The 2017 Pie Burner Put To Bed….

The Sunday before the ride, trail conditions were perfect!! Come the Friday before the ride it was 44 degrees and raining!!??

Mother threw a monkey wrench at us; but the ride still went off without a hitch. Saturday mornings temperatures were perfect, mid teens…… with only a high of 28ish.

Studded tires were the buzz word of the day; certain sections of the trail were like a skating rink. Multiple riders went down multiple times; with only one having to pull out after 6ish miles. He’s alright, but bruised up good.

56 riders showed up; and the event got some long overdue local love from the Hibbing Daily Tribune, thanks Mr. Tony Potter!!

With this events growth, look for some changes to come for the 2018 version of the Pie Burner. I’m thinking of having two groups of riders leaving at different times, but arriving back at Palmers within an hour of each other. More on that in the coming months.

When we reached the halfway point, half the riders gladly headed back to Palmers Tavern and waiting for the rest of us to finish up the long route. All the long route riders returned between 3:30 – 4:00 pm.

Eating, drinking and ride giveaways were handled in time; and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

A huge shout-out to my family, again!! You guys rock!!

Also a shout-out to the volunteers, without you this ride would not be what it is!!

And to all the sponsors….. I DO NOT have words for how much your generosity helps this event thrive…. THANK YOU!! Especially Surly Bikes!!

And to Sandy and Brooke; and staff at Palmers Tavern your willingness to work with me and go above and beyond is greatly appreciated!!

Then today I was made of aware of a nice “kudos” write up by fellow fatbiker Sheri Schrock of Cohasset, Mn. In the Hibbing Daily Tribune. Sheri was the nice lady who was pedaling the sweet Otso Voytek on ride day.

Sheri on ride day…..

Thank you for the kind words Sheri, and by those words….. we know what we’re doing, is being done the correct way!!

Here’s a few shots (out of a few 1,000 photos) thanks Zack….. of the day

We’ll see you in 2018!!

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Our Last Long Ride…..

Before Saturday’s GRE Mesabi Trail Tour ride.

My crew is all set!! Our last long ride is in the books.  

Our turn around spot was “The Stand” in Chisholm, Mn. 11 miles in. The carrot of ice cold frosty mugs of root beer’s, was just what was needed on the hot sticky August 1st pedal!!

The rest of these pictures tell the story better than any word’s can!!

What’s any bike ride worth if there’s not some goofing around time??? 

After 5 Year’s: Cuyuna!!

We finally made it!!

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Now, I was gonna rave about the trails, but after 5 year’s it hardly seems right; and would be redundant.
I will say… if you haven’t been, DO NOT WAIT any longer! 😉
The 7.1 miles this fine gentlemen

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Our two FatBikers with Mr. Aaron Hautala

lead us on early Saturday morning (as part of the #ForCuyuna event weekend) were stellar, and really wet MY appetite for more…. and I know, we as a family will be back soon! Maybe splitting our time between a Yurt stay and staying at TNBC.

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Both kids sucked it up and climbed the two biggest climbs on the trail system…. well, one singletrack the other an old hual road…. but they climbed and pushed a bit also. 😉 they aren’t afraid, and have become very adapt at pushing the big boy tires up old mine roads here at home….. 

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So…. good job my little fatbike freaks!!Ha Ha

Anyway, I mentioned the #ForCuyuna event…. which at some point and time since January 1st I had entered a contest via entering my email address through ERIK’S Bike and Board website.
Well Thursday morning I received an email with the subject line reading “CONGRATULATIONS:WINNER!”
I had to go retrieve it from my trash folder, after i thought about it for awhile…. I must’ve won something, right?
I laughed to myself and said yeah right!
Sure enough Steve Parsons was telling me I won 2 tickets to the event festivities. Woot Woot 👍
I replied… we have two MTBing kids, could we purchase 2 extra tickets?? Steve’s reply… “Joe we have two extra tickets, so two becomes four, enjoy the event with your family!” 
Thanks again to ERIK’S and Steve!!

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I’m learning to be a more talkative person when it comes to face to face meetings with people I talk to freely over the internet. Definitely a learning curve for my lone wolf nature; but a skill I’ll need to continue to get better at.
I like the fact when I do get the chance to talk with like minded individuals, we all seem to have the same goal in mind…. making our each individual trails systems and future trail systems the best they can be. Also to work separately,  but with the end goal of coming together to join as one to make Minnesota better for outdoor sports such as mountain biking….
Enough words, here’s the teat of our whirlwind day in pictures!!

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Zack was always trying stay on the Flying Finns wheel, but J and I did catch those two at certain spots.

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The 2nd 70° day in April

This was my riding partner on 4/16/2016.

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Her brother did not want to join us. Think 12 year old boys, and you’ll understand. 😉
This young girl is scary strong in her head, and for her small size put the hurt on me for 8 of our almost 10 mile ride along the paved Carey Lake trail.

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Drink stop

Pretty impressive for only having put on a few winter miles.

She did ask about our upcoming Mesabi Trail Tour ride, in the beginning of August. “Dad, I want to up my miles for the tour!”
I told her the plan is to start from the house again this year, and make our way to the finish in Grand Rapids, Mn. around 40-48 miles from our garage door. She smiled, and said “sounds about right.” LOL
Then she asked about the Fiddlin’ Fifty
Gravel ride August 27th just north of Chisholm, Mn.
“What happens if I can’t do the whole thing?” “Will I be able to turn around and go back?”
I replied, it doesn’t work that way, but I’m sure we could call Mom, and she could come pick you up. Which in return, she replied….. “I think I wanna try doing it all.”
Very well, but you’ll need to prepare yourself accordingly. “I can do it Dad!!”
Then we arrived at Carey Lake, where it turned into playtime, as it should.

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And of course there had to be some playing around with the last couple piles of the white stuff….

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Bob the snowman!! LOL

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Then I was told…. “Dad, I’m ready to go home.”

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Here’s where she hit her wall, just shy of 8.5 miles. The head wind did her in.
For her young age, she’s pretty impressive, both in strength of mind and her little body!! 
Then we made our way home, and relaxed by the 1st fire of the new year.

Ti or Carbon Framed FatBike???

I’m looking at new FatBikes, all be it 2 years out, but I’m looking!! 😉

I’ll be 50 in two years and what better way to celebrate than a new tricked out high end FatBike!!??!!
It’ll take me that long to save the coin I want to spend anyway!!

I had it narrowed to one…. the Ti bike…. the Carver O’Beast.

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Photo from Carvers website

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From Carvers website

Then 9:zero:7 just HAD to release their new 2016 carbon framed line up, and boy howdy are they sharp!!

I’d really like to round out our family with me riding a 9:zero:7.
I’m just so leary of my weight, riding style, riding area and any carbon frame.

Winter mode…..

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9:zero:7 Facebook page photo

And 29+ non winter mode….

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9:zero:7 Facebook page

So my internal dilemma will continue.
I mean, what could possibly come along in the FatBike world in the next two year’s????
Said with as much sarcasm as you think!! 😉
Why did I limit myself to these two companies?

Brand loyalty and getting treated beyond right…. goes to the boys at 9:zero:7. Also, the 9:zero:7 has the upright riding position I’m looking for.

Carver?? Well, I chose them because I’m not looking for a race rig, I’m looking for an exploration/adventure rig with as close to the upright riding position of my trusty Pugsley; and Carver does Ti well.
I’m sure other brands do Ti well also, but the geo isn’t to my liking.

I’ve ridden other branded FatBikes, and it seems like the geo was/is geared more towards the racing end of the spectrum…. anyone who knows me knows I’m as far from a racer as it gets!!