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|2013 Miles Traveled:
# 2,240 of 3,829 riders
(outdoor rides only)
| I'm sure I started with the standard red tricycle like everyone else, but the first bike I remember was a Schwinn Sting-Ray with beautiful Schwinn Radiant Coppertone paint. That bike was stolen a week or so later, and was replaced with a Campus Green, Sting-Ray, a DeLuxe I think. That bike was a big part of my life for a decade or so...
I Didn't ride much, or at all in the '80's, as I had discovered motorcycles... Off-road, and later road bikes... Until one day in 1989, when a co-worker brought in a blue Trek 900 "mountain bike" to sell. I bought it, and fell in love with cycling again. This model is really more like a hybrid with 26" wheels, OK for some lite off road action.
I soon bought a Cannondale R500 "Black Lightning" road bike, and actually started riding it to work, but I sold it after a couple close calls with Cage-Pilots. (Cars) Now known as Phone Booth drivers!
It was in that same time frame I discovered Mountain Biking, and bought a "real" mountain bike, a 1991 Trek 8000.
This was the best thing in the world! Like Dirt-Bike riding and no idiots in cars to deal with! If I hit a tree, it's my own darned fault. I love the solitude, the new challenges, being out in the woods and enjoying nature, And it gets me in shape while I'm having fun!
I've been a CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) member since they started in 1993. I am an IMBA supporter, and after attending my first IMBA Trail Building School at Rock Cut State Park in July of 2003, discovered I love to help build new, and maintain current singletrack. In 2004, I joined CAMBA's week long Trail Camp, building new singletrack at Rock Lake. And now volunteer whenever I can to build trails in the CAMBA system, the Kettle Moraine Southern unit, and my backyard.
In 2005, After getting dropped on my mountain bike by the "Chequama Mamas" on one of their extremely beautiful scenic road rides in northern Wisconsin, and meeting a super kool "roadie" woman (1020ski) that kicks my @$$, I decided to give road biking another try. So in 2006 I bought a new road bike, and now enjoy riding on pavement.
Did my 1st century on September 22nd of 2007. (Thanx TreknTeresa, dlf & Slow_Moe!)
I still enjoy the peace and solitude that biking brings me, but I'm evolving into a more social animal. I now enjoy group rides, events and races, Both on and off-road.
I was working on getting faster, not because I'm a speed freak, but it would be nice to be able to ride with a group and not get dropped.
In 2011, I discovered I have a rare genetic muscle disease that is now shutting down the muscles in my legs and upper body. Now, slow is a way of life. Since cycling is still easier than walking, I'll continue riding as long as I can.
Lifetime Odometer reflects miles since joining Bikejournal in March of 2006.
||2011 Salsa Mukluk
XC 29er Mtn bike
|Description: Listed as a XC Rigid 29'er, because there is not a special Fat Bike category. Yet... I'm working on it.
Big, Fat, 4 inch wide tires for snow, sand, and other gnarly conditions. Run as low as 3 psi for maximum traction n the soft stuff, or 15+ psi for the road home. And the big, low pressure tires also provide suspension, smoothing out a bumpy trail.
Stock Floatation provided by: 26" x 3.8" Surly Larry tires & 80mm wide Graceful Fat Sheba rims by Vicious Cycles. (8510g - 18.77 lbs.)
Upgraded Wheelset... Salsa Mukluk 2 Hubs (Red) - Surly Rolling Darryl (W/Holes) Rims. (7510g - 16.56 lbs.)
Medium - 17" 6061-T6 Double Butted Aluminium frame.
Stock Weight: 35.34 lbs. (W/CatEye Enduro 8 Computer - Salsa Leather chain stay protector - stock Salsa Seatpost & Saddle & stock wheels - w/o pedals)
Weight: W/Rolling Darryl wheelset & Thomson Seatpost & Selle Italia Flite Ti-316 saddle - SPD pedals = 32.64 lbs.
Pedals: Shimano PD-M540-(0.771 lbs.) / Demolition PC Pedal (platform) (0.825 lbs.) / PD-M324-(1.22 lbs.)
Made in Taiwan. #118. (Designed in Minnesota by some really kool people.)
26 x 4.0 45NRTH Hüsker Dü, front, 590 miles
26 x 4.0 45NRTH Hüsker Dü, rear, 590 miles
||2013 Surly Krampus
XC 29er Mtn bike
|Description: Surly's new 29+ format.
29 inch, Rabbit Hole - 50mm wide rims.
29 x 3.0" Surly Knard Tires.
Not quite Fat Bike, but lighter, and more traction than a "normal" 29er.
29 x 3.0 Surly Knard, front, 37 miles
29 x 3.0 Surly Knard, rear, 37 miles
||2008 LeMond Poprad Disc
Cyclocross Road bike
|Description: A road bike with knobby tires, The perfect road bike for a mountain biker. When I come to a dirt or gravel road, I smile.
Frame: 52cm True Temper OX Platinum Steel. (The Feel of Steel)
Fork: Bontrager Satellite Elite carbon.
Wheelset: Bontrager Select Disc.
Crankset: Bontrager Race Lite GXP. 46/38.
Rear Cogs: Shimano 105, 9 speed 12-27.
Shifting: Shimano 105 - STI Shifters, Levers, Derailleurs.
Brakes: Avid BB7 Road, mechanical-disc.
Pedals: Shimano PD-M959.
Cane Creek Headset.
Bontrager Carbon seat post.
Salsa Woodchipper handlebars.
Thomson X2 stem. (100mm 17°) .
22.08 lbs. (w/computer & cage)
Hand Made In U.S.A. (6/28/07 in Wisconsin)
700 x 35C Bontrager LT1 Plus ECO, front, 387 miles
700 x 35C Bontrager LT1 Plus ECO, rear, 387 miles
||2012 Surly Moonlander
XC 29er Mtn bike
|Description: NASA Approved. Monster Bike.
For when the Mukluk isn't fat enough, or non Fat-Bike owning friends want to join me on a snow or beach ride.
More float thanks to Surly's 100mm wide Clown Shoe rims and 4.7" wide Big Fat Larry tires. Drop the psi into the mid single digits for supreme flotation and traction.
16" Frame with tall spacer stack gives me the best of both worlds, standover height and a more comfy riding position.
Weight: 36.26 lbs.(like it matters)
Made in Taiwan. #501
26 x 4.7 Surly Big Fat Larry, front, 255 miles
26 x 4.7 Surly Big Fat Larry, rear, 255 miles
||1995 Cannondale Super V 1.000
Full Susp XC Single Speed Mtn bike
|Description: Super V-1.
The "The Rock Lake Rocker" witnessed 11 years of epic rides, memories, fun, and trail evolution with me as a multi-geared bike.
I bought it from Glacier Pines Outfitters, near the Rock Lake TrailHead, before they went out of business.
This bike replaced my first real mountain bike, a 1991 Trek 8000.
In 2008 I removed the derailleurs, shifters, cables and unused chainrings and converted it to a SingleSpeed.
In the Winter, I mount the Nokian Studs and this becomes my Ice Bike.
The frame (Large) & carbon fiber swingarm are the only stock parts left on this beautiful relic.
Wheels: XTR hubs, Mavic 517 rims, 36-(each) 14g Union titanium spokes.
Drivetrain: Race Face Deus Crankset. 32-18 gearing. Surly Cassette Cog 18t. SRAM PC-1 Chain. Surly Singleator chain tensioner. SSK-1 Spacers.
Avid Single Digit SL brakes. Paul Love Levers.
LP carbon post and bars. Sette Lynx saddle.
Shimano PD-M959 SPD pedals.
Tires: Hutchinson Python Air Light 26x2.00 & Bontrager Revolt X 26x2.00.
