• 05-14-2013
    slakjak
    I sure wouldn't want to be clipped in on the inbound leg for sure.

    I miss the sand most of the time now but every once in a while still take a wrong turn. The sand is kinder to 29's than it is to 26's though.

    It is pretty cool how fast you can get going there.
  • 05-15-2013
    rynoman03
    Rode Dornwood on the SS this morning. While some hills / climbs proved troublesome and were impossible for my current gearing I still had fun! Rode 3.6ish miles in 39min. I have to admit those 29'ers are fun on the trails! I think the Gov's would kill me and i'd have to push my bike alot with my current gearing of 36t x 18t 2:1. Thinking of going back to Lawrence in the morning depending on what all I need to do to get ready for my weekend trip.
  • 05-15-2013
    slakjak
    Just got back from running the Mansion trails with the older daughter. Trails in great shape. Trees all filling back in. Spiders not building webs across trails yet but did eat quite a few bugs. All in all a lot better than breaking up drug deals on the Shunga on our Wednesday night runs.

    I'm thinking Perry on Friday.
  • 05-15-2013
    rynoman03
    Have fun i'll be out of town. I sure hope I can ride LRT in the morning or ride somewhere. We'll see what the morning brings.
  • 05-17-2013
    slakjak
    Spent the day at Lake Perry today. It kicked by butt. Now I know what the good Lord did with all the extra rocks He had left over.
  • 05-17-2013
    slakjak
    Almost forgot. Another front page article in the Topeka Capital Journal today about bicycling. Haven't read it yet. Seems bikes are staying in the news around here.
  • 05-18-2013
    rynoman03
    Cool on riding Lake Perry. I rode LRT again Thurs morning before departing for the weekend to visit my fam. Took the 26" with me to ride while I'm down here.

    Email me that link to the article on CJ Online if you can. Only one I found for yesterday was about a 26 yo getting hit on Fairlawn. :(
  • 05-18-2013
    slakjak
  • 05-23-2013
    slakjak
    Went back out to Lake Perry today to finish up the trails. Only had the inside ones left and they were much kinder to me. Took the StumpJumper 26er out there this time and it was much better on the rocks than the 29er. I would have figured the other way around.

    Ran the Governor's trails last night, trails in great shape although the Gov needs to trim a few bushes in the trails back.

    In both locations, ticks are out. Take precautions.

    Going to ride Cimmaron and Quivera next week. Maybe Lake Wilson if time and weather allows.
  • 05-23-2013
    rynoman03
    Re: Landon Nature Trail out of Topeka KS
    If you are game for LRT in the morning let me know. Or any riding for that mater. My hrs are changing next wed. Prob won't be able to ride with you as much now.

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  • 05-23-2013
    slakjak
    Wouldn't be able to do it in the morning. Grandson's last day at school. Got to walk him there at 8:15 and pick him up at 11:30.

    Oh well, we will figure sometime out. Schools out now so I won't have to worry about taking or picking the grandsons to and from school.

    I did take the Beast out for a 15 mile romp on Tuesday. Had a guy on a Cannondale want to trade me straight across for it. Told him he could buy 4 or 5 Beasts for what his bike costs. Still pretty rare around here I guess.
  • 05-30-2013
    slakjak
    Rode some of the Cimarron National Grassland Turkey Trail today. Poorly marked. Way too sandy. Walked as much as rode. 2 flat tires. Bailed out at the halfway point and rode a dirt/sand/gravel road back. The headwind back was about a steady 30 and I kept having to stop and let dust devils go over me. Stampeded two herd of cattle. Acted like they had either never seen a human or a bicycle.

    Got to get the Redline a decent ride. Perry and then Cimarron. Have to take it to Lawrence and let it have some fun.

    West Kansas is hurting for moisture bad. No wet in the wetlands and no grass in the grasslands.
  • 05-30-2013
    rynoman03
    Wow 2 flats eh?!?! I need to buy me a multi-tool with a chain-breaker and a co2 filler it sounds or a frame pump. I've been pretty fortunate haven't had a blowout or flats.

    At least you got some riding in. I started nights again last night and I felt like i was gonna fall asleep all the way home. At least your nights are in town. I'm already turning into a grumpy bear!

    Rode 12 days straight though. Try to do at least a mile a day.

    I'd love to get back out to LRT and ride!

    This crazy rain we've been getting has made my roof start to leak :( I've been trying to trace that down and that will make a man go mad!

    Also you see those dumb dumb co commissioners voted 2-1 down on the KTA bridge to add the sidewalk over the turnpike?!?! Stupid idiots!
  • 05-31-2013
    slakjak
    Always take a multi-tool, a chain tool if the multi-tool doesn't have one, a power link for the regular chains or a replacement rivet for the Shimano chain, extra tube, tube patching material, tire levers, pump, first aid kit, and one of my old GPS units when I am going into strange territory. That way I can mark my spot to make sure I get back to it. I've used everything except for the chain repair stuff so far.

    Didn't get to do all the riding I wanted to out there. Had high wind warnings about the whole time. Hard to ride in 40-50 mph sustained winds.

    Since I ride the bike back and forth to work, have no problem keeping awake. Plus the hour or so nap I get there while hard at "work" doesn't hurt either.

    Roof leaks are never good, no matter what the cause.

    The commissioners will reverse their decision the first time I have a head on with a Ford F-150 with my Beast and the truck gets totaled.
  • 06-01-2013
    rynoman03
    Here's the article talking about it. Lots of good and bad comments below the article as always.

    Shawnee County rejects $561K KTA partnership | CJOnline.com
  • 06-01-2013
    slakjak
    LOL! I think no matter what the subject, you will get the same comments from the same people.

    I do like the idea of some sort of private organization (non profit, etc) getting starting to help do some of these things. Money is tight and is going to remain tight for some time.

    I have been thinking of continuing down 2nd, then up and over to Croco. Will have to see how the corn crop turns out on Wittenberg.
  • 06-06-2013
    FireCop
    Sure wish that bridge project would have went through. That would be awesome to have Lake Shawnee connected to the east end of the Shunga Trail without having to use any roads!
  • 06-06-2013
    rynoman03
    I took that suggested route in the comments. 10th to Rice to Croco... That route is a PITA! Hill to climb, busy roads, and narrow sidewalks. I'd rather take Carnahan to 21st to Wittenburg. Way better route!
  • 06-06-2013
    slakjak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FireCop View Post
    Sure wish that bridge project would have went through. That would be awesome to have Lake Shawnee connected to the east end of the Shunga Trail without having to use any roads!

    Especially at the rate they are mowing bikers down on the streets here. Another one in the past couple of days.
  • 06-06-2013
    slakjak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rynoman03 View Post
    I took that suggested route in the comments. 10th to Rice to Croco... That route is a PITA! Hill to climb, busy roads, and narrow sidewalks. I'd rather take Carnahan to 21st to Wittenburg. Way better route!

    I guess the only bad part of the route is the actual bridge over the Turnpike on Wittenburg. I've only done it during the cold months though. Don't know how it would be during the summer with Lake partiers out and about.

    I might try going down 2nd to Croco. At least the eastbound leg wouldn't be too busy.
  • 06-06-2013
    rynoman03
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slakjak View Post
    Especially at the rate they are mowing bikers down on the streets here. Another one in the past couple of days.

    No kidding I got yelled at twice while on the sidewalk riding to and from the YMCA. Stupid HS kids thinking they are funny trying to scare me or poke fun at me!

    I rode that route on my Single Speed MTB so that 10th street hill sucked that much more.

    I can't imagine 2nd being that much better. You gotta ride by the Womens Prison still and Croco is just plain busy! People don't look out for you and snub you if you ride the sidewalk, at least that's how it was for me earlier this week!

    On another note...
    Got a new chain, speedlink, and got a derailleur on the way so hope to have my 26er back in business by Mon-Tues. I'm missing my gears!

    Slackjack we need to ride again soon! Road or trails...I don't care! Maybe Monday morning. I'd have to ride my Single Speed though so it would be a slower ride but I can still get a good clip going on that bike if we do our Tour De Topeka route.
  • 06-07-2013
    slakjak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rynoman03 View Post
    Slackjack we need to ride again soon! Road or trails...I don't care! Maybe Monday morning. I'd have to ride my Single Speed though so it would be a slower ride but I can still get a good clip going on that bike if we do our Tour De Topeka route.

    I will release the Beast and single speed with you. Of course my single speed may be slower than your single speed!

    A breakout from the women's correctional facility while I am riding by may not be a bad thing!
  • 06-07-2013
    rynoman03
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slakjak View Post
    I will release the Beast and single speed with you. Of course my single speed may be slower than your single speed!

    A breakout from the women's correctional facility while I am riding by may not be a bad thing!

    Nice! I've rode the tour de topeka route of yours a few times on the SS. It's not bad. I rode it over the weekend.

    But either way I hope to ride with ya soon.
  • 06-07-2013
    FireCop
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slakjak View Post
    Especially at the rate they are mowing bikers down on the streets here. Another one in the past couple of days.

    You are exactly right on that. You have to drive especially defensively in this town even in a car. You're definitely at the bottom of the food chain when on a bike, on the streets!
  • 06-07-2013
    slakjak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rynoman03 View Post
    Nice! I've rode the tour de topeka route of yours a few times on the SS. It's not bad. I rode it over the weekend.

    But either way I hope to ride with ya soon.

    15 miles on the Beast is quite a workout. My legs certainly know I am riding it. Just let me know.
  • 06-07-2013
    slakjak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by FireCop View Post
    You are exactly right on that. You have to drive especially defensively in this town even in a car. You're definitely at the bottom of the food chain when on a bike, on the streets!

    My closest calls all have one thing in common; driver using a phone.
  • 06-07-2013
    slakjak
    Lawrence River Trail was outstanding today. Trails were great and weather was perfect. Did three laps and would have done more but was getting afraid wife would get my picture put on a milk carton if I didn't get back home. Made up for a couple of not so great rides I've had lately.
  • 06-07-2013
    rynoman03
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slakjak View Post
    Lawrence River Trail was outstanding today. Trails were great and weather was perfect. Did three laps and would have done more but was getting afraid wife would get my picture put on a milk carton if I didn't get back home. Made up for a couple of not so great rides I've had lately.

    Awesome! I always want to do 3 loops but by the end of 2 I'm usually tired.
  • 06-08-2013
    slakjak
    I was starting to feel it during the last two miles of the 3rd time around. If I would have brought some lunch with me, I think I could have eaten and rode 3 more. The conditions were ideal.

    Close call with a SUV this a.m. He ran a stop sign right in front of me. Only two people on the road at 5:30 a.m. and we almost collide.

    Think I will pull up some rail across the highway and make my own rails to trails to work. I'll leave UP and BNSF a note telling them what I am doing. They got plenty of track, wouldn't think they would miss it.
  • 06-08-2013
    rynoman03
    I signaled yesterday while riding with my wife and a car still passed me and almost hit me while i was turning onto a residential road. Jana yelled at me otherwise I would have kept on going. Guy never looked back and just kept going. Frickin' A hole!

    It's sooo nice out this morning I'd love to go ride LRT! I'll probably be beat when I get home though. I got a new SRAM x7 derailleur in route right now. When I get the 26'er back in commission I'm going to the mansion.

    Also I got 2 pairs of CrankBrothers Candy1 pedals for free that arrived yesterday complete with cleats. Itching to try those out. Anything Crank Bros. is well made!
  • 06-08-2013
    slakjak
    I need to get the StumpJumper over to the Residence to test repairs on it out. I don't think jumping up and down while riding on the brick streets of Potwin is the same thing. At least I entertained the upper middle class of Topeka for a bit.
  • 06-08-2013
    rynoman03
    Hopefully the loctite trick helps that pesky bolt!
  • 06-08-2013
    slakjak
    Bicycle articles from the paper today:

    Boy suffers minor injuries after bike collides with car | CJOnline.com

    Bike Across Kansas starts 500-mile trek Saturday | CJOnline.com

    And a mountain bike repair book I have said that bolt should have loctite on it in the first place so you probably hit it right on....thanks
  • 06-08-2013
    rynoman03
    Glad my idea is helping! Go test that thing out ! :)
  • 06-10-2013
    rynoman03
    Planning to ride this morning SlakJak. I'll txt ya around 7 or 8ish.

    Also a nice article about the Dirty Kanza.
    Ride Report: Swallowing the Dirty Kanza Half Pint | Mountain Bike Review
  • 06-10-2013
    slakjak
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rynoman03 View Post
    Planning to ride this morning SlakJak. I'll txt ya around 7 or 8ish.[/url]

    Won't be able to go until 8:30 or 9 due to morning chores. Will see you out there.
  • 06-10-2013
    rynoman03
    See ya at the Shunga / Landon Circle closer to 9 then?
  • 06-13-2013
    slakjak
    More money for bikes
    Was trying to link an article from Tuesday's paper but the link shows the whole darn paper. Basically, we got 1.2 million for the bikeways project. (street stuff). Will try to get the link in later.
  • 06-13-2013
    slakjak
    Here we go

    City awarded $1.4 million bikeways grant | CJOnline.com

    I was off by .2 million
  • 06-13-2013
    rynoman03
    Cool thanks for linking! I don't get the paper and rarely see the articles pertaining to biking unless someone points them out.
  • 07-08-2013
    slakjak
    Clinton Lake blue trail today. Easier than Perry. One end-over and one flat tire but still a gas. Very hot out there though. Thanks Tim if you are out there somewhere for steering me on the right trail.
  • 07-08-2013
    rynoman03
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slakjak View Post
    Clinton Lake blue trail today. Easier than Perry. One end-over and one flat tire but still a gas. Very hot out there though. Thanks Tim if you are out there somewhere for steering me on the right trail.

