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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 · 1 Comment

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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Tags: 365 for 2014 · cycling · photos · sport

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

The Barkley Marathons

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

“The Immortal Horizon,” a gorgeous article in The Believer by Leslie Jamison about the fabled, almost impossible Barkley Marathons trail race. That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · art · borrowed content · diversions · sport · stupidities

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

Track and Field, Fourth Grade Style

May 30th, 2014 · No Comments

Yesterday, Julia’s school put on its annual "track and field day" for the fourth and fifth grades. I enjoyed volunteering (the kids ego did the 4×100 relay were intense!), but I also loved seeing Julia run! She did the 100 meter dash and then -despite saying she was exhausted – also did the 400, after […]

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Tags: 365 for 2014 · diversions · girls · Minnesota · Northfield · parenting · photos · school · sport · spring

Royal Ride

May 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Saturday’s Royal 162 gravel race was exactly the race I needed to have. In the weeks leading up to the event – my longest-ever, at least in terms of distance – I felt that I hadn’t done nearly enough riding to prepare but that I needed to do well to rebuild my sense of confidence […]

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

Tae Kwon Doing It

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments

Shannon had to attend a work-related training session tonight, so I went home early to get the girls through the homework-and-dinner routine before tae kwon do. Since she needed the car to get to her training, she had arranged for some friends to pick the girls up and take them to class. After they scarfed […]

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