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Jingle Bell Runners (and Bikers)

December 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Last year, the Northfield YMCA asked our local bike club if anyone would like to lead out the annual Jingle Bell Run downtown. Several of us fatbikers were interested, and had fun leading racers over the slick, cold course. This year the Y asked us again, so again a bunch of us showed up, though […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · winter

A Darkness Ride

November 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

The gang of gravel cyclists here in Northfield have, under the leadership of the indefatigable Bruce A., made a custom of rides on (or nearly on) nights with full moons. These “Full Moon Howl” rides are pretty great. This month, another of the gang’s leaders, Joe P., proposed the opposite – a “Darkness Ride” on […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · winter

Not a Great Ride

November 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Today’s ride did not live up to expectations, and yet the magic of bike riding ensured that it still didn’t suck. I fell short on both saddle time and total distance, crashed twice on the ice, experienced no lovely falling-snow moments, fought a heavy headwind, damaged various bits and pieces, and had to call for […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · winter

Jones Loop Handlebar: A Belated Review

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments

When I sold the Beast in August to upgrade to a titanium Mukluk, I also decided to switch from traditional straight handlebars to the funny-looking but apparently quite comfortable "Loop" H-Bar made by Jones Bikes. I had had problems with my hands going numb on many rides on the Muk with straight bars, but many […]

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Winter Riding Goals

November 16th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Halfway through November, and a week or so into an early winter, I’ve settled on five goals for my winter riding. In descending order: 1. Finish the 200k course of Jay P’s Fat Pursuit in Idaho on January 10 within the time limit – about 36 hours. Last year I made it through 100 miles […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · Northfield · photos · sport · winter

Into the Woods

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Though I’ve been living on the plains for ten years now, I still think of the woods as Nature. Like my affinity for winter and snow, my love for the woods is rooted in the experience of growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some of my earliest memories are of walking with my dad and […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · borrowed content · cycling · nature · Northfield · photos · recollections · skiing · sport · winter

Borrowed Blackborow

November 6th, 2014 · No Comments

I was lucky enough in October to borrow a friend’s new fatbike: a Salsa Blackborow, a long-awaited machine that can run 5" tires. I was able to keep the bike for two weeks, which allowed me to enjoy plenty of riding: daily commutes, a few 20-mile sessions in the Carleton Arboretum, and even two extended […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · cycling · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · sport

Goodbye, Beast!

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

My attempt to sell the Beast was successful. Within a couple days of putting it up for sale, several people wrote to ask me about the bike, and one guy checked it out on Monday. I figured Dave was serious, since he was willing to come down from Minneapolis to ride the machine, and he […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · Minnesota · narcissism · Northfield · photos · sport · stupidities · summer

For Sale: One Salsa Mukluk 3 Fatbike, Well Loved

August 4th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I’m selling my much-loved fatbike, a Salsa Muluk 3. The as-ridden specifications appear below the photo (Salsa’s specs can be found online), but here are the pertinent details: $1200 as configured below size medium (17″) from the 2012 model year 7005 aluminum frame SRAM X7 drivetrain (GripShift) Avid brakes (upgraded SpeedDial 7 levers, BB7 calipers) approximately 38 […]

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Girls Crush Gravel

August 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Last summer, the girls were almost always up for a bike ride – around the block, through the neighborhood, down to campus, over to downtown. This summer, I’ve had less luck. Julia has been enthusiastic about riding near and far, but Vivi has been reluctant, for whatever reason (prime suspect: Julia’s enthusiasm). So when Julia proposed to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · girls · photos · summer

Tri-County Fatbike Tour and Eating Contest

June 11th, 2014 · No Comments

With the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race just over two weeks away, I needed to get in one more big ride before the window for “training effects” closed. Home and work calendars lined up to make today the best option, and though I would have gone out even if it was 40 and raining, I […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · Northfield · photos · sport · spring · stupidities

All the Bikes at the Rec Center, 1:30 p.m., 6/6/14

June 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Model names only… Mt. Fury All Terrain (2) 7.2FX 7500 Glacierpoint 3500 Cafe 7 Mukluk Hoo Koo E Koo MontrealExpress 300 Frontier Actra

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · Carleton · cycling · Minnesota · miscellany · Northfield · photos · spring

Bipedaling, But Not Pedaling

May 26th, 2014 · No Comments

My friend Rob Hardy is this summer attempting to walk every street in Northfield. I would say this is quixotic, but the guy is really going to do it. He has already walked 500 miles since March! Why he only started walking seriously in March, I have no idea. Today I decided to see what […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · photos · spring

A Morning with the Girls

May 25th, 2014 · No Comments

Pretty much a classic morning chez Tassava, in the best sense. The girls played a long, innocent, adorable game of "village" for more than an hour after breakfast: Mostly, the game entailed pretending that the zookeepers from their Little People zoo needed to rescue some zoo animals that had been kidnapped by Curious George. Later, […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Northfield · parenting · photos · spring

Dadlife

May 24th, 2014 · No Comments

What a week: Recovering from Saturday’s race. Dealing with more bizarro situations at work than usual. Eating everything in sight but losing weight. Accidentally returning an LL Bean shirt to Eddie Bauer. Hanging out with the guys (and a gal) at the pub, talking about the races. Troubleshooting the home computer network. Setting PRs at […]

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