Sunday, November 30, 2014

Last Post Here

Moving everything over to my wordpress site is going to be more of a time consuming PROCESS than I thought; IN Time it will get done.

the link to my new blog page is in the blog links to the right.

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THIS SITE WILL NOW GO DARK.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Carey Lake XC Ski Trails

Ok, since most everyone checks here..... I'll post this info here.
Updated fatbike info......
For the winter of 2014/15 fatbikes are ***ONLY*** allowed on the north loop of the trails.

In the next few weeks myself, a skier and members of the park board and the parks and rec.  Will all sit down and come up with a plan/rules that will work for all trail users...... with talk of dedicated fatbike/snowshoe/walking trails being talked about for the future. 
This is all part of the big picture, so you fatbikers out there....... be smart, follow IMBA'S best practice for Nordic ski trails. Be respectful and smile!!!! This is where we "the new users" can really make our mark for our future!!!!
Let's show everyone involved that we're up for this!!!!!!!
Pedal On!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I'm Done With Blogger

Done...
I'm sick of my pictures lasting a day, or a few hours... then poof.... gone!
I'm moving over to wordpress.
I put a link to the new site in the blog links to the right.
I'll move things over as time allows.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Carey Lake XC Ski Trails

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Please Stay OFF The Trails Until Further Notice!!!!!
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THANK YOU!!!

I'm meeting soon with the Hibbing parks and recreation heads about fatbike access for 2014/15.
It seems some skiers were upset at the end of last year with a biker/s tire tread on the trails.
They took pictures and what not, so PLEASE STAY OFF until you've heard from me!!!!
That's all I know right now, until I meet with Pete H. and Kraig S.

This is something I've already thought through after I got the go ahead for fatbikes on the city trails, and doesn't surprise me at all, that at the end of a long winter this would happen.
So, again I ask for your respect and patience. 
Peace

Let's try a photo!!!!! Lol

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blogger

Is starting to piss me off!!!!
My pictures are there one day, and gone the next.
I'm do
ing everything the instructions tell me to do to rectify the no picture thing, to no avail. 
It's starting to get frustrating and has me thinking my blogging days may be near an end!!
It also......... just may be time to go over to wordpress and see what they're like. 

Hey BLOGGER you reading this?????? ;)

The Salsa Blackborow

Sunday, November 9, 2014

GRIMBA'S 2014 "Naughty Ride"

I know I have a problem with my photos not showing, I'm working on fixing this problem.

Anyway, today was GRIMBA'S annual ride.
It was great meeting some new people and watching our children enjoy pedaling through what little snow we have right now.
I'm working on my photo problem.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pie Burner Scouting Ride #2

Things are firming up nicely.
The route does have some pretty good wet spots. With that said we were able to ride 95% of it with out dismounting; around the edges of said wet areas are firm and very rideable.  
If the cooler weather shows itself, we'll be able to play on frozen ponds and mining pits "lakes."
With pit decents we'll be right around the 25-30 mile mark. 
There'll be plenty of opportunities for picture taking and BSing,  so plan accordingly.  Lol

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pie Burner Update #1

I was without Internet accessibility for a couple weeks.
During that time I got out for my 1st scouting ride.
For those of you that attended last year, the 1st section stays the same minus the big hill climb; and a tweak here and there. After that it's all new (untill our 1st pit decent), and dare I say some pretty cool through the woods pedaling.... that should make even the hardest to impress, impressed.

After that I'm leaving you all in the dark, just because it'll be onward to burgers and adult beverages. ;)

I had a total milage of 22 and change, without decent into any pits.
I figure at least 3 more "scouting" rides to dial it in just right, and I'm hoping for some cooler temps to blow our way between now and ride day.
I'll post some teaser photos of my upcoming rides.
Peace

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Come Pedal the Iron Range

Nov. 29th 9 a.m. meet up.
Come Pedal your FatBike with other like minded people in and around the Hibbing/Chisholm and surrounding area.
More info can be had here

Here's a video from our 2013 ride........

Monday, October 6, 2014

Giants Ridge FatBike Race's

For 2015 Giants Ridge will have two distances; a 40k and a 20k.
March 21st...... Choose wisely! ;)

Info here.
With more to come in the coming months. 

A couple shots from March 2014's race.

Das Hip

Totally non biking post, but it's the Hip..... so sue me!! ;)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mesabi Trail, Washed Down with Legion Trail Single-Track

9 miles on the Mesabi Trail...... followed by a loop on the Legion Trails in Grand Rapids, Mn.
Not bad for the last really nice day of September!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Perfect Conditions

This day (and this coming weekend)  will be remembered long into a bitterly cold winter!!!
Mid 60's to mid 70's, cool but not cold and my personal favorite..... NO BUGS!!!!!!
Enough of me.... Enjoy the photos

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Big Boy of Northern Minnesota Gravel

The Heck of The North
Is just over a week away, and yet again I have that nervousness;  did I pedal enough over the past few months?
Am I a glutton for punishment by pedaling my Pugsley??? Yeah, I guess I am, but that's how I roll.
I find 2nd guessing myself as good therapy, and usually means I'm ready. We'll see!
It will be interesting seeing 400 like minded souls. Especially after doing the inaugural Heck in '09.
My buddy Brian had to pull out because of hip issues, so it looks like I'll have to make sure the ipod is fully charged!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Fatbike Race

Another new Fatbike race!!
To the east of Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
Info HERE

Sunday, September 21, 2014

GRIMBA's 3rd Annual "Naughty Ride"

Photo by Griffin M.

When: Sunday November 9th @ 1 pm
Where: Legion MTB trails.
Naughty Ride FB page

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gitchee Gumee Gallivant

Mission creek, Duluth, Mn.
Photo taken from www.bikeduluth.com

Triple G info HERE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

This year we have a local day........ 
In Grand Rapids!!
Woot Woot!!!
Thanks GRIMBA!! 


Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Loaner Will Return!!

Usually I'm a pretty good judge of character; then again, maybe I think more of myself then I should? 

Over the years, 20 plus to be exact.... I've tried to get guys together to ride for longer than I can remember; without much luck.
Sure, my friends and I used to ride together all the time. We all even went to Lutsen Mountains twice a year (spring and fall), before they gave up on bikes. 
Well, one thing leads to another, guys got married and started families. Some moved away for work; while others lost interest in human powering two wheels. 
I never held it against any one of them. 

After that time, I've had my own children, and stopped trying to get others to ride with me, and accepted riding by myself 99% of the time. 

In the mean time (within the last year) a mountain bike club has formed in town. A totally good thing

Over the years...... Since I've had children.......

If I had kids/family things going on, I didn't ride. 
If the kids/family things fell through or got done early, I went for a ride. 
No matter how much I didn't/don't like the fact, the kids/family stuff always comes 1st!! 
I ride before work, even if I start at 5 a.m. I make time to ride before hand.

I've come to realize (since I've had kids) that some people don't get that fact, and hold the fact I have responsibilities against me.
 
This fact was hammered home last night, and yet again I reside myself to riding by myself, or with my two fat biking young ones.

Anyway, being told I can kiss someone's ass; and they have a problem with this town, and I'm one of the people he has a problem with, just because I can't ride at a particular date and time??!!??!! 
All of this because I have the responsility of a family and kids. 

So be it, and I'll enjoy my time riding yet again by myself!! 
I have no plans in the near future to do anything with the local club, and will slowly pull away from all rides/events that involve others!! 
This may change with time, but as of right now, I'll again be going back to my "loaner" self! 
it's sad how one person, who I thought was a friend, could turn me off to the social aspect of mountain biking!! 


Anyway, this is how I feel, and I've just had it!! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Carbon Framed Fatty......... Hold That Thought!!!

Thanks to these guys!!!
Gotta love this time of the year!!
Now for some new rubber!!

