28 December 2009
let's think about setting up a set of studded(w/sheet metal screws) tires. if it ain't old school it ain't happening
22 December 2009
weather: 24 F, partly cloudy
roads: some accumulated snow from last week, other wise varied from excellent to fair
20 December 2009
19 December 2009
17 December 2009
Richfield Transportation Commission Accepting Applications for the Richfield Bicycle Master Plan Task Force
Bicycle Master Plan Task Force Application
The Transportation Commission is inviting interested Richfield residents to apply for the Richfield Bicycle Master Plan Task Force. At the December 2, 2009 Transportation Commission Meeting, the Commission voted to create the Task Force with the intent of producing a Bike Master Plan for the City. The purpose of this Master Plan is to increase safety and opportunities for physical activity among residents as well as to provide options for alternative transportation methods through short and long term improvements to the bicycle network. Goals outlined in the Bike Plan portion of the City of Richfield Comprehensive Plan have largely been achieved or are scheduled to be achieved in the near future and these improvements provide an excellent foundation to build a successful and useful bicycle network that benefits all residents. If you are interested in participating in this process, please click on the link below to access the application. Applications can also be picked up at the Richfield Public Works building located at 1901 East 66th Street. Questions may be directed to Jeff Pearson, Richfield Transportation Engineer, at 612-861-9791.
ya , that's right on sunday 20 december
54th and penn
16 December 2009
Ride down the Greenway
When; December 24th 11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Where; Start at the Freewheel Midtown Bike Station and finish at Lake Calhoun.
What; Anyone who wants to ride, walk, jog run or just sing
Dress your bike up, we will bring a boom box and sing Christmas Carols as we ride down the Greenway to the lakes and back.
No real sponsor, ride at your own risk, dress warm and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee. Most important make you’re self known and help us celebrate winter. Sing and be safe.
13 December 2009
|Date||Distance (km)||Route |
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/05/01||200||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP flèche||2010/05/14||360||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/06/12||300||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/06/26||400||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/07/24||600||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/08/21||400||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/09/11||600||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/09/18||300||route||Michael Aeling||info|
|MN: Rochester||ACP brevet||2010/10/02||200||route||Michael Aeling||info|
08 December 2009
07 December 2009
weather: 18 F and clear/hazy
06 December 2009
work,.. gotta spend more time riding, crazy shit gonna make me tweak out.
02 December 2009
at the end of the day a bus driver, had a flashback and imagined himself in one of america's wars. it was kinda strange, he was writing something furiously and then went into an outburst followed by a crying jag. we figured out what his name was( by the ID we all carry ), and called 911. the ambulance had pulled when i was leaving.
i'm going to begin biking home from work today
30 November 2009
weather: 35 F, cloudy, wind from the west
26 November 2009
Here is somthang else yer gonna learn…
…Cross 4 Tots!
Dec 5th, Bloomington get this its at
Vanderbee Park (all belgium style an shit)
11 am 30 min, 11:45 60 min
dude, Cross fer Tots!
24 November 2009
23 November 2009
21 November 2009
19 November 2009
16 November 2009
the new moon is the birthing cycle of the moon's various phases. The new moon phase is an optimal time for planning and seeding your intentions. Seedlings need a period of gestation before they break through the soil and reach for the sunlight. This is also true for our ideas and our desires. The dark side of the moon, with its mysterious unseen forces, offers a nurturing environment where our intentions can establish roots before their miraculous manifestations begin to sprout and reach out to the stars.
I think i need to begin logging massive amounts of junk miles. I'm building a winter commuter, richfield to roseville, single speed may be the wise choice, but i'll decide daily which bike i'll ride. i''m not putting too much thought into the whole thing, maybe i'll get a gps and do this shit right.
11 November 2009
i'm going to remain flexible, if it comes to this, i will wait in gas-lines and submit to rationing without protest. I may need to grow more food and repair more household products. I sure hope we get more electric trains that will run on power power produced in natural gas and nuclear power plants. yes, my bicycle will be the most reliable form of transit. But how will i get to the bike races?
08 November 2009
01 November 2009
22 October 2009
18 April 2009
06 April 2009
27 March 2009
the prospect of pulling out of this challenge pains me, i do not fear the prospect of a crushing defeat. that is a given, i am always the Dfl and it doesn't pain me to say that. preparation has gone poorly, not enough miles, i'm not looking to put in 105 miles every weekend or even hit that once before the randonnee`. i'm more concerned about financial and equipment issues. i did recently take a new job and the loss of income for chasing a goal that i am sure will be anti-climactic enters the picture. the straight story is that i haven't got the money or the time to prepare properly.
this will not be a cascade, i am committed to the almonzo a month later and feel that if i'm gonna do a gravel road race this should be the one. Now, some may question my performance in the slick 50(73 miles) as an indicator of my fitness. i actually felt pretty good for most of the ride, the loss of the group after a flat did bring my map reading skills into question.
i will not make any firm decisions until march 1st. i'm thinking about adding a 25 mile commute to my training schedule.
