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Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sat Apr 12 08:00:00 2014
@Christopher - Sorry to hear that. I hope you recover quickly, and got the owner's name and info and report it, to make him pay for any medical expenses, or if only to help prevent it from happening again. Last weekend I was chased twice by a collie on the Oak Leaf Trail just south of Warnimont Golf Course. In hindsight, I should have stopped and talked with the owner, but I was helping at a running race at the time.
Christopher Robles Fri Apr 11 21:16:00 2014
Was bitten by a bike-chasing dog on the KK River trail in Milwaukee near Bay View today. Owner was letting him roam off-lease while he talked on his bluetooth. Dog looked like a rhodesian ridgeback, but could have been a similar looking breed.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sat Feb 22 10:21:00 2014
@Rich - You can stilll record your miles. (It just won't show up on this challenge - but there are other challenges for the Winter.) Just click on Endomondo at the top of this screen. Then, click on New Workouts in the green area of the top of that screen.
For the challenges, one substitute that a lot of us are on for the Winter is: http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/13586751
Rich Moriarty Fri Feb 21 21:31:00 2014
Been commuting all winter in Madison, Wisconsin - except for one Monday that was way below zero F - and it would nice to record the miles as a perk. But Endomondo stopped allowing any recording since January 1. Too bad. Could be some persuasive evidence that biking is a viable option, even in frigid, icy weather (using studded tires) throughout the year.