HeadShok Super Fatty Ultra DL (2005) fork. (80mm / 3.14" travel.)
Risse Racing Astro-5 Damper Air Shock. (3" of rear end travel.)
Fox Vanilla coil spring shock used for Ice Biking.
25.36 lbs - Winter Weight. (w/Studded tires, Fox Vanilla coil shock, computer, cage, light mount, Thompson post, Sette Lynx saddle)
22.60 lbs. - Summer Weight. (w/Computer)
Aluminum Frame. Carbon Fiber SwingArm.
Hand Made in Bedford, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. November of 1994.
||2006 Cannondale Six13
|Description: Six13 Pro 2 Compact Drive.
Mavic Ksyrium SL Wheels.
Shimano Ultegra Components. 50/34 crankset. FSA Pro Road Rings. Dura-Ace 12-27 cassette. Dura-Ace chain.
I'm using the Egg Beater pedals that came on my Rush.
CarbonLord carbon fiber ergo bars.
Thomson X2 10° - 110mm Stem (+30g)
CarbonLord carbon seatpost.
Fi'zi:k Arione Mg. Saddle.
16.90 lbs. (w/computer)
18.36 lbs. w/full tool bag, 2 cages & bar end lights)
Aluminium Frame W/Carbon Fiber down tube. Carbon Fork.
Hand Made in Bedford, Pennsylvania. U.S.A.
700 x 23C Continental Grand Prix 4000 S, front, 1,984 miles
700 x 23C Continental Grand Prix 4000 S, rear, 1,984 miles
Shimano Dura-Ace 10 speed, 1,968 miles
||1996 TNT Stovepipe 24
|Description: I traded a 1988 Cannondale SR500 road bike and the 1967 Schwinn Sting-Ray 3 Speed Stik-Shift for this bike to ride at the indoor pump track at Spoke Monkey.
Made in U.S.A.
Or as the sticker on the frame says... "Jersey Built".
TNT Seatpost Clamp.
Araya 24" Rims - Suzue Hubs - 24" X 1.75" Tioga Comp III Tires.
GT Saddle & Post.
Tioga Cranks. Pete's Precision Products Sprocket.
Tektro Oryx Brake.
||1969 Schwinn Apple Krate / Sting-Ray
|Description: Red Delicious.
I remember seeing my first Krate when I was 12 or 13. It was a Pea Picker. From that day, I wanted one. With its 5 speed Stik-Shift, "Mag wheel" sprocket, springer fork, cool Slik tire, 20" rear & 16" front wheel and racing striped "full-floating" seat it was so much cooler than my plain old single speed coaster Sting-Ray.
I found this restored bike at Blue Moon Bikes in Sycamore on July 31st, 2004. It has some reproduction parts and some incorrect items, but it has a sweet paint job and is a beautiful bike. I like to go to vintage bike show/swap meets and look for "correct" parts to replace the repop parts.
I've added the NOS Schwinn Sting-Ray Speedometer, correct pedals, lever covers, correct bars & stem, Schwinn flag valve stem covers, '69 Gripper Slik (Hand Painted Stripe) and derailluer guard.
I put about 450 miles on it in '04, and 300 miles in '05.
At 50 lbs, it weighs 8 lbs. more than my Rush & Six13 Combined! Steel Frame.
1969 retail price - $91.95
Made in Chicago, Illinois September of 1969.
Lifetime Odometer miles reflect the miles I've put on the NOS Schwinn Sting-Ray Speedometer since 2005.
||2006 Cannondale Rush
Trail/All Mountain bike
|Description: Rush Team Replica.
Thanks for all the good times and great adventures.
110mm (4.33") of travel at both ends.
Lefty Speed Carbon W/FOX TerraLogic TT & FOX Float RP3 Shock.
Mavic CrossMax SL UST Wheels.
