Monday, August 29, 2011

A Good One :)

Every once in a while you get the feeling that everything will be better from here. This is one of those moments :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

27" and Perfect commuters

Thanks to the Mechanics at Bike World Urbandale for a proper working Commuter again.  For several month my 27" retro bike has made clunking noises and the freewheel (ya I know old right) slipped a little.  The last couple weeks it has slipped alot and shifted bad.  So a new freewheel was in order and come to find out the bearings were shot on the back wheel.
Shimano 12-28 (old fashion)
So after several years of commuting this bike is the best one I've had.  The 27" x 1 1/4" tires (Gum-wall) work great in everything (except ice) and I've gotten away with as little as 25psi (lazyness anyone).  The total cost for fixing the bike this time was $30 I have about 6k on this bike since I got it from Nick for $20.  So if you looking for good commuters dont spend big money... go get a junker and put some new parts on it.
And Stickers....and Spoke cards

Friday, August 26, 2011

Cool Stuff From Surly (Again)

26x4.7 on a 100mm rim. 120 tpi. Really really big.
Yes, it will fit into a Pugsley frameset on a Large Marge rim. HOWEVER, You will no longer be able to use your small ring or largest three or four cogs in the rear due to tire/chain disagreements.
Color: Tire colored  
MSRP: $140
Due Date: Aug 2011 - like very soon

A couple things I noticed,  Tire Colored... only surly.  And most important Will fit on pugsley!  I will be getting one for the front wheel of my Pugsley eventually (next year) and I should be able to set it up to work with the single speed option.  I think the extra large front tire will make very little difference but only time will tell.  

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Got to watch this movie last night on Vudu.  Way cool video, not what I expected though.  I really thought it would be a documentary on mountain biking, however it was more of a inspirational film with mountain biking as the theme.  A lot of very cool shots and tricks some cool trails also.  Rent it don't buy it you'll only need to watch it once I would think.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gravel Metric #11 (not the century I tried for)

I took off early this morning on my day off (I got Inventory day off!) with the goal of my 8th gravel Century for the year.  I could feel early on that wasn't going to happen.  I wanted to go to Pella today but I ended up at Lake Aquabi instead.  Good day on the bike even though it was a 9 hour metric (lots of stops).  Did I mention I saw the Google Street view car!  It followed me for a mile or so (hoping to be in some pictures) and then took off.

Breakfast of 

B- Road out of Martensdale.


One Lap of Aquabi was enough after the 40 mile ride there

Not sure what this is but I rode around it

Mmmm Green stuff

Google CAR...with top mounted camera


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Got Nothing..

2 days till the long work days end.  Long ride friday.  More then

Monday, August 22, 2011

State Fair 2011

9:30 am  Breakfast of Champions..

Abbie got 4th Place for "C" level 

Kid Storage? 

This is what a $7 beer looks like...OUCH

The Craft Beer Tent was the best part of the fair...and the 10" Gyros.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Quarter Rage Results

Sweet 14 of 26 not bad for the Pugs.....  HERE

8/17/2011 QR Results 
1. Squirrel- 19:29
2. Kyle Sedor- 19:47
3. Matt McCutchen- 19:56
4. Tom Anderson- 20:17
5. TJ Fort- 20:32
6. Jubil Young- 20:41
7. Taylor Webb- 20:53
8. Nathen- 20:59
9. Kurt Benson- 21:02
10. Andy Bach- 21:04
11. Eric Conlan- 21:30
12. Nick Larson- 21:51
13. Tobin- 21:53
14. Courtney Hilton- MUKLUK - 22:30
15. Eric Holm- 22:49
16. Troy Pierce- 22:58
17. Al Boone- 23:18
18. Kim Hopkins- 23:27
19. Justin Bruce- 23:33
20. Phil- 23:37
21. Pat Conlan- 24:07
22. Chris- 24:08
23. Sammy Lopez- 24:40
24. Brian Sheesely- 24:46
25. Sam- 25:03
26. Neal G.- 26:41, flatted 

Maybe next time I'll try the tandem :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Quarter Rage

Had a good crowd for Quarter Rage.  I think like 25 people did the race.  I finished at 22:30 on the pugsley I think I beat a couple people.  I started out #10 one minute behind Tobin (who I was suppose to catch) and a minute ahead of someone who caught me close to the end.  I did still have a little energy left on the pavement and turned it up to 22 mph for a strong finish.  I didn't throw up (someone else did for me)  but I was really close.  Good times, next quarter rage I'm leaving the Batmobile at home and taking a mountain bike.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Holy Fat tires, Batman!

So the Bike becomes so much cooler when it gets a name.  I kind of got the idea from a co-worker yesterday who said "courtney has this bike it's like the bat-mobile of bicycles"  So tonight I will be loosing Quarter Rage on the Bat-Mobile.

No This One:

Now known as the Bat-Mobile 

It Really needs the Guns on the front though.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mountain Bike Chronicles

Watch it HERE on Youtube

A cool look at freestyle mountain biking.  A little hardcore but a lot of fun to watch and its free and High-def.  So Win Win.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Riding With the Kids

Denmans Ride 8/14

 Kids Race at the East Village Crit

The Ride Home (or to Mullets)