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    Maybe.

    What's it take to cut the steerer?

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    New Fork Installed and I rode it this morning 3 miles or so. Thanks Expo!

    I think it looks pretty good!
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    That is a nice looking ride ryno, ya'll did a great job on that.

    Got the new shifter put on and sorted out the other battle damage on the SJ, it's ready to go. I guess I'm waiting for some weather now. Had the chance to get all the bikes gone over and ready to go. It's too early for spring fever but I think I got a touch of it.

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    Thanks! I really, really, like it! Expo says i'll probably be itching for a 29'r by May or June. I dunno about that I really like this bike!

    Spring Fever...You and me both! I just wanna go ride! The weather's not cooperating. Co-worker of mine said his wife walked their dog at Dornwood today and he got all sorts of muddy.

    They're predicting snow tonight and tomorrow. Enough of that we got our white stuff for the year!

    PS: Glad you got your SJ all fixed back up!

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    Bike looks great! By the looks of it, you may be able to go to 650b ??

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    It is upgrade-able to 650b but if i'm gonna spend that money i'll just upgrade to a 29'er. 650b rims aren't as easily found used I don't think.

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    Jak, glad to see others are being productive while we're iced-in. I know a lot of guys are riding, but I've been under the weather, so none for me.

    Ryno, you know a guy that can likely find you some 650 wheels, but then you gotta find rubber/tubes ('less you go tubeless), and then you're stuffing things in there. After I get my next carbon wheelset, we'll go ride The 'Wood, and you can ride my carbon 29er, then we'll see how "happy" you are. Actually, I like the looks of your bike, and it's tempting for me not to build one like it.

    Folks, I've been telling Ryno to keep it (his money) in his pants (pocket), and wait to upgrade. Please do not feed the animals. He's got the bug.

    It's odd how easily "spring fever" will creep up when we've been able to ride the last 10 months. Around here, in the last 2-3 years, there've only been about 4 months that it's been difficult to ride due to cold weather. We've been been blessed w/ nice, nice weather. Once I start feeling well enough to ride I won't be on the trail, but I'll be hitting the Landon every chance I get. If it snows I'm going out for a bit, I don't care how I feel. I've don't have to work until Friday.

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    Ya plus if I spend anymore money my wife will have my arse on a silver platter lol.

    Thanks for the compliments on the bike guys! Expo has really helped me to make her nice! She's been around the block a few times but she's got alot of new age stuff riding on that frame.

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    You are certainly right Expo. Last few winters have been so kind that it has probably spoiled me. Been getting out as much as someone in Florida. How I forget shoveling 9 inches of snow Christmas time 4 or 5 years ago so easily. Hope you feel better soon.

    Yep ryno, I was afraid things would get muddy with this stuff thawing and refreezing so much, and now more on the way. LRT wasn't muddy last time out, but it was sure soft. Last time, the daughter and I ran the mansion trails, they were pretty soft too. Made the pea gravel easy to deal with. I guess the civilized trails will have to do until mother nature is ready for knobbys again.

    I guess I will take the tree down tomorrow and try to think of something I need from Menard's that will fit in the 20% off bag that came in the paper today.

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    Oh I'm sure you'll find something you need there. I always seem to.

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    Rode Dornwood with Expo this morning for a decent little 1hr20min ride.

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    It was pretty fun to ride in the snow.

    Here's a few pics of my bike in the snow on the trails.
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    Happy New Year everyone, hope your year is injury free.

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    x2 on the Happy New Year! Hopefully this snow will take a hike soon so we can get some more riding in.

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    Quick question... Is there any trails with some Dirt Jumps around. I haven't attempted any of that jazz in years. Since I was a kid riding a Rigid frame MTB. I don't want BMX stuff just enough to get a little air. Most of the stuff around I've rode so far has been with alot of switchbacks and drops through wooded areas w/ rooty - rocky climbs and descents.

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    Mansion trails has a practice area off the back of the red trail close to where it comes out at the road to the boat ramp at the state park. North of the red trail, 2 entrances. Mostly bmx stuff but a couple of jumps with some room to get some speed up.

    Also some trials stuff with logs and stumps.

    There used to be a wooden bridge made out of pallets off one of the jumps with the idea of taking the jump and landing on the bridge. Someone took the bridge out. They probably saved my life.

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    And a Happy New Year to you Major!

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    There used to be a little bmx track/trail through the woods just East of Dillon's in Brookwood. Just on the East side of the creek. I can tell you how to get there. You are just a few block from there anyway. That trail got pretty extensive back in the day, and it has been there forever. Might be bigger but it might be smaller these days. Go check it out.

