I'm sure I started with the standard red tricycle like everyone else, but the first bike I remember was a Schwinn Sting-Ray with beautiful Schwinn Radiant Coppertone paint. That bike was stolen a week or so later, and was replaced with a Campus Green, Sting-Ray, a DeLuxe I think. That bike was a big part of my life for a decade or so...
I didn't ride much, or at all in the '80's, as I had discovered motorcycles... Off-road, and later road bikes... And I started singing in a rock band... Until one day in 1989, when a co-worker brought in a blue Trek 900 "mountain bike" to sell. I bought it, and fell in love with cycling again. This model is really more like a hybrid with 26" wheels, OK for some lite off road action. I soon bought a Cannondale R500 "Black Lightning" road bike, and actually started riding it to work, but I sold it after a couple close calls with Cage-Pilots. (Cars) Now known as Phone Booth drivers! It was in that same time frame I discovered Mountain Biking, and bought a "real" mountain bike, a 1991 Trek 8000. This was the best thing in the world! Like Dirt-Bike riding and no idiots in cars to deal with! If I hit a tree, it's my own darned fault. I love the solitude, the new challenges, being out in the woods and enjoying nature, And it gets me in shape while I'm having fun!
I've been a CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association) member since they started in 1993. After attending my first IMBA Trail Building School at Rock Cut State Park in July of 2003, I discovered I love to help build new, and maintain current singletrack. In 2004, I joined CAMBA's week long Trail Camp, building new singletrack at Rock Lake. And now volunteer whenever I can to build trails in the CAMBA system, the Kettle Moraine Southern unit, and my backyard.
In 2005, After getting dropped on my mountain bike by the "Chequama Mamas" on one of their extremely beautiful scenic road rides in northern Wisconsin, and meeting a super kool "roadie" woman (1020ski) that kicks my @$$, I decided to give road biking another try. So in 2006 I bought a new road bike, and now enjoy riding on pavement.
Did my 1st century on September 22nd of 2007. (Thanx TreknTeresa, dlf & Slow_Moe!)
I still enjoy the peace and solitude that biking brings me, but I'm evolving into a more social animal. I now enjoy group rides, events and races, Both on and off-road. I was working on getting faster, not because I'm a speed freak, but it would be nice to be able to ride with a group and not get dropped.
In 2011, I discovered I have an extremely rare muscle disease that is slowly shutting down my voluntary muscles. Now, slow is a way of life. Since cycling is easier than walking, I'll continue riding as long as I can.
Lifetime Odometer reflects miles since joining Bikejournal in March of 2006.
Description: Well, after testing a Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat for Fat-Bike.com for 2 months and over 400 miles of singletrack I decided I need one for what might be the final year I will have the strength to mountain bike. I even got a smart phone and the Mission Control App to adjust the settings.
26 x 4.6 45NRTH Wrathchild (Studded), front, 258 miles
26 x 4.6 Terrene Wazia - Light (Studded), rear, 258 miles
KMC X10 10 speed, 429 miles
Description: After the 1st time I rode 1020ski's Brompton folding bike I knew I had to get a folding bike. However, with my muscle disease it had to be an electric bike. I waited for years for Brompton to release their electric Brompton, but it looked just like an add on kit. Boo!
Problem: Cheap folding e-bikes are way too heavy. GoCycle came out with the super cool and high tech G3 but it was a bit pricier than I wanted to spend. Boom! Enter the GoCycle GS. It's a G3 without some of the cool high tech features and a lower price. Note: The Brompton does fold easier, faster and smaller than the GoCycle. And the GoCycle manual states: Gocycle can be made stowable and can become extremely compact to be stored in a Travel Case. However, Gocycle is not a bicycle that you should fold up on a station platform or when you arrive at work.
Gocycle GS Wheels - PitstopWheel® Patented PitstopLock™ system. Motor Drive Control - Pedal Torque Sensing Smart Device Connectivity - GocycleConnect® App via wireless Bluetooth® Riding Modes - City, Eco, On-Demand, Custom. Multiple, programmable through interactive dashboard functions or GocycleConnect App. Electric Drive Speed - 20 mph. Range - Up to 65km (40 miles) eco mode depending on pedal input. Motor - Gocycle proprietary motor gear drive 500 watt continuous. Battery - Gocycle proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) with improved sleep power management and charge control, increase capacity in frame lithium ion, 13.5Ah, 22V, Approximately 300 Wh. Charging - 3.5 hours with fast charger. Motor Controller - Gocycle proprietary. Handlebar Display - With Smart Device and GocycleConnect™ App Shifting - Mechanical Microshift™ Transmission - Patented Cleandrive® Shimano Nexus 3-speed Brakes - Hydraulic disk, front and rear. Tyres - Gocycle Performance Tyre. (20 x 1.75 in) Front Motor Fork - Gocycle proprietary, single-sided, 6061 T6, Uni-form 3D Forged. Rear Suspension - Gocycle Lockshock™ 25mm (1 in) travel. Pedals - Gocycle Folding Standard. Grips - Gocycle Standard. Wheelbase - 1065mm (42 in) Bottom Bracket Height - 275mm (11.5 in) Stowable Dimensions - Portable Docking Station for easy stowing and transport. (L780mm x W370mm x H580mm) Approximate Weight - 16.5kg (36.3 lbs) including kickstand.
