Saturday, December 1, 2012

Global Fat-Bike Day

 OK...You can stop laughing at my kit.  Really though, I am attention whore and don't care what you think of my riding attire.  Today is Global Fat-Bike day.  In honor of that, I made a little ride.  It is still Whitetail Deer hunting season here in Wisconsin, so precautions need to be taken if you are to ride during daylight hours.  I am of the belief a person shouldn't have to worry about being shot, but that isn't the case.  I think you should be able to wear brown clothing and walk anywhere without being in fear.  But there is a saying I have heard numerous times by hunters..."If it's brown, it's down."  IMO, the people that say such things shouldn't be allowed to hunt.  It would be much safer for everyone if we just shot deer.  People get shot every year it seems.    

 Because of hunting season, I rode only the trails on our land.  I felt I still needed to wear orange, because our land borders public hunting area, or there may be trespassers.

 I was able to ride over an hour and get in over 4 miles on our woods trails.  I made these trails for skiing and biking, but do not use them as much as I should.

 I had the tire pressure at 10 pounds today and that worked well.  The bike in general works well.  It seems to accelerate great, pedal bob is minimal, keeps traction well and all around seems to be working nicely.  The brakes seem to make some noise, but I am thinking that has to do with the wet snow.  Time will tell.

 I didn't ride all our trails as it was raining.  The trail that runs below this hill and further out into some swampy area can get a little sloppy.  We had about 10" of snow on Thanksgiving night and another couple after that, but it has settled down to a little of nothing now. The deepest spots were maybe 4 or 5 inches.

I am betting it is a good day for building a snowman, as the snow caked on the bike.  That means it gets to sleep in the basement tonight to get thawed. 

 Happy Fat-Bike Day!!
Lets get outdoors and have some fun!

PS...Thanks for reading!

10 comments:

  1. At least your outfit matches your fatbike....Always goodto have matching kit...HaHa..

    -Trevor

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    1. I was thinking the kit would be good for a costume in a parade. One thing for sure, it was warm.

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  2. Agree with Trevor, your kit matching your bike is a nice touch! I love the look of your fat-tire, but it was 66 degrees in KS today, so I'll stick with my skinny tires for a while.

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    1. Ahhh...66 degrees. Only in my dreams. Enjoy!!

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  3. Good on you for getting out today. You're a brave man to go into the woods during hunting season.

    10psi seems a bit high for that wet of snow. I'd recommend playing around with the pressure a bit. 10 might have been good, but 6-8 might be better.

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    1. I will not lie, I was a bit uneasy making that ride.

      I am new with the fat-bike and wondered if I should have went lower. I am going to need a better gauge so I can tell pressure easier.

      It is nice to hear from you Doug and I hope things are well with you and your family.

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  4. I like your attitude. I'm all for people enjoying the resource legally. I get concerned when they infringe on mine. Like you said all sports have their good and bad apples. It's cool you have trails on your land. We abut a lot of undeveloped land. I'm grateful to be able to just wake up and access it.

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  5. Nice to hear from you Scott. I have said many times that living next to public land is great except for the two weeks of the Whitetail gun hunt. And it's not that I mind the hunting. I hunt, but not much. It's all about the good and bad apples in all sports, and in the hunting sport, people are more likely to die. We are lucky though to be able to use these public lands.

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    1. RL- I'm thinking we're on the same page. Life is sacred.

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