    End over's are not fun! I did this last week at Dornwood and bent my front wheel beyond repair. Rode LRT with 2 other guys today from Topeka. Just got talking to them in the Parking Lot and kinda hit it off. We had a lot of fun. Didn't plan on riding with them but kinda stuck around them it was fun! Got one guys name and number and plan on riding Dornwood tomorrow with him.
  • 07-12-2013
    slakjak
    Interesting article:

    County to pay $70,000 in cyclist's lawsuit | CJOnline.com

    If this hill was covered by dirt on a trail, it would be a bit of a challenge but nothing out of the norm for a mountain biker. But on this cemented multi-use trail around a lake, it is indeed out of place. I really couldn't ever see a wheel chair or a electric scooter navigating it and probably would be impossible for a lot of elderly going up or down it. Couldn't imagine a kid on training wheels or a tricycle hurtling down it. I imagine it was avoided by quite a few folk out at the lake.

    I almost stalled on the Beast going up it one morning. That would have been quite the picture going backwards down the hill on a 50 lb bike. Probably would have run over rynoman which was right behind me.

    Haven't seen the new signs yet, will have to go take a look.
  • 07-13-2013
    rynoman03
    Wow! I'm sorry but i'm not going to dismount for that hill. It's a beast for sure and it's steep but come on people they put brakes on a bike for a reason. I'm curious to see these signs too. Snap a pick will ya SlakJak?

    Hopefully I can get out and ride with ya this week. Been awhile. Rode with Expo once last week, that was a nice change!
  • 07-13-2013
    slakjak
    Agent is on vacation for the next week or so. I have to "work" for the next 9 or 10 nights so I won't be getting out except back and forth to work this next week. Get to listen to the Fiesta Music on my ride into work at least this weekend.

    Think my next trail will be up in Atchison.
  • 07-14-2013
    rynoman03
    Aww that stinks! My Friday begins in 5 hours.

    I was hoping Jerry's would have my replacement brake in by now. :( I'm trying a Shimano as a replacement for one of my Hayes Nines. Time will tell if that was a good idea or not. The Hayes needed a new brake line and pads. Jerry's couldn't get the part and didn't really want to bleed it \ replace it.

    They suggested to try a new brake as a more fee-sable option. Bad thing is I'm going to pay 70 bux for a brake I can buy online for $45.00 wish I knew this before I ordered it.

    If I don't' like it I'll either find parts to fix the old brake or buy a new set.

    Thinking of buying \ building a bike for the wife for her Birthday in September. I think she'd enjoy riding. She's went on 3 rides with me so far this summer and has enjoyed them all. She's not opposed to having her own bike she just doesn't like amount of money that it takes to get a nice one.
  • 07-14-2013
    slakjak
    Yeah, doesn't seem I'm getting out as often as I wanted to this summer. Oh well, a week off the trails might be a good thing as I am still on the mend from my flip at Clinton Monday.

    The bike maintenance book I have says each make of brake is different and to make sure to keep the instructions that come with each so parts might be hard to come by. That is quite a price difference.

    I would keep an eye out on CL and the used bike rack at Capp's. They always have nice bikes there that tempt me everytime I go there. The money is certainly an issue but a decent bike is one that you will want to ride all the time and doesn't end up hanging in the basement.
  • 07-14-2013
    rynoman03
    Ya I keep seeing nicer and nicer used bikes at Capps. Saw a cross trail like yours the other day. I'll find her something if she wants it. Her mom's K-Mart special Schwinn sucks six way sideways. Things bottom bracket / cranks make a terrible knock on each pedal stroke. Sad thing is the bike has only been rode 5 times and 3 of those times was my wife riding it.
  • 08-06-2013
    IDkid
    Anyone riding Governor's or Perry this weekend?
  • 08-06-2013
    rynoman03
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by IDkid View Post
    Anyone riding Governor's or Perry this weekend?

    I plan to ride Dornwood this Sun at 9am with some locals as long as it's dried up. It's pretty wet over here at the moment and only more rain to come it seems.

    I've yet to ride Perry.

    You otta look into the Cruise the Blues ride on Aug 24th out near Tipton KS.

    2013 Cruise the Blues