Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spring 2014 bike stuff

Various spring rides and activities.

Plover to Appleton on the Tomorrow River Trail and the Wiouwash Trail on my fat bike.
On the way stopped at the Greg Marr Memorial that's on the TRT near Waupaca, Greg's home town. Greg was the original editor of the local silent sports magazine...and some say coined the phrase for a national movement. Greg died at age 52 while skiing of a heart attack.

Picked up an 18" bike for Jason to have at our place. The 12" was too small for him and the 16" is at his house.
He took to it fast even if it is a just a teeny bit too big for him. He isn't afraid to fail. He started calling it is "magic" bike because it went through the grass and "everywhere". First time on it he tried the hand brake, without success.

Then we went on some singletrack behind our house. He was concerned how I was going to get my bike which I had left behind to clear some branches out of the way.

Plover to Appleton South/Fastest Route? This was a running time. Stops included. 1st stop to buy a hot dog and coke at mile 42 and the unexpected 15-20 minute stop at mile 50 or so at an auction where I spied an old AMF tank bike that I thought might be nice to get to use a flower planter (should have taken a pic of it). I had to ask a few people if they'd bid on it for me. Finally found a guy, but it went for $30 when I told him $5-6 was my limit.  Garmin Data.

WEMS North Kettle race. Mid-distance. 50 miles in 5:50. 6-8+ mile loops. 100% single track. Finished 9th out of 20 some racers in this catagory. No age divisions....I could have been the oldest guy out there. Got off the bike maybe 4 times for a total of 5 minutes or so.
Got to say hi to a lot of friends in the local racing scene for this type of racing.
The course was very rocky from the till deposited by the glaciers and although not overly technical, if you didn't pay attention it could get ugly in a hurry and after 3-4 hours it begins to wear on you. I should have been more generous on my fork setting and maybe my neck and shoulders may not have hurt 3 days after the race.
Wish I'd have worn my Garmin chest strap to get the HR info. I forgot to turn it off right away so the Garmin data is a bit off compared to actual race data.
First time video work done by race director Brittany....go to full screen mode to get a little bit of an idea of the rocks. 
A little history of the Park which was formed by the great glaciers 20,000 years ago.

Photo credits Brittany Nigh

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

1899 Crawford Manual

This includes information on the shaft drive. What a great addition to the actual bike. Manual is in great shape. Trying to figure out how to frame it.

Interesting handle bar placement as compared to the actual bike below. I may have to make make the change.



The frame is actually a bit small for me. But, no more riding it, those wooden rims are 112 years old!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

BALLS VII...the end of the Line?

Might be the last one.....if it was, Mother Nature saved the best for last. The best weather we've ever had following one of the coldest winters in decades and a spring that wasn't much better. That's what's kind of fun doing outdoor things when weather can play such a huge part, like Forrest, the box of chocolates are a mystery.

 Gearing up at Bears house. Bri, his wife is a saint....as is her sis Megan, who helps out which includes making a few loaves of banana bread.
Photo credit Tim Mullen.

Along the trail.
Photo credit Tim Mullen.

Love the bananas hanging off the bars. Kevin, Wade, Nate.

Todd, Tim and Greg.

Greg (FarmGuy) wanted a solo shot. Since the cows were sold off he seems to crave more attention....makes one wonder what maybe went on in that barn at times.

40-45 people headed out this year.
Randy, Mike and Heidi.

Somewhere around here, the 60 mile mark or so,  a few of us decided to buy a 6 pack of brew and relax and enjoy the day a bit more.
Farmguy potobombing.

Ron in front, my ride, Miss Piggy in the rear.
Yep, energy food, anything chocolate. Jeff has it down.

After 100 miles the first day and campfire with as much brew and grub one wanted, we headed out the next day to finish off the ride back to Madison and on to Barneveld, the official start and finish. Another 65-70 miles or so the 2nd day.

Tim trying to hide the pain......


Tim and I, got some other rides planned for the summer.
Forgot who Tim asked to take this, but thanks!