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Roscoe, Illinois
Club Affiliations: CAMBA Creatures ride polka-dot today!
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Secular Cycleism
Member Since: March 2006
1 Year | 5 Year
Distance Chart
2024 45 22 0
2024 Miles Traveled: 45
2024 Rank: # 807 of 874 riders
(outdoor rides only)
Lifetime Odometer: 26,491 miles

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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... And I started singing in a rock band... 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!
After attending my first IMBA Trail Building School at Rock Cut State Park in July of 2003, I 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.

In 2011, I discovered I have an extremely rare muscle disease that is slowly shutting down my voluntary muscles. Now, slow is a way of life. Since cycling is easier than walking, I'll continue riding as long as I can.

By 2017 my muscle loss has restricted my cycling to pedal assist electric bikes.
Lifetime Odometer reflects miles since joining Bikejournal in March of 2006. 
click to enlarge 2020 Specialized Turbo Como 4.0
Electric bike
Description:  Turbo Como 4.0 650b - Low-Entry. Mint/Black.

I hadn't really planned on getting a new bike when I dropped off my Specialized Levo Fat bike to get new brakes, but after noticing increased difficulty (due to my muscle disease) getting on and off my other bike last weekend (even with a dropper post), I wondered if a step-thru frame would make my cycling life easier for me. A quick test ride answered my question, YES!
Although this is a Class 3 e-bike (28 mph pedal assist cutoff. No throttle.) I think I've only pedaled it that fast once, maybe twice, and it took a lot of effort.

2024 Odometer: 39.9 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 1,841.8 miles

click to enlarge 2017 Specialized Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat
Electric bike
Description:  Well, after testing a Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat for for 2 months and over 400 miles of singletrack I decided I need one for what might be the final year I will have the strength to mountain bike.
I even got a smart phone and the Mission Control App to adjust the settings.

Lifetime Odometer: 1,923.9 miles

26 x 4.6 Specialized Ground Control Fat, front, 1,676 miles
26 x 4.6 Specialized Ground Control Fat, rear, 1,676 miles
KMC X10 10 speed, 0 miles

click to enlarge 2017 Gocycle GS Folding
Electric bike
Description:  After the 1st time I rode 1020ski's Brompton folding bike I knew I had to get a folding bike. However, with my muscle disease it had to be an electric bike. I waited for years for Brompton to release their electric Brompton, but it looked just like an add on kit. Boo!

Problem: Cheap folding e-bikes are way too heavy. GoCycle came out with the super cool and high tech G3 but it was a bit pricier than I wanted to spend. Boom! Enter the GoCycle GS. It's a G3 without some of the cool high tech features and a lower price.
Note: The Brompton does fold easier, faster and smaller than the GoCycle. And the GoCycle manual states: Gocycle can be made stowable and can become extremely compact to be stored in a Travel Case. However, Gocycle GS is not a bicycle that you should fold up on a station platform or when you arrive at work. (Newer models are easier folding.)
One feature I don't care for is; the motor doesn't start assisting until you hit 4 mph. With my weak legs, this can be a problem when stopped at the bottom of a hill. (Newer models correct this.)
Gocycle GS
Wheels - PitstopWheel® Patented PitstopLock™ system.
Motor Drive Control - Pedal Torque Sensing
Smart Device Connectivity - GocycleConnect® App via wireless Bluetooth®
Riding Modes - City, Eco, On-Demand, Custom. Multiple, programmable through interactive dashboard functions or GocycleConnect App.
Electric Drive Speed - 20 mph.
Range - Up to 65km (40 miles) eco mode depending on pedal input.
Motor - Gocycle proprietary motor gear drive 500 watt continuous.
Battery - Gocycle proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) with improved sleep power management and charge control, increase capacity in frame lithium ion, 13.5Ah, 22V, Approximately 300 Wh.
Charging - 3.5 hours with fast charger.
Motor Controller - Gocycle proprietary.
Handlebar Display - With Smart Device and GocycleConnect™ App
Shifting - Mechanical Microshift™
Transmission - Patented Cleandrive® Shimano Nexus 3-speed
Brakes - Hydraulic disk, front and rear.
Tyres - Gocycle Performance Tyre. (20 x 1.75 in)
Front Motor Fork - Gocycle proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6, Uni-form 3D Forged.
Rear Suspension - Gocycle Lockshock™ 25mm (1 in) travel.
Pedals - Gocycle Folding Standard.
Grips - Gocycle Standard.
Wheelbase - 1065mm (42 in)
Bottom Bracket Height - 275mm (11.5 in)
Stowable Dimensions - Portable Docking Station for easy stowing and transport. (L780mm x W370mm x H580mm)
Approximate Weight - 16.5kg (36.3 lbs) including kickstand.

Lifetime Odometer: 594.5 miles

20 x 1.75 Vredestein GoCycle Performance Tyre, front, 595 miles
20 x 1.75 Vredestein GoCycle Performance Tyre, rear, 595 miles

click to enlarge 2013 Moots FrosTi
Fat bike
Description:  Christmas present from the greatest parents in the world.
25.98 Pounds of gorgeous.
SRAM XX1 - Thomson Stem/Post. I swapped the gorgeous Thomson Carbon Bars for the more comfy Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon bars. - Hope X2 Brakes. Salsa Hubs. Rolling Darryl rims. MRP carbon Fat Fork. Ritchey saddle. Race Face Turbine Crank.
They made fewer than 20 of these titanium beauties in Steamboat Springs Colorado.

Lifetime Odometer: 475.1 miles

26 x 4.0 45NRTH Dillinger 4 (Studded), front, 38 miles
26 x 4.0 45NRTH Dillinger 4 (Studded), rear, 38 miles

click to enlarge 2006 Cannondale Six13 / Cruiser
Road bike
Description:  > SOLD 5/1/2023
Six13 Pro 2 Compact Drive.
Converted to a Cruiser Bike with flat pedals 6/4/2014.
52 cm.
Mavic Ksyrium SL Wheels.
Shimano Ultegra Components. 50/34 crankset. FSA Pro Road Rings. Ultegra 12-30 cassette.
Origin8 Ultim8 Slimline Platform Pedals.
FSA Metropolis City bars.
Microshift Thumb Shifters.
Paul Levers.
CarbonLord carbon seatpost.
Ergon SRX3 Saddle.
Thomson Stem.
17.34 lbs. (w/computer)
16.90 lbs as a road bike.
Aluminium Frame W/Carbon Fiber down tube. Carbon Fork.
Hand Made in Bedford, Pennsylvania. U.S.A.

Lifetime Odometer: 5,123.4 miles

700 x 28C Panaracer T-Serv PT, front, 453 miles
700 x 28C Panaracer T-Serv PT, rear, 453 miles

click to enlarge 2015 Felt Lebowske / Fat Bike
Electric bike
Description:  > SOLD 6/17/2020

Had to make room in the garage. Hate to see this bike go. It was a life saver for me.

Because of my muscle disease I got an electric assist bike so my final year of riding (hopefully more) will be riding WITH my friends.
Of course it's a Fat-Bike.
Because the gearing is all wrong for off road riding, I've converted this bike into my road bike.

Lifetime Odometer: 4,522.1 miles

26 x 3.8 Surly Knard, front, 1,286 miles
26 x 3.8 Surly Knard, rear, 1,286 miles
KMC X11e 11 speed, 1,114 miles

click to enlarge 2006 Cannondale Rush
Trail/All Mountain bike
Description:  Rush Team Replica.
SOLD 10/31/2012.
Thanks for all the good times and great adventures.

Size: Medium.
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.

Lifetime Odometer: 2,977.3 miles

click to enlarge 2011 Salsa Mukluk
Fat bike
Description:  > SOLD 3/19/2017

Big, Fat, 4 inch wide tires for snow, sand, and other gnarly conditions. Run as low as 4 psi for maximum traction in the soft stuff, rocks and roots, or 15+ psi for the road home. And the big, low pressure tires also provide suspension, smoothing out a bumpy trail.
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.
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.)
Made in Taiwan. #118. (Designed in Minnesota by some really kool people.)

