Blowing & Drifting

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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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · BloWriMo · cycling · photos · sport

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

Four Eyes

November 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

As the girls get older, it’s getting more fun to pass along important knowledge, like the skill of making circled-finger spectacles. Both girls needed quite a bit of practice to do this properly – and apparently few of their classmates knew how to do it. How do kids mock kids with glasses these days?

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · girls · photos · stupidities

Old Cat, New Tricks

November 1st, 2014 · No Comments

Our beloved "grandma cat," Sabine, is nineteen years old. She’s not an active animal, but she does love us – especially Genevieve, who has about a dozen nicknames for her. Sabine in her old age has acquired some funny habits, like expecting treats when I come downstairs after putting the girls to bed around 8 […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · BloWriMo · family · Northfield · photos

Tired From Just Knowing Her

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I just don’t know how Vivi does it. She was up past midnight at a sleepover, then awake at seven. After a mammoth post-lunch meltdown, we went for a three-hour hike slash creek stomp at a cool little park south of town. I have been basically catatonic since dinner, but she somehow had the energy […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · autumn · diversions · family · girls · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos

Happy Eighth Birthday, Vivi

August 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, Vivi turns eight! What a roller coaster these years have been, and what a marvelous person she is today!

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · family · girls · parenting · photos · summer

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

Throwback Thursday

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi and I spent quite a bit of the second half of July working on this 500-piece puzzle. She was a good partner. Working on this monster took me back to working on giant puzzles with my great aunts Mayme Leppanen and Selma Palojarvi in Ironwood Township, Michigan, when I was about Julia’s age.

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · family · girls · parenting · photos · stupidities

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · photos · sport

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

Jock-omplishments

August 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Friday, August 1, turned out to be unusually athletic. I set a deadlift PR at the gym at noon, learned how to dive at the pool in the afternoon (thanks to the girls, who enjoyed teaching me, and who laffed and laffed when I belly-flopped off the diving board), and then went on a long […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · Carleton · Minnesota · narcissism · nature · Northfield · photos · sport · summer

Guardian Lions

July 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Seen on my trip to the Bay Area: numerous Chinese guardian lion sculptures, including this small one on a table at the hotel and this life-sized beauty in front of the art buildings at Mills College – one of a pair:

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · photos · summer · traveling · work

Firewood 4 Sale

July 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · borrowed content · miscellany · nature · photos · summer · traveling · Upper Peninsula · winter

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

Ten!

June 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday we finished celebrating Julia’s first-double digit birthday. This sweet, smart, placid, beautiful girl turned ten on June three – a milestone birthday that I can’t believe has come already. She had a wonderful week of celebrations: a small sleepover with two good friends last week (and presents and pizza and a movie and cake), […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · family · girls · parenting · photos · spring