I can now say, my want for a carbon fatty has passed, (for now;) and probably for the best anyway! Lol

I've already got the wheel-set in a box gathering dust behind the couch. Ha Ha
All that's needed are wider hubs, RaceFace Turbine double or 1x11?? 
Thinking simpler is better!! ;)

Now, what color??? 

I'm kind of liking this here burnt orange. 
As Big Brian pointed out, it'd be like an Iron Range camouflage. ;)
Ok, I was told NO purple!! ;)

It should be noted I was thinking......
Carbon Frames: 
Borealis Yampa..... 9:zero:7 Whiteout.

I was also thinking Surly ICT, but that went by the wayside with Surly putting a press-fit BB on the ICT. 
For the places and things I rides through, a press-fit BB is asking for trouble! 

What about a FS Fatty you ask? 
IMHO a FS Fatty is not for winter riding PERIOD, at least not a Minnesota winter!! 
A Florida winter, sure, nothing colder than freezing (32F) though.
Why spend 5K plus and then blowup a Bluto and a rear shock?? 

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Legendary Laurentian: Your Pre Heck Tune Up????

Just a reminder...... 12 days and counting down!! 
The best 20 bucks you'll spend all year!! 

A Perfect Afternoon

Sunday found us 3 heading out of the house by 10:00 a.m. 
We spent the majority of our time just pooching around town with no real objective in mind. 
We stopped at a couple parks, along with checking out our "secret" apple tree. 
Then got a phone call from my parents and proceeded to stop by their house and spend the rest of our day hanging with grandma and grandpa, and two aunties from out of town, all and all a great lazy Sunday!! 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To Help a Youngster

I'm making this non biking post in an effort to help out a young girl and her family...... 
Read On if You will Please........
(All photos are from Lisa's FB page and are credited to her)

All you FatBike Birkie guys and gals take note!!! ;)
A family friend is asking for help for her and her husbands daughter who's fighting Juvenile Diabetes. 
This will not only help this young girl, but young children everywhere! 


Lisa is an avid biker and skier....
So in a round about way, this still is a biking post!! ;)



This also hits close to home, and makes us feel very blessed that our two young ones have been relatively healthy, minus a broken bone here or there. 

Anyway, if you can find it within yourself to help out that'd be awesome!! 
Here's her (Lisa's) post on her 
FB page. 

"I'm back on the FB for one purpose and one purpose only…..to help raise funds for the JDRF in conjunction with the American Birkebeiner! 
(Ok, maybe I'll post a few pics here and there!)
I kept it simple and set a goal of $500 but I know all of you and myself can do WAY better than that!!! 

As many or all of you may know, our daughter Amanda was diagnosed with T1 Diabetes on Halloween of 2008….8th grade. Her dad or myself would gladly take the burden on if it was possible but unfortunately that's not possible. It's been a struggle for her as the disease has it's ups and downs and affects the body and mind in strange ways. She's been on top of the game though and taking control, not letting it get the best of her. She exercises regularly and eats a healthy diet, and works a regular job like regular people with minimal complaints.(Lisa's daughter, Amanda is on the left.)

She wears a pump on her at all times that delivers to her body the life giving insulin that keeps her blood sugars in check. It's probably not the most comfortable thing to wear, and probably just a plain hassle at times, but she wears it….because she has to, along with millions of other kids just like her! We're hoping someday with the work of the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the thousands of man-hours they put in to find new ways of treatment or even a cure, that someday Amanda won't have to wear a pump anymore, or poke her finger one more time, or have to lug out her little black case with her gear in it and say "Hold on guys, I have to check my blood before I eat…" Hopefully, the same with be true for millions of other kids as well and that means freedom!

The JDRF counts on every penny for research to find a cure! Please follow the link to my personal JDRF page and make a donation today! 
Thank you all very much for taking the time to read this and for your support, it's appreciated by myself and millions of others!!  
Please go to www.jdrf.com/birkie and go to 'Donate to a Participant'. Enter my name (Lisa Dolinich) and click MinDakotas chapter…it's as easy as that!"