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Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOB Yak Trailer 4 Sale

Bob Yak Trailer for sale.  Comes with bag, flag, skewer, and Bob Nutz.  $150, dang what a deal.  (MSRP $329)

This thing works like the day it was new, but the Burley gets a lot more use in this household and I'm in the need of some space.  Hit me up.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fran├žois Gissy Bicycle World Record 207 mph 333 km/h

Because with a head of hair like this guy has, there is no other option than to hit 207 mph on a frame that is about as close to a bicycle as you can get with the crank arms swapped out for a fricking rocket engine.


Back in my younger days, I hit 61-mph on my road bike while descending a steep ridge road on O'ahu.  The pedals hit their resonance frequency and my feet were going numb from the vibration.  Combine that with a sharp turn I took a little wide and I'm lucky to be alive.  I try not to exceed 45 or so these days.

Monday, October 27, 2014

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Now on display until sometime in December, or sooner or later, but most likely later because Gene-O.  You know what I'm talking about.



Photos from at least 5-years! of the Homie.  Kelly MacWillaims (sic) is showing by the front door, and mine are hanging on the wood in the back.

Also being shown is a print from Hoss, who captured Zeigle crossing the flames of hell in 2012.

And while we're at it, don't forget to hit up the BareBones Halloween show again this year.  A highlight of the season, for sure:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pedal-Powered Tractor

"Keep up the great work, Dave.  We're giving you a blue ribbon for creativity!"

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

26-inch Single Speed Disc Wheelset

Buy this 26-inch wheelset: limited edition purple Surly hubs of the single speed and disc variety.  Sweet hubs are laced to Mavic disc specific rims.  Includes bonus Kenda Small Block Eight tires and tubes and all four hub nuts.  Yours for 200.

A light dusting of dirt on the hubs, already wiped off.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Minneapolis Bike Polo Fundraiser - TONIGHT

Minneapolis Bike Polo is hosting the North American Bike Polo Championships in August and this fundraiser will benefit that effort. 

Info on the event can be found here: http://mplsbikepolo.com/league/nahbpc-fundraiser-party-and-raffle-0719/
 If you would like to stop by and purchase a raffle ticket or bid on a silent auction item it would be much appreciated. We will have tons of amazing bicycle related items and art.

Thanks for your consideration,

 Sven




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Complaint in the death of and funeral information for Jessica Rose Hanson





TLDR: Witnesses to the hit-and-run were able to get a license plate number of the fleeing vehicle.  ABDIRAHMAN ABDI ALI confesses to hitting a person while driving on Pleasant Avenue, stating he was fleeing from being shot at, later telling his mother that he thought he hit a bicyclist.  The defendant is in custody.

Jessica's funeral is set for Thursday, July 11th at Zion Lutheran Church in Hoffman, Minnesota.  Visitation is July 10th from 4-7pm.

Rest In Peace, Jessica.  I did not know you, but from what I've heard from others, I'm sure I would have liked you.  I hope we can all learn something from this tragic and untimely death.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Late to the game, but in style

Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Beaver's alter ego shows us how choosy he is.  Classy and hilarious.  #JIF

PDW 3wrencho from PDW on Vimeo.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Schmidt Nabendynamo Hub Disassembly

So after riding with my Schmidt Nabendynamo for a few weeks last year with an excruciatingly difficult time pedaling, I wised up and spun the wheel by hand - holy smokes the hub was nearly frozen.  What to do?

My options for a hub repair include shipping it back to Peter White or to Schmidt in Germany for repair, where the shipping charges alone are more than I wanted to accept.  Or I could just repair the hub myself, seeing how the warranty period was expired anyway.

So I decided to make a tool, which with the help of a milling machine, a piece of scrap aluminum, and a handful of the correct diameter pins, didn't take more than about a half hour to manufacture.  I had to cut a recess in the back of the tool to accept the skewer, which prevented the tool from slipping off during the removal, but the tool removed the hub armature just as expected.

Hub Disassembly Tool, self made, front view
Schmidt hub disassembly tool, one pin is removed to allow room for the electrical connector.
Hub Disassembly Tool, self made, back view
Schmidt hub disassembly tool, back view, showing the recess for the skewer.
My original thought was that I would have to replace the bearings, but disassembly quickly showed that moisture was the cause of the hub binding; the armature was contaminated with rust, and thick enough that there was a physical interference between that and the field magnets on the outer hub.  Dang.

Hub Disassembled
Schmidt hub armature core - rusty!
Hub Disassembled
Schmidt Original Nabendynamo armature core.  There was a bit of slippage and resulting damage to the hub until I locked the tool on to the hub with the skewer - no biggie.
I cleaned up the rust with a fine grit emery paper, lubed it up with a film of grease, put it all back together, and the wheel has been rolling for a year now with no issues.

Note that the new version of the Schmidt hub requires the spokes removed from the hub for disassembly, while the older version here does not require a new wheel build for repair.

Cheers and ride on.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2013 Almanzo 100 - Again, I Did Not Win - or - the year Almanzo got huge

Make a donation to keep Almanzo free for everybody.  Do it.

That was a beautiful day for a ride.  The wind was a bit stronger later in the day than I would prefer, but the roads were packed and fast and the sun was never too intense.

edit: added all the words below.

So Kevin and I headed down on Saturday morning, just like last year.  The 9am start time is a bit late for my preference, but it gave us plenty of time to get down to Spring Valley after a 6am wake-up.

The start this year was on the main street and by the time we rolled up, there were more riders than I was expecting to see.  There were over 1300 riders registered for this years 100-mile event alone, and there were close to 1000 at the start.  Wow.

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Chris Skogen, the godfather of gravel racing, about to make the usual pre-race announcements.  His son Jack, who we sing 'happy birthday' to each pre-race, is anxiously waiting his moment at the back of the truck. Photo by Craig Linder.
I had a bunch of words laid down, but they were accidentally deleted, so let's let Craig Linder tell the story for a bit with his amazing photographs:
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Early on in the 100-mile race.  Kevin up front of this grouping in the l'orange helmet. 
Photo by Craig Linder.
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Early on, the rolling hills are truly breathtaking.  I enjoy the day more and more as the racers are more spaced apart.  Photo by Craig Linder.
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Hurl Everstone, the winner of the first Almanzo and the only one to have raced in each of the now seven events.  This is truly a great shot by Craig Linder.
Preston came up at mile 40-something, where we decided to stop; I had left a good amount of food in the vehicle still in Spring Valley, and Kelly was jonesing for a sammich of some kind.  Preston had their main street closed down and there were all sorts of events for the spectators.  We hit up the market, where I grabbed a jar of pickles, bottles of mountain dew and frappuchino, and some potato wedges from the deli counter.  Outside the market was bit of a reunion with friends I haven't seen in weeks or months - always a good time.

We rode off, this time with Eric Richter from Giro, and headed to the closed bridge outside of town.  I crossed in a knee-deep section, with most of the people standing in line for a crossing just a tad bit more shallow.  Many people here were taking their shoes and socks off, which is something I don't understand, but no judging.  Heck, dry feet are dry feet.

The bridge on the way out of Preston is in the middle of replacement, resulting in a water crossing for the entire field of riders this year.   Source @Almanzo100
Not having any long rides in for several months, what with my partner scoring gallstones during pregnancy, a resulting surgery to remove the gallbladder, a bit of preeclampsia followed by 36-days in the NICU, not to mention caring for a newborn daughter has meant my legs were fresh this year.  Mentally though, I was prepared for the agony the day would bring.

The hills Skogen selects for these races are nothing less than sadistic; Jay, Oriole, Maple (both of them), and the ten or so more are simply grueling, though now that I've ridden them for four years means at least there's no surprise when they appear.  I silently curse Skogen's name for parts of the ride, Oriole especially, but I truly respect and admire the man, even more so after this year's race, which somehow keeps getting better each year.

The usual water crossing was re-routed after the first fifty or so riders went across, for obvious reasons, shown below by the race leader and eventual winner, Eric Thompson.  The detour meant there would be no climb out of the river valley, which is a rough minimal maintenance road with a few boulders and frequent deep ruts to avoid.  Getting out of the hill climb felt like a bit of a cheat, but there were a few extra miles in the detour that made up for it.

The finish this year was a bit different. Seeing the water tower on the near horizon used to mean the finish was about a mile out, but this year meant another three or four, with a turn away from town, before coming back and around and through a park, where I was thoroughly confused.

I can say I rode the entire course this year, sans the water crossing outside of Preston, which I couldn't have ridden on any bike.  That's two years now I pedaled the entire distance, having pushed up a few hills on the two-years prior.
A few from the MPLS crew, post-race. #PCL
Jeff, Nick, Trevor, Paul, Hurl, Boonen, Marco, Ben, Peter, John, Kelly, Kevin, Drew.
Thank you Irina for the photo.
After the race, it's the best I've felt in all the Almanzo's, right after and the next day included.  I could have done another fifty or so miles this year, which I truly cannot have admitted last year, but we didn't have the wind this year like we did in 2012.  Now that I have 100-miles in me, I'd love to go back and do this again solo in the next few weeks.

By the way, if you rode the race, enjoyed it, and want it to happen again, please shoot Skogen a donation.  It matters.

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Great shots here by Corrigan, by the way.  Did I mention the river crossing was re-routed?

Great read on the race and Skogen at the Spring Valley Tribune.

Story with audio on MPR along with accompanying photo collection, published a few days prior to the 2013 race.

Even on the WCCO television.  Dang.

Oh, and also, every year at least a few people that hit the A&W on the way out of town drive their bicycle laden roof racks under the awning, crushing either bicycle frame and/or fork.  This year was no exception, based on the social media I've seen.  Post race, I visit the Pizza Place on main street, and also I choose a hitch-mount rack, to eliminate this risk entirely.