The Best of 2014

Riding bikes is metal.
Riding bikes is metal.

While 2014 wasn’t quite the year that I would have liked it to be, for a number of reasons, there was still quite a bit of fine riding, both solo and with friends.

The Rides

The winter of 2013-14 provided lots of snow, cold temperatures, and good lake ice–perfect fat-biking conditions.

With Trans-Iowa v10 looming on the horizon, I got out on the road as soon as I could on the single-speeded Devil and put in a number of longer rides to fine-tune my gearing and baggage choices and sharpen my fitness.

Unfortunately, my Trans-Iowa was truncated by a combination of things: last minute equipment changes, pre-existing weaknesses, questionable navigational choices, and other riders with no business being there.

As Spring sprung, I shifted my focus to other gravel events, touring, and beer.

After the Gravel Metric, there were few (one, actually) events on the horizon for the rest of 2014, and plans were fluid. While I did’t ride as much, as far, or in the manner I’d intended, I still put in both time and miles, and had a lot of fun.

As summer turned to fall, I happened upon a theme for both riding and writing and making photographs: The Long Way Home.

I don’t know if it’s a meme or a theme or just some thing that keeps bouncing around in the back of my head, but the long way home is something I’ll be developing further in the coming months.


The remainder of 2014 feels as though it were just that: a remainder. I continued to ride to work and around the city and county, eagerly awaiting the colder weather, the snow, and the ice.

With a single, notable exception, it’s only just arrived. Perhaps 2015 will be an improvement after all. We’ll just have to see, won’t we?

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