The Pie Burner 2019…. AKA The Northland Edition.

The Pie Burner 2019…. AKA The Northland Edition.

Well,

We had 40 plus riders send in their postcards. Good old “Mother” definitely had other ideas.

The pending winter storm had riders with long drives home, bailing left and right in the days leading up to ride day.

Very smart decisions one and all!!

Next year!!

Here’s the Northland crew….

23/24 hardy souls… braved the elements…. for what turned into only a 17.5 mile day.

If we attempted the 2nd 15 miles… we wouldn’t have been back until after dark; and dragging major ass!

Ely, as usual was well represented on this day!! Thanks guys…. it’s always a treat!! 👍🏻👍🏻

One straggler wondered from Fargo…. 😜

with the Iron Range represented well also.

A lot of new riders this year, which is completely awesome to see!

Final numbers for the Northeastern St. Louis County Toys for Tots… 273 items. 93 toys 57 stocking stuffers 107 books!!

Cash $308.

Checks $325.00

Again, this quality group comes through! Thank You!!

I thinks it’s time I call out these two!!

For their generosity in filling their pickup box with toys…. for like the 4th or 5th year in a row!! Every year they make a special trip over in the days leading up to ride day; to drop their haul. As you can see…. that tandem would not fit with all those toys!!

Our family loves these two…. they are a shining example of the quality humans that attend this event!!

Again, thank you to one and all!!

Save this date…. November 28th 2020.

Year 8 of this event!!

This year’s sponsors… THANK YOU!! Not once have any of these sponsors paused, said we’ll get back to you… they’ve donated willingly.

It’s a small list… but they’ve been very very loyal to this grassroots event!!

THANK YOU!!

In no particular order…….

1UpUSA

RideMN

Lake Superior Brewing

Ursa Minor Brewing

Fat-Bike.com

Crapola

Bikes On Howard

Bark Designs

Spokengear

Cedaero

Otso Cycles

WolfTooth

Giants Ridge

FatBack Bikes

IronRange Tourism Bureau

Palmer’s Tavern

None of this would happen without these three…… I CAN NOT SAY Thank You enough!!

And a “A” plus one helper!!

Thanks H!!

And a special Thank You to Mr. Tom Rupar!! Filling in at the last possible moment to be our sag driver!!

Thank you Tom!!

AND this statement left on the Pie Burner Facebook page….. is proof we are doing something very RIGHT with this ride!!

“Thank you Joe and Family for putting on such a great event! Appreciate all the communication before, all the trail breaking you do to figure out the rides and show us your universe, and for rounding up all the swag! It was gorgeous out there! There is no other ride that is anything like this one! 2 years ago I got lots of practice riding ice which helped me the rest of the season. This year I got better at skinnies haha!”

Thank you Sheri!!

As an accomplished rider (whatever sized wheels you’re on), these words mean a lot!!

It’s always a pleasure seeing you!!

A few after ride shots….

And a few…. out there….

Alright…. that’s about all I have…..

See you all in 2020!! #pieburner2020

Pie Burner 2019 Registration Information……

AND…… HERE WE GO!!

The registration window closes November 1st…… or when it hits 50 postcards.

Since house hunting blows you know what; here’s the mailing address to use.

Pie Burner FatBike

C/O Joe Sacco

1114 Michigan St.

Hibbing, Mn.

55746

Please ONE name and subsequent information to a postcard!!

Include:

Name, first and last.

Email address.

Please include a working email address!!

Please use your best penmanship!!

A non working email address, and me being unable to read your handwriting will result in the card being thrown.

If your postcard is postmarked August 31st I will also throw it away.

I’m working between 70-80 (if not more), hours weekly… so please please follow these simple directions.

As of right now (and probably more so in the coming weeks), it will not take much for me to take a pass on putting this years event together.

If my tone reads short and to the point; please start reading this paragraph from the beginning!! 😜😜😂🤦‍♀️

After I’ve received 50 postcards I’ll list everyone’s names and that’s that!!

If in the past you’ve come for the giveaways, and or the t-shirts…. this year you may be disappointed.

If in the past you’ve come to ride your fatbike in the heart of the Iron Range, with an awesome group of people…. you WILL NOT be disappointed!!

Thanks for the understanding with the above information!!

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

Alright….. here’s the deal for the #pieburner2019 sign up.

Are YOU ALL paying attention??

PLEASE Pass this on to whomever you’d like….. PLEASE!!

I don’t want anyone saying “but we didn’t know!!”

In past years I’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 who’ve helped me out with this ride, I will never ask to register. Deal with that fact or not; that’s just the way it’ll be.

I’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.

It’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 can’t thank you enough for your generosity!! 👍🏻👍🏻

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

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

The postcards will be dated on the day they are received… and I’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; it’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. 🤔😮🤫

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

Yes, I realize it’s nearing the end of June…. but this way you all can plan accordingly, tell whomever you’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 isn’t something I’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!! 😜🤔

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. 🤔

I’m also patiently waiting for my new Cedaero frame-bag to arrive. Then things will get real!! 👍🏻👍🏻

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!! 🤔😂😂😂😂😂😂😜😜

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

Pie Burner 2018………

Picture heavy post…. few words.

Northeastern Minnesota Toys For Tots got a nice boost again from this event!!

Final numbers for #toysfortots

37 big hearted #fatbikers raised

$795.00/$300 from #palmerstavern 💕

149 toys/books and stocking stuffers.

Yet another year I’m speechless at these numbers!!

THANKS to ONE and All!!

Here’s to #pieburner2019

Creek crossing” in the 1st 8 miles.

Back to Biking; The 2018 Pie Burner to Be Exact!!

Almost two weeks out!!

The cold has arrived, hopefully it stays!! A light fresh dusting of the white stuff is on the ground…. things should be forming up after the three nights we’ll below freezing forecasted temps.

Look for some route updates….. soon!!

I pick up my trusty Pugsley from Bikes on Howard tomorrow…. then I ride!!

Here’s looking to a very successful 6th year event!!

For those wondering, the shirt design is done, with an online purchase link soon to follow. If you do order and pay; your shirt will be at Palmer’s Tavern on Saturday’s ride morning!!

Here’s the front in all it’s Cardinal Red glory!!

And the back Sponsorship logos of course.