Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Welcome Spring Ride

Welcome Spring Ride


For me, today was the first day of 2015 riding a full on road bike.  Earlier I was spending a lot of time on the Fat-tire, but lately my time has been on the studded up fixed gear. So that means, today felt really good to be on a road bike with 700 x 25c tires running 115 psi. on all most bare blacktop.  There were just a couple spots that some ice and I was able to skirt through those sections.


I started out by riding 13 miles into a stiff wind. The weather forecast called for 10mph and it was all of that. The temperature when I left today said 44 and by the time I returned home it was near 60°F.  If you notice the picture of the bicycle has the back rack bag fully extended...well that would be because I totally screwed up the clothing today. Overdressed is an understatement on this days ride. We are expecting warm weather for the next week or so. Our snow pack has taken a hit and it will not be long and it will be gone...for now.  I am sure we will get some more.   


 I stopped today at a bridge crossing the Totogatic River.  Even though it is a very pretty spot, I normally don't stop here because it is a nice hill coming down and of course that means...a hill going up the other side. I plan on stopping more often.

 Making the stop here is worth the loss of momentum. I am not in race anyhow.
 I wonder which spelling is correct. hehehe
 The WI Stewardship program recently purchased 262 acres along the river for the benefit of keeping the river area undeveloped...aka "wild" That very same stewardship program is on Gov. Walkers chopping block.  I am happy they got this one and hope some more can be had.  I am all for acquiring land and the development of  bicycle and hiking trails.

 Careful...It is a dangerous intersection. Bad intersection! 

I saw many deer today. I should have counted them. I didn't, but I would say at least 20.

Above is a YouTube video I shot of the ride. Nothing special as I just winged it here.  I am going to have to start planning these vids a little better.

Thanks for reading, watching and any comments you may have.

Get outdoors and have some fun!
RL

Friday, February 13, 2015

Riding Wascott

Riding Wascott

 I got out for a ride today during the snow and slight warm-up.  It was 20°F when I left with blowing snow flurries.  A little colder when returned home with the wind getting stronger. We received about 1.5" to 2" of powder fluff snow.  All in all, it was a great day to get out. 

 Even though I was only out about two hours, I packed a sandwich and had lunch in the great outdoors. 

 Our local townships plow a lot of the back roads.  This makes for some incredible winter bicycling. I encourage everyone to get out and use them.  Even if one just drives to one of the roads and walks.  They are great in the winter.  And, even if you do meet any vehicles, NO Dust!!

Obilitory bike picture!


I am loading a video above this paragraph. For some reason, the videos I load on the blog sometimes do not work on tablets and cellphones. They seem to be alright with the computer. I have looked around, but haven't figured a solution as of yet.  If anybody knows, please feel free to comment and let me know.

Thank you for reading/watching and any comments you may have.

Lets get outdoors and have some fun!



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Crotty Ride

A CROTTY RIDE


 Welcome back!!  I was out today and thought I would load a blog. It was a very nice 3 hours spent in the wilderness of northern WI.  I will put a video at the end with a link to to my YouTube channel. I haven't added much there lately either, but that is where most of my posts this fall went. Please feel free to visit my rlove2bike YouTube channel and hit the Subscribe button...(I think right under the video on the left side) I want to say I do not monetize the blog or the YouTube.  I load it up for fun. Anyway, I pretty much say things in the video that doesn't get typed out here.

 The whitetail deer have been having some good eating with the low snow cover.  There were a lot of places like this in the big oak woods that were really dug up from them eating the acorns.

 Lunch spot today...natural organic peanut butter on 12 grain bread.

 I did not ride this swampy area today, but I have rode many places like it.  With the snow we have now, it is great fun to explore these areas with fat-tire bikes.

The recent warm January temps have brought water to the surface in some swamps.


Above is the video I mentioned in the beginning, A Crotty Ride

Lets get outdoors and have some FUN!!

Thanks for reading/watching and I appreciate any comments you may have.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

EXCELLENT it is!

 This will be a quick little post just to say...see I am still around. I will load a YouTube video to the end of this post of some riding and a small walk around of the fixed gear.