    Slakjak, that guy explained better how to past 89th. I have walked part of that (before the trail came through for bikes). They must've fixed the old railroad bridge up because it used to be sketchy to even walk over it. If the trails are squishy that would be a good place to ride (I mean the Landon, not necessarily clear out there).

    If you get to the trails before they thaw every day you should be able to ride plenty. I just can't stand the cold well enough to do it. Ryno's sched is perfect for that sort of riding sched.

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    Ya. I loved riding this fall before work every day. One day I even met up with Jack by accident.

    I'll have to check out east side of that creek I know there is the Heartland BMX between Gage and Fairlawn on the shunga trail. Maybe i'll go mess around there too. Last time I rode by there it was all roped off.

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    I think I will be happy with Landon going to 89th until more work is done past there. It was hard riding from 89th on to Shawnee Heights. They seemed to have done the bridge work and now working on the trails. Maybe some day we will be able to ride the old Missouri Pacific line to Ottawa. I figure for a good long ride I will ride to 89th and ride east on 89th to Clinton Lake. I don't wish to take on Puke Hill again in the near future.

    Was going to get back to my normal schedule next week when all of a sudden, the wife gets a jury duty summons so I might have the grandkids all next week, won't know until Sunday night. I still want to get to Perry.

    Got my daughter a Garmin FR410 for Christmas and she is itching to put some miles on it so we are going out tonight to run Shunga. Haven't done any outside running or biking in a couple of weeks, so if you see a cross with flowers on it at the side of the trail, that's me.

    Going to do everything in my power to be out at the Governor's place Sunday a.m. before things thaw out.

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    I'm gonna try to ride tomorrow I think. Not sure where yet.

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    Anyone riding today?

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    Rode home this morning from the station in that snow flurry attack on a mis-shifting Schwinn.

    If anyone does get out on anything dirt, let me know how it is. Want to hit a trail tomorrow.

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    I almost hit the Gov's today. I think I'm comming down with something so the wife talked me into Shunga. Paved trails were soupy in the trees dirt trails looked pretty saturated too. I got my bike muddy enough on the paved stuff. I fought a squeaking dragging front rotor the whole ride too. I feel worse now than when I left. Good luck on the dirt. Maybe you can ride it in the morning when it's still frozen.

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    I'm thinking things may be soggy too. Maybe I will hit Shunga or Landon tomorrow morning and decide about Monday after the wife finds out if she has to go in for jury duty or not. Ran Shunga Wednesday night and Friday Morning and it was touchy in quite a few places.

    Hope you get feeling better. Everyone seems to be coming down with something.

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    Ya I rode 9 miles yesterday on the Shunga / Landon. I haven't ran since Nov. I need to start doing that again.

    Last night was miserable. Hot/Cold/Hot and all the other stuff that comes with having the flu.

    I took today off. Still kinda under the weather. Hopefully I can return to work tomorrow.

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    Train was 5 hours late this morning so didn't get out except for riding a slightly better shifting Schwinn against the wind home this morning. Slept the whole rest of the day.

    Wife doesn't have to report for Jury duty tomorrow but has to call in again tomorrow night so I think I will ride down to 89th on the Landon tomorrow and see if the higher temps will do some trail drying this week.

    It seems like I get sick after getting the flu shot every year, but not as bad as the flu. The grand kids bring every germ known to man over here from school/pre-school so we keep up on the shots.

    Enjoy the 50's this week!

    Perry next Monday (I hope, I hope)

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    Cool.

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    26.7 miles on Landon this morning. Strong southerly headwind on the way out. Trail covered all conditions. Dry, snowy, icy, and soft going out to 89th. Took a 10 minute water break and adjusted the seat and heading back looking forward to the wind pushing me back.

    Well, everything was thawing on the way back. Got down right muddy in many places. Was like riding through wet concrete. Anything I gained from having the wind at my back was lost on trail conditions. Me and the bike are a muddy mess. Will try and get a picture of the bike before I hose it off and clean it.

    Guess that is the story with most trails. Going to drive over to the Mansion Wednesday afternoon to check to see if it is dry enough to run on that night.

    Daughter wants me to train with her for a half marathon in Iowa coming up some time this year. If the doctors aren't trying to kill me, she is. I might make her agree to ride to Lawrence and back with me as part of the deal. She kicks my a$$ running and I kick her's biking.

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    Sounds fun! I was wondering if you ended up riding today and how it went!