Rich Moriarty

Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Fri Jan 10 01:49:00 2014
@Carl - That's some serious riding!
Carl Morrison Thu Jan 9 17:49:00 2014
2013 was a great year on my bike did 12633 miles my goal was 5000 last year started on april 1 did 208 days on my bike with out a day off this year started on jan 9th -16 coldest day i ever rode my bike and it was a good ride got a new bike 4 winter a fat tire bike and i'm loving it rides nice little bit slow but that is ok
David Schlabowske Mon Jan 6 17:12:00 2014
Everyone in Wisconsin who is still biking, be sure to sign up for the 2014 Winter Bike Challenge! Winter Bike to Work Daywill be Feb. 4, in honor of the coldest day on record in Wisconsin (-55, Couderay, Feb. 4th,1996).
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/13577037
Benji Hunter Wed Jan 1 18:44:00 2014
Jaime,
Keep up the good work. I have only missed 8 days since July 1, due to my daughters basketball requirements. I also commute 8.6+ miles every day regardless of the weather. So far -18 degrees F. has been the coldest commute. This is my first winter commuting. I also do as much shopping and errand running as possible on my bicycle. I live to cycle.
Dave Weidenbach Tue Dec 31 19:35:00 2013
Just finished my last miles for 2013. Did 2000 more miles this year than last year. I want to do even more for 2014.
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Dec 30 17:22:00 2013
i've only missed 8 days since April 23. Those 8 days were October 1-8 when I had the bike in the shop for a tune-up, and I went to Las Vegas to visit my mother.
Dave Weidenbach Mon Dec 30 13:53:00 2013
Jaime: I commend your effort and perseverance in the great outdoors. I just started riding in April '12 and chose to set goals of riding everyday for at least 10 miles. Riding inside allows me to do that with my schedule. I've missed one day of riding since May 1st.
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Dec 30 10:01:00 2013
Dave, Benji, and Craig: all of my miles this month have been outside in the cold, snow, salt, and ice. I rode to work this morning. It was so cold that my bike computer thermometer stopped registering a temperature. But I passed a bank that read -7 on its sign.
Benji Hunter Sun Dec 29 11:23:00 2013
It looks like the website is experiencing technical difficulty. My mileage isn't totalizing as I log. My points aren't changing on the leaderboard. I noticed this a couple days ago when I had to delete and re-enter them to get my total mileage to change. This makes me wonder how often this has happened in the past.
Dave Weidenbach Sat Dec 28 14:26:00 2013
I'm inside too, on rollers...... Benji and Craig, you are my December nemesis! It's all good!
Craig Hulce Sat Dec 28 13:25:00 2013
Benji,
yup I'm spinning inside. Rest assured I'm doing some hammering on the pedals and the HR is way up there and several times a week I'm doing a long ride, but it's all inside.
Benji Hunter Mon Dec 23 09:59:00 2013
So I spend 3-4 hours a day pedaling on washboard ice roads covered in greasy snow in teen and single digit temperatures, only to find out Craig is spinning inside?
Jaime Richard Ogas Sat Dec 21 15:58:00 2013
I managed to log in 3 miles last night despite the sleet and freezing rain. I still have logged in miles everyday in this month. Tommorrow will be a challenge with the upcoming snowstorm!
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Dec 16 11:13:00 2013
Rode to work this morning a 0 degrees. It wasn't too bad if you're properly dressed up. I've yet to enter my miles, but I have ridden every day this month at least 1 mile so I qualify to earn 20 points per day. I hope to ride every day this month.
Carl Morrison Fri Dec 13 20:30:00 2013
just got a fat tire bike so i will b on it to work
Jim Franzen Fri Dec 13 13:48:00 2013
It is funny after a week of ridding with temps below 10 degrees this AM at 19 almost felt like summer. HA.
Peter Burke Mon Dec 9 14:27:00 2013
26.8 miles in blowing snow today. Where have all the other cyclists gone? It's gorgeous out there until the plow comes to pass you...
Craig Hulce Fri Dec 6 12:41:00 2013
4 hours on the bike indoors this morning rocking to some tunes. Need about 30 degrees warmer to be outside.
Peter Burke Fri Dec 6 12:24:00 2013
-8F windchill without factoring in the riding speed this morning. Bike commuting just doesn't feel like a smart activity right now.
John MacDonald Thu Dec 5 16:46:00 2013
The weather has been good but the cold is coming-I am off for a little while I think.
michael e. rhoades Tue Dec 3 14:04:00 2013
Did a 20 mi road ride yesterday, hadn't been on the road bike since late Oct. Hi 30's with a SE wind that was 10 ish mph. Not bad for this time of year.
John Cherney Tue Dec 3 10:42:00 2013
I rode every day in December so far... hasn't been too bad weatherwise
Peter Burke Mon Dec 2 12:31:00 2013
I ski on Sunday, ride on Monday ;-)
Wally Olson Sun Dec 1 09:30:00 2013
Rode home from work this morning, posted my mileage, checked the leaderboard. So far I am the only person in Wisconsin to ride in December. Looks kinda empty on the leaderboard page and a little spooky.
Andy Nowak Thu Nov 28 12:26:00 2013
After not getting to ride for over a month, I finally got to ride a quick 21 miles this morning.
