Saturday, December 29, 2007

In my time - in my time - I will roll roll roll

It was a beautiful day for some gravel travel. The temps were in the mid twenties and there is fresh snow on the ground.
Osage in the distance
Cedar River
Surly Nice Rack = good cooking platform
The yellow bottle of HEET is my stove fuel
Hot Ramen
Grungy chain

Saturday, December 08, 2007


I got out for a 3 hour ramble this afternoon. The temp was 8 degrees. We have a couple inches of ice under the snow from some freezing rain last weekend. Most of the time, I could ride without breaking thru the ice, but it was hella slippery and my front tire wanted to wash out a lot.
Cedar River
Surly Karate Monkey.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

All Racked Up

I finally got my JANDD rear rack mounted on the Monkey. I had to cobble it up a little to make it fit with the 29er tires. I used a couple of the extra spacers that came with my Surly front Nice Rack to extend the JANDD and make it taller. The left side lined up perfectly with the disc brake mount and I could just mount it there and do without the spacer. The rack bolts to the middle hole in the Surly spacer and the hose clamp stabilizes it and keeps it from pivoting. With my smallish Axiom panniers, I have lots of heal clearance. I can get some bigger rear panniers now, since I normally use these ons on the front. Clamps attach the top of the rack to the seat stays. Now I have plenty of clearance between the tirw and bottom of the rack.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Good Day for Soup (NOT) ;)

While Squirrel was busy eating soup down in Dead Moines, I was out shredding the trails here in northern Iowa. 20 degrees with 25mph wind. It was snowing when I left and sleeting when I finished.
Brooks B-17 Champion Special
Surly Nice Rack
I even found a nice quiet place to make trail coffee, but it took forever to get my water boiling.
Wigwam wool hat from
Cheap gas
See ya!