• 12-03-2012
    rynoman03
    Were you on Landon this morning?
  • 12-03-2012
    slakjak
    Last thing I expected to do today was to have a 52 mile bike ride. And, Eureka, I did find the trail. Now I am confused about a different location. But first:

    ryno - it was a pleasure to meet and ride with you. Hope to do a lot more.
    MajorMavrick - welcome, looks like quite the group assembling.

    At 89th, go left (east) to Ratner Rd. Take a right (south) At the bottom of the hill, the entrance will be to your left. There is a large tree that has fallen across the trail. I passed by there in the pickup at least twice and didn't see it.

    From there it is pretty rough going. Lots of places with deep ballast that riding is impossible. The concrete on the bridges looks pretty fresh so I know that they are working on it. You ride in the middle of nowhere for quite some time with no place to bail and then you finally get to Shawnee Heights Road and everything ends. I couldn't find rail bed on the other side of the road so I don't know if I missed something or that is where it ends. I was too tired at that point to do any investigating.

    At Shawnee Heights, take a left (south) end up in Overbrook. Take a right (north), easy way back to civilization, or at least the more established trails. I goofed, I went left, was introduced to Puke Hill. It is appropriately named and even is painted on the road showing you where to puke. Went to Overbrook with the intention of heading west to old 75 and riding the wind back to Topeka. Ryno can tell you that we fought a hard southerly wind while we were riding. I also told him that I thought I would get caught in the wind shift and have to ride against it on the way back. That's what happened. It started shifting in Overbrook so after a diet Dr Pepper and small bag of peanut M&M's, headed back north on Shawnee Heights that turned into Shadden that ran into 89. West on 89th back to the trail. Missed the trail, ran into some thorn bushes. Legs and fingers where the half gloves didn't cover were pretty scratched up. Got back to Topeka and to my Grandson's school with 5 minutes to spare.

    Lessons learned.

    Take the GSC10 bike sensor off. Useless when it gets rough and it gets moved around and out of sync. Shouldn't be concerned with pace on the trails anyway.

    Love my new bike. I couldn't have made that ride with anything else, even with the StumpJumper, although it would have been nice in a couple of places.

    I bit off more that I could chew. I'm beat. I'm glad I did it and I'm glad that I made it, but I wished I would have heading north at Shawnee Heights and skipped the M&M's. I did bring some dried apples with me too and finished them off on the way back.

    Here's the data. Note the 1600 calories burned and the elevation changes

    Landon Trail Ride by mjanway at Garmin Connect - Details
  • 12-03-2012
    MajorMavrick
    Me? Na, I was south of 53rd around 3 on Sunday.

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  • 12-03-2012
    rynoman03
    Wow i can't believe you rode that far! Today was a good day to do it other than the stupid wind! I bet you are beat. I only rode 21.5 today and I'm beat!
  • 12-03-2012
    stevethousand
    Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday
    I've got the day off Tuesday. Who wants to ride and where? Hit me up!
  • 12-03-2012
    rynoman03
    I'll be riding Landon in the morning. Probably around 830ish maybe earlier if i can get my butt up and out on the Trail. I cut getting to work pretty close today when I left the house at 9. I made it to work in time but I had to rush to be there at 12. 30 minute drives to work suck!

    Welcome Steve!
  • 12-04-2012
    FireCop
    :thumbsup:slak:

    Wow, 52 miles is pretty darned impressive. Especially in the areas where the ballast rock on the trail is rather loose. That makes for a heck of alot of resistance. Good Job. man
  • 12-04-2012
    MajorMavrick
    Hey Steve, wish I could but stuck at work.

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  • 12-04-2012
    slakjak
    Thanks FireCop. 'Twas a workout for sure. Those trails at the Gov and Dornwood might seem more manageable for a bit. Next challenge will be Perry.

    Welcome Steve. I got Doctors all day.
  • 12-04-2012
    rynoman03
    Good luck with those Dr's Visits.

    I rode from 29th and Gage on Shunga to Landon then south to 25th and came back. It was a good ride but my toes and hands were a little bit numb and colder than I like. 21mi yesterday and 10 today. Not a bad way to start off a week I'd say.
  • 12-04-2012
    IDkid
    Anyone want to meet up and ride at the mansion or Perry this weekend? Saturday looks like it will be a bit warmer, but hell, they're BOTH warm considering the time of year. :)
  • 12-04-2012
    rynoman03
    I will have to see what's goin' on but I might be down for the Mansion. I've never been to either set of trails.
  • 12-04-2012
    stevethousand
    Tuesday Group Ride
    So it turns out there is a Tuesday group ride at Dornwood at 4 pm. Two separate groups of four people out there riding today!
  • 12-04-2012
    rynoman03
    Cool. Too bad I work 12-10:30 Sun-Wed.
  • 12-04-2012
    expostdelirium
    I used to ride w/ the "early" group, and would've likely been out there today, but had to go w/ the Mrs. to get a car. 4 is really a "small" group. We've had 9ish out there a couple of times that I've been out there. I think the LBS group goes out after they close the shop on Tues. Lots of skill in both groups. I don't know about the second group, but when the first group is big, there are lots of people that are more than willing to show you the way around.

    The Trail Mgr cut some new trails in during the last week or 2 (def after Thanksgiving), and I haven't even gotten to ride them yet. I was looking forward to it today, but a new Fiat was in the cards, so maybe tomorrow if it's not too cold?
  • 12-04-2012
    rynoman03
    Cool! You get the Fiat 500 Abarth? :D or just the regular Fiat 500?
  • 12-05-2012
    rynoman03
    Who's all riding tomorrow? I plan to ride maybe around noon time. Not sure what route yet or where. I have tomorrow - sat off so I would like to ride all of those days.
  • 12-05-2012
    IDkid
    I'll go ahead and commit to riding at the mansion on Saturday if anyone wants to join. I'll be there at 10:30. Black Nissan Xterra. Might hit up Perry afterwards.
  • 12-05-2012
    rynoman03
    Cool! I have yet to ride that park.
  • 12-06-2012
    slakjak
    Mansion as usual for Sunday a.m. But no strenuous exercise or sunlight after that until at least Wednesday so that lets out the Mansion, Dornwood, and Perry for Monday. That leaves me with Shunga or the tame part of Landon if it's cloudy.

    Is LRT all mountain bike or will a crossover do ok there? How about those trails at the Museum? Those are pretty tame, bicycles allowed there?

    Kansas looked flat until I hopped on a bicycle.
  • 12-06-2012
    rynoman03
    Well I hope you can get on that bike soon enough Jak.

    Well I took it upon myself to try out the Gov. Mansion today. Wow what a treat! Lots of technical stuff! I rode through a huge tree, between trees, over trees, ect. It really pushed my abilities and I probably used my brakes way more than needed. I rode a few miles over 4 miles in 45 mins but there's alot of hills to climb and maneuver through there.

    I used Strava and Endomondo and actually beat someones time. I'm ranked 6 out of 7 on Brown Trail or something like that lol.

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Gov. Mansion 1 near Topeka | Times and Records | Strava
  • 12-06-2012
    slakjak
    The mansion trails will teach you brake discipline. It's a whole different experience when the leaves are on the trees and you can't see the whole hill side and the corners are blind. I really enjoy it there, running, biking, or just walking.
  • 12-06-2012
    rynoman03
    Oh I'm sure!

    I picked up a set of Clipless Bontragger MTB shoes tonight at Capps for $45.00. Then went and finished up my xmas shopping for the wife. I even got my Jack Russell Terrier "Tucker" something this year.
  • 12-06-2012
    expostdelirium
    That's funny about "brake discipline: I was just telling Ryno something very similar this afternoon. My brake discipline was much more stringent last Sunday that it was the day before. LRT is fine for XC bikes. I've seen allllll sorts of bikes being ridden on that trail over the years. It's a very forgiving trail. There are roots in some places, no doubt, but I doubt they'd wreck your rims. If you are the least bit concerned take some heavier weaponry out there.

    IDK, if I'm out of the rack and feeling like riding that "early" I might try to find you out there. I might go to Dornwood instead. Depending on time, there's a thought that I might go to LRT.
  • 12-06-2012
    rynoman03
    LRT? What trail is this? Lawrence River Trail ?

    I think I might hit up the governors again. That was pretty fun! Gotta see what time i get up. I have to go to Holton tomorrow as well to work on my Grandmother's pc.
  • 12-06-2012
    FireCop
    slakjak:

    Did you use to ride the Governor's/ Menninger Trails before that area became a state park? If so, you probably remember the far west side of both areas. There was a steep uphill climb that went to a great overlook spot. The trail was perched right along side a U-shaped cliff. It is northwest of the WIBW antenna tower. There was a magnificent spot on the trail, above the cliff, that overlooked the sand plant and Kansas River valley. You could see clear over to Rossville from the area I am referencing.

