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Old Abe Trail biking, to avoid the rain

Sunday morning was meant to be a beautiful ride around the NW metro area with my wife, clocking in a 50 mile distance. However, as the forecast started to develop it became apparent that we might be looking at a very wet ride instead. When I woke up I took another look at the forecast […]

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Layering in winter

Living in a cold weather area you need to be prepared for different weather conditions if you want to be outside and active. It’s not an option for me to forgo being outside for 4 months out of the year, especially since I despise things like treadmills. That’s OK though because I’ve found that being […]

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Garmin fēnix 6S – Long Term Review

In June of 2021 I bid farewell to my old Garmin 735XT that I loved and upgraded to a brand new Garmin Fēnix 6S. The battery on my 735XT had been going for a while, along with an outdated GPS chip, and I decided that it was finally time to step up to the watch […]

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2021 Biking Year in Review

Once again 2021 proved to a bigger than normal year for me when it came to biking. I didn’t top my 2020 stats, but it still was my second biggest year ever. As of this writing I’m at just over 1700 miles, and probably won’t increase that due to travel. I started the year with […]

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Well that was dumb…

Because of the adventures I like to take via bike, I put a rear rack on almost every bike when I get it. I procrastinated on putting one on the Ice Cream Truck, but when I saw that the Surly branded rack was on backorder almost everywhere, I knew I had to jump. I found […]

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The end of the GravelKings….

In my first impressions post I talked about the weird issues of the Panaracer GravelKing SK+ tires and concrete with grooves in it. In the past week I’ve encountered this situation two more times and each time it was unsettling and frustrating. I finally had enough. These tires just aren’t for me, and have been […]

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First Impression Review: Panaracer GravelKing SK+

Update: I’ve since removed these tires and gone back to my old ones. About two weeks ago I decided to move over to tubeless, and that’s been a journey in it’s own right. However, I also took the opportunity to try out some tires that are all the rage in the gravel world, the Panaracer […]

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The Journey to Tubeless

Last winter I decided to try going tubeless on my fat bike, and had mixed results. I knew that the tires I was using were older and probably not ideal for the use, and there’s other complications that come with fat tire tubeless setups. It was a good experience though, and made me decide that […]

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#30daysofbiking 2021 edition

Last year was the first time I was able to join in with the #30daysofbiking event that encourages folks to get out and ride at least a mile every day in April. Because of the pandemic lockdown it was really easy for me to join in and get a streak going. In fact, last year […]

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Review: 2021 Surly Ice Cream Truck

This review is a long time coming, but now that I have over 100 miles on the bike I feel like I can share my thoughts. I acquired my Ice Cream Truck in January 2021, late one evening when my local bike shop suddenly put two online in their store. These bikes had been delayed […]

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Making 2021 plans

For the first time in a while I’m feeling really hopeful that we’re on the back-side of this pandemic. Vaccines are rolling out, case numbers and deaths are falling, and the harsh winter cold is starting to subside. However, there’s still trepidation when deciding to make plans for later in the year. Many of the […]

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