20 x 1.75 Vredestein GoCycle Performance Tyre, front, 416 miles
20 x 1.75 Vredestein GoCycle Performance Tyre, rear, 416 miles
Description: Because of my muscle disease I got an electric assist bike so my final year of riding (hopefully more) will be riding WITH my friends. Of course it's a Fat-Bike. Because the gearing is all wrong for off road riding, I've converted this bike into my road bike.
26 x 4.8 45NRTH Dillinger 5 (Studded), front, 583 miles
26 x 4.8 45NRTH Dillinger 5 (Studded), rear, 583 miles
KMC X11e 11 speed, 798 miles
Description: Christmas present from the greatest parents in the world. 25.98 Pounds of gorgeous. SRAM XX1 - Thomson Stem/Post. I swapped the gorgeous Thomson Carbon Bars for the more comfy Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon bars. - Hope X2 Brakes. Salsa Hubs. Rolling Darryl rims. MRP carbon Fat Fork. Ritchey saddle. Race Face Turbine Crank. They only make about 25 of these titanium beauties each year in Steamboat Springs Colorado.
26 x 4.0 45NRTH Dillinger 4 (Studded), front, 38 miles
26 x 4.0 45NRTH Dillinger 4 (Studded), rear, 38 miles
Description: Six13 Pro 2 Compact Drive. Converted to a Cruiser Bike with flat pedals 6/4/2014. 52 cm. Mavic Ksyrium SL Wheels. Shimano Ultegra Components. 50/34 crankset. FSA Pro Road Rings. Ultegra 12-30 cassette. Origin8 Ultim8 Slimline Platform Pedals. FSA Metropolis City bars. Microshift Thumb Shifters. Paul Levers. CarbonLord carbon seatpost. Ergon SRX3 Saddle. Thomson Stem. 17.34 lbs. (w/computer) 16.90 lbs as a road bike. Aluminium Frame W/Carbon Fiber down tube. Carbon Fork. Hand Made in Bedford, Pennsylvania. U.S.A.
700 x 28C Panaracer T-Serv PT, front, 453 miles
700 x 28C Panaracer T-Serv PT, rear, 453 miles
Red Delicious. I remember seeing my first Krate when I was 12 or 13. It was a Pea Picker. From that day, I wanted one. With its 5 speed Stik-Shift, "Mag wheel" sprocket, springer fork, cool Slik tire, 20" rear & 16" front wheel and racing striped "full-floating" seat it was so much cooler than my plain old single speed coaster Sting-Ray. I found this restored bike at Blue Moon Bikes in Sycamore on July 31st, 2004. It has some reproduction parts and some incorrect items, but it has a sweet paint job and is a beautiful bike. I like to go to vintage bike show/swap meets and look for "correct" parts to replace the repop parts. I've added the NOS Schwinn Sting-Ray Speedometer, correct pedals, lever covers, correct bars & stem, Schwinn flag valve stem covers, '69 Gripper Slik (Hand Painted Stripe) and derailluer guard.
I put about 450 miles on it in '04, and 300 miles in '05. At 50 lbs, it weighs 8 lbs. more than my Rush & Six13 Combined! Steel Frame. 1969 retail price - $91.95 Made in Chicago, Illinois September of 1969.
Lifetime Odometer miles reflect the miles I've put on the NOS Schwinn Sting-Ray Speedometer since 2005.
Big, Fat, 4 inch wide tires for snow, sand, and other gnarly conditions. Run as low as 4 psi for maximum traction in the soft stuff, rocks and roots, or 15+ psi for the road home. And the big, low pressure tires also provide suspension, smoothing out a bumpy trail. Upgraded Wheelset... Salsa Mukluk 2 Hubs (Red) - Surly Rolling Darryl (W/Holes) Rims. (7510g - 16.56 lbs.) Medium - 17" 6061-T6 Double Butted Aluminium frame. Weight: W/Rolling Darryl wheelset & Thomson Seatpost & Selle Italia Flite Ti-316 saddle - SPD pedals = 32.64 lbs. Pedals: Shimano PD-M540-(0.771 lbs.) Made in Taiwan. #118. (Designed in Minnesota by some really kool people.)