    That area is privately owned, and now has no trespassing signs adjacent to the state park trails. That west end was the best part of the trails. It would be awesome to own that west end and keep it accessable as a mountain bike area. I know who owns it, and they would never part with it.
  • 12-07-2012
    slakjak
    Expost - Monday for LRT won't be that early. Couldn't leave Topeka until 9 or so. Will have to see what the sun does that day. We vampires must take care.

    After watching that video in the new comers area, that really helped me on the brakes. I think the guy called it "confidence braking" when you are laying on the brakes all the time. That video helped me out of it. Until I actually started practicing, I was scared of the front brake. Now I realize I can go over the handlebars without any brake help at all!

    FireCop, yep, know what you are talking about. Never biked there but ran and walked there all the time. Ever since those punks tore up the old clock building, they keep a pretty good eye on that area. I thought only crazy people biked the mansion trails until I got hooked this year.

    Good score Ryno!

    I'll be at the mansion early Sunday am trains/weather permitting. If it is wet at all, will stay on the east side. Took me an hour to clean the bike off after last Sunday.

    See everyone around. Ignore the weather forecasts, they are changing them every few minutes.
  • 12-07-2012
    IDkid
    Still hitting the mansion tomorrow if anyone is interested. It will be my first time there so I'm pretty stoked to see a new trail. Instead of Perry afterwards thinking Dornwood now since I've never been there either.
  • 12-07-2012
    slakjak
    Would love to take you up on that IDkid but I sleep all day on Saturdays. You will enjoy both.
  • 12-07-2012
    expostdelirium
    Gov's then The Wood is much more sensible. If you go to the Mansion THEN to Perry...I don't know, but I know it's not something I'd want to do. Not in that fashion. Still trying to decide what to ride. Ryno, text me, when you get around, and I'll do the same. Maybe we can drag out to either place or both. If my back doesn't cool out, I might be on the Landon.
  • 12-07-2012
    IDkid
    Hope to see you guys there!
  • 12-07-2012
    rynoman03
    Ok sounds good. What time are you guys shooting for?
  • 12-08-2012
    IDkid
    I'll be there around 10:30.
  • 12-08-2012
    rynoman03
    Sounds good so expo wants to run Dornwood.

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  • 12-08-2012
    IDkid
    I'm game for either or both.
  • 12-08-2012
    rynoman03
    Its about 30* right now hopefully it warms up. So Dornwood at 10:30 ?

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  • 12-08-2012
    IDkid
    Sure. Do you park by the baseball fields?
  • 12-08-2012
    rynoman03
    Yes Sir! I'll be in a black grand prix.


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  • 12-08-2012
    rynoman03
    Wow just stepped outside to let the dog out. It's cold as crap out! I'm not sure I want to freeze this morning!

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  • 12-08-2012
    rynoman03
    Ok on myway

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  • 12-08-2012
    rynoman03
    Thanks for riding with me IDkid, and putting up with my slowness and inexperience to boot! I hope you enjoyed yourself and I hope you enjoyed the Mansion!

    That Dornwood really tested my abilities. Fun though!
  • 12-08-2012
    IDkid
    Had a good time. Hope to ride with you again some time ryno. I rode the hell out of the mansion trails after Dornwood. Definitely my new favorite place to ride in Kansas! Did a couple laps on both the red and blue trails. I wish I'd known about that place this summer. I would have been there every weekend!!
  • 12-09-2012
    expostdelirium
    Glad *someone* went out there. Too cold when I woke up, and my back is starting to feel better. Maybe I'll be able to get on the bike just in time for the mid-week warmup!!
  • 12-09-2012
    slakjak
    Too wet for the mansion this morning. Will turn in and see what it looks like when I wake up.

    Glad you liked the mansion ID. Watch out for them jaywalking trees.

    Hope the back gets better quick expost.

    When I went to the basement to check on the trail bike last night before heading off to "work", found I had a flat rear tire. Valve had separated from the tube. Accused the wife of roof jumping but she denies it of course. Quick trip to Wallyworld and all ready for this morning but the weather just didn't go my way. Sun or not, I am going to put on a 1/2 inch of sunscreen and head over to LRT Monday morning. Going to be cold I see.