 I hate to say this, but it has been two weeks since the last ride. Every year I quit riding during daylight hours of our WI rifle Whitetail deer hunting season.  I have in the past rode during the safety of darkness during the season, but this year I did not. AND...that sucks to be off the bike that long. 

The temp was near 30°F today when I left the house, but it was cooling off nice when I returned home. Because of the roads I rode today, I was on the studded up fixie gear. I will say this much, a person could not ask for a better day in December to be riding. EXCELLENT it is!!



I had started the video above to try to shed some light on the fixed gear. I see now I did a poor job at explaining it.  I know some who read this are not aware of these marvelous machines. I put miles on this unit,,,lots of miles.  There was a time was this was my only winter ride.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Getting Outdoors

 Welllll...looking like winter is coming in and I think it's here to stay for a few months. We had about 3 to 4 inches of snow when I left the house today, but closer to 6 when I got home. They are predicting 14 to 18 inches for our area.

 Wind??? Yes, on this day a person knew there was wind, especially when you pointed the bike that direction.  The snow pelting the skin. Blowing you here and there. Feeling alive!! Refreshing one might say!!

 I wasn't going to blog this ride up.   There was a time when the very first thing I did in the morning was run through my blog list. As did many others I think.  Not so sure anymore. I might keep at this blog for a while longer.  It is still fun for me, but time will tell. 

 I lowered my tire pressure from summer time pressure to winter. I am messing with the pressures all the time, but today I went with 8lbs, but I could have easily gone down to 5.  I don't know why I didn't.  I told myself right away I should lower...but I didn't.  Just kept rolling along.  made it interesting anyhow.

Even though the storm was bearing down on us, it was still great to be out.

I shot a GoPro vid today.  Because of the heavy snow, I had it in the waterproof case.  Please excuse the poor audio, some shake and also the rattling noises.  Watch it if dare...or would like.

As always, lets get outdoors and have some fun!!
(not everyday we can enjoy weather like this)

Thanks for reading/watching and any comments you may have.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Guaranteed!

 I wanted to gather up some nearby geocaches before the snow blankets the area. These caches were down two different trails that were marked for no motorized vehicle travel.

 So I thought I would mix the two...geocaching and biking...again.  I have mixed the two several times and I can assure you it is great fun!

 It amazes me that this particular trail that is marked no vehicle travel had fresh tire tracks and is very well used.  I really would like to believe it is used only used for official use...bet not!

 Ahhh...bike porn!  Bicycle and water.

 More trail!  

 Riding the 9:ZERO:7 isn't for snow only.  It is by far my favorite ride.

 This trail ended up to be single track...with some log jumps thrown in. 

 Came back with grass hanging from the derailleur.  I always worry about breaking the rear derailleur hanger while riding through brush grown trails.  I have an extra. Guess where it was today.  If you guess at home in the garage...you win! But because I had no trouble today, I also win!

I am so glad I had an excuse to explore these trails. I ended up spending all day out here! I arrived mid morning and left in time to get home by dark. Thanks to GramaCindy for bringing me to this great area.  I will be back to do more riding...guaranteed! 

Lets get outdoors and have some fun!!

Thank You for reading and any comments you may have!
RL

Friday, October 24, 2014

Really?!?


 I met some friends up at the Carlton, MN trail head again for some great company and a ride thrown in for extra credit.  We had 5 riders this week.  Awesome fun!  The tamarack trees are in their glow. So much so I decided to start and end this blog post with tamarack pics.

See anything wrong with the the newly paved Douglas County HIghway T in this pic??  I mean really!! That is the best they can do?  I see what uses they have in mind here.  I mean, at most a 2" bike lane.  Pathetic! Really?!? I guess the only thing to do is take the lane! End of rant. :-)

 I have been riding the what I call the Black Bear loop quite often. Good country back roads, but it does involve riding the rant road.


 On this day I was out early. A little fog in the air.

Ahhh, there is the bike/water pic. hehehe The sun rising up over a pot hole. 

 The road is wet when you ride in the morning these days, but at least we can see the road.


Lets get outdoors and have some fun!!

Thanks for reading and any comments you may have!