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Mon Nov 18 11:29:00 2013
I am so excited I can hardly stand it!! I HAVE A NEW BIKE! The members of our local Professional Police Association heard my story and were touched by it. On Saturday, the detective I'd been talking to and another detective brought me a beautiful bike (used but new to me!!) with a basket and a bull dog of a lock! I WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR AND PUT THIS YEAR'S MILEAGE TO SHAME! I'm so effing excited I think I could burst!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Nov 11 12:04:00 2013
@Steve - It looks like it was beautiful! Very impresive history.
Steve Brengosz Mon Nov 11 06:41:00 2013
I rented a bike and rode 9 miles last week on top of the ancient city wall of Xi'an China during my trip. http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/citywall.htm
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Nov 5 15:27:00 2013
@Bob - Thanks for the heads-up. I'll be there!
Bob Dumke Tue Nov 5 11:26:00 2013
Anyone else going to the Winter Bike Seminar tonight? https://www.facebook.com/bikecollective
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sun Nov 3 06:00:01 2013
Why is everything so dark outside? Is there an eclipse?
Jim Franzen Fri Nov 1 14:12:00 2013
Congrats Craig. That's a crazy good number?
Craig G Hulce Fri Nov 1 12:48:00 2013
Finally realized I hit 10,000 miles for the year several weeks ago. Maybe with indoor riding I can hit 11,000 by Dec 31.
Jim Franzen Thu Oct 31 14:12:00 2013
Congrats Craig. That's a crazy good number?
Craig Hulce Thu Oct 31 12:48:00 2013
Finally realized I hit 10,000 miles for the year several weeks ago. Maybe with indoor riding I can hit 11,000 by Dec 31.
Craig G Hulce Thu Oct 31 12:48:00 2013
Finally realized I hit 10,000 miles for the year several weeks ago. Maybe with indoor riding I can hit 11,000 by Dec 31.
John MacDonald Wed Oct 30 17:01:00 2013
Keep going many great days so far.
Bob Dumke Wed Oct 16 08:21:00 2013
Outstanding Jose, well done!
Carl Morrison Tue Oct 15 18:54:00 2013
wow Jose that is great i put a lot of miles in to we still got some good days to ride and i sure hope to see that u r back next year
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Oct 15 09:44:00 2013
@Jose - Congratulations on the great accomplishments!
Jose B. Figueroa Tue Oct 15 09:18:00 2013
At 320lbs I logged in enough miles to take 12th in the corporate challenge in 2013...I bet I can do better next year in both rank and overall miles so fat this year I have 1100 miles and over 600 since I was put on to Endomondo!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Oct 14 21:47:00 2013
Biking Volunteer Help Needed - If anyone is in Milwaukee County or a surrounding area, and you would like to have a good excuse to get a bike ride in, here is your chance. We are looking for another lead biker to help lead a 15K running event on Saturday, October 26th, starting at 9 a.m., at the Italian Community Center, near the lakefront. The riding is pretty easy, as you will average just over 11 miles per hour, and as a benefit, you get a long-sleeved technical shirt, and afterwards, carbonated beverages at the Ale House. It is fun! If interested, please email me at: runmil @ juno.com (without the spaces), and I can give you more specifics. You could do as little as 9.3 miles, as you would be following another lead biker, or ride the course beforehand, to familiarize yourself with all or part of it. The run is the Lakefront Discovery Run, and is sponsored by the Badgerland Striders Running Club. It is a themed event, with many runners in costume, so it is a fun atmosphere.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Thu Oct 10 09:26:00 2013
@Paul - Great point. And to put it in perspective, our 3.559 million came very close to equaling the total of the only other states to make 1 million! Pennsylvania's 1.397 million plus Nebraska's 1.163 and 1.110 for Ohio, only came out to 3.670 million. It took 3 states together to be 3% more than Wisconsin. So, kudos to us!
Paul Jeffries Thu Oct 10 08:23:00 2013
I realize this is a bit late for this post, but in looking at the "News" feed to the right, I thought it would be worth pointing out that, although WI came in 3rd in pts/citizen, we did come in #1 in the total number of miles ridden by a single state at around 3.5 million. Kudos to all those who helped make that happen! On to the end of 2013 and to a new opportunity in 2014.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Thu Oct 10 07:47:01 2013
@Paul - Great point. And to put it in perspective, our 3.559 million came very close to equalling the total of the only other states to make 1 million! Pennsylvania's 1.397 million plus Nebraska's 1.163 and 1.110 for Ohio, only came out to 3.670 million. It took 3 states together to be 3% more than Wisconsin. So, kudos to us!
John A MacDonald Wed Oct 9 11:48:00 2013
Sometimes it is all a head game but ride for the passion and forget the wanna-be's
Scot Ferguson Sat Oct 5 21:16:00 2013
Hey Jeff Schimpff - Please keep your political ranting to yourself or some other site. This is not the place for such comments. Thanks.
Jeff Schimpff Sat Oct 5 18:24:00 2013
Hey, Mike,

