Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gotta love this movie.

Halloween horror movie marathons are awesome.  This is on AMC right now.  Gotta love it. 

He does say a swear word.  (Kids close your ears.)



 Have a safe and fun weekend all.

Friday, October 29, 2010

My Mukluk Preview

My Mukluk build is going to look significantly different than most.  Since their introduction almost a year ago, I have become addicted to Salsa Woodchipper handlebars.   I have them on my Potts, I have them on my Fargo, and I have them on my Rawland.  A short stint on a set of traditional high sweep set of bars has me convinced I want the same set up on my Mukluk. 

The Mukluk lends itself to a drop bar set up more than a traditional, 29er mountain bike frame.  I will be using a medium sized frame with a 23.6" ETT.  The higher than normal front end and shorter than standard effective top tube fits right in with what I have in mind.   This set up will let me use barcon style shifters, which I also prefer.  The bike will still need a custom stem to get the bars up high enough, and to keep my weight far enough off the front wheel to maintain a rear weight bias.  I'll share the rest of the build highlights after I make my final decision on what drive train I will use.


This bike set up duplicates that of my Potts and Fargo, albeit with a 20mm offset seat post and a slightly higher drop position.  I'm sure it will vary a little once I have int here to play with, but this is really quite close to what should be perfect. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Everything Cages are here

These are awesome.  The possibilities are almost endless for this versatile cargo hauling set up.  It's designed to hold anything roundish, and sort of light.  I'm liking them for insulated Nalgene's on my Mukluk, for holding my tent or Alite chair on my Fargo, or anything else I can strap on or into it.


The Everything Cage shown next to Salsa's stainless water bottle cage.  It is about eight inches long, and the "wings" are a hair over  five inches wide.  The bottom of the cage is a rough circle about two and a half inches around.


The straps are what you would expect for a nylon tie down strap.  They have nice Salsa Adventure By Bike tags on them, and are about nineteen inches long.  The buckles are of the lace through type.  If you are looking for faster access you may want to swap these for a set with quick release buckles.  This type of buckle is easy to get nice and secure though, with less chances for failure.


For those wondering about weight, the Everything cage weighs in at 100gms.  Both straps weighing in at 25gms.  For comparison, the stainless bottle care weighs 52 gms.  These things are light!

Bottom line on these is that for $20, you can't go wrong for the versatility they offer at the weight they are.  I planning on using somewhere between 5 and 6 of these on various bikes. I will be posting photos of different uses for these cages in the coming days.  I'm sure you won't have any trouble finding a use for one or two of these as well. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

CX Go Fast Wheels


Just finished these beauties up for a local lady CX racer.  Stan's Alpha 340 ZTR rims laced to American Classic hubs with Sapim Race spokes and alloy nipples.  At 24h radial front, 28h 2x rear these weigh in at 1320 grams for the pair less skewers.  Not too bad considering they have a normal amount of spokes, and the spokes are pretty standard fare.

These look gorgeous, and they spin like crazy.  These should knock well over a pound of wheel weight, and close to one half pound of tube weight off her current set up.  That should easily be noticeable on the race course.

 
Hard to argue with that.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Salsa Cycles Everything Cage

Salsa Cycles Everything cages are going to be in stock at the shop tomorrow.  This is an ultra light mounting point designed for carrying lightweight objects.  Think of a rolled sleeping pad, a lightweight sleeping bag, or an insulated Nalgene bottle as examples of fine things to strap on.  These are designed to use standard water bottle mounts or the purposely designed Everything mounts on select Salsa bikes and forks.  Some other bikes that use the equally spaced three water bottle holes are the OS Blackbuck. 

These are a must for any self respecting Fargo and Mukluk adventure bike rider.   Particularly for use on the fork leg mounts, these promise to offer a ton of versatility at a very low weight. I am super excited to incorporate these into my light touring setups, as well as my upcoming Mukluk build.  The straps pictured are included.

We have a substantial quantity of these coming tomorrow.  They are reasonably priced at less than $20 a piece.  Stop by and pick up a set or two for your own adventure bikes! 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Winter plans.

Saturday was pretty slow at the shop.  We are in the calm period before the storm of Mukluks is due to hit in two weeks or so.  The weather has turned cold and fall-like enough that for most people their season is over.  We've had uncharacteristically warm and sunny weather for October and it's keep people coming in the doors longer than usual.   With this week's turn to clouds, rain, and even snow in the forecast for Thursday that side of things will pretty much be over.

