Still No Bike Rack

It all began nearly 6 years ago with a simple request to my local grocery store to install a bike rack. A few emails, a couple phone calls, the formation of a Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, 5 years of monthly meetings serving on said committee and a change of the grocery store ownership later, and I still having nothing to lock my bike to when I go shopping, but… I do now have a place to lock my bike when I attend our advisory board meetings which wasn’t the case until recently.

In addition to this rack at city hall we’ve also had 2 others made and installed at other city properties.

The plan I think is once we get city properties racked we will try and partner up with business to install racks on their properties.

Last year we purchased and installed 2 fix-it stations. Pictured is one at our new “activity center”. One of the TV stations came out and did a news story on it.

Pedal Scrapers Diecast Models

I was recently reminded of these but when I searched for them here I couldn’t find them. I’m sure I posted these before but it must have gotten lost when I switched blog platforms.

I believe I purchased these back in 2006 or 7 at Walmart. They were made by Planet Toys and modeled after actual bicycles made by 26″ Custom Bicycles. If I recall correctly they also made larger models and I gave a couple of those away at the Midwest Bicycle Fest.

Models were the Southsyde, Verdict, Street Sweeper, Lemon Crush, Freshly Squeezed and Chopsickle.

2017 In Review

Highlights from last year…

Bike Club.
The rides and parties with our bike group are always a good time.

The first of which was our New Year’s Day dinner and ride.

The Patriotic Pub Pedal is just one of many theme nights we had.

Midwest Bicycle Swap.
Just as much a social event as a swap. I always enjoy this event.

The Free Pile my favorite part of the swap.

Pedaler’s Jamboree.
We once again attended this event in Missouri along with our Nephew Ben. Bikes, beer, food and music. This ride is always a great time.

Open Streets.
The big city’s first open Streets event was a success.

Riding Trips.
As we often do we took trips in the summer and the fall. August was Colorado, October and November New Mexico and Arizona. Short video of where we rode…

Riding with the Grandsons during their summer visit. Unfortunately we never got around to riding with our Granddaughter.

Youngest Grandson.

Eldest Grandson

New Bikes.
In October I purchased a new bike. A low end Diamondback. I wasn’t comfortable spending a lot of money not knowing if I’d like this style of bike or not. THe model is the Haanjo which they market as a “alternative roads” bike. So far I’m pretty pleased with it.

In November a friend gave me an old Western Flyer 3 speed which I swapped out the wheels and saddle and added a basket. It’s now one of my favorite bikes.

I upsized the Grandson’s old 20″ fatbike so I could ride it.

Modified an old MTB I’d found with the intentions of making it a cargo bike. I still haven’t gotten around to the cargo part yet.

And that’s about it. It was another great year.

New Year’s Day

Our bike group’s annual new year’s day dinner and ride was cancelled due to our hosts being sick. Nova and I still wanted to get a ride in though even if only a few miles. We’ve been wanting to try kombucha and decided to make the grocery store our destination and purchase some. Once the temperature reached 1 degree we took off. The kombucha was frozen when we got it home.

Happy New Year everyone!

Holiday Weekend

Pretty cold over the holiday weekend.

Saturday we rode in the big city to a favorite Japanese restaurant for lunch and then to try a new beer. Returned home in the dark.

Checking the mail upon our return home I had received my patch for completing the 2017 Coffeeneuring Challenge.

Sunday I went for a spin on the gravel as I was going stir crazy at home. After years and years of working and riding in the cold, I still haven’t got dressing for the cold figured out. I believe my biggest problem is that I sweat so easily even in freezing temps.

Monday we rode to my parents where we had taco bowls for our holiday dinner. Not visible is my basket filled with refried beans, guacamole, jalapenos and non dairy queso that we brought.

Was a good weekend.

Sprocket Snowmen

I made 2 new sprocket snowmen this year. One was gifted to a friend.

DIY Christmas/winter ornament/decoration.

Penny Farthing Decoration

I swore I was going to stop buying this kind of stuff yet I just couldn’t resist when I spotted it at a thrift store for a couple of dollars over the weekend. I didn’t like the way it looked and altered it.


After I reshaped, restained and moved the saddle and repositioned the back wheel.

Happy Trails

There are some single track trails that I enjoy riding that are along a nearby river (the video 2 posts ago was made there). It’s about a 6 mile ride from home on a combination of pavement and gravel to get there. The trails were carved out many years ago by motorcycles but if I recall correctly I’ve only encountered motorcycles once in the few years I’ve been riding there. It’s rare I encounter anyone on these trails. It doesn’t appear that anyone maintains them anymore. It’s gotten to where it’s really overgrown in the summer so I generally only ride it once the leaves have dropped. There are trees that have fallen across the trail and remain there. In the past someone would bring a chainsaw to remove them. I don’t mind climbing over the trees if they help prevent motorized traffic. I break off small encroaching limbs as I ride past to try to keep the path open. Some sections are so sandy I have to walk which gives me a chance to pick the thorns out of my tires. It’s these things that probably keep others away but it’s my happy place.

Today I encountered what I assume to be a homeless person’s tent set up right in the middle of the trail.

Thanksgiving Morning Ride

Probably should have been preparing Thanksgiving dinner but the weather was so nice we decided to first go for a quick ride to the casino, pull a slot machine and return home. Got home just in time to get all the cooking done with no time to spare.

My Thanksgiving plate.