Don't waste time looking at the DNR for cheating at cycling. Some of them ride for 45 minutes at lunch time most every day, in addition to year-'round commutes, weekend rides and pedaling across Madison to go shopping. Take a look instead at the Walker appointees who awarded a half million dollars a year to an unqualified pack of political hacks.

Carl Morrison Wed Oct 2 21:26:00 2013
thanks paul & kurt and Kurt i do work we just went back on 10 hr days was riding to and from work 50 a day but now that we r on OT i got to get up at 3 to just ride 8.50 to work and my wife has been great she tells me to get out and ride u knows i like it was a big time runner bad knee so this is the first year i pushed my self in 5 years wanted to see what i still had at 55 happy with what i still could do did a all day ride of 225 miles and 12 days in a row of 100 + miles want to try to hit 12000 by the time the snow gets here and get a little bow hunting in happy biking
Michelle Ellias Wed Oct 2 15:29:00 2013
I think there needs to be an investigation of the Wisconsin DNR section...looks like major cheating going on.
Jim Franzen Tue Oct 1 17:36:00 2013
http://wheelfeverbook.com/
I met these authors last weekend. Their book is about history of bicycles in Wisconsin. Check it out if you get the chance.
Craig G Hulce Tue Oct 1 16:39:00 2013
I finished the Bike Challenge with just over 5,900 miles/8300 points including 16 - 100+mile rides. Also did 7 races - won 3, placed in age group 2 x. Was a good summer of riding.
Old Guys Rule.
Carol Hegland Tue Oct 1 15:13:00 2013
we're #3!
Craig G Hulce Tue Oct 1 14:00:01 2013
I finished the Bike Challenge with just over 5,900 miles including 16 - 100+ rides. Also did 7 races - won 3, placed in age group 2 x. Was a good summer of riding.
Old Guys Rule.
Beth Pickhard Tue Oct 1 12:10:00 2013
Excellent job Jaime! Glad to hear the bike is getting some TLC.
r poole Tue Oct 1 11:10:00 2013
late-should do this again!
Jeffrey D Arnold Tue Oct 1 11:07:00 2013
Just made it to Platinum! Looked like a cinch on Thursday, but I had many obstacles thrown in my way for the weekend!
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Oct 1 10:31:00 2013
I rode all 153 days in the bike challenge (plus a week before the challenge). This will be my first day off the bike since April 23. I broke 4 spokes on my rear wheel in September including on Sunday when I was attempting to fill the entire passport in the Milwaukee County Parks Oak Leaf Discovery Tour in one day. I rode about 70 miles when the spoke broke as I was crossing Howell on Rawson Ave. in Oak Creek. I managed to get to Falk Park on 20th & Rawson to get the keyword before heading up on a wobbly wheel to 27 & Oklahoma to catch a bus home. I filled 18 out of 24 stamps, missing Boerner Botanical Gardens, Wehr Nature Center, Greenfield, McKinley, Lake and Riverside Parks.

Yesterday I limped my bike 2.3 miles from work to the Brookfield Wheel & Sprocket. I getting a new rear wheel and chain, and my 2nd "annual" tune up this year. I'll be without a bike for a week. But that's ok, I'll be going to in Las Vegas Friday to Tuesday vising my mom.

It looks like I made my "burlap" award of 6666 points for the challenge, which means 3060 points for the days and 3606 milles. When I get my bike back, I hope to get to 10,000 points by the end of the year.

Paul Jeffries Tue Oct 1 08:00:00 2013
Carl, those are some insane numbers!!! Kudos...do you do anything else but ride? ;-) I am at 4600 (4115 for the NBC) for the year and am aiming at 5000, but you take the cake. If my wife ever complains about my riding, I will have you as a good example of "it could be worse"! Enjoy the rest of the riding year everyone...fall is one of the best times to be on a bike.
John D Quirk Tue Oct 1 07:43:01 2013
What's going on with the leaderboard?
Kurt Gering Tue Oct 1 07:29:00 2013
Congrats Carl. Your miles were impressive!
Carl Morrison Tue Oct 1 04:24:00 2013
what a fun summer i set my goal at 5000 did much better then that i hit 10594 and had a great time riding still not done and made some new friends along the way i will b back next year
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Oct 1 02:15:00 2013
@Roddi - Congratulations on Burlap!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Oct 1 01:05:00 2013
Well Done Everyone! Stick around for the last 3 months of the year. You can still log your miles, post messages, and see where you end up.
Roddi Franck Tue Oct 1 00:57:00 2013
This being my first year in the challenge I think I did very well. I now have scores to do better for next year. I also made burlap for this year. It has been a very fun Summer I look forward to next years challenge.
Bob Dumke Mon Sep 30 20:37:00 2013
Well Done Wally!
Wally Olson Mon Sep 30 20:05:00 2013
@Marty - Thanks, I have made the goals I set at the beginning of the challenge. Woo, Woo, I made burlap.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Sep 30 01:28:00 2013
@Wally - Burlap is very flexible, so it is whatever your individual goal or goals are.
Brant J Poggemann Sun Sep 29 22:00:00 2013
We biked the "400" trail in south eastern WI, and we really enjoyed the trail, the weather was great.
Scott Shallow Sun Sep 29 12:00:01 2013
Anyone else notice no points updates from yesterday or today? Miles are updated on the Endomondo site but not this site. I hit 6000 with a commute yesterday, today, and only 25 miles on Monday. :)
Wally Olson Sun Sep 29 10:06:00 2013
How many points for burlap? I must have missed that post.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sat Sep 28 21:14:00 2013
Way to go Bob & Kevin. It looks like I'll miss burlap, but only by a little.
Kevin L Mackey Sat Sