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

131 1/2 E. 17th 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!!

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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.

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!!