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43RD ANNUAL SWEDISH DAYS RIDE


I got the time wrong on this one.
When I registered it said the start time was 9am. The morning of the ride I slept in a little and decided I would sign in @ 10am. Figuring the 9am start was for the those doing the century.
Well when I got there the sign in was closing up. Apparently the time I was given was wrong. The sign in started @ 6am. The admitted the site I registered on was wrong but I was never notified.
Anyway, I was able to sign in and get out and ride but the roads were marked so poorly I missed turns more than twice and ended up just following some other riders back to the beginning. I ended up doing about 30 miles even though I only recorded about 20. I still keep messing up with my Garmin. The UI just is not intuitive and the buttons are so easy to hit while riding…

I am starting to figure out that signup for and driving out to these organized rides isn’t worth it. In Long Island the rides would wind thru towns and by the ocean. You would see different scenery and have BBQ’s, ice cream and fresh pies. Free beer and good entertainment. Riding here in the mid-west all I see on the rides are endless fields that all look the same and for food they have bananas, PB+J, orange slices, and lame cookies… Just doesn’t seem worth the $30 and hour to hour and a half drive each way for that.

On the good side. I felt really strong during this ride. I was able to climb without effort and catch other riders when I wanted to. I really feel my fitness is coming along.

Also word of warning! Those tar lines on the road are Dangerous. They make your bike wobble like you have a wheel out of true or a flat tire. Avoid at all costs.



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Doing some errands on my bike

The sound of electricity over my head. Riding back home after running some errands I jumped on a bike path under high power lines. You can hear then crackle over your head. There are also warnings that you may be attacked by black birds so no stopping. No doubt the birds have mutated due to the electrical radiation.

Did about 10 miles running errands and just cruising around. Saw some yard sales, bought some lemon-aid from a little kid’s stand, picked up some stuff at the drug store, and stopped by the fire vs police BBQ cook off at Whole Foods for a free burger. Only the firemen were cooking, not sure what happened to the cops I may or may not post the ride details here. There really wasn’t much to it and I rode slow on purpose just to enjoy the day. It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve been out on a bike and I wanted to savor it.

Tomorrow is the Swedish Days ride but, there are thunderstorms in the forecast. I’m packed and ready to go in the morning. Going to keep my fingers crossed it doesn’t rain too hard. I like a little rain. I actually love riding in the rain as long as it’s not coming down too hard.

UPDATE: Downloaded the gps information and it was CRAZY. Looks like the power lines interfered with the satellite tracking.

BCLC Ramble

So hard to wake up on Sunday Morning. Garmin user error so route got cut into 2. Had mechanical issue with my bike so cut the ride short to avoid damage to derailer/cassette/wheel. Replacing chain this week.

Ride was nice with lots to see and occasional views of the lake. Weather was hot and humid well beyond comfortable . Water became so hot didn’t want to drink it and pouring it over my head and back felt like a hot bath, ewwww right.

I still had a good time and plan on doing it again next year. I might add some details to this post later or then again I might not. Sort of tired tonight and don’t feel much like blogging.

Oh and the top tube bag was a mistake, never again.

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Higher Gear Wheel Wheel Truing

Video from one of my new favorite bike shops!
Highly recommend you check them out.

Higher Gear Bike Shop Highland Park, IL

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Let me be clear, I am not getting anything from Higher Gear for this or any of my posts.
I just like their shop and personally recommend it.

UDDER CENTURY – 30TH ANNUAL

Udder Century Today. I only did 34 miles. I got there late and to be honest I got a little bored. Also the food at the rest stops was not worth the effort. 😉

I did have a good time though. The people were nice, the weather was great and the roads were smooth for the most part. However, with all the open fields the wind was unstoppable with no shelter.

Not sure if I will do this ride again next year.

Next Sunday 31st Annual RAMBLE with Brats ‘N Rubdowns!!!



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Riley’s all star baseball game

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30 miles round trip. Record high temps today and high winds but I still had a good ride. Riley’s team lost but played a great game. Lily and the rest of the family drove in cars..

My Wilier is getting Jealous. Next real ride will be on my Wilier for sure.



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