Itโ€™s The Bike Stupid!!

Itโ€™s The Bike Stupid!!

Saturday I rode the Lutsen99er.

The 69er version for this particular day.

72.43 miles

Almost 4,000′ of climbing, in 8 hours and change.

This post isn’t about my 23 year old riding partner, who kicked ass by the way!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

Or the kick ass campsite we had at the Temperance River campground west of Tofte, Mn.

It’s not even about the event itself, which was exceptionally run, with a volunteer group 2nd to none!!

I will say one thing about the riders of this event…. by the amount of race course garbage I personally saw; they are illiterate!! That is all.

What this post will be about, is how I felt during and especially afterwards riding my FatBack Rhino FLT. For up until today is the longest saddle time I’ve had on it since bringing it home back in March of this year.

I knew what to expect, I’ve done long rides on my Pugsley and Krampus respectively.

I was prepared for sore wrists, arms, elbows and shoulders. Along with a sore lower back, and maybe a sleepy left or right foot (depending on the day), for a couple days afterwards.

Hey, that’s the price I’ve been willing to pay in the past… why should it change now?? It was all in the pursuit of my passion that’s called fat/plus biking.

Well, throughout the early part of the ride I felt strong…. legs were fine, I kept a moderate pace. God Damn climbing still kicks my ass; and I’ve made peace with that fact…. so I settle in and turn the pedals until the climbing stops.

Thomas pulled ahead, obviously!! Why would he wait for his slow ass climbing old man?? I wouldn’t if I was him!!

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The 25 mile aid station came and went… I’m still feeling good; picked up speed and started picking off slower riders. Nothing new there…. it always takes me a bit to get completely warmed up.

From here to the 45 mile aid station i realized I was clipping along, picking off more and faster riders than myself; by bombing through mud holes, bombing down descents with abandon… damn I love the fatbikes big boy tires!!

I also started waiting for it…. the soreness to start creeping in. It usually starts in the wrists and lower back at the same time…. but it didn’t come.

The 45 mile aid station came and went; still no creeping soreness….. and at around mile 52 I caught the young 23 year old!! LOL

The heat was doing a number on him, and he slowed down to compensate. We stopped shortly after reconnecting, and I dumped a good amount of water on his head and down his back….. I saw his demeanor instantly change!! Super I thought… and we moved onto the 2nd to last aid station at the 51 mile mark.

Which just so happened to be two city blocks from our campsite. I mentioned we could go sit in our camp chairs until he was ready to finish. Without missing a beat…. “nope, we’ll stop here for a bit, then move on.”

At the campsite later that evening, he said he was afraid if he sat in his chair he would’t get back up!! LOL smart young man!! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป

So this is where he sat for awhile before we moved on….

By this time I was expecting the soreness to come crashing down on me at any moment. I had even popped a couple ibuprofen after filling Thomas’s water bottles in preparation.

Mile 61 came and went…. nothing.

Mile 62-67 nothing.

Then the single-track…. who puts single-track at the end of a race?? For Christ sake, how am I suppose to enjoy it… being sore and beat down!!??!!

Well, well…. what do you know… I enjoyed the hell out of that end of the race single-track just fine, thank you very much!!

More climbing to the finish… which sucked goat balls… but I did it!! ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ™„

After all this, what am I sold on??

My carbon fork in combination with the carbon bars; and running my tires tubeless; and riding a fully rigid bike that was specifically designed with this sort of a shit show of a days worth of riding. I swear to God I would not have felt this good if I rode either of my other two bikes!!

Steel vs aluminum frame? I’m not so sure about that!!

Did I just have an exceptionally good day? Not particularly.

I know I’ve prepared myself similar in years past for an event such as this, so that’s not it.

I’ve thought about this a lot since I laid my head down in my tent that Saturday night.

Carbon fork + carbon bars + tubeless setup + Fatback Bikes Rhino FLT = pain free riding!!

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New Sign Up Procedure For 2019 Pie Burner Saturday, and Beyond……

Alright….. hereโ€™s the deal for the #pieburner2019 sign up.

Are YOU ALL paying attention??

PLEASE Pass this on to whomever youโ€™d like….. PLEASE!!

I donโ€™t want anyone saying โ€œbut we didnโ€™t know!!โ€

In past years Iโ€™ve never capped this ride.

Two years ago we had as many as over 70 riders…. way to many in my opinion.

Things just got to spread out.

Last year was 45ish, which was perfect.

So from now on, and for however much longer I plan on putting the work into this ride, the cap will be 50 riders.

A few locals whoโ€™ve helped me out with this ride, I will never ask to register. Deal with that fact or not; thatโ€™s just the way itโ€™ll be.

Iโ€™m still not asking any rider for money.

The donation (ride fee) to the Northeastern St. Louis County Toys for Tots Foundation stays.

It benefits the less fortunate young ones during a stressful time of year.

