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  1. #1
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    November rides: bringing in the chill

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    Well, November definitely brings in the chill, up here in the north country, but for you folks down in warmer climes that have been suffering in the heat, I hope November brings you some relief.

    Yippee! Got my Pugs 2 back form the bike shop, yesterday and it is now a single speed or actually a double speed. More on that in a bit. Anyway, here it is, with a few other mods. Pretty good deal on it, by the way. My guy at the shop did all the labor at no cost in exchange for the shifters and cassette that was on the bike. Me, I supplied the parts, up front.


    To further lighten the bike, I also replaced the stock Moloku handlebars with a much lighter FSA flat bar. I love the Moloku bars, but they're really a heavy duty touring handlebar, with emphasis on heavy, since they're made of steel. The FSA bar is MUCH lighter and better suited for trail work, anyway. Besides, I can always go back to the Moloku anytime I wish.

    Yes, this is actually a double speed, you might say. It's a standard single speed in the back.


    This version of the Pugs, though, is unique in that it uses the same width axle, front and back, plus the front hub is threaded for a free wheel. What this allows you to do is run the front wheel with a different size cog, then just switch front and back wheels to change the gearing. Here's the front wheel with a smaller cog that I will use when I want a higher gear.


    Right now, the gearing is with the rear wheel, set very low for trail work, with a nod to some snow riding or mud riding. My trails are very dry at the moment, so the gearing is a bit lower than I would like, but still very useable. Should be just right, though, when things turn mushy and soft. Then, too, I can always switch wheels to get a higher gear.

    Did 6 miles of trail work, late afternoon, and loved the way the bike handled. It handled nice with the full set of gears and the heavy stock handlebar, too, but now it handles even better with the reduced weight, plus no big derailleur to snag or break hanging from the back. I now have single speed bikes all the way from a skinny tire road bike all the way up to a fat bike.

    Speaking of late afternoon, don't forget, Daylight Savings time ends this Sunday. Pretty much means my late afternoon rides will become more like mid-afternoon rides, being this far north.

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    Sigh... rain today and tomorrow. No riding in western MA for my birthday weekend. In fact, we aren't going out there until 4 pm tomorrow, have dinner at 8, then up early-ish Sunday to do a short hike, as our friends have a western MA AMC chapter dinner and we are going to my son's at 5:30. I am hoping that if we get home by 2:00, I can hop on my bike and at least say I have ridden on my birthday, as that's when it will be the high of 53. Only sunny day until next *Thursday.*

    Nice bike, NW!
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    Happy BD, Crankin. I do hope you get a chance to do a little ride, just to say you did on your birthday. We have some of that wet weather coming in over the weekend, too, but looks like we'll get some snow mixed in, too. Oh, well. This is November.

    Cold and cloudy, this morning, but did 14 miles of pavement on the Nature Boy, then came back and did 2 more miles on the trails with the Krampus.

    So glad I didn't sell the Krampus, even though I was tempted. Now that I've got it the way I want it, it's a keeper. Took a different set of tires, then converting to tubeless and, of course, doing a single speed conversion, not to mention a different handlebar, stem, seat post and seat to get there, but I'm enjoying it MUCH more now than I did when it was all stock from the factory. Out of the box, it was actually a little disappointing and I usually love Surly bikes. Fun, fun ride, now.

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    I'm sorry I missed your birthday, Crankin. I hope you had a peaceful one.

    NWG, what tires now?
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    On the Krampus? Those are Maxxis Chronicle 29x3s, 120 tpi, set up tubeless. That's what I used to replace the stock Surly Dirt Wizards, which were a very aggressive dirt tire, but also a very slow rolling tire. The Chronicles are, as usual for me, a XC tread tire. Very fast and pleasant rolling tires that do well in the sand, but clog up a bit in the mud, but the important thing, now that the Krampus is a single speed, is that they roll easy.

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    First snow ride of the year, this morning and, also, my first ever single speed snow ride. There I was, yesterday, riding my single speed setup Pugs 2 on my hard dry trails, wondering if maybe I went a bit too low on the gearing and thinking maybe I should change out to a slightly faster cog in the rear. Woke up, this morning to snow falling and by the time I hit the trails with the Pugs, had 2 to 3" of wet, glue-like snow. The gearing I chose was perfect for this work. Riding a single speed fat bike for some snow riding was exactly what I had in mind for the Pugs and looks like I got it just right.


    Did 3 miles of trail riding in the thick snow. Lots of fun, but lots of work, too, so got my daily does of exercise. So did Star, who loved her first snow outing of the season.


    Looks like my pavement riding may be on hold for a day or two until the temps melt off the snow. Of course, I could just ride one of the fat bikes, too.