We are entering the time of year that projects happen.  For us winter is never quite as dull as one would seem.  Last year we made huge changes in the shop itself.  We completely repainted things.  We added a changing room and started the kitchen area.  We had a new door put in at the back entrance.  We added new graphic signs to the windows and doors.  These and many other things kept us busy in the time at which normal shop work would not have.

This winter already has it's share of projects slated for completion.  We intend on finishing the kitchen area this winter.  Plans are in place for a hand washing/food prep sink and for an actual counter top to be installed.  I would also like to have a new checkout counter for the store made and installed.  There is some little painting I would like to complete on the sales floor, and there is a ton to do downstairs.  We are also in the planning stages of putting in a ceramics/clay studio for my wife in the basement of the shop.  This is something we've been contemplating for a long time, and it seems like now is an appropriate time to do it.

Even while all this construction/painting work is going on, we have big plans for the retail space as well.  We are adding some much needed products to our shelves in the coming months.  These are things like our bike camping section, our ski wax and tool section, and a nutrition section.  All of these are things that are going to be completely new arrivals to the shop.  They represent different areas that we would like to branch out to so as to better serve the needs of our local customers.  All of these are also things that will hopefully bring us up to better compete with bigger local shops.  These changes are set to coincide with the delivery of our 2011 Salsa Cycles lineup.  Throw all of these things together and we should have a pretty impressive array of products ready to rock come spring of 2011.

Winter is also the time of fun custom bike builds.  Many of our customers wait for the cold wind's long embrace to set to work on long time frame custom stuff.  This year has already started to see that with the tentative order for three bikes by a gentleman and his wife on Saturday.  These kinds of things are never over until they are said an done, but if it works out, these will be some of the nicest bikes ever to leave the doors of the shop.  With the coming of Salsa's new Titanium bike line up to the shop, I anticipate more bikes of this level of builds going out the door.  It's been since we had Titus bikes in the shop that such beautiful frames will be around for display.  I very much look forward to the Ti bike arrival.  It's going to bring a lot of stunning stuff in the shop along with it.

In the immediate future we have the impending excitement of Mukluks.  I am trying to work things out so that we will be able to receive all of our Muks at one time, as opposed to waiting for them to trickle in.  If this turns out to be possible, we are going to throw a party!  I think the idea of a Mukluk release party is a prefect way to usher in what promises to be a hell of a winter season around here!  I will have more information as it develops.  As is stands now, we are thinking of a pot luck type end of year celebration.  We have been looking for an excuse to have everyone down and grill up a big ole Nerstrand ham.  Who knows, maybe we'll have enough people to need two!

Since there will be so many fatbikes around this winter, we are also planning on having fatbike group rides.  This promises to get more people out exploring places they may not have, and will also provide people with opportunities to try out fatbikes for themselves.  We are in the planning stages of setting these up, but the basic ideas have been formed.  Rather than starting from the shop every time, we are planning on hosting rides at different areas across southern MN and the Twin Cities.  We plan on having some sort of beverages/food available and possibly bonfires depending on location availability.  This should be a combination of our Wednesday Night socials and our regular group rides.  It should give us a lot flexibility to ride where conditions are best, and should allow us to throw some quality winter camping and other things in there as well. 

I am more excited about this winter season that for any other one I can remember.  There are so many cool things happening right now it's almost overwhelming.  All in all this is going to be one hell of a ride.  Spring may actual be a nice slowdown from winter!  Thanks for following us on yet another season of adventure at Milltown.  We're glad to have you along.  Have a good week folks.  

 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Testing 1 2, 1 2.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mukluk Hubs

These are a project I have been eagerly awaiting for some time.  As I've said before, I think wheels are the most important component on a bike save for the frame and fork.  There are very limited options available for the 170mm rear end to fit the Mukluks.  Salsa's hub will be made by Formula, the leading Asian hub manufacturer.  Formula makes hubs for many other companies, and they have a good reputation for being good quality, affordable hubs.  I wanted the wheels on my Mukluk to be something special.  While Formula hubs would have been perfectly sufficient, I wanted a no holds barred, killer winter wheelset.

This the start of that wheel set. 


Phil Wood has an unquestionable reputation for making some of the best hubs money can buy.  Examples of his hubs are still running dead smooth after years of hard service all over the globe.  These are custom hubs built for the symmetrical 170mm rear ends that the Mukluk and a few other fatbikes use. 


