Thursday, September 22, 2011

ending the season on a high note

The trout fishing season comes to an official halt for Minnesota and Wisconsin this weekend and I was fortunate to get out one more time. I chose El Paso, Wisconsin for my last cold day on the water, 50ish degrees, and it felt colder standing in the river. I landed my best brookies of the season on a pheasant tail wet fly fished dead drift style through a 2-3 foot deep riffle. About 1pm a light drizzle got the trout to nosing up and I landed one of my better browns as he was masquerading as an 8 incher. He was hanging out opposite the food channel in front of a small bush in no more than a foot of calm, still water. I tied a size 20 baetis to 4 feet of 7x tippet and it took exactly one cast. That's the way the season should close.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

cross clinchers/tubeless: success

Josh decided to join me at the river bottom down by Sibley House for the tubeless clincher test run. Which, I must say was a resounding success. The ride, however, was a bit of a trudge. There was sand, lots of it. Fine, soft sand and we managed to stay on our bikes for the first couple of sections, giving me a small sense of accomplishment, but it wouldn't fucking stop. *Note that our bikes are standing on their own in the middle of the trail* I did go down in it once when I couldn't unclip from my pedal and I almost stayed on the ground, it was so soft and deep it was like landing on a feather bed, all I needed was my pillow. By the time we got to the back side of the trail I stopped even trying to go through it, I saw it coming and just got off the bike resigned to hike. 

cross clinchers/tubeless: the test

I just built a new set of cross wheels:
White Industries hubs
DT Swiss double butted spokes
Brass nipples (of course)
Hed Belgium rims
I'm gonna give 'em go as tubeless with a Stan's set up. I've installed the Stan's rim tape and standard rubber strip with valve. Now I'm off to the shop to fill them up with sealant and see how they roll down at the river bottom. If you have never used Stan's and are considering trying to set them up yourself, one thing to keep in mind is that you will need an air compressor. They won't get air fast enough to create a seal otherwise, so if, like me, you don't have your own compressor, this is the part you do at the bike shop.
It seems the group is about 50/50 on how they will work, but I'm going to take them out right after I get them set up today and I'll be sure to follow up with the results. Worst case scenario, I'll have a really nice new wheelset with tubes in it, seeing as how I'm out of shape and won't likely race them anyway, it doesn't much matter...

wasting light

Foo Fighters were in town last night. I could've gone thanks to an awesome pal, but I was feeling too wasted from the previous few days activities, as well as knowing what I had stacked up in front of me for the next few. He showed me this YouTube video of the band performing their new album live, uninterupted, to nobody and it's really amazing. They have to be about the cleanest band out there at playing real rock-n-roll without kitch or any of that other false persona bullshit that pulls me away from a lot of hard rock these days. Just a bunch of really talented rockers doing their thing, so if you're one of the 10 or 12 people like me that hadn't seen this, check it out.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

beer & fish, fish & beer

This is awesome, and it's not $50. Just sayin'

cyclocross season: git'er purdy, git'er dirty

The weather changed from summer to fall literally overnight and seems to have instantly made cyclocross the only topic of interest in the Minneapolis cycling community.
My cross bike has been sitting in the spare bedroom covered in dry dirt with no kit on it for a few months now and it seems the time has come to bring it back to life. So, as an obsessive-compulsive type, I take it out back and give it the once over in this order:
-remove every last little bolt, washer and screw.
-scrub it down so there's not a spec of last season left on it.
-frame save the seat tube (being an IF that's the only tube I have to worry about).
-put a nice thick coat of wax on it, let it dry, buff it out.
-install shiny new kit.
Now I just have to take it down to the river bottom and get it dirty...
BTW: The Curt Goodrich team were at the Angry Catfish for coffee the other morning and said there was plenty of sand at the river, so plan on getting in a shoulder workout. Don't forget to practice your Rocky the Flying Squirrel either.
If you're interested in giving your road bike the full-fish treatment before you put it away for the year, stop by the Angry Catfish, they'll be glad to treat your bike better than their own.
Next up: The road bike: