Friday, February 26, 2016

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow springs is the name of Wisconsin's most expensive park.

Was it worth the money?

You be the judge....

Many say that politics does not matter  I beg to differ....

 Of course I would say politics gave us this new very expensive park. The finest in Wisconsin in my not so humble opinion.

One fine politician that I loved once said that all politics was local

I tend to agree

Local can be loco....

It is a must visit...

Come and see for your self

can we justify yet one more expensive park....

I think so....

                            A River

The lord works in mysterious ways

to save a river so fair and so love covers all

as I walk and see the lust to own such beauty

how can only one own

the spirit has returned

so that spirit fills all in turn

come let me show you a river


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snowy windy wintery day on the Glacial Drumlin Trail

Today I went out on the Glacial Drumlin trail for a couple hour bike ride.

It was really windy ....and about 32 degrees till it started to snow!

It was that kind of snow with the wind when it hurts your face when riding into a fierce head wind and when the snow built up on the trail it got to be a workout....

Always fun to get out on a bike in late February.....


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Gates Pedal System

If you check out a pic of my new 9:Zero:7 fat bike I added a Gates pedal system to the bike.

The pedals are wide platforms made out of a plastic resin over metal and that plastic pedal base works well over a metal pedal base to insulate against cold.....I know it sounds crazy but it does make a big difference when the temps really drop.

The gates pedal system was about 50 dollars over at Back Yard Bikes out of LaGrange WI and has a velcro strap system that really holds the foot in place almost as good as a clipless pedal.....but the down side is that they are a little tricky getting the feet into them with a full hiking boot...

Overall I think that these pedals are awesome and work really well however there is a new boot out now for extreme winter temps made by 45North for clipless pedal season for me on those.....but for now these pedals are just great for thick comfy warm hiking boots....

I know many a fat biker that just ride platform pedals with no clips or clipless and that is an option in deep snow conditions but for me with the little snow that we have had in Wisconsin these Gates pedals are wonderful and of course there is a huge  buzz over that 45North killer winter boot for clipless pedals....


Beautiful day and a kewl new bike.....

A bit of slogging through some sticky wet snow

Ride to Lapham peak

I hooked up with this plowed bike trail going towards Lapham peak which is a cool Wisconsin State park... This is a connector trail off of the fantastic Glacial Drumlin Trail keeping cyclists off the very busy Waukesha county roads. The weather was fantastic approaching 40 degrees with lots of snow melt yet the trail was awesome!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Fat bikes are for "dirty" trails!!

That 9:Zero:7 got a good work out today judging by all that Glacial Drumlin limestone dust that dried on that bike!

 Boy, that stuff is harder to clean up then mud!

 I was covered in a light layer of limestone cake after the ride but a beer or two and about 45 minutes the bike was clean and I was clean and I scraped the lime stone off of my shoes..... The KMB

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fat bike on the Glacial Drumlin Trail


I started from the bike doc's shop on a warm mid January day. The trail got a little soft in spots and the bike was a mess after about 55 miles of trail riding but its always fun to be riding a great trail like this any time of the year!!

 On the soft spots the fat tires just rolled right over them with out sinking to much. The ground is still frozen but the top inch or two was wet and soft. Other areas of the trail were icy with a slight bit of powder on the ice so it was not all that slippery.

The worst part of the afternoon were the non stop south west head winds but the tail wind back was great fun and as night came so did the trail freeze up!! KMB

Thursday, January 03, 2013

New 9:Zero: 7 fat bike

I just got this beautiful bicycle home from the shop. Andy just did a super job with the design and build of this bike. I did not have much time to ride it much today but what little I did ride it it is awesome! Plan on a longish ride tomorrow in the Kettle Moraine forest to give the bike a full go around.... KMB

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Bone Ride

Today I did the annual 154 mile or 253K ride from Tom Schuler's house in Wauwatosa WI. To Madison WI called the Bone Ride.

The Bone Ride 

I simply could not believe the turn out! My estimation is that there were at least 300 participants leaving Tom's house in Wauwatosa and with a stop in Pewaukee Wisconsin on the way to Madison WI we picked up at least another 100 maybe more!

Tom Schuler had a little talk about what the “Bone” ride was about before the ride and some basic ground rules for the ride. What Tom intended to happen was to have the large group broke up into small groups of no more than 40 riding two abreast doing at most a 5 minute pull at a “talking pace” so that no one would be working all that hard with the purpose (in Tom's words) was to do “stupid” miles or Bone head miles. Long steady distance miles is a part of all racers training in early spring and this was just a way to do it.

Ah! But the reality of the ride was a couple of very large groups of riders going at very high speed at times on very narrow and low shoulder or no shoulder roads for much of the ride through one of the fastest growing parts of Wisconsin with high volumes of traffic on the roads!

Combine that with at times some poor cycling behavior including many cyclists urinating right on the side of the road. No big deal if this was on a rural Wisconsin byway instead of a “New urban” area.
With the huge group the road was blocking cars from passing which brought out the Police to enforce two abreast and yielding the road to Autos. They were not happy. Just what we don't need. One guy was peeing at the side of the road right in front of the cops! Not to smart. Fortunately for him it was just a lecture and be on your way!!!

The other issue were the number of crashes that I personally witnessed. One was particularly nasty with a lot of road rash.

Now with all that negativity this could be a fantastic early spring ride with some changes to the venue given the new nature of the roads. One suggestion would be using the internet and have folks register and at that time get assigned to a small group with some kind of system. I am sure this could be easily done! And then stagger the groups when they leave with a rule that you are not to over take and make a group of 40 a group of 80!

These suggestions would help or eliminate what went on today with this large group of riders.
With 40 miles to go I baled on the ride and took the really nice bike trail and some much lower traffic roads back to Wauwatosa and I added about 20 miles to get about 180 miles in for the day.
Would I do this ride again? Not without some major changes....


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