    Good night
  • 12-09-2012
    rynoman03
    Cool! Let us know what you think of it!
  • 12-09-2012
    motoolfan
    Just read this thread, I'll have to check these trails out this spring. Sounds like a blast!
  • 12-09-2012
    rynoman03
    I had no idea these trails existed until a month or so ago when I joined this forum. They are fun! Governor's Mansion or Menigers as MTBR trails section calls it is well worth the trip! Dornwood is equally as fun!
  • 12-09-2012
    motoolfan
    I'm a couple hours away, so it would have to be a day trip for me. The mtbing community s virtually non existent around here
  • 12-09-2012
    slakjak
    Got up, nice looking day now, so packed up and went to the Mansion. Governor was nice enough to set up a huge tent with stage and six porta pottys for me so I do appreciate it but the tent was a bit too much.

    Cold. Lots of hikers, but all nice folks. Technically I was pleased but my stamina was lacking but supposed to be taking it easy until at least Wednesday at least so I'll blame it on that. Still going to try to get to Lawrence in the am. That may be it for me for the rest of the week.

    Welcome motoofan. Where are you located at?
  • 12-09-2012
    rynoman03
    Cool Deal Jak! His profile says he's in Sedalia, MO.
  • 12-09-2012
    motoolfan
    Thanks slakjak. Yep I'm a little bit of a distance from you'll (Sedalia, MO) but, still enjoy reading about the trails out your way and do plan on a trip there this spring.
  • 12-09-2012
    rynoman03
    A few of us rode yesterday morning at Dornwood, it was pretty fun! I look forward to riding with ya in the spring!
  • 12-09-2012
    slakjak
    Be glad to have you. Compiling quite a list of them to do myself. Think I got enough to keep me for about 3 spring/summer seasons already.

    Will have to put that Lake Wilson near the top. The wife and I had to detour that way last summer on the way to Lucas and really were taken by the color of the lake. We had been planning to get back out there sometime and after seeing that video, will certainly be thinking of doing that as soon as we can.
  • 12-09-2012
    rynoman03
    Guy I rode with Sat. IDKid said that Lake Wilson is quite fun to ride! I wanna make it out to Perry pretty bad. I just gotta ride more and get better. I was huffing some major air Sat. and eating everyone's dust.

    But i've only rode Shunga, Gov., and Dornwood 2 times now. Shunga's more of a leisurely ride. It's nothing compared to Dwood or Gov's.
  • 12-10-2012
    slakjak
    Went to LRT this morning. Froze, but it sure was worth it. An 8 mile roller coaster ride is about the best description I could give it. My new favorite for sure. Didn't care for those sand pits between mile 5 and 6 and don't know why they are there. They don't seem to fit in the character of the trail. But I think I saw a detour around the worst part of it and will try it next time out. Flat out fun. Took the StumpJumper and was glad I did. I did have that trail arm bolt back out on me again but I had the tools this time so no long walk for me.

    When you go fast, you crash fast. I bit it pretty hard when I was going pretty fast. Good thing I was bundled up for the cold or I might have been banged up pretty good. When I went to pick up the bike, noticed the seat was completely turned backwards!

    Had a bit of trouble finding it so I parked in the lot across from the Visitor's Center and pedaled eastward down the dike and found it. Now I know how to get to it. (basically take any street east north of the river to 8th street and turn south)

    Well, got to let the doctors, probers, blood stealers, and testers have me for the rest of the week. Hope ya'll get out this week.
  • 12-10-2012
    IDkid
    I'm hoping you guys might be able to enlighten me a little on the mansion trails. After coming to the end of the red trail by the train tracks and dirt parking lot I continued west and was riding mostly uphill. I eventually turned around and rode back the way I came which was awesome. Is there somewhere to park where I can hit these trails west of the mansion starting from the uphill? There is another old historic looking building on that western side that looks like it might be a possibility for a parking area.
  • 12-10-2012
    rynoman03
    That old building is Menigers. The old State Asylum. Yes when you ride the red trail (might be blue) i believe it is there is a road to the west. Follow that road up and to the river and there is a parking lot you can park in.
  • 12-10-2012
    expostdelirium
    For what it takes in time to get to the LRT, and the reward you get for going, it is the best "bang for the buck" around - if you like flowy, fast, and fun. I used to ride that thing every day when I was in college. Sometimes I'd ride it twice (sometimes more) in a day. I'd go down after breakfast, go home for lunch, head back down, then home for dinner, then down again. Other days I'd spend the day down there. The trail changed quite a bit after the floods. Some parts changed for the better others didn't really change for the better. There a more people than ever using it and caring for it, and it shows. It used to be "wilder" back in the day, but it was shorter and not as well cared-for. Pick your poison.