22 March 2009
nothing too scary i had plenty of food and water. rough estimate from google maps leaves me with a 45-55 mile route for the day. thanks for the inspiration and hope the ride was good for you hurl, rumors tell of an 80 mile route
21 March 2009
17 March 2009
16 March 2009
weather: 43F hazy/clear, excellent conditions
roads: the path less taken
15 March 2009
weather: 43 and excellent riding conditions
roads: muddy not icy
I apologize for misleading anyone in the matter of fixed gear/ single speed conversions. I very quickly dispensed partial information in an attempt to perpetrate a friday the 13th 'joke post' on the Bloodline bicycle racing blog. i have done myself a dis-service, i only hope that all true bicycle mechanics will forgive me.
i will not discuss this matter any further, besides if you need to explain the joke then it wasn't that funny. and now back to our regularly scheduled updates.
12 March 2009
i'll update this post when i find the best maps for redwing area or... can one of my readers suggest a good source? hurl,
11 March 2009
food: herring of course; but with vinegar or the sweeter swedish style
bicycle chosen: jamis aurora, i'm not trusting the new build on the schwinn for at least a month, i'm cutting corners if i rush the selection of cost efficient parts ...oh and cash is getting tight.
08 March 2009
at 9:38 pm Mar, 10 2009
Full Worm Moon
An auspicious time for affairs and businesses which are at an expansive stage of development, as well as for new beginnings. A growth phase: stimulate the growth of plants which bear fruit above the earth now, and cut hair to accelerate its growth.
You know what I feel like
I feel all the time like a cat
on a hot tin roof
Then jump off the roof, Maggie
Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured.
Do it. Jump.
Take a lover
i don't deserve that!
I can't see any man but you.
Even with my eyes closed, I just see you.
Why can't you get ugly, Brick?
Why can't you get fat or ugly or something,
so I can stand it?
You'll make out fine.
Your kind always does.
I'm more determined than you think
I'll win all right.
What is the victory
of a cat on a hot tin roof?
Just staying on it, I guess...
...as long as she can.
Calm down. Not yet. Now wait a minute.
05 March 2009
oh the ride was long but not difficult, i mmm, like gears, they vex me sometimes. route: creek trail, to nokomis, back roads to HC and then to the river road, almost stopped by a ghost bike, back on to green way trail at the railway bridge, greenway to bryant to 36th and of course the kings highway(potholed) to harriet and back onto penn and home. long enough, not many stops. some employee at the midtown freewheel tried to sell me a lock, i bought a snickers.
weather: 40 F and sunny
roads: oatmeal slush on the back alleys, main roads/trails good
02 March 2009
01 March 2009
27 February 2009
26 February 2009
bottom brackets: probably 3
one bmx freewheel
1 handbuilt wheel on a 7 speed hub(purchased)
tires: 1 set mtb/26", 1 set 700c
fancy shorts and a skinsuit
tubes and pump/pressurized CO2
.......my birthday is may 7th
- tubes: 4-5
- tires: o
- wheels 0
- brake or derailleur cable/casing: 3-4 sets(cx, XO-2)
- chains: 2 or 3( new builds, restorations)
- saddles: 3
- pedals: 3 sets(only one good pair in the bunch, but i haven't paid retail in a while) i'll be picking up another pair next week maybe
- brake pads: 3 pair, Koolstop (like the menthol smokes)
- handlebar tape: 3-4 boxes i'm a scraper/basher
- headset: 1
so it goes, i still was out for an hour, got in loop around the lake and didn't loose the forward propulsion mechanism. i should have rode the jamis but i didn't, as soon as the plows hit the sidestreets tomorrow or friday i'll be back in action on the chosen steed....the one that ain't bleeding me for another $20.
weather: 23 degrees and clear
roads: some clear, frozen in spots, black ice abounds
25 February 2009
first impression, i need a couple more inches of seatpost, at minimum insertion now and it's not feeling right. of course there's the fat tire issue, this is definitely an off-road bicycle. got into the snow a little bit but i'll wait until i can ride in daylight or at least scout my route before i fly headlong into the woods. definitely enough low end with the gearing, felt nice to downshift cause i had the option. liked the pedals too much to leave them on this bike, i'll think i'll put them on a bike that i will ride more often.
weather:35 degrees F, cloudy
roads: greasy, and despite the warm temps seemed like ice was freezing not thawing.