Itโ€™s a very GOOD thing; and you the riders of this event have never let that needy group down.. kudos to each and every one of you past participants!! I canโ€™t thank you enough for your generosity!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

***The postcard sign up window will be from September 1st – November 1st.***

After November 1st I will count the postcards Iโ€™ve received and make a post on the remaining spots that are left open, or post whoโ€™s in and whose not.

The postcards will be dated on the day they are received… and Iโ€™ll go from there after 50.

No emails sign ups… SORRY I just will not have time to answer emails between working two jobs, scouting and planning the routes, and everything else that goes into making the Pie Burner Saturday what it has become.

Please understand this fact; itโ€™s just the way it has to be for my own sanity.

I will have to give you ALL the mailing address at a later date… we are currently in the process of becoming homeowners…. so that address WILL FOLLOW as the joyous search for a home gets completed. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคซ

As always; fire away with any questions you may have. Did I miss something?

Yes, I realize itโ€™s nearing the end of June…. but this way you all can plan accordingly, tell whomever youโ€™d like to join you on ride day…. to pay attention to sign up and so forth.

I did mull this new sign up process over for quite some time; so this isnโ€™t something Iโ€™ve settled upon lightly……. it will be what it will be.

Either you like it, or you will not.

That decision I leave to you.

-Joe

The Really Good, The Really Good, and the Really Really Bad Products…..

I’ve purchased some products in the last year… not very many; but they were needed… some were overdue.

I’ll start with what I think was my best cycling addition in recent memory.

The OutBoundLighting TrailEdition headlight.

This light is HANDS DOWN the most impressive light I’ve ever used…. bar none!! The beam pattern alone is worth the price of admission… with Matt (the owner) providing customer service that simply isn’t seen any more. Nice job Matt, you have a lifetime customer!!

Then it comes to the FatBack RhinoFLT. You’ve already read what I think about this sweet ride; so I’ll just leave another picture.

Now the REALLY REALLY BAD product, I paid a premium price for… even at the 25% discount I received at the AngerCatfish it’s just a horribly overpriced horrible product!!

The 45NRTH Naughtvind pant.

The worst product for winter cycling I’ve ever spent my hard earned dollars on EVER, hands down PERIOD. If I could return this product for a refund…. I would in a heartbeat!! Horribleness x 10!! DO NOT waste your hard earned dollars on this product!!

I’ll be going back to the trusty, completely better made Craft Storm tights!!

45NRTH does a lot of things that are exceptional…. these pants are not one of those things!!

I should’ve listened to you Mr. Doom!!

Anyway, that’s it, for now.

I do have a frame bag currently being made from Cedaero.

I’ve been assured it will be in my hands well before The Le Grand Du Nord which will be my spring beat down this year. I decided to stay in northern eastern Minnesota for this years early season flogging!! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿค”

Keep the rubber side down and Pedal On!!

Why The FatBack Rhino FLT

Because it’s NOT a Salsa, Trek, Specialized or other big brand.

I picked up this sweet rig March 1st, from my LBS…. Bikes On Howard; which has become FatBack Bikes newest dealer!!

I wanted to step into the 21st century of fat-bikes. My Pugsley has treated me well for over 11 years, but it was time.

Nothing wrong with those above, or any brands; although FatBack does fat-bikes, and only fat-bikes…. and they do them extremely well!!

It has a threaded BB, (which all FatBack bikes have, as all bikes should), which has been a deal breaker in a new bike with me for years. If it says PF BB…. I move on.

Symmetrically built wheels with through axles, and tubeless ready were a must.

I got an 18″ aluminum frame, FatBacks GX Eagle build with the carbon fork upgrade. For my riding style and riding area, I don’t feel a full on carbon frame is the wisest choice for me.

I choose the non studded Johnny 5’s, which I studded myself.

The only thing I swapped out, after 100 miles were ridden, was the stock saddle to my comfy WTB Koda saddle.

Also, when the studded Johnny 5’s weren’t really needed anymore, I set up my 45Nrth Vanhelgas tubeless. 1st time I’ve went tubeless in 20 years. This time around it went much smoother than that time 20 years ago!! LOL

I don’t feel I can really compare the ride of this Rhino FLT to the Pugsley. How can one compare the difference between night and day??

The Sram GX Eagle drivetrain is a game changer…. and has performed flawlessly, as I’ve now passed the 200 mile mark.

I’ve got a few races, well for me…. they’ll be called rides, coming up; and this will be the bike I ride. I may even get a set of plus size wheels, and sell my other two bikes…… time will tell. ๐Ÿค”

I’m also patiently waiting for my new Cedaero frame-bag to arrive. Then things will get real!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I’ve named this new whip; well to be completely honest, Cindi named it; when you see me in person ask me the name she came up with; because I’d rather offend you in person than type the name out!! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ

Until then, keep the rubber side down, and pedal on!!