?

Yesterday, I took the first shakedown ride on what will be my gravel rig for 2012.

Today, we’re reminded that Almanzo registration opens up in a little over a month and tantalized with Craig Linder’s photo-collage of Almanzos past.


And in case you’re wondering, my 2012 gravel rig a new improved version of my 2011 gravel rig: a Surly Karate Monkey in single-speed mode. Over the weekend, I swapped out the wheel set, handlebars, and brakes. It’s almost like a new bike and about halfway to where I want it to be come Spring 2012.

There’s a lot of winter riding between now and then, but I can’t help thinking about Minnesota gravel, even now.

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