Thursday, December 30, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021
I took two days off from riding for Christmas and then Sunday, went out on the singlespeed for a 30 mile ride on wet roads. I was a bit overdressed and by the time I was 15 miles into the ride I was sweating.
Friday, December 24, 2021
If you have ridden Upper Paugussett State Forest in the last month or two you might have noticed some new trail blazes on the now two legal trails. I came to a verbal agreement with the State Forester that for official recognition of the Mulikin Trail, I and NEMBA (the Housatonic Chapter) would take care and maintain both the Mulikin and Gussy Trail and dissuade any future trails coming off these two trails.
The New Mulikin Trail is blazed yellow and it's a combination of my old Mulikin Trail, Easy Up, and my Mulikin Trail Re-route, which took the trail off the blue blazed, Lillalohna Trail.
The creation of these unsanctioned trails has really been a set back for Mountain Biking and the development of new trails in this part of the state. The DEEP Foresters look at mountain bikers as selfish brigands who do what they want on public land. Just because you pay taxes in this state doesn't give you the right to build unsanctioned trails on State Land. You are paying taxes for the privilege of living in this state, as with every other state in the union.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Since I am doing a lot more riding in cold weather this year I decided to get bar mitts for my road bike. Of course I can use them on any of my drop bar road bikes. I had to get the model for the externally routed cables because my Jamis has older Shimano 105 levers.
Friday, December 17, 2021
Thursday, December 09, 2021
We got a bit of snow overnight on December 8th so the next morning I went out for a quick ride before work and hit Upper Paugussett State Forest just as the sun was rising. It wasn't terribly cold so I was able to get away with a couple of layers and of course a blaze orange top.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Saturday, November 13, 2021
Friday, November 12, 2021
I got kicked loose from work early on Friday, October 15th, so I texted Scott to see if he wanted to ride out to OEC for a beer and then ride back to Newtown. He game so we met at the Flag Pole and started towards the brewery.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
I got back from New Paltz around 4 PM which was more than enough time to prepare for the third ride with RC Ilumenati. I charged my lights the night before so all I had to do was switch bikes, put on the lights and leave for Easton by 5:45 PM.
We all headed out a little after 9 AM with Steve and two of his friends from New Jersey and another guy who is a professor at SUNY New Paltz. We rode up this new trail called the River to Ridge Greenway. The trail ended at Lenape Lane, which is a dirt road that heads up the ridge.
Sunday, October 24, 2021
|From right to left:|
Dreux, Nancy, Mike, Me
The eleventh running of the Eel started out on a cold Sunday morning from Brendan's house in Tarriffville. The Eel had its origins as an unofficial mixed terrain rain along the CT River but now has moved a little further north and has gotten a little longer.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Tuesday, October 05, 2021
It's getting harder to come up with a different route each week for Riding Club Ilumenati's Tuesday Night rides. The route for this evening's ride had us cutting through the northern part of the Park City and there were a lot of cars. However, this was the only way over to the rail trail so it was a necessary evil.
Sunday, October 03, 2021
It was foggy and a little chilly leaving my house but that all changed when the sun finally burned off the fog and things started heating up
Saturday, October 02, 2021
The seasonal change appears to be upon us and it was a chilly ride to Ovens of France this morning. It was foggy down in the Housatonic River Valley but broke when we started climbing out. We took the shortest route today because Gavin had somewhere to be.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
|Photo Credit: Scotty D|
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
I went to see my son compete in his first Para-Tri that he had been training for all summer at the Madison Surf Club and he came in first place in the team event. His guide did the swim and he rode a tandem and ran with the guide.
|Elliot finishing the ride|
I forgot that September 11th was also the day of the 2021 Closer to Free Cancer Charity ride but due to increase of COVID cases caused by the Delta Variant the organizers went virtual or DIY. That would explain why I was seeing all these cyclists on Rt 146 between Madison and New Haven and one rider, a cancer survivor, caught my interest as she had a pink flamingo attached to her helmet.
Monday, September 06, 2021
Sunday, September 05, 2021
I drove up to Spencertown and picked up Will and we proceeded to Florida, MA where I parked at the Abbott Memorial School. It was raining lightly the whole way up as well as when we started riding.
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
|Snack stop at Pete's Mom's house|
This week's Ilumenati ride started and ended from the commuter lot at the intersection of Wolfpit Road and Route 7 in Wilton. The planned route had quite a bit of different terrain including gravel roads, rail trails and a greenway. We headed south towards Norwalk and Silvermine and then turned north.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Following up on my She cleans up good but buyer beware post from a month ago, the bike I sold to the Hartford Bike Flipper has dropped the price to $1,200! It's a 7 year old bike with 21,000 miles on it. Of course any would be buyer isn't going to know that and neither does the seller because he never asked me. I know bikes are still scarce right now but who would pay that much for aluminum 10 speed?
Monday, August 16, 2021
Lately I have been on a quest to ride as much unique mileage as possible driven by an application that works with Strava called Wandrer. One of the motivations in going to Chicago for a week and bringing my bike is the target rich environment of roads that I have never ridden before.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
While I was in Chicago the 90mm EC90 Carbon stem that I ordered came in and so I took off the Ritchey handlebars that came with the bike and retaped the Salsa Cowbells that I got from a friend last month and installed the new stem.