Day off = solo sscx at wilderness park


20131229-072907.jpg Yeah, you wish you were me.


SSCX Bianchi San Jose debut ride


First ride today of my newly completed Bianchi San Jose. James, Yukon Cornelius, and myself tested our new rides on gravel trails with some bonus singletrack. Aside from a few adjustments, and a flat tire on the San Jose, it was a pleasant 22 mile ride in teeth-chattering 20 degree temps. The Bianchi complete comes in at 21.8 lbs, and I cannot say enough positive things about my new ride, it feels light and responsive, it feels great!

Did I say complete? I carelessly forgot to install a rim strip on the back wheel.

The resulting flat at mile 12 was extra fun to change in the cold. CO2 cartridges don’t work quite as well when it’s only 20 degrees out.

Anyway, the singletrack rocked, the bike feels great, and the boys enjoyed the galettes.


Surly Arctic Cross, St. Pauli edition


Winter Solstice Race, Gravel Edition bike preparation


SKS X-tra Dry rear clip on fender, MOB Fat Bikes downtube splash shield. I had to cut the splash shield down quite a bit to allow it to clear the pedals. A quick test ride showed no interference with my pedal stroke. I am a little concerned it will act like a sail on descents. I also put fresh batteries into the blinkies, since I anticipate the cold will kill them.


45NRTH Xerxes studded snow tires (700c X 30) @50 psi, mounted on my Shimano R501 wheelset. Gearing on the bike is 48/34 chainrings with an 11-32 SRAM 9 spd cassette.

It’s already snowing in Herman. Tomorrow should be interesting.

What to wear riding when it’s really f***ing cold.


19 degrees is stupid cold, but ride-wise it’s do-able, despite looking like a member of a hi-viz special ops team.


  • fleece balaclava
  • ski goggles (critical)
  • underarmour cold gear compression base layer top
  • Specialized thermal soft shell jersey
  • Specialized windproof shell
  • Specialized Lobster gloves
  • Padded thermal bib tights
  • Saucony Nomad windproof pants
  • injinji toe socks
  • smartwool wool socks
  • Bontrager Mountain Race shoes
  • Pearl Izumi toe covers
  • Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier 3mm neoprene shoe covers

The rest o’ the Chainsuck crew; Yukon Cornelius and The Welshman, enjoying a respite. This was before my phone froze and died, and all picture taking stopped.