    I'm starting to feel like myself after being sickly this weekend. Hopefully by Thurs I will want to ride again.

    I gotta get my squealing front brake issue taken care of though. That's just downright annoying.

    I've been thinking about getting back into running if the weather cooperates. I want to get to 200lbs by my birthday in March. I'm at 216-217 now. I think I can do it!

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    Well, good luck with that. Start out slow and certainly wait until you feel good. I hate running more than about anything but it serves my purpose.

    the crosstrails doesn't look bad in the picture. Too bad I couldn't just throw it in the laundry basket like I did my clothes.
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    Just a lil dirt on there. She'll wash up Good looking bike!

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    Rode almost 7 miles today on Shunga Trail (Paved). The dirt trails just looked like soup. Just couldn't get a good rhythm today. I think the LBS messed with my seat. However by messing with my front caliper and adj it some more it no longer squeals. 7 miles with no squealing brake = good to me!

    I think the flu kinda took some energy out of me though this weekend. I just felt kinda weak today. I played around on the skate park a little bit. Jumped off some boxes but I was afraid to drop in on the bowl yet.

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    Takes a while to get back into it after you've been out of it. I'm still working on getting back to normal speed.

    Glad you got the brake quieted down. I've been trying to adjust the rear shifting on the Schwinn I ride to work. Seems I can either downshift or upshift smoothly but not both. Gives me something to mess with while I am waiting for the mud to turn to dirt again.

    Just got back from checking out the mansion trails. They are muddy. Hasn't stopped some as there are quite a few tire ruts on it. Noticed a guy unloading when I was leaving.

    Will be running on the Shunga tonight. Probably going to stay on the concrete myself this weekend and probably Monday with the possibility of rain tonight and tomorrow. Dirt might be mud for a time yet.

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    Ya the rain we're supposed to be getting hasn't made me very happy. I want it to dry up at least enough for one day of riding. Seems like it has snowed every weekend it gets nice lately.

    However we do need the rain.

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    If you want a chance to ride dirt w/ the conditions like they'be been, Perry is going to be your best bet. That's a long drive out there if you find that you're going to be turned away.

    Until we get some warm, windy, dry weather, I'm staying off the trails. Part of our job as people that "know better" is to be trail stewards. That entails staying of the trail when it's even borderline muddy, and it also involves keeping others off the trail when it's iffy as well. >rant over<

    That said, I will likely be riding the Southern part of Ol' Lando' just to get some off-pavement fun.

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    I was thinking of riding Landon today but the wind is out of the South at 30-50. I guess it'd be a good return ride.I might still give it a go in a bit.

    I've never rode Perry yet though... Decisions....

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    Things were quite mushy south of 45th Monday. Probably still that way. The wind would kill you today.

    I am going to wait a bit for things to dry up before heading out to Perry. I don't mind the drive but need to test the SJ on some local trails before I take it out of town.

    I was thinking of stopping and saying something to that guy unloading his bike at the mansion when I was on the way out but he looked so pretty, I don't think he was going to get muddy. Thinking about it, if you stayed on the brown trail all the way and the rocky stuff on the west side, it would probably be ok, just not my cup of tea.

    Riding and running on concrete sucks, but it is better than sitting around in the house. (Like I get to sit around in the house)

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    Went to Lake Perry to do some riding today. Unfortunately it was a bit too soggy. At least I know where it is now. I grabbed a map to check some things out as well...

    I took a shot of the trailhead to maybe show you guys how wet it looked.

    I'm gonna go cruise the streets with Expo in a bit.

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    Did a nice lil ride with Expo last night. 7.5 ish miles. It was pretty hard to believe that it was January.

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    Riding home the last two mornings made it easy to believe it was January, especially this morning.

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    Oh I imagine! Friday evening I rode in shorts and an athletic dry fit tee! It was awesome to be able to wear that gear in Jan. However when I went home from Expo's around 2am it was stupid cold! I wanted to ride this morning but just didn't get out to do it.

    Supposed to warm up at the end of the week so we'll see how it goes.

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    Took the SJ out for a 10 1/2 mile ride this morning to test the new shifter. Way too cold. Stayed on the civilized stuff. Shifter worked perfect and now with a little back brake adjustment, will be ready for the trails. Missed riding the thing even though it certainly isn't a road bike. Saw a couple of other diehards on the eastern part of the Shunga.

    Will drive out to the Governor's place sometime Wednesday to see if we can run on it that night.

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    Good to hear Jack! It was a bit bitter this morning. I took the dog out to get a short run \ jog in. I'm glad I didn't try riding. My feet were going numb running.
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    Anyone hit the dirt trails yet ?

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    Took a ride over there this afternoon. Mansion trails are dry. Going to run them tonight.

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    I rode Dornwood this morning. It was mostly frozen. With a little bit of mud on the freshly cut trails. I had the bike come out from under me on the West side bank of the creek. Smacked my hip pretty good. It didn't hurt then but it sure hurts now. I'm sure i'll have a good bruise later.

    I love those drop in's on Dornwood I rode them 2-3 times in a row. Even rode ol' rooty twice! (Expo will know what I'm talking about!)

    I'm gonna ride tomorrow. I'd be up for another Night Ride Friday if it stays 50ish like it did last Friday.

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    Rode the Mansion today. It was a little sticky and some places and dusty in others. I crossed the road after riding the skills area down by the railroad track. Then tried to ride up the west side that was made for DH. I ended up walking the bike up that trail. Then i made it to some pea gravel with really wide bridges and such. Rode 4.5ish miles and burned all sorts of calories.

    I think today my nickname should have been Sir-Crash-Alot. I just couldn't get my lines and my tires kept slipping and the bike kept coming out from under me. I let some air out of the front and rear tire but I don't think that helped much. I almost let too much out of the rear. When i started riding I thought for sure I was gonna get a pinch flat.

    What are you guys running for a rear tire? I've about had it with this Kenda no model I got.

    It also seems like my clipless pedals tend to make me crash more than when I rode flats. I still gotta get used to getting clipped in yet. I haven't mastered that yet...

    Ok enough of my Rants. I'm planning on riding tomorrow. Not sure where. Jack if you wanna ride in the morning hit me up. You have my number.

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    Spent a lot of time on the ground at the Mansion. Even fall down running it sometimes. It's the nature of the beast and it requires a lot of time on it. Every once in a while, I will get a near perfect run around the place that makes it all worthwhile.

    The west side of the road requires a lot of wheaties! There are many people that treat it as a downhill course. I don't know what is worse; riding up or riding down widowmaker. Somedays, I do a lot of walking over there, others I can ride it.

    When I crash the most there, it is because I am only looking 1 1/2 to 2 feet ahead instead of the 6 or 8 feet ahead I need to be looking at. If you look at some of those bad roots, you are going to smack them for sure.

    I have to run in the morning. If I got anything left afterwards, will give you a call. Sounds like you could use a dose of LRT, something fast and furious. If I can't hack it tomorrow, will switch up my ride days next week. Sounds like it will be too cold to do my regular Monday ride so maybe can catch some trail next Thursday or Friday. Don't know if I will be able to do my regular Mansion this Sunday a.m. due to possible other plans.

    In other words, don't worry about falling down at the Mansion. As long as you don't have to crawl down one of those gullies to retrieve your bike, you probably had a good day. And you are certainly right about burning calories there.

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    Sorry, one last thing about the Mansion. If you are using your rear brake much at all there, that may explain a lot of falls there too. Too easy to lose traction there using the rear brake. Once you are loose there, that is it.
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    Oh I rode the S*** out of my rear brake. Leaves and a few muddy spots made it kinda slippery. It seems like sometimes my bike just won't go where i point it. I get off the beaten path sometimes and I bite it. I haven't had much saddle time on this bike so it will take me some time to learn how it handles I guess.

    Strava says says I've put 46ish miles on it so far. Ya sure if you want to do LRT tomorrow let me know. I'm totally game! I think i'm gonna go give my bike a bath in a bit. Is this photo Widowmaker? If so I see why they chose the name. It'd be a heck of a DH ride. I couldn't stay pedaling going up it. I only got about half way before I had to walk it.
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    Certainly looks like it.

    Should have mentioned the rear brake first. That will put you on the ground quicker than anything else. Apparently rear brakes were put on mountain bikes just for decoration.

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    Just got back from riding the LRT with Slakjak.

    What a fun flowing trail! We hit some mud around mile 4 or so but it was so worth the drive. Good ride that with the wind wore me out. We also ventured upto Lake Perry to scope out those trails.

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    Ride was about 8 miles total.

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    Ahhhhh.....Spring is here!

    I wish, but we will take what we can get. Time to (once again) adjust the riding apparel for less insulation! I am going to knock out my 30 mile route. It is based around the paved portion of the Shunga Trail. I turn out in several locations and go get a few additional miles in away from the trail. I am hoping Quinton Heights hill is sufficiently dried out, to where I can hammer up the grass slope. I was riding up it last year and the top started to get very greasy. I lost all traction and momentum and completely stopped. I fell when I put a foot down. Next thing I know I was just wallowing in saturated mud/sod. It was so slippery I couldn't stand up. I had to sort of crawl to the top, dragging my bike behind me. This was on a weekday, and I have no doubt I was being watched from the School Administartion Bldg. windows . Enjoy the temporary warm up, guys!

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    It sure looked like a nice day out there FireCop. I saw a little of it but slept most of it away. Might go out to the Mansion tomorrow a.m. It was dry Wednesday night when we ran it. Monday looks too cold to get my regular ride in.

    I was thinking of putting all of the paved trails together and see what I end up with. Got the one north of the river, Shunga, Deer Creek, Landon, and Lake Shawnee. Any others I missed?

    Might do them later on this week. Looks like most of the dirt is still 2 to 3 weeks from being dry.

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    I've been thinking of riding around Shawnee Lake sometime in the future.

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    Probably gonna hit the mansion trails on Saturday if anyone wants to join in.

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    Mansion Trails in great shape Id. A couple of dried out ruts on the blue and green but nothing serious.

    I've been allergic to the cold this week. First time out today there at the mansion. Will be running it tonight also. (trying to get caught up).

    In my cabin time, I did buy an upgraded Redline D440 (29er). A little heavy, but it had all the features I wanted and the price was certainly right. I was going to take the StumpJumper out today figuring the mansion trails might be too tight for the Redline but talked myself into taking that instead. I was certainly glad I did. I have never felt more in control of a bicyle than I did today with that Redline. I was zipping through those trails with more and more confidence as I went. I did feel that weight on the longer hills but figure more Wheaties will cure that. Very happy with it.

    I wish I could ride with you Saturday but that is serious sleep time for me unless I can get one heck of a nap in at work Friday night/Saturday morning. (will certainly be trying) (rough job, I know).

    And I did wear my helmet this time Ryan. (wife fears it was too late though)

    Shifting my crosstrail back over to a street/work bicycle and giving the Schwinn to the daughter. (figures, finally got it shifting right).

    See everyone around and have a good time in Emporia expo! Maybe 50 next year for me.
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    Not a bad looking bike. Certainly a nice fork it's got on there.

    You must have picked it up after Friday when we rode last

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    What speed is that? 1 x ???

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    Picked it up Monday. 1x8. Shocks and discs were the upgrade.

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    You get it at Capps or from someone local? Looks nice! I'd like to ride a 29er sometime on the trail just to see what the big hoopla is.

    I might go back to 1 x on my Sette. I don't use the low or high chain ring hardly at all.

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    Found it on craigslist here local. Told the wife I was looking for a hooker but found another bike instead.

    The only way I can describe it is that it really tames the rocks, roots, and other assorted bumps down. The trail felt the same to me no matter what I was going over. The clearance was really great. I didn't ground on any fallen trees or stumps or anything.

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    Your stable is growing. Not a bad thing though!

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    Thanks for the info slakjak. Nice to have a set of eyes on it over there since it's an hour drive for me. Anyone riding at the mansion on Saturday?

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    Not sure yet. Might ride there Friday with a few other people.

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    Awesome thread guys, I enjoy reading it! On a side note, some of you all seem to find awesome deals on Craigslist. I check daily and never have such luck.. Lol

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    I check daily but never seem to have the cash for the things I want lol. Or the wife doesn't allow me to purchase them. It's a double edged sword.

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    I can relate! Lol

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    I hear ya' on the $$ thing ryno & motool. Besides mountain biking, my other hobby is backpacking. You can spend major $$ on that high tech, light weight camping equipment. The way I see it, though, if you're out getting fresh air & excercise, it is well worth the investment. Hey, thats my defense and I'm sticking to it!!

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    I totally agree FireCop

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    My problem is I have alot of hobbies. My other main one is drag racing / modding my car. While I don't have it where I want it yet I'm still trying. Then there's gaming / electronics, rollerblading, car audio, guitars / music, golf, fishing, hunting, ect. I've spent money on them all but I tend to get super interested in one for awhile then that's the focus for awhile.

    I work in IT so I tend to nerd out on electronics and never have the cash to buy the nerd object of my affection. SOMEDAY...SOMEDAY!

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    That bike cost me allowing the wife a "change order" on a bathroom remodel. Spent the whole day yesterday doing it. Had to mess up a new paint job on a wall to do it and repaint. (Too cold to be outside anyways)

    I do realize I did luck out on that bike. Must have been destined for me.

    Ran the mansion this morning. Beautiful day. Trail looks good. Wonder how the rest are coming along. (Dornwood, Lawrence. Perry, Clinton)

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    Gonna ride the Mansion or Dornwood in an hour or so.

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    It's pretty bad when 36 degrees feels great! Lol

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    Good looking rig, Slakjac. I think most trails ought to be in good shape, at least for a while. I guess we have rain inbound for the weekend and temps. dropping some. Have never seen winters this mild! I moved to Kansas in the early 80's. I grew up south of Lake Erie in Ohio. We would get the lake effect snows in the winter. I had to laugh when I moved here. The first time I experienced a "winter weather advisory" here was kind of amusing. It is still funny to me when they warn people when we get 2" of snow here in KS.

    There was one storm in Ohio in the late 70's that paralyzed the whole state. We got rain, turned to ice, 3 feet of snow and high winds. It dropped power lines and caused major drifting on the highways and roadways. Good times! Anyhow....enjoy the riding weather guys!

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    That sunshine sure felt good today. Maybe whatever made me so cold intolerant this week is wearing off. I got to thinking maybe the drug they pumped in me for the stress test last week messed with my system or something. All my drugs are performance de-enhancing.

    Looks toasty next week. Did see the rain on Sunday but I guess we still need it pretty badly.

    After 8 winters in Alaska and 19 here in Kansas (don't think I can count Texas, Louisiana, California, or Guam), the only one that comes to mind is the one wet October snow we had here in the mid 90's. Caused more havoc than anything else I had experience.

    Hope everyone gets out when you want to!

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    Had fun riding with Expo and slakjak yesterday. Too bad my rear derailleur hanger busted. We put the spare on and it was bent I got two new ones ordered. I guess my derailleur was a bit tweaked too. Expo fixed me up though. It's rideable again.

    Hopefully i'll get to ride today.

    IDKID I hope you have fun on the Mansion today. I got a few things to take care of this morning before I can go riding.

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    With the exception of Shawnee Lake, rode every paved trail that I know of in Topeka today. Tried not to back track too much. Got 34.7 miles. Forgot to pack my dried apples and didn't take any money so was running out of fuel.

    Saw Ryan heading east from 10th Street. I was coming from the east on 10th Street after riding that trail out to Deer Park Trafficway. Was going to text you and tell you to look back but couldn't pick out your number and I had cleaned all my texts out. Will have to correct that.

    Took the 440 for some seat time on it. Love that bike. If I would have brought some fuel, would have been good for 50 today. It was a very nice day.

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    LOL! I saw you didn't look close enough to realize it was you! I ate a Gu - Energy - Expresso Love. I must say I think that one is my favorite so far. Was sipping on water and Zip Fizz (Grape) in my water-bottle and Camelbak. Had me a free gnc b-12 chew on the way back. Fuel is a must. I wish my Camelbak had a bit more storage but it's good enough for my garage door opener and I have that little pouch under my seat.

    I cranked out 19.5 miles today. Mid 60's and sunny felt so good! Rode a full route on this paved trail just to get a rank on Strava. My legs wouldn't shut up today. I pushed though and eventually they quieted down a bit.

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    Trail Report at the Mansion. 50 percent for knobbys, 75 percent for others. Roots and leaves extremely slippery.

    I'd give it another day or two.

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    Sounds good! I'm making it a point to exercise in some way outside every day this week. So far so good!

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    That's the way to do it. Got a treadmill, stepper, and exercise pedals to cover me inside in case of weather and usually a couple of days a week.
    Monday - 1/2 reps weights/resistance, stepper, bicycle ride.
    Tuesday - weights/resistance, exercise pedals, treadmill
    Wednesday - 1/2 reps weights/resistance, exercise pedals, trail run
    Thursday - weights/resistance, exercise pedals, treadmill
    Friday - 1/2 reps weights/resistance, exercise pedals, trail run
    Saturday - bike ride to/from work
    Sunday - bike ride to/from work, bicycle ride

    And any extra bike time is great.

    Keep it up!

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    I rollerbladed 4.5 miles this morning with the dog. Felt great! I think my dogs a bit pooped though. He hasn't been out on an exercise like that in awhile.

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    Anyone riding any dirt this week? I've kind of been enjoying the paved \ rock trails but it would be nice for a change up.

    New tires seem to ride pretty good. Noisy little boogers though! I ended up getting some Specialized Fast Trak's from BlueSkyCycling for 19.98 a piece.