26 x 3.8 Surly Nate, front, 343 miles
26 x 3.8 Surly Nate, rear, 343 miles
Description: > SOLD 2/20/2017 Surly's new 29+ format. 29 inch, Rabbit Hole - 50mm wide rims. 29 x 3.0" Surly Knard Tires. Not quite Fat Bike, but gobs of traction. Very fun bike to ride. The 1x10 makes me work. I changed the gearing to 30x11-42. 32.90 pounds.
29 x 3.0 Surly Knard, front, 549 miles
29 x 3.0 Surly Knard, rear, 549 miles
Description: > SOLD 12/18/2016 NASA Approved. Monster Bike. For when the Mukluk isn't fat enough, or non Fat-Bike owning friends want to join me on a snow or beach ride.
More float thanks to Surly's 100mm wide Clown Shoe rims and 4.7" wide Big Fat Larry tires. Drop the psi into the mid single digits for supreme flotation and traction.
16" Frame with tall spacer stack gives me the best of both worlds, standover height and a more comfy riding position. Weight: 36.26 lbs. (like it matters) 37.56 lbs. w/Bud & Lou + Pink Bars and Saddle. Made in Taiwan. #501
26 x 4.8 Surly Bud, front, 314 miles
26 x 4.8 Surly Lou, rear, 314 miles
2017 Specialized Turbo Levo HTComp Fat-Bike.com
1995 Cannondale Super V 1.000
Full Susp XC Single Speed Mtn bike
Description: GONE-4/4/2015-I gave it to a friend for his kids. Super V-1. The "The Rock Lake Rocker" witnessed 11 years of epic rides, memories, fun, and trail evolution with me as a multi-geared bike. I bought it from Glacier Pines Outfitters, near the Rock Lake TrailHead, before they went out of business. This bike replaced my first real mountain bike, a 1991 Trek 8000. In 2008 I removed the derailleurs, shifters, cables and unused chainrings and converted it to a SingleSpeed. In the Winter, I mount the Nokian Studs and this becomes my Ice Bike.
The frame (Large) & carbon fiber swingarm are the only stock parts left on this beautiful relic. Wheels: XTR hubs, Mavic 517 rims, 36-(each) 14g Union titanium spokes. Drivetrain: Race Face Deus Crankset. 32-18 gearing. Surly Cassette Cog 18t. SRAM PC-1 Chain. Surly Singleator chain tensioner. SSK-1 Spacers. Avid Single Digit SL brakes. Paul Love Levers. LP carbon post and bars. Sette Lynx saddle. Shimano PD-M959 SPD pedals. Tires: Hutchinson Python Air Light 26x2.00 & Bontrager Revolt X 26x2.00. HeadShok Super Fatty Ultra DL (2005) fork. (80mm / 3.14" travel.) Risse Racing Astro-5 Damper Air Shock. (3" of rear end travel.)
Fox Vanilla coil spring shock used for Ice Biking. 25.36 lbs - Winter Weight. (w/Studded tires, Fox Vanilla coil shock, computer, cage, light mount, Thompson post, Sette Lynx saddle) 22.60 lbs. - Summer Weight. (w/Computer)
Aluminum Frame. Carbon Fiber SwingArm. Hand Made in Bedford, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. November of 1994.
Description: > SOLD 3/31/2012... Look for this sweet bike on the Monon Trail in Indy.
3 Speed Sturmey Archer. 26" wheels. I found this at a bike show/swap meet. I loved the simple, clean lines, and the Kool Lemon paint. And it rides nice too. It always puts a smile on my face. Other than the tubes & tires, it's all original. I added the Schwinn Approved generator lights, Schwinn bell, and vintage cyclometer, so I can log my miles. 1973 retail price - $66.95 - $76.95 39.5 lbs. Steel Frame & Fork. Made in Chicago, Illinois May of 1973.
Description: TRADED for the TNT Stovepipe 24 BMX Bike. 10/15/2012. I love the '66-'68 Schwinn "8" ball style shifter knobs. A 98% repaint (The chainguard face is original), and all of the original components are in great shape. I wasn't in the market for a 3-speed Sting-Ray, but I couldn't let a friend sell it on fleabay. I put on a reproduction seat and tires for riding. 20" wheels. This thing was born to wheelie. 1967 retail price - $66.95 - $69.95 37.5 lbs. Steel Frame. Made in Chicago, Illinois August of 1967.
Description: NORTH POINTE SPIN CLASS MACHINE... Fixed Gear, Front wheel drive cycling simulator. Hey, it only has 1 wheel. Does that make it a unicycle? It's very heavy, evil, and no fun. It has no odometer so I keep track of Time not miles. And, like sitting on a toilet, it doesn't go anywhere.