23 February 2009
22 February 2009
20 February 2009
switch out the track bars and add a rear brake to the schwinn, try to look into a new rack for the jamis, something with a litle more stradle cable clearance. so i'll be riding 3 bikes this season...and bring the meister up to 'code' for cyclocross next fall or should ride a....
18 February 2009
back to my reality:
- i have mainly engaged in the 'mental preparation'
- i have an adequate but not ideal bicycle for the trek
- i have been kicked off the team...as if...
11 February 2009
weather: 36 degrees F, overcast but no rain
roads: excellent but sandy
10 February 2009
still plenty wet but the chain needs a little grit and polish once in a while. of course on the single speed american bike with the french name, and it was a clif bar ride. best moment: wind assisted speed coming into a turn on the path at isles, outside leg up, inside crank at 12 o'clock and hope ya don't slide out. tonight's ride will keep me sated as i endure a few more snow storms and icy conditions until april.
weather: 44 degrees F, intermittent light rain
roads: wet and still a few spots with ice and snow stayed to main drag instead of rutted side streets
08 February 2009
on another note, i am so happy with the feel of the letour that i purchased a freewheel and will be building a rear wheel soon. couple of months more on the budget before i get that done, until then i'll stick with a single speed on that frame.
weather: 25 degrees F, clear, bright moon
roads: a little sketchy in places but nothing spectacular,
05 February 2009
04 February 2009
03 February 2009
- stupor bowl, a DNS due to family responsibilities, beyond my control
- Ragnarok 105, a challenge which will be met
- almonzo 100, ditto
- optional mtb race june 7th big ring classic, in my home town
- july, august are too damn hot to race
- september, singlespeed cyclocross, too early to fill in the details
group rides will keep me honest, gotta stretch out my distance from 1 hour to 2 hours at least, and throw in one or two 50 - 75 mile rides. when i can do this is the hardest part....
i have learned something from the cx worlds this weekend, set aside petty differences and just ride, the belgians placed 6 racers in the top ten at Hoogerheide. cyclocomputer purchase immenent, cadence is the thing to watch.
race what ya got. if it wears out replace it.... don't expect any major purchases this year. i have parts and ingenuity to keep 4 bicycles in the rotation, gravel road touring rig, sport touring rig, mtb and cyclocross bikes.
31 January 2009
at home changing i had a chance to watch letterman and saw an old segment called 'is this something or is this nothing?'
made me think of my situation currently, i'm pre-registered for 3 events: stupor bowl(1/31), ragnarok 105 april 18th and almonzo 100 in may. is this something or is this nothing?
29 January 2009
weather: 16 degrees, light snow, overcast
roads: excellent winter riding conditions
28 January 2009
26 January 2009
24 January 2009
What: 2nd annual group ride in memory of Rachel Dow. It's been more
than a year now since the passing of Rachel, let's get together and
raise a glass and ride our bikes to her memory.
Where: Meet in the back room at Chiang Mai Thai in Uptown MPLS, bike
to the bench, have a vigil, and bike to the hexagon afterward. Pi's
When: 10pm this Saturday the 24th.
You didn't know Rachel? That's okay, you're still invited to be with
friends and ride your bike.
Here are a few photos from last year's ride:
Bring a friend, ride your bike, bring a few beverages, have fun,
smile, celebrate life and the memories it brings.
See you Saturday night.
22 January 2009
weather: clear, 16 degrees at arrival home
roads: good winter riding condition, stuck to well traveled steets, paths are a little bumpy, snow build-up on back streets.
21 January 2009
oh, and this from NOAA
A couple more mild days will be experienced across the area today and tomorrow. Highs both days will be near 30, with southwest Minnesota getting to or slightly above freezing. However, this will all change Friday morning as a strong cold front ushers in another round of bitterly cold arctic air just in time for the weekend.
14 January 2009
warm weather cross is for pussies.
12 January 2009
***There will be a professional documentry made this year during and after the race. The filmmakers are looking for people who will be riding with helmet cams. This will hopefully and should be in this year's Bicycle Film Fest! If you or anyone you know will be filming of any kind, please contact us if we could use your footage. Thanks!***
09 January 2009
07 January 2009
i'll trundle out the door for a wednesday night/no show ride... maybe i'll do a little recon at a bike shop or two tomorrow. new chain and a headlight.
05 January 2009
- wisconsin off road series
- slow bike
- understanding the danes
- selection of local biker's blogs
- bike love
- bikes nob
- copenhagen cycle chic
- cozy biker
- cultural icon
- lol meow
- mcf calendar
- pinchie's news
- reverend reach-around
- skinny ski
- song of hiawatha
- stevil kinevil
- almonzo 100
- bicycle hellfire machine
- grant of walnut creek
- moonshine cyclocross
- ragnarok 105
- Randonneurs USA
- rough riders
- evil cycling