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    I really have to believe everything is still pretty wet. When the daughter and I went out to run the mansion last Wednesday night, we found out that the north side of the red trail was a complete quagmire. The rest of it wasn't too bad. But with that rain over the weekend, I got to think it would be the same.

    I had plans to ride out to Lake Shawnee via the eastern Shunga and Deer Creek trails, ride around the Lake, then ride back west on 29th to the Landon trail and ride back towards home today. I had been looking forward to it for several days but I got a letter from the State about my taxes from the year before last and had to spend the day writing letters and waiting for return phone calls (which never came). So, my week is all askew now. Hopefully I will get to make the ride sometime this week, right now looking at Friday unless something sooner pops up. Friday looks cold though but going to get out some way or another.

    That's a good price for tires. Down time is starting to get to me. I had tuned all my bikes over and over and decided I better leave them alone. Then boredom got the better of me and I started a project that should have never been started. Let me just say that it involves a girl's 24 inch 10 speed (In pink and turquoise) and a Huffy single speed men's bike. Just about finished with it and will take some pictures once it's done, but let's just say that the sooner I get back outside, the better it will be for everyone.

    So, I'm going to stay on the pavement for at least another week and hope it will be dry or drier next week.

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    I was wanting to ride around lake shawnee tomorrow but the temp at 8am might deter my thoughts. 30* with 26* windchill. I could bundle up but I know it will still be chilly. I just want to ride. I am liking the pavement rides, I like the distance rides I dunno why. Dirt's fun too though! I'm itching to try these new tires out.

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    Article in the paper today saying the County Commission is putting in for Federal money to link the Deer Creek trail to Lake Shawnee. That would be great.

    State admitted they sent me that tax letter by mistake so they closed out the case. The funny thing about it is that my daughter works for the State's Department of Revenue. Right after the State did that, I got a message from the Amtrak agent. He has to go to a funeral so now I have to "work" Thursday night/Friday morning, so the week is still buggered up. Going to try and ride Thursday now. Running Wednesday night and a half painted wall staring at me today because I didn't think I would have a chance to get out today with the tax thing over my head.

    Just have general oiling and adjustments before my "24er" is ready to go. I plan to ride it on trails with blooming flowers and beautiful people.

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    Interesting. I'll have to look that up.

    Glad the State got their screw up figured out.

    Sucks you gotta cover those shifts.

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    This morning's paper said that the Topeka City Council voted to apply to the Kansas Department of Transportation for a $1.4 million federal Transportation enhancement grant to be used to cover 80 percent of the costs to implement the first phase of a Bikeways Master Plan.

    First the county and now the city. Sounds like some people out there have been working pretty hard on these matters. I would really like to thank them.

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    A Topeka City Council action taken Tuesday evening could put the city on the road to being more bicycle-friendly.

    The council voted 9-0 to apply to the Kansas Department of Transportation for a $1.4 million federal transportation enhancement grant to be used to cover 80 percent of the costs to implement the first phase of a Bikeways Master Plan.

    Eleven people attending Tuesday’s meeting wore bicycle helmets to show support for the plan, which was crafted for the city and the Metropolitan Topeka Planning organization by RDG Planning & Design and Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers. Federal funding totaling almost $100,000 was used to finance the plan’s development.

    The plan outlines a five-phase concept through which the city would establish bike lanes on various specific streets while developing a Topeka Bikeway System over a 15-year period. The city would first put in place a 34.79-mile pilot network of bike routes.

    Should the city receive the federal funding the council voted to seek Tuesday, the city’s share of the costs would total an estimated $365,000, including $280,000 to match 20 percent of the grant and $85,000 for project design.

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    Rode out to Lake Shawnee, around it, and back home. Just got 22.2 miles in. Nice trail around the lake, very relaxing. Got a good test on the Camelbak Mule. Now as far as I know, I've done all the civilized trails in the Topeka area.

    Had a hard fall on the concrete last night running on Shunga. Scraped my hands and right arm up pretty good. Was lucky that I didn't hurt my legs or the ride might not had happened today. Left hand that took the worst of it was uncomfortable on the grips, even with a large bandage and gloves. Can't wait to get back on the dirt. I fall a lot more on it but it hurts a lot less. Got 3 days to heal up.

    Might ride the StumpJumper out to the trails Monday to check on how they are drying. Been riding the Redline for about everything since I got it.

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    LOL! I rode around Lake Shawnee too around 12pm. Take it easy out there on the paved trails.

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    Rode the StumpJumper out to the Mansion this morning to check the trails. Was pleasantly surprised. They were in very good shape. Any bad spots were easily missed and I ended up with no mud on the tires at all. Rode the back half of the red trail and then rode back home. Got about 13 or so miles in today but that north wind with the front coming in was really fierce.

    Have to wait and see what that storm does to us Thursday. Will probably run the mansion Wednesday night if we can beat the storm.

    Mostly healed up now. Got concretephobia now.

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    Rode the bike to the YMCA. 5.1 miles round trip. Did the Precore 100i for 10 minutes on intervals 1-4. Did alot of upper body weight machines today. All and all I feel like like all of my body parts are made of noodles. I'm pooped!

    I haven't even tried riding any trail lately. I've been riding the paved trails, and going to the Y to work on my core and cardio. I might give a spin class a try Wed morning.

    I'm quite surprised you were able to ride the mansion without alot of mud. That north wind was a bear. I rode into it back from the YMCA SW to my house. Dropped about 10-12 degrees in an hour or so too.

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    The lack of mud blew me away too. An older rider (yep, older than me) was explaining to me about ground permeability and temperature changes and other effects that explain the dryness/wetness of the trails. He rides out there all the time so I'm certain he knows what he is talking about regardless of whether I understand him or not. Real nice guy, name's Dave if you ever run into him.

    Sounds like you are into serious workouts. I certainly know where you are coming from with the noodle feeling. I've thought about going to the Y downtown as I live about a mile or so from it. But I got most of the stuff here now. I sure would like to add in swimming some laps one of these days. Good luck with the exercise.

    I saw the front coming so I threw some layers in the backpack, glad I did.

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    Thanks,

    My bod is just so weak from where it used to be 10 years ago. I'm trying to build myself back up so I can get this gut off and be in better riding / personal condition. I've dropped 2-3 pant sizes since I started my diet a year and half ago. I'd like to drop one more. However I'm wearing the same size pants as I did my Senior yr of High School 10 years ago now. Woot!

    Thinking of doing a spin class Wed. Actually i'm going to do it! I'm meeting with a personal trainer Friday at 2:45 to get a set workout plan setup. It's free with the Y.

    Let me know when you want to go out to the LRT again. That was a blast! You just outride me. I'm trying to build my stamina and endurance up so I can keep up with you and Sean. I get winded easily when riding trails. Road riding I do pretty good. I got more gears than Sean so i can outrun him on the road if I want.

    These new tires I got seem to do alot better on the road rolling resistance wise. Feels like they are quicker. Noisy but quicker. I put Specialized Fast Trak's on. 26x2.0 Surprisingly they have alot of road grip too. I haven't had them in the dirt yet. I hear they really kick butt on the Hardpack though. So at least I have a good set of Summer tires now.

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    I'm thinking of giving LRT plenty of time to dry out before riding it again. You miss a lot of the fun of it when it's wet or muddy. If you can keep a good flow on it, it's a blast.

    The dirt can wear me out too. I was breathing hard today on that short section of trail I went on. Plus I forgot every technical skill I ever had and had a heck of a chore just staying on the trail. Could not keep traction on that back tire going up the hills today. Need to work on that air pressure.

    I'll probably need new tires after this summer if I do half of what I want to do.

    A personal trainer can be a great asset. My youngest daughter got started with one and she didn't like him at first. After listening to her telling me what he was saying, he sounded like he knew what he was doing and I told her that. She hasn't said anything since. Think he was making her do more than she wanted to.

    If the storm hits hard and leaves us real wet, might do another Tour de Topeka Monday adding in Lake Shawnee this time. Ought to put it up to about 40 miles. I'm thinking about a few more 30-50 milers then putting together a century.

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    I'm thinking of doing Tour De Brew KC on May 19th (Sunday) 40 bux to enter though. They have a 15, 30, and a 62 mi ride. You ride from Brewery to Brewery in KC benefits go toward Bike Walk KC.

    Interested?

    What is the Tour de Brew KC? | Tour de Brew Kansas City

    I also need to put a wee bit more air in my tires. Seems like these Fast Trak's like alot of air or they squat due to being a folding tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynoman03 View Post
    Interested?
    Perhaps next year for me. Too much Kansas stuff I want to get done this year.

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    24er DaisyJumper

    Landon Nature Trail out of Topeka KS-dscf0223.jpg

    Didn't work out. Will convert back to a Santa Fe and Mt. Storm. Must stay out of basement and away from tools until Spring.

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