Saturday, December 31, 2011

Eleven Images

 This Year was a good year for my family to ride a bike,,, a lot of hard work and tons of great support help make it one hell of a year.  We Traveled and raced we Rode and we Won. We saw a million faces and rocked them all. If this was the year of Darkness Tomorrow starts the year of the Light. The Bringer Of Light,,, A Surge In the Right Direction.  It wont come easy as nothing here never does,, hard work and determination will make the Light shine even brighter. With Strong Family and the Best Products that the industry can offer we will launch into TwoTwelve and not stop until our Goals are met. With two wheels and clear mind we say good-bye to the year that went to 11 and bring in #12.....
Ride With Pride and PARTY ON !!!!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Travel is one thing that if done well can be fun..
I knew going in to this one that it was going to be a roller coaster ride. 
A trip up to the airport got us a quick trip to the Threshold of HELL.
The Kids were down with a trip through Lego Land..
Anna got back to the hotel and said goodbye to the kids and hit the bar..  6AM flight the next morning was going to be early.

Touch down in Tebow land just as the sun came up. Got to spend some time with my 94 and 92 year old grand parents. They were all smiles as we 
looked at old pictures and shared some important time together.  Plans that had been made to 
see some friends and shake some hands got put on hold due to the weather that had fallen on the 
ground.  At mom's house we got to start partying and celebrating another trip around the sun for my brother and I..

Christmas happened and may were happy and few were sad..  I was still on cloud Nine from 
the few hours spent in Breckenridge on Christmas eve. 
All in all not a bad trip to mom's house not to many feelings were hurt and we got to see some 
nice winter like views.

Next Time that I head out the HIGH country I am 
bringing some bikes yes SOME.. because hanging out with out doing what you want is no fun.. 
Rip the Big Wheels and 
drink moms beer sounds like a good time. 
Now time to get back to work and keep the eyes on the Prize..

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Outside is the Rightside

It is official ,,, winter has been put on hold. And while I can deal with the
milder temps I sure would like to be skiing. 
The two day  I got on sticks was pure bliss.  And with 
the upcoming trip to the sun shine state... skiing is on my mind. 
But I will survive.  I had thought at one time that I would want to go XC skiing while there
and then thought it would be fun to take PIP on the Mountain,, but it sounds 
as if the snow pack sucks and I have no interest
in shitty snow.

If you have not seen the petition that is going around 
jump on over here.
Getting the word out to all that love bikes the outdoors and all things good and right in the world
is the goal.. 
Be good Do nice Things and get ready for more sunlight.. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Frosty Shins

Well I was not expecting to wake up and 
find 3/4 of one Inch of snow on the ground this morning. 
Just enough to stop the Big Wheeled plans that I spoke of yesterday. And not 
enough to break out the skis and do some slip sliding. 
So with the hanging curve ball that was lobbed up I hit the Crushed GrAvel. 

Just enough to call it a good ride. Spun the legs and made my heart beat and cause some perspiration come from my pores.

The internets here in the South West portion of Wisco are all a blaze do to some short sightedness of the local government. Seems that they are leaving it up for debate ,,,,the idea that the Upper portions of Hixon should be turned in to homes....Another subdivision.
This is hallowed ground a place where we go to hike bike and be in nature. But we all know that
money is what makes the would go around..  Regardless it has caused a fight that I am not sure the city was ready for. 
I am sure the community will rally and maybe even stop the stupid idea..

Kansas City Here we Come....... 

Friday, December 16, 2011


Yep still no snow,, as my skis gently weep over in the corner of the room.
Anna keeps telling me that means that I can ride my bike
and I smile and say I know....the change is just nice and don't get 
me wrong it is only the 16th of December and snow can 
fly at any time all the way up to May,,, But but but we hope that 
does not happen,,,this is not life at 9700 feet. 
I was able to find my self out after work riding the crackandfail 
short trip up the bluff and then down,,doing some recon to see if this weekend 
has some MTB riding in store. I could use it with the mental F*&k that has
been work this weekend. The ride was good legs were mad but I told them to shut up. 
Stopped and it looked like this, 

If you are in the 612 tomorrow you should check out 
Hollywood's Cross For Tots 
bring a toy and race some CX 
 Looking for some last minute gift ideas for the cyclist in you life??
Do you think that they have it all?? Walk on over to the Feedback Sports and
look at some of the stocking fillers..and if you Really want to impress that someone special you get them
one of these..
Can't go wrong with the Pro Elite Work stand. 

My stocking stuffer will be in the form of new brakes from the good folks at Magura .

Like I have said before I dream in two wheels, and can't wait for spring to come. 
Until then I will layer up and ride what I can when I can.  Dreams can be what you make them.
I am trying to make mine come true.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


This is what I need,, Not the rain that is falling,,
Pulled this from @The bizarre ride.