 To say that these are big hubs is a bit of an understatement.  Fully 170mm wide, they have flanges that come in at 94mm!  That is nearly the size of a Rohloff hub flange.  In comparison, a Surly SS rear disc hub uses a paltry 68mm tall flange. 

The tall SLR flanges simply dwarf the Shimano FSC free hub body. 


The disc mount is hollowed out between the rotor bolt holes as well.  I'm sure this saves weight over a solid billet, but this is by no means a weight wienie hub.  It will build into an even tension, non dished, bullet proof wheel. 


The hub simply looks sculpted.  It certainly is a hard bike part to put down once you pick it up. 


The blue color is a custom option.  I have a 135mm blue front hub coming from Phil to match this one.  Silver hubs are easily available to match the silver rear hubs.  All standard Phil Wood color options are available.  Wait times are running in the 2-3 week range on these.   

This should be a hell of a wheelset.  The rest of the pieces will be coming in sometime in the new two to three weeks.  I hope to have them built up and ready to go by the time the frame gets here in mid November.  All of these hubs are in stock and available for purchase.  Stop in and let me know if you have any questions, or if you just want to check out these beauties for yourself. 

Happy Friday all.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Rohloff Project

Some of my favorite projects have started with boxes like these.  This one will be no different.  This will end up as a gorgeous 29er drivetrain/wheelset headed for the hills of northwest Arkansas.  The front wheel will be built up around a black Phil hub.  The wheels will be laced up to Flows for a bulletproof set up.

Rohloffs may seem prohibitively expensive, but in an era of $50 chains, $100 plus cassettes, and ultra zooty chainrings it doesn't take long to figure out the value over time.  Having had several over the years, and now having one again on our tandem, I could easily find room for another in my stable.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Surly Pugsley Completes in stock!

Pugsley completes are in stock and ready to ship.  All sizes are available except 16".  I fully expect these to sell through quickly.  We are getting an 18" and 20" bike for stock which will be in tomorrow.  Stop by and check them out.  Let us know if you have any questions, or if you'd like to grab one of these fine bikes while you can!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mukluk set up musing.

Things are starting to heat up for fatbike season.  Mukluk completes are coming in around a month, Pugsley completes are coming in less than two week, and wheel parts for some builds are coming from the west coast this week, (these are going to be fun!) 

I've started to think about the build for my Mukluk.  I've always planned to build my bike up as a 2x9 drive train.  I will be riding this bike all seasons, and I want more gear range than just a 1x9 can offer.  With the arrival of 10 speed  mtb drive trains, I think this would be a good torture test of the new components.  The reports on the current crop of offerings is almost universally good.  The shifter performance and longevity of these new systems seem to be close to, or exceeding their respective 9 speed counterparts.  I still have my reservations on the lifespan of chains, but I guess we'll see how it goes.  I figure this is as good of a time as any to start converting the fleet.

There is some debate when choosing parts for snow bikes.  One school of thought is that you should pick less expensive parts because they will likely be wreaked due to salt and weather exposure.  The other thought is that nicer parts will stand up better to those conditions because of nicer materials and a higher level of finish.  My bike will be a mix of both of those thoughts.  Most of the parts will be mid level performance parts.  These will help keep the overall weight of the bike down while working like it should.  The wheels and other bearing components of the bike will be fairly top tier stuff.  These are the parts that I've seen take the most abuse, so I think it makes sense to build the bike with money put into these areas.  I'll go forward with this general game plan and see what I end up with.

The biggest decision I have yet to make is the one of handle bar choice.  Although they do move my weight a bit further forward than a flat bar, Salsa's Woodchippers currently lead the list.  I have never ridden anything so comfortable, and that pretty much make it.  The Mukluk will probably need a fillet brazed 45-55 degree stem like the Potts wears, but I like that aesthetic anyway.  I am getting a medium Mukluk for the shorter stand over and shorter effective top tube length.  I drew up some drawings for a custom fatbike way back in February of last this year, and the Mukluk is almost identical to what I had drawn.  It should be nearly perfect for my purposes and riding style. 

No matter what bar option I choose to go with I will be using some form of Shimano Barcon shifter.  I have either 9 or 10 spd shifters laying around, so I'm good no matter what.  I have some question as to whether the Dura Ace 10 spd barcons will work with the new Dyna-sys 10 spd mtb derailleur, so that will be a determining factor here.  In either case I am planning on using a XT direct mount front der paired with a XT shadow medium cage rear der.

The crank set up I will be using will be a Phil Wood square taper bottom bracket with a Stronglight 94 bcd 5 bolt crank.  I will likely start out with a 24-32t double, something I've found to work really well in the past.  The compact 5 bolt crank will give me the option of running a smaller 20-30t double if the need arises.

Wheels for my personal bike are going to be something special.  I will share further details of these when the parts arrive.  Most of these should arrive in about 2 weeks, with the big ones coming hopefully this week.  I am a firm believer that wheels are everything on any bike, and these will be to die for. 

Happy Tuesday all, have a good one.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ski Wax

As winter approaches I'm excited to announce that we now be selling ski wax and skiing accessories here at the shop.  We will be carrying Fast Wax for glide wax, which is a great wax made right here in Minnesota, and for kick wax we will be carrying Swix products. Additionally we will be selling a full line up of tools, accessories, and clothing.

We are running a Preseason Sale on select waxes and tools.
  • Order before Oct. 31 and receive 15% off

Stop in or give us a call to place an order.
507.331.2636
Milltowncycles@gmail.com

Friday, October 15, 2010

Salsa Mukluk vs Surly Pugsley

Several of you have asked for an in depth break down of the differences between Salsa's new Mukluk, and the ubiquitous Surly Pugsley.  This post will deal with the actual differences in the frame design and geometry, while a later one will look at the complete parts build.

Here is a spreadsheet comparing the geometries of both bikes next to one another in corresponding sizes. 



The obvious difference between these two frames is that the Salsa frame is made of aluminum, while the Surly is steel.  This is the point at which people start to be divided into two camps.  A lot of folks will choose the Mukluk for some weight savings and corrosion resistance.  Others will prefer the Surly for the springy ride quality and small tube aesthetics.  For their intended uses, and considering that common tire pressures run from 8-14 psi, I don't know that the Mukluk will ride as harsh as a traditional MTB frame.  As to corrosion and the Surly, a healthy dose of Frame Saver will pretty much take care of that.  People have been riding steel bikes in adverse conditions for almost 100 years, it's pretty much a non issue with proper maintenance.

Both of these bikes use steel forks.  This is a good point to start delving further into design, as the bikes differ wildly up front.  The Surly uses a fork designed to use a 135mm rear spaced hub dished to a 17.5mm offset.  This is to allow people to use two identical wheels front and rear.  A common practice is to run a geared hub in the rear, with a SS front hub and bail out freewheel up front.  This provides you a back up drive train option if either the rear free hub, or something such as a derailleur were to fail.  The Surly fork is not suspension corrected.  This means you can run a suspension fork in the bike, but it will have the effect of slackening the angles, as well as raising the bottom bracket.  The Surly fork has front rack mounts and fender eyelets.  For 2011 Surly dropped the cantilever brake bosses from frames and completes.  The photo below is an aftermarket Pug fork.  It still comes with canti brake mounts.



 The Mukluk frameset includes Salsa's Enabler fork.  This is a suspension corrected rigid fork designed to also use a 135mm rear SS hub.  It differs from the Surly in that it is made of slightly lighter tubing and uses stainless steel dropouts.  It also has rack mounts, two Everything Cage mounts (for bottle cages as well,) and has front and rear positioned fender mounts.  Although it uses the same 135mm hub as the Surly, it is not offset.  This means you can build a dishless, even tension wheel.  It also make the wheels on a Mukluk front and rear specific, you cannot switch them if something goes wrong.  The longer length means that you can swap the fork out for any common 29er suspension fork without altering frame geometry. 


Working backward from the fork the next obvious points to talk about center on front end geometry.  In general, the Salsa is quite a bit taller at the front as compared to the Puglsey.  The head tube length per size is nearly an inch longer from the Salsa to the Surly.  Combined with the longer Enabler fork the Salsa will be about 2"s taller at the top of the head tube compared to the Surly.  The easily seen effect of this is that fewer spacers will be needed if you like your handlebars higher relative to your saddle.  Conversely, if you like shorter front ends you may not be able to get the handlebar drop you prefer on the Mukluk. 

Front end steering geometry is slightly different between the two bikes.  The head tube angle is slightly slacker on the Mukluk, while the fork rake is slightly higher.  The Surly has a slightly steeper head angle and less fork rake.  From bike to bike the two front ends should feel pretty similar, with the Salsa front end being slight further away from the center of gravity.  The Puglsey leans a bit more traditional mtb up front, with the Salsa going slightly more touring-esque.

