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Getting ready for winter fun

Posted Nov 08 2009 10:01pm
Bob and Jeff have both shown an interest in trying a winter bike race of some sort. I hope some of it was due to my bad influence. Ha Ha.

Since I have entered one upcoming Winter Ultra, I thought it was time to start getting more serious and do more than my daily commute. I need to get some practice in. In fact the three of us got out together for a very fun practice ride today. I suggested a ride on the Tri County Trail east of Superior Wisconsin. It's a multi-use rail trail. It looks like a two lane gravel road. But mostly it's used by ATV's and snowmobiles. I thought the loose packed surface would provide some resistance similar to snow. Bob on his Specialized Rockhopper and Jeff on his older Gary Fisher commuter bike.

This is pretty much how it looked the whole way. It climbs very gradually away from Lake Superior. According to Bob's GPS data it climbed about 600 ft over the distance we rode. We rode out 16 miles before turning around.

A snack break in Maple. This is were we turned around.

I took the opportunity to finally get out on my Pugsley. I've been itching to ride it for the longest time. Not that I needed it for this trail. But it is one heck of a fun bike to ride.
I spent several hours cleaning it up yesterday. I never cleaned it after the last snowfall back in March. Or was that April? So it definitely needed some attention.

I added a little personal touch to the seat stays.

I had cork grips and cotton tape on the H-bars. I added some cork tape over the top. It makes for some thick grips. It's a nice feel when wearing gloves.

Jeff gave me a ride to the trailhead. When we got back to the cars, I decided I was feeling good enough to ride the 14 miles home. Total for the day was about 47 miles. Give or take a half mile. I didn't have a computer on my bike today. I bought a new one for the Pugsley. When I went to put it on last night I couldn't get the display to come on. Not even with a new batttery. It was little weird riding without a computer when I'm used to having one.

It was a good ride with a couple of good guys. We hope to get out again together soon.
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