I enjoyed a beautiful century ride with friends during the 2017 Tour de Livingston earlier today. This was our last major ride of the season. It’s now time to turn our attention to some serious gravel grinders, including the 209-mile Coast to Coast race, in the first half of 2018.
On Saturday I completed my first One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM). The ride started near the Lake Michigan coast in Montague and traversed the state to the Lake Huron coast in Bay City. The self-supported ride was approximately 150 miles, which now marks the farthest I’ve ridden in one day. Bring on the randonneuring!
The weather was perfect for the long ride; sunny skies and temps in the mid-70s. Big love to Dharma for providing S.A.G. along the route. We’d meet up every 25-30 miles along the course. Since I was riding solo, it was nice to have breaks to stop, talk, and refill on water and nutrition.
Although the ride was big fun, I’m not sure that I’ll do it again soon. I’ve been reading about several multi-day rides through various states, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, and Michigan (DALMAC!). I think these are higher priorities for now. Also, I might squeeze in one more century ride before the end of the fall. We’ll see where things go…
Last weekend I participated in the Mad Anthony River Rally century ride. This was my first time riding in Ohio. All in all, it was a fun event. There were a few hundred riders, good weather, decent support, and a scenic route. The course was incredibly flat, but the headwinds for approximately twenty miles were a real pain. In fact, my only complaint is that the pancake breakfast at mile 17 was poorly marked; I completely missed it!
The M.A.R.R. ride was my first century of the year and only the second I’ve ever completed. Next weekend I’m scheduled to ride the One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM). That’s 150 miles from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron. Big fun!
I’m happy to report that, after two years of labor and love, my custom fixie bike project has come to an end! The project began with a late-1990s aluminum Trek 1000. The bike was gifted to me by a friend when we moved to Ann Arbor in 2003. It served its purpose well; a bike to ride around town. However, a couple of summers ago we decided to get a bit more serious about cycling. So, we bought some fancy new road bikes (mine is a 2008 Lemond Versailles).
After splurging hard-earned cash on new bikes, I thought it would be wise to keep the Trek for basic commuting around town (e.g. steal this bike, not that one). However, once a few friends planted the seed in my head, the idea to convert the old Trek into a fixie was born. Now, like most ideas/projects, I can easily turn a mole hill into a mountain. What began as a simple project (maybe add a rear flip-flop hub) became a massive undertaking. In the end, the bike is a complete rebuild. The only original parts are the frame and fork, and these have been modified and powder-coated a new color.
It’s taken two years to complete this project. This bike ended up costing almost as much as my fancy road bike. Yes, I did sell the majority of my woodshop to pay off the bills on this endeavor. However, today I’m ear-to-ear smiles. Check it out! Oh, big love to the fellas at Wheels in Motion for all their help! If you live in Ann Arbor, visit this bike job.
- Brooks B-17 Saddle (Black)
- Sugino Single Speed 165mm 48T Track Crankset – 130mm
- Nitto 1″ Technomic Riser Stem 26.0
- Nitto Randonneur Drop Bar
- ENO Eccentric Hub 126mm 36H
- (2) Sun CR-18 700cc 36H Rims
- DT Competition 2.0/1.8 Spokes
- Surly SS T/Cog Lockring 1.29 x 24
- (2) Bontrager RC AW HC 700X28c Tire
- SRAM PC-1 1/8 Chain SIL
- (2) Bontrager 700X28-32 PV 36mm tire tube
- Shimano BB-UN54 Bottom Bracket
- Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals
- Surly Front Hub 36H
- Shimano BL-R400 Road Drop Brake Levers Set (Black)
- Shimano Tiagra BR-4500 Brake Caliper
- Brooks Leather Handlebar Tape
I plan on adding a freewheel to the flip-flop hub. Additionally, I’ve got my eyes on this rear mount rack from Portland Design Works. Also, this tool bag and roll-up pannier, both from Brooks, are on my wish list too!