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Surly Ghost Grappler – the 400 mile review

When the Surly Ghost Grappler was announced in February of 2022 I was intrigued. It was a weird mix of mountain bike, gravel bike, and… something else. The geometry was strange and foreign to me, but the chonky tires screamed “THIS BIKE IS FUN!” Billed as a “drop bar mountain bike” I just wasn’t sure […]

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2022 Biking year in review

This year was another great year for me when it came to biking. Although I had to take a break in the middle, due to my surgery, I still managed to have a solid year of riding. The year started out with some riding in the desert as we brought our bikes down to Nevada […]

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Quick and dirty bike stand

Over the years we’ve started to acquire a few too many bikes, and figuring out a good way to store them in the garage can be a challenge. Not because there isn’t a good way to do it, but because there are 100 ways to do it. From expensive systems that hang from your ceiling […]

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Race Report: Freedhem 46 gravel race

With my wife’s departure from the trail running world (due to knee issues) she’s taken a shining to gravel biking. I’ve happily joined her in this since, from outward appearances, gravel biking has a very similar ethos to trail running. In general it feels like sports that are “dirt” oriented are pretty akin to one […]

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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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