The effective top tube lengths vary between these two bike a fair bit. The Pugsley runs shorter by about a 1/4" as compared to their Karate Monkey 29er.  The Mukluk is just a hair shorter than the El Mariachi 29ers.  In general, with either company you would ride the same sized frame as you are riding now.  So if you like a 18" Karate Monkey, you would likely fit a 18" Pugsley.  If you ride a large El Mariachi, you'd probably be at home on a large Mukluk.  Personal preferance comes in to play here as well.  Most folks prefer a slightly shorter top tube for a more upright position on a snow bike.  Both of these bikes largely help with that right out of the box.  Still, some people prefer to drop down a size on a snow bike.


The seat tube angles vary between the two bikes by a full degree.  The Surly runs at 72 degrees across the line, with the Salsa coming in at 73 deg and 73.5 deg on the XS.  The Surly runs the slacker seat tube to move weight over the rear wheel.  The Salsa has other features that shift weight back.  Personally I prefer a 73 deg seat tube, but my Fargo is awfully nice at 72 degrees.

The chain stay length and drop out configuration differ on these two bikes.  The Pugsley uses horizontal dropouts to allow for a an adjustable chain stay length and to allow for easy single speed chain tension adjustment.  The stays in their shortest position are a bit shorter on the Pug.  They measure almost half an inch shorter than the Mukluk.  Some folks like to run Monkey Nuts on their Pugs to make the rear end a bit longer and the ride a hair more stable.  With Money Nuts installed the two bikes would measure nearly the same.  The Mukluk cannot be run as a single speed without a tensioner of some sort.  The dropouts on the Mukluk are traditional vertical dropouts.  Mukluks use special 170mm rear dropout spacing with no offset.  This ends up being the same 17.5mm offset for the drive train, but moves the non drive side over just the same.  This means you have to buy a specific hub, but that wheel will build up with no dish and will have near perfect spoke tension.  The Mukluk also comes standard with a machined alloy adapter that will allow the use of traditional rear 135mm hubs.  You would build the adapter wheel just as you would a Pug rear wheel.  The Surly uses the same 17.5mm drive side offset and 135mm standard rear hubs. 


Wheels.  Here are where the bikes are quite different.  The Mukluk uses non offset wheels front and rear.  It is set up to use a 170mm dish less wheel in the rear and a 135mm dish less wheel in the front.  They are not interchangeable.  Even if you use the available 135mm rear adapter, the 135mm rear wheel will not be interchangeable with the 135mm front as the wheel's dish will be wildly different.  The Pugsley uses interchangeable 135mm dished wheels front and rear.  29er wheels can be built for use in either bike.  The Pugsley is more limiting in this regard, as you need to use offset rims to end up with decent spoke tension.  The Mukluk can use 29er wheels as well, although they still have to be built specifically for the bike.  A typical rear SS 29er wheel can be used as front Mukluk wheel with no modification in the Enabler fork, but could not then be used in a 29er suspension fork.



Drive trains can be set up much the same on both bikes.  They both use 100 mm bottom bracket shells.  Both bikes use full cable housing for all brakes and derailleurs. Both bikes use specific front derailleurs.  The Mukluk uses a direct mount front der, the Pug uses a bottom bracket mounted E type derailleur.  If you want to run an internal hub, (ie a Rohloff or Shimano Alfine,) you have to use a Puglsey.  The Mukluk is not designed to work with any existing internal hub.  There may be a way to make one work, but Salsa did not design that into the Mukluk, and would likely not support any mistake incurred by using one.


Stand over height has been reduced on the Pugsley in 2010-2011 models.  They now feature a braced seat tube that lowers stand over height down to acceptable levels for the respective frame size.  Surly bikes have long been criticized for being "tall" in the stand over department, so this is a great change over past models.  Even with the taller front end, the Mukluk still beats the Surly in stand over height in ever size by at least 1/2". 



A noticeable addition to the Mukluk line up is the addition of an XS size.  This bike is quite a bit smaller than the smallest Pugsley previously offered.  The stand over height on this size is in just north of 26"s, making it shorter than some small 29ers.  With few exceptions, this is the first true XS snow bike that has been offered.  We already have some customers excited about this bike, as it will allow them to comfortably fit a fat bike for the first time.


So there you have it, a general rundown of both bikes.  There are some distinct differences that will likely push consumers one way or another.  Either way these bikes are about the coolest way you can roll this winter. Let me know if you have any other specific questions and I will address them as I get them.  Happy Friday all.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Salsa El Mariachi Ti Frames


These fine frames from Salsa are finally in stock.  Currently 18", 20", and 22" sizes are in stock.  16" frames are already out of stock until January.  Salsa has less than 10 of each of these sizes in stock, so if you'd like one you'll likely have to act fast.  The El Mariachi Ti frame sells for $1800.  Please give us a shout if you have any questions about savings on custom complete builds as well.

The rest of the 2011 Salsa Ti line up is due in late December-January.  We will have a Vaya ti frameset, a Fargo Ti frameset, and an El Mariachi Ti complete in stock at the shop as soon as they are available.  We are still able to place orders for these bikes from the first run.  Let us know if we can help you get into a fine MN designed, US built, titanium rocket this year!

Friday, October 08, 2010

This is awesome.

Pursuing the new items list on QBP this morning, this tasty little morsel popped up.  Sometimes products in this industry just make me laugh.  This is definitely one of those!
Here you go, the sweat GUTR!
Best picture ever. Happy Friday.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Surly Pugsley Completes

The original snow bike from Surly is set to be available in a complete bike build for 2011.  These bikes feature a component list comparable to Salsa's complete Mukluk, but with Surly's twist.  For details on components and geometry, step on over to Surly HQ and check it out. 

PUGSLEY COMPLETE

Complete bikes will be available in about ONE WEEK!

With Salsa Mukluk completes sold out until March, this is another finely speced option for an entry level snow bike.  If you want to get your fat on this winter before the snow flies give us a call.  We will be getting an 18" and a 20" in for shop stock.  Let us know if you want one of these fine beasts for your own stable. 

Saturday, October 02, 2010

The Drakkar's all ready.

Ready to rock for tomorrow.  I'm really pleased with the changes.  The bike is nearly perfectly set up for my purposes now.  I need to get a Revelate Designs Tangle bag for it, but from there it's just tweaking the small adjustments such as saddle height and angle. 

The Drakkar set up like it's meant to be.  The bike was designed as a gravel road rocket.  With these ultralight 700 x 50c micro knobby tires, hybrid road drive train, comfortable upright position, and light weight wheels this thing will fly on dirt.
I prefer the position and shape of Sram's excellent brake levers to those from Cane Creek or the like.  These are second only to Campy Record in terms of ergonomics in my opinion.  They aren't even expensive, which makes them even better.  Shifting is handled by Dura Ace 10 speed bar end shifters.
Here's the drive train in it's entirety.  The crank is a Shimano R600 with a Salsa 44t outer ring installed.  Even without ramps and pins the shifting is superb.  The derailleurs are Shimano Ultegra 6700, as is the cassette and chain.  The gearing is 44-34 up front, with a 11-28 cassette in back.
The front derailleur clamp modification allows the front der to ride where it should be, even on this really small ring.  The ST bottle cage required a very small shim, and it's all good to go.  The wider placed pivots on the body of the front der noticeably stiffened things up.  Front shifting is very precise.
 
The stainless dragon rear dropouts look great next to the matte silver-gray of the 6700 group.  With the superbly shaped White hub, the rear end of this bike is quite pleasing to the eye.  Oh, and it works amazingly well also!
  
This is the bike I will be riding tomorrow, as well as next Wednesday with Jason.  I will have it around, and it's available for test rides if anyone would like.  Stop by either of the rides and see how it looks, or give me a ring at the shop if you're interested in a test run.  Have a great day all, we'll see you out there tomorrow!

Rawland Fall Gravel Tour Sunday!

Sunday is the annual Rawland Fall Gravel Tour.  We will be meeting at a parking lot in Dennison Mn at 10am to ride shortly after that.  The main route will be close to 60 miles, with a cut off route at 25 miles for 35 total. Come join us for some of the best gravel roads this area has to offer.
   Photo credit to Jason or Marty, I can't remember which.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Wednesday AM Gravel Invite

Readers here and over at Gnat Likes are well aware that Jason and I have a great time riding gravel.  Next week we are inviting you to come along with us.  We will be meeting at the Dunn Brothers Coffee in Farmington MN at 6:00am for coffee, leaving to ride at 6:15am.  We plan to ride our usually roads for 20-25 miles.  There will be stops at scenic spots for photos, and the pace will be very relaxed.  Last time we rode we rolled into the coffee shop for a second cup by 9 am.  I was at work by 10:15 even with a stop and home for a shower.  Anyone is welcome, come and join us for a nice little ride!