    I can (try to) explain how to avoid the sandpit: When you come out of the woods on the East end into the younger trees, you will almost immediately come to a fork (one left and to the SE, and the right one sort of goes to the SW), take the right one, and you will avoid the sandtrap. I'd suggest that you don't ride the sandtrap as dry as it's been. After we get some precip, maybe try it. That's part of the trail that used to be great before the floods, there was a swampy area in the middle where those young trees are now, and beyond that, right up against the river the trail was superb. It was hard-packed, black dirt that dropped off 10 ft or so to the big sand bar at that bend that wraps around almost 180 degrees. In late May, when everyone had gone home, that place was the best. It was just hot and humid and fast. There was about a 2 week window before the lack of use would give way to the stinging nettles, and even after that it was worth braving the trail because there was no one there. As a father, I started my daughter on that trail. When I was dating my (now) wife, we used to ride there. We once dug up a Giant Iguana that presumably had been lost in the flood and covered by the sandbar. It's so different now that none of that nostalgia remains, and it's so well taken care of and well-ridden, that it's hard to complain.

    When/If it warms up, I'll be heading over the right after work. I plan to be on the trail by 3:50. A weekend ride might be crowded, but it would be worth a try. If there is snow on the ground, and a full moon, this trail can almost be ridden without a light. Think about it.
  • 12-10-2012
    expostdelirium
    BTW Ryno, Menningers wasn't the State asylum. Topeka State Hospital was. It is where Hummer Sports Parks is now. Menninger's was private, and treated lots of people whose names we would all know. Growing up, if you saw someone famous in this town, you knew they were likely staying Menninger's or had friends that were. Marilyn (yes, THAT one) was here at some point. Now there are a bunch of new "crazies" riding bikes all over out there.

    Speaking of TSH, I think there is a small bit of trail out there. I know there's a CX race out there. I don't know much else about it though. Maybe we should find out?
  • 12-10-2012
    rynoman03
    Ah my mistake. I haven't lived here but more than 5-6 years so that's just what I gathered from other locals. I guess I was mistaken. Cool finding out all of this history from ya! I'd be down for some exploring sometime.
  • 12-10-2012
    slakjak
    Would love to do some riding with you out at LRT expost. After I get through this week, will certainly want to get back out there. I really enjoyed it. I think I saw that trail you are talking about missing the worst of the sand pits. That will keep it fast. I could see going around twice easy if I could avoid the sand. I would have gone around again today but it was so darn cold and I still had a ride down the dike to get back to the truck.

    And IDkid, if you want all downhill on the west side, turn west on 6th Ave from Fairlawn and go to the roundabout. Make sure you go NORTH on Wanamaker at the roundabout and continue up to the State Parks and Wildlife office building. You can park there and hit the trail on the backside of the building. But remember, once you go down, you have to go back up to go home. Myself, I rather ride the uphill and then do the downhill on the way back.

    And ryno and IDkid, you just have to get to LRT. You too motoolfan, make sure it's on your list.

    I run through the TSH grounds once a week. The only trails I know of are on the west side where the police and state troopers train their dogs. Cub scouts shoot rockets off from there too. It's not much for biking that I know of, pretty grassy. Runners use it. Might be something there I don't know about. Will have to take a peek next time I am out there. There is a ton of construction going on out there on the north side. I'm sort of hoping it will open up some more access on the backside of the grounds.
  • 12-10-2012
    IDkid
    Yeah, that building definitely had a creepy vibe to it...to the point that I could see it and out of curiosity kind of wanted to ride over and check it out but didn't. Didn't help that the light was beginning to fade, lol. So the explanations make sense. Going off Google Maps satellite view it looks like one could park just to the northeast of the building by the edge of the trees and start riding from there. Or is this private land?

    Thanks for your help everyone. I'm already excited for spring and the new riding season to get here!
  • 12-10-2012
    IDkid
    Ok, got it. Looks like we posted right at the same time there. Thanks, slakjak.
  • 12-10-2012
    rynoman03
    I've too wanted to go check out the grounds of that place. From what wiki says it closed in 2002ish. Even Brett Farve has sought treatment there.

    Here's the wiki that I found the info off of if your in for a short read.

    Menninger Foundation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • 12-10-2012
    slakjak
    You have to be careful on the property around the buildings. It is posted. There are cameras. I don't think they bother you if you are just biking or hiking but I wouldn't linger too long. Some punks really tore up the building a few years back and they keep a pretty good eye on it now. Looks like they are doing some trail work in places to skirt the main building area but still allow access. St Francis has bought most of the property associated with it and there will be a hospital there with all the other buildings and businesses associated with it.

    But with the State Park there now also, there will always be our trails there on the west side. The trail work they are doing there now make it apparent that they really want to make it nice. There were big piles of pea gravel on the main trail from where widowmaker comes up down to where the last gravel was dropped all the way to the wooden bridge and where the widowmaker crossing trail starts up topside. Once they get all that pea gravel down and it settles, it will be a very fast trip downhill on the main trail. Might have to put a net at the bottom to catch you.
  • 12-10-2012
    rynoman03
    Ya I saw some folks with a truck and trailer on the St. Wildlife side doing something there a week or two ago. I drove up to see where I could park and they kind of gave me the stink eye. This was before I knew you could access it from 6th street or Fairlawn.

    I wasn't aware St. Francis owns the ground. I hope they keep that old building and do something with it. It's pretty neat and I really dig old architecture like that!
  • 12-14-2012
    rynoman03
    Rode Dornwood yesterday with Expo on a late notice. He took me on a tour. Great ride. I busted my butt alot but had a good time!

    Link to the ride.

    Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Dornwood Ryno & Expo near Topeka | Times and Records | Strava
  • 12-14-2012
    slakjak
    Outstanding. Looks like quite a workout.

    Spent my down time ordering some knobbys for the crosstrail. I figure if I can get them on over the weekend, I'll take it out to LRT Monday. Heavier than the StumpJumper and a hardtail to boot but figure if I can get it going, will probably mean a fast ride. Thinking that SJ may be light on the rear end, making it bounce. Might have to try some adjusting.

    Would like to get out to the mansion Sunday, sure going to try.
  • 12-14-2012
    slakjak
    .Duplicated last post.
  • 12-14-2012
    expostdelirium
    Hit the Gov's for a short ride w/ my Jr. High Social Studies teacher/Jr. High basketball coach. Trail was in great shape, hardly anyone in the park. Saw my basketball coach from grade school. Some of my favorite people doing some of my favorite things at one of my favorite places to do it. Teach has plans to ride Landon tomorrow if it gets too rainy to ride trails. I think I'm in.

    "Someone" is upgrading their bike.....
  • 12-14-2012
    rynoman03
    He he he! I know nothing :)
  • 12-15-2012
    rynoman03
    I made us a Topeka Local MTBR group on Strava | Running and Cycling GPS Tracker, Performance Analytics, Maps, Clubs and Competition if anyone wants to join it.

    Topeka MTBR

    That way we can keep track of each others rides and or create challenges.
  • 12-16-2012
    expostdelirium
    Hit the Landon on Saturday. Other riding buddy rode the Govs - said it was dry except for leaves! Man, I might hit that if the temp doesn't drop too much. Supposed to be warme enough for me to ride this week. Gets cold when I don't have to work for 10 days! Of course.
  • 12-17-2012
    rynoman03
    Supposed to be decent on Tues and cold the rest of the week from what I saw last night. Possibility of snow on Wed. If that's the case I'll bundle up and ride! I gotta see what it's like to ride in the snow!
  • 12-17-2012
    slakjak
    Had to cancel out Sunday on the Gov's place. Was bummed about that.

    Got out to LRT this am with the crosstrail and the new knobby tires. Was supposed to take it easy but ended up pressing it a bit (even passed two other riders). Once I got used to the gearing, went pretty good. Tires worked great. Could sure feel the weight difference and the StumpJumper is more comfortable on the trails but the crosstrail did a great job. I do need to take it in to Capp's for some adjustments. I did have some gear slippage but they said that would happen with the new cables stretching and to bring it in when its got some miles on it.

    I did miss those sand pits (thanks expost!).

    Well, back to the dr. tomorrow. Hopefully he will let me go or put me down. Can't really plan until after that. Was sort of thinking of Perry Christmas Eve if the weather holds up. Otherwise will be back at LRT Monday. Mansion for Sunday I hope. I'd like to slip in a Dornwood before that but will see what they say tomorrow.

    How far did you go on Landon expost?
  • 12-17-2012
    rynoman03
    What tires did you get again?

    Also I might see about riding D Wood on Thurs if the weather is decent. 33* predicted right now so probably not! I'm really itching to get some saddle time on my new ride! I'm going to be out of town from Friday till Sunday and I have no room to haul the bike :(

    I hope the Dr. gives you a clean bill of health jak! We need to do some more riding!
  • 12-18-2012
    slakjak
    Got some Kenda K-849 knobbys. 700X40 to replace some X38 multi-surface. Noisier than all get out on the pavement but they do the job in the dirt.

    Weather people all over the map on this winter storm, so I guess it will be a wait and see.

    I'm off to the dr office. Ought to take them on a bike ride with me and then let them tell me about my health.

    See everyone around.
  • 12-18-2012
    slakjak
    I'm good to go.

    Going to run the crosstrails to the shop now and see about ordering a right hand shifter for the StumpJumper.

    Time to catch up.
  • 12-18-2012
    rynoman03
    Yahoo! Glad you got a good bill of health! I rode Shunga a little bit this morning. Man that new bike cuts into the corners!
  • 12-18-2012
    expostdelirium
    Glad to hear about the Doc's word, slakjak. Also glad you found the fork to avoid the sandpit.

    I only went out a bit past 53rd. The crew was only out for a small, quick ride. The noob was FLYING, and made it hard for the oldsters to keep up w/ him.

    I always ride first snow, so if it snows, I'll be out in it even if I have to wake up to do it. I'll go before I go to work if I have to.
  • 12-18-2012
    rynoman03
    I want to ride first snow as well! Never rode in the snow.

    I really wish I would have taken tomorrow off! I really want to put in a good ride!
  • 12-18-2012
    slakjak
    I've ridden in the snow before but I can't remember any pleasure in it. Maybe the key is fresh snow. I've ridden to work in snow and gotten trapped in the car tracks through it and unable to get out without slipping. I might wait and see how much fun you guys have before I venture out in it. That reminds me, better go dig the snow shovel out.

    Got the crosstrail serviced and a shifter ordered for the SJ. Daughter talked me into running the Governor's trail tonight to avoid the weather tomorrow night. Ran out of doctor's excuses so I guess I better go. Rather be rolling than running.

    See ya'll around. Come to think of it, when I was shopping for knobbys, I did notice that they had studded bike tires. That's serious stuff.
  • 12-18-2012
    rynoman03
    Let us know how the ride was! I really wish I didn't have to work today or tomorrow. I'd rather be riding my new steed!
  • 12-18-2012
    rynoman03
    Anyone know what the name of the Trail in Lawrence right off 10hwy & Iowa is? It runs right along a creek and I think it ends up at Clinton. It looks nice and paved and what not. I've seen folks park at that Movie Theater and hop on that trail a few times.
  • 12-18-2012
    slakjak
    You have the Clinton Parkway Trail and the South Lawrence Trafficway Trail in that area. Expost probably knows which is which.

    Run no fun tonight. Not many Christmas lights for a Governor's Mansion.
  • 12-18-2012
    rynoman03
    The one i'm talking about is probably the South Lawrence Trafficway Trail
  • 12-19-2012
    slakjak
    Me thinks you are right. Hugs 10 from 59 and merges with the Clinton Parkway Trail and those continue all the way up to 70. South listed as 9.2mi and Clinton at 8.6mi.

    I sure used a lot of numbers, someone should have snapped me a football.
  • 12-19-2012
    rynoman03
    Go long jak!
  • 12-19-2012
    rynoman03
    Anyone riding in the snow tomorrow?
  • 12-19-2012
    expostdelirium
    Fresh snow is key. I've ridden mid-day snow lots of times, but you have to get off the street to ride it. We used to ride LRT at night (c. '89-'91), from like 2am to 4am. When there's snow and a biggish moon you almost don't need lights, esp after 30 min out there. I ride downtown mostly in the alleys at night. I ride Landon during the day, or I ride over the river and take the levy either East or West. You'd be surprised how much traffic those things get when you can see who and what have been walking on it.

    Before the expanded that paved trail from the theaters to Clinton, and when we lived there, I used to ride and rollerblade it w/ my daughter. It was near our house. Great memories there, but if you're making the trip, you might as well ride Clinton or LRT. I'd sugges LRT 'most every time when those are the choices. If you're going to be in and out, and if you want technical (think the Govs w/ rocks), go Clinton. If you want to hit FSB or grab a slice (@Johnnie's/Rudy's/Papa Keno's), you'd be best to go to LRT. Before we moved here we lived right by Lied Ctr, and there were all sorts of little trails around there. Nothing big, but kind of fun when you wanted to cut through from 23rd to 15th, which was how we'd come home from the theaters out on the South end of Iowa.

    If it snows, and school's cancelled, I'M riding. I'm not even changing tires. I'm just going to be frustrated w/ the slipping if we go to the trail. We can take Landon/Shunga out East and around to catch Wittenberg, and backdoor into Dornwood and ride some of that then bring it on back home; West on 25th to Landon, to my house. If school isn't cancelled (I'm giving finals), bundle up boys and girls, but enjoy it without me.
  • 12-19-2012
    rynoman03
    :D Gimme a call if schools cancelled! For real! I'll bundle up and ride with ya! I have snow pants!

    Change Tirez eh? You got studded tires? I might have to switch my pedals to flats so I can wear the boots!
  • 12-19-2012
    expostdelirium
    I'll call you. I didn't think it was going to snow but the sleet is coming down pretty well. I won't ride that if that's how it's gonna go.

    I will switch over to flats if I go. Not studded tires. Reg tires work fine if you don't act crazy w the bike. I don't plan to. I laid it down in the state parking lot by the Capitol once during a first snow/ midnight ride. I've been sore from wrecks but that was another level. So then I keep it pretty sane.
  • 12-20-2012
    rynoman03
    Looked at WIBW you're still goin to work so far. It's blowing outside like an SOB! Terrible wind and drifting I imagine. Gotta go shovel a path for the wife down the drive...Yay Me!
  • 12-20-2012
    slakjak
    I'm still waiting for you fellows to tell me you had fun.

    I figured fresh snow would have to be a key. The snowy midnight ride sounds fun but I'm thinking of a drop off on the left side of the trail on the inbound run that would certainly be on my mind.

    Sidewalk and driveway shoveled pretty easily. Light dry snow on a ice base. 1st Street looks like a frozen stream. Kid up the street fell flat on his bike convincing me that I might opt out.

    So, if it's not too wet Sunday a.m., will do my usual at the Mansion. Monday will be Perry or LRT depending on the weather.

    It would be tempting to put studded tires on my Husky. It's the bike I ride to work when the weather is bad. Of course, I would have tires worth more than the rest of the bike.

    Last day before the world ends and I have to shovel snow and the grandkid's school got snowed out. Guess I should have had my fun yesterday.
  • 12-20-2012
    rynoman03
    I drove down by Shunga and it's all shoveled off. However some of the roads to there are kinda icy I'd rather not bust my rear!

    Expo kinda wants to ride after he gets back from KC this evening.
  • 12-24-2012
    rynoman03
    Anyone rode Kill Creek in DeSoto?

    Kill Creek Kansas Trail Reviews

    It looks pretty fun!
  • 12-27-2012
    expostdelirium
    I've only heard good things about it. When it warms some, might as well hit it, no?

    This "Landon" thread has served us well. We're talking about riding; now if the weather would just cooperate.
  • 12-27-2012
    slakjak
    Actually, the weather has worked out for me. I had a setback and can't run, ride, or lift until Monday so haven't been tortured by nice weather so far. Today won't be bad and Sunday won't be bad but next week looks like January. Waiting for parts for the SJ anyway.

    Really want to get back out to Lawrence.
  • 12-27-2012
    rynoman03
    I really wanna get out there and ride too. My fork took a crap and I got a new headset and new fork to be installed yet. Waiting on the fork via FedEx.
  • 12-27-2012
    expostdelirium
    Maybe we can slap that fork on, strap the bike to the Bones, fill the Classic w/ h2o, and hit LRT.

    >>>tweeeeet<<< gonna have to cut that steerer before you ride.