Lifetime Odometer: 2,853.6 miles

click to enlarge 2008 LeMond Poprad Disc
Cyclocross Road bike
GONE-3/29/2014-Taken in trade for the Domane.
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)

Lifetime Odometer: 1,506.3 miles

click to enlarge 1995 Cannondale Super V 1.000
Full Susp XC Single Speed Mtn bike
GONE-4/4/2015-I gave it to a friend for his kids.
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.

Lifetime Odometer: 1,012.0 miles

click to enlarge 2012 Surly Moonlander
Fat bike
Description:  > SOLD 12/18/2016
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) 37.56 lbs. w/Bud & Lou + Pink Bars and Saddle.
Made in Taiwan. #501

Lifetime Odometer: 694.0 miles

click to enlarge 1969 Schwinn Apple Krate / Sting-Ray
Vintage bike
Description:  > SOLD 10/3/2017

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.

Lifetime Odometer: 627.6 miles

click to enlarge 2013 Surly Krampus / 29+
XC 29er Mtn bike
Description:  > SOLD 2/20/2017
Surly's new 29+ format.
29 inch, Rabbit Hole - 50mm wide rims.
29 x 3.0" Surly Knard Tires.
Not quite Fat Bike, but gobs of traction. Very fun bike to ride. The 1x10 makes me work. I changed the gearing to 30x11-42.
32.90 pounds.

Lifetime Odometer: 549.1 miles

click to enlarge 1973 Schwinn Speedster
Vintage bike
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.

Lifetime Odometer: 468.3 miles

click to enlarge 2014 Trek Domane 4.7
Road bike
Description:  > SOLD 12/29/2018

Size: 54 cm.
Compact Crankset 50/34
Full Shimano Ultegra components.
Wheels: Bontrager Race Tubeless Ready
Crank Brothers Egg Beater pedals.
Weight: 18.38 pounds.

Lifetime Odometer: 369.3 miles

click to enlarge 1988 Trek 900
Vintage bike
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.

Lifetime Odometer: 308.3 miles

click to enlarge 1967 Schwinn Sting-Ray / Stik-Shift
Vintage bike
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.

Lifetime Odometer: 223.1 miles

click to enlarge 1996 TNT Stovepipe 24
BMX bike
Description:   SOLD 6/1/2014.
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 Stem.
TNT Seatpost Clamp.
Araya 24" Rims - Suzue Hubs - 24" X 1.75" Tioga Comp III Tires.
Redline Handlebars.
GT Saddle & Post.
GT Pedals.
Tioga Cranks. Pete's Precision Products Sprocket.
Paul Moto BMX Brake.
Paul Love Lever.

Lifetime Odometer: 9.4 miles

click to enlarge 2017 Specialized Turbo Levo HTComp
Electric bike
Description:  I tested this for

Lifetime Odometer: 403.8 miles

click to enlarge 2013 Devinci Divvy
26" Comfort bike
Description:  Chicago Bike Share bikes.

Lifetime Odometer: 1.5 miles

click to enlarge 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.
2015 Salsa Beargrease Carbon 1 - 2 miles.
2015 Salsa Bucksaw 1 - 1 mile.
2015 Salsa Blackborow DS - .25 mile.
Flanders Smooth Ride - 10 miles.
Trek 3500 - 9 miles.
Azor Jersey - Bike & The Like (P.O.S. Bike) Bike & Barge Tour. 143.5 Miles.
2015 Brompton (Sue's) - 10.69 miles.
2015 Specialized Fatboy - 1.25 miles.
2018 Electra Townie Go! 8i (E-Bike) - 2 miles
2019 Giant LaFree E+2 (E-Bike) - 1 Mile.
2023 Trek Verve +2 (E-Bike) - 4.8 Miles.

2024 Odometer: 4.8 miles
Lifetime Odometer: 273.9 miles

click to enlarge Star Trac Spinner NXT
Stationary bike
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.

Lifetime Odometer: 0.0 miles
No planned events for 2024

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