SRAM X-0 Trigger shifters w/ XTR (F) & SRAM X-0 (R) Deraileurs.
Magura Marta SL Disc Brakes.
FSA Carbon K-Force Seat Post & Handlebar.
ESI Chunky grips. Fi'zi:k Aliante Ti saddle.
Cannondale Hollowgram Si Bottom Bracket & Crank.
FSA Big ring & Shimano rings 22/32/44. SRAM PG-990 X.0 11-34 cassette.
Shimano XTR M970 Pedals.
25.8 lbs. (w/computer) / Aluminium Frame.
Hand Made in Bedford, Pennsylvania. U.S.A.
26 x 2.00 Hutchinson New Python Light UST, front, 958 miles
26 x 2.00 Hutchinson New Python Light UST, rear, 782 miles
SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin 9 speed, 497 miles
||1967 Schwinn Sting-Ray / Stik-Shift
|Description: TRADED for the TNT Stovepipe 24 BMX Bike. 10/15/2012.
I love the '66-'68 Schwinn "8" ball style shifter knobs. A 98% repaint (The chainguard face is original), and all of the original components are in great shape. I wasn't in the market for a 3-speed Sting-Ray, but I couldn't let a friend sell it on fleabay. I put on a reproduction seat and tires for riding. 20" wheels.
This thing was born to wheelie.
1967 retail price - $66.95 - $69.95
37.5 lbs. Steel Frame.
Made in Chicago, Illinois August of 1967.
||other Rental Bikes & Test Rides
Touring Road bike
|Description: Bikes I've rented, or took on a long test ride since '05...
2005 Trek Fuel (Cottonwood, NV)
Specialized Epic Comp (Flagstaff, AZ)- 12 Miles.
Turner 5 Spot (Sedona, AZ)- 11 Miles.
2007 Cannondale Synapse (Las Vegas/Red Rock Canyon)- 20 Miles.
2006 Santa Cruz Blur LT (Blue Diamond, NV)- 10 miles.
KHS FR1500 (Bootleg Canyon, NV-Epic*)- 12 Miles.
2009 Trek Madone 5.5 & 6.9 Pro. - 4.4 miles.
2009 Gary Fisher HiFi Pro 29'er & 26" - 8 miles.
2012 Giant Anthem X 29er 0 - 6.5 Miles.
2012 Surly Pugsley - 4.5 miles.
||1973 Schwinn Speedster
|Description: > SOLD 3/31/2012... Look for this sweet bike on the Monon Trail in Indy.
3 Speed Sturmey Archer. 26" wheels.
I found this at a bike show/swap meet. I loved the simple, clean lines, and the Kool Lemon paint. And it rides nice too. It always puts a smile on my face.
Other than the tubes & tires, it's all original. I added the Schwinn Approved generator lights, Schwinn bell, and vintage cyclometer, so I can log my miles.
1973 retail price - $66.95 - $76.95
39.5 lbs. Steel Frame & Fork.
Made in Chicago, Illinois May of 1973.
||1988 Trek 900
|Description: In order to make room in the garage for a Salsa Mukluk, this bike was > SOLD on 8/25/2010.
The bike that got me riding again.
Thanks for all the good times, I'll miss you. :(
||Star Trac Spinner NXT
|Description: NORTH POINTE SPIN CLASS MACHINE... Fixed Gear, Front wheel drive cycling simulator. Hey, it only has 1 wheel. Does that make it a unicycle?
It's very heavy, evil, and no fun. It has no odometer so I keep track of Time not miles. And, like sitting on a toilet, it doesn't go anywhere.
I also "store" my studded tires here, so I can keep track of the mileage on them.
26 x 2.10 Nokian Extreme 294, front, 388 miles
26 x 3.8 Surly Larry 3.8, front, 202 miles
26 x 3.7 Surly Endomorph 3.7, rear, 202 miles
26 x 2.10 Nokian Extreme 294, rear, 388 miles