Monday, December 12, 2011


Skiing this weekend was what the doctor ordered.. Two day of slip sliding and lots of 
gliding, And how amazing 4 inches of coverage can be. Saturday brought exploring of 
new terrain and sunday I got to take the PIP out for her first slid of the season. 
The kid can move when she turns off her brain and lets her body do the 
Being that Drugans is a golf course and not in the heart of town like Hixton forest it is not wrecked by people 
walking and running on the groomed trails. Yes 
people the trails are not groomed for you to walk on they are so people can enjoy some Nordic sports while snow is on the ground.   

Which flash forward to this morning rain was falling from the sky. Yep Rain and lots of it enough to make the snow go away.  And for now it does not seem like any more is on the way. 
With all the changes at work it was a bit slow and i was out early. I took advantage of my time 
and got my workout done and still had time on my hands... Temps were in the high 30's and the wind was low,,, so it was time to get the trusty LemonXone out and go for a nice spin. Dressed light for this time of the 
year and spun out a great Anna loop. Felt good to push the pedals even if I should be skiing. 
Now it is time for snow but more rain is in the forecast.  I am hoping that it does not decide to dump as we g
get ready to go to CO for christmas ,,,just want easy travels.
So one last time SNOW DAMN IT! !!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Their is not much snow on the ground.. but one of the great things 
about skate skiing is you don't need much.. People on the interwebs 
are saying to use rock skis but like it was when I was a skibum... I only
have the pair that I have,,, so run what-cha-brung. 
For almost five years we have lived in this valley 
and I have never driven the 10 miles north of here to go as ski Drugans. 
The golf course is off the beaten path and sits between some good bluff,,adding 
so vertical gain.   Right from the parking lot it was nothing but smiles and smiles.
The skis were moving well with the blue/teal wax  

 and the thin spots were easy to get around. 
Now we could use some more snow because all that is going to do is
make the skiing that much better.. And it seems that their is nothing to stop where the 
groomer goes.  I am ready for a month or two of skiing as a good break from nothing but cycling.. 

Bring on the snow..

Friday, December 9, 2011

Hot Lips

 There is a episode of MASH where Frank Burns the uptight do right doctor is in 
charge and learns that the M in M*A*S*H stands of Mobil... And he 
orders the camp to "Bug Out" over and over,,, because he can.. 
Some times that is how things go at my work.. 
Shit comes down the pipe only because not because it makes the most sense.
Things are changing once again at the world of Appliance repair and 
once again it is grab on to what ever you can and go for a ride. 
I like to think that fixing things is a noble profession,, helping people out 
and making their life's better. 
The issue and take this to heart all Appliances are made to break,,
and break they do,, and I have to be the grim reaper and tell them that 
the cost to fix is more than the cost to buy new,,,., or something of the like. 
Again fixing stuff is good and things breaking is a factor of life.. 
But big company's need to adjust their models and make stuff that 
last so the American people can not only have jobs but have 
products that last and can fell good about.
Now all that being said things that are getting me excited about bike and riding them...
stuff like new rubber and rubber that does not need an inner tube.. like the new rubber
from WTB
And rubber to get your hands around by Ergon
Still only december but my mind is riding down single track somewhere with the wind at
my back and sun on my face.  Some people may dream of winning the lotto or some 
famous person they want to be or meet ,,,
I dream in two wheels.. I can get enough the best ride is the next ride the very next day. 
I main line the stuff..   Get on Get out Go fast.. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Demented Pixles

Saw this the other day over on Hellinham
thought that it was pretty rad.. Yep rad after years and years of
watching ski movies I thought that this was really original. Wounder if 
little MR T could start skiing like this seeing that he has full
run of the little ski hill in Taos.

JP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

The guys over the river @ Freewheel put on this show ..... Makes me want to join the FaT BiKe Revolt,,,,but more than anything I need to focus on the ones that I have and Lust after the ones that I don't...Wasn't 
too long ago I was whining about wanting/needing a new cross
bike.,.. Will the AddIction ever end? Can never get enough and thanks to the inter webs I can sit and watch and #allhailtheblackmarket//

Upright and uptight

So we got some of the white stuff on saturday night and in to sunday morning. 
Not much just enough to make  things look postcard perfect for a 
few hours as the brown landscape of the hills turned in to a Andy Williams record cover.
That being said it not enough snow to do any thing cool like ski and 
ski or even ski,, and to boot the ride in this morning was one 
that makes me happy that I can keep a bike up right. 
The city just made sure that the main drive lanes were open 
by pushing the snow into the bike lanes where it froze and made 
white chunks of death. 
But as I always say I would rather spend time pedaling than sitting
in a car. Or eating snow that a dog has pissed in .....

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Melting Wax

Dreaming of Summer and Single Track..
Snow needs to fall so we can slip and 
slide. Ready to get the ski tuning bench up
and running,, Bikes still moving and weights being
tossed around. Need to start using the gym,,instead
of the boiler room here at the house,,I in vision
Rocky working out in the barn..