Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Inside Out Cyclocross

Jack Kunnen Photography: Inside-Out February &emdash; IMG_3124

So it has been forever since I have updated my blog and even longer since my last race. This year I set the goal to get back on the bike more and to do that I have decided to start doing some racing again. I want to try some different races this year. It will likely be a mix of mountain bike, cyclocross and fat bike racing.

The season has kicked off with something entirely different, Inside/Out Cyclocross. This event takes place in an old Meijer building in Greenville, MI. It's main attraction is the BMX track that lies inside. Inside/Out uses part of this track for their events along with portions of a pump track, the interior of the building and then some of the parking lot. On this brisk February day the entire race was to be held inside due to the 8+ inches of ice in the parking lot. That meant more of the BMX track than what was typically to be used.

I was nervous going in mainly because I didn't know what to expect, but also because I hadn't raced since June 2011. This race proved to be a total blast to participate in. Come on when else are you going to be pumping the rollers on your cx bike again. The concrete floors were a little sketchy due to the light dusting of dirt covering them. I saw several people bite it in the turns. I opted for the C race since I hadn't raced in so long. I figured I was way off the group, but was pleasantly surprised to see the results when my name showed up 4th on the list.

Here's to the kick off of a great season of riding.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

MMBA Expo

The Michigan Mountain Biking Association is teaming up with The League of Michigan Bicyclists and the Michigan Trails & Greenways Association to present the first annual Michigan Bicycling expo!

When: January 26, 2014- watch for more details
Where: Michigan State University Pavilion 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
Contact information:
email president@MMBA.org
or call 616-318-2390


The Michigan Bicycling Expo is open to the general public. It is a great opportunity to connect with passionate cyclists of all disciplines, find great deals with the vendors, and to celebrate the advocacy efforts of the past year. This year’s expo will feature:
an indoor riding arena;
Championship Points Series (CPS) awards;
a raffle;
guest speakers;
a swap meet;
MMBA Annual Board Meeting;
and a concession stand serviced by MSU.
Vendor Info and Swap Meet Info

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Seasucker Review

I didn't manage to get out for a ride last weekend so my review of the Seasucker rack had to wait. Yesterday I threw the rack back on to head out for a ride. Still amazed at the ease of installation. I do seem to have one pump that is losing pressure. I am going to trouble shoot it tonight and if it continues I will contact them to warranty it. Other than that one pump the rack is simply great! Loaded up two bikes last night and hit the highway, very little to no sway from the rack. I ended up switching the mount to the back glass and decklid this time around. One reason was so that I could see the mounts in the rearview mirror just in case there was some type of failure I had hoped to notice it before it occured. This arrangement worked out good. There was little to no movement at all from the bikes/rack. Most roof mount racks have more sway then I was getting. The trip was only about 30 minutes to a local trail, but all went well. On the way home we had stopped off for dinner so the bikes were on there for about two hours with no pressure loss except for the mentioned cup and it was only starting to show the warning band.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this rack. I also received back an email from Seasucker that they are indeed making direct bolt on 15/20mm adaptors for the rack so no more fork up style mounts to mess with.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

SeaSucker Mini Bomber

So my first impressions of the SeaSucker Mini Bomber rack are pretty good. Definitely easier to mount than any other roof rack on the marker. I have taken it out for a drive yet so I still have that little bit of a pucker factor trusting my bikes to a rack that uses "suction cups", but every review I have read has been positive. I also don't really care for using 15/20mm axle adaptors, but SeaSucker is taking care of this problem. They are actually in the process of making some direct bolt on mounts for their racks so there will be no need to use the adaptors, which I think is great. I almost lost a bike on the highway with a previous Yakima rack where the adaptor ended up pulling out of the mount. I plan to test the rack this weekend to see how it does on the highway.



Saturday, March 9, 2013

Time for Ray's MTB Park

Headed to Ray's MTB Park for a few days of riding over the next couple of weeks. I will be hitting the park with my FireEye Shortfuse which should be good. The last couple of trips I rode their Trek Ticket rental bikes which were decent, but both times the fit was a little to small for me. The Shortfuse frame has nice short chainstays, but a pretty decent top tube length so I think this is going to feel much better in the park.


Before the trip I still need to find a seatpost clamp to fit this frame though. I went to 9 bike shops today and had no luck in finding a clamp to fit it. I will be checking with Tree Fort Bikes tomorrow to see if they have one. I should have started there since they typically have whatever I need in stock.