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    So jealous! If we had snow, I wouldn't feel guilty about not riding and I could maybe x country ski????
    Sheila, you didn't miss my birthday, it's today. Ended up hiking about 10.5 miles over 2 days, one at home, yesterday, and today in western MA. Off to finish my birthday celebration at my son's house. We had a great dinner with our friends' last night.
    And grandchild #3 arrived Friday afternoon. It's a boy! He looks like he was born weight lifting.
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    Congrats on the new grandson. That's a great birthday present.

    Most of the snow melted, overnight, due to rain, but this snow/rain pattern is forecast to continue most of the week and by the weekend, temps will not even get above freezing, so, yeah, winter is here for us. Had hopes it would hold off a bit longer to get more November trail riding done, but, I'll just have to take it one day at a time, now.

    Crankin, I wouldn't let the guilt get to you for not riding. As long as you can get outdoors, that's the important thing. Up here, we have to fight SAD (seasonal affective disorder) because we get so little light in the winter months. Our long, dark and gloomy winters can be very depressing. Always a challenge, but winter can be beautiful, up here, too. The best cure for SAD is to get outdoors, every day, and soak up as much light as possible. I never skip my daily outdoor time. Winter bike riding is my first choice, but I also cross country ski and snowshoe, all depending on snow conditions.

    Yeah, gloomy, today, but hope to be able to do some pavement riding.
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    I'd say I get outside 4-5/7 days. It doesn't always happen on the 3 days I work, but usually I can get out for an early am ride most of the year, or a walk before, during, or after work on one of those days. I love my 2 bootcamp days, but on Friday, I often want to ride because I am not at work, and after that class, it's pretty hard!
    I tell all of my clients to get outside in the winter and they just can't do it. The ones who already do some exercise are more successful, but most just complain. I've been dealing with winter that way for about 18 out of the 28 years since we moved here from AZ. I always went out and played in the snow with my kids, shoveled, and even did some minor x country skiing for the first few years. They did downhill skiing, which I had no desire to do. It wasn't until I started riding in 2000 that I started seriously x country skiing, snow shoeing, and winter hiking and walking.
    I knew it wasn't my imagination, we've had 6 more inches of rain this year than normal. It has put a crimp in my outdoor stuff.
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    4 or 5 days out of seven riding or other outdoor activity is pretty good for someone still working and/or raising a family. Back when I was doing both, there were weeks when I couldn't keep that pace. Yeah, retirement is great in that respect.

    Our weather has been consistently wetter than usual this year, too. Today was another ride in the rain day, only this time it was half rain and half freezing rain. Started out mid-morning with some blue peeking though the clouds, then the low clouds would move in and soak me with the wet stuff. Managed 11 miles of local pavement, but the wet clothes and temps in the 30s got the best of me, so I and headed home to dry off and warm up. My legs wanted to to do much more than 11 miles, though. Rested a bit, then traded the Gunnar for the Krampus and hit my trails, hard, doing 6 miles of fast laps. By this time the rain had stopped, so a great trail workout.

    While riding the trails, came across two downed trees across my trails, though. Not real big, but had to be cleared. Called the riding quits and grabbed an axe and went to work. Between the riding, the rain and the cold and the heavy work of tree removal, I was one tired gal, today. Definitely got my outdoor time, today.

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    Rain, and me riding in the rain, is beginning to seem normal, now. Yup, another wet ride, this morning. Rode the 2 miles over to our town hall to vote, then kept going for another 9 miles of pavement work. Got home, dried off the Nature Boy, then headed out for 4.5 miles of very wet and sloppy trail work with the Pugs. The Pugs with its 4.4" tires is a true fat bike and very comfy and safe to ride on the trails, but those big wheels are harder to push than the Krampus and, especially, the Log Lady. When the going gets sloppy, though, fat bikes rule.

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    Oh. My. Drool....

    https://www.cannondale.com/en/USA/Bi...ntid=undefined

    If there is one thing I donít like about my current CAADX, is that I have too much toe overlap. The geometry was funky that year. Very short reach for overall bike size. Not sure how wheelbase and HTA/ trail compar. But I could figure it out.

    Again. Oh. My.
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    Yeah, but it has that goofy curved handlebar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by north woods gal View Post
    Yeah, but it has that goofy curved handlebar.
    Ha! You have to admit that’s pretty. And I like drop bars. AKA goofy curved handlebars.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Actually, I like them, too. Just that this old body resists getting stretched when I go back and forth between MTBs and road bikes. Thanks to my accident, my neck also complains, now, when I'm not in a fairly upright position. No more riding in the drops for me. Lots of great memories on all the drop bar bikes I've owned over the years, though. My favorite was a Trek Ultegra equipped cyclocross bike with one of the very last aluminum frames actually made in Wisconsin. That was an amazing bike.

    Snow, again, tonight. Really had hoped to get some nice dry November weather got riding, but not looking good. Every day I can ride my Nature Boy or standard tire MTBs is now precious. Fat bike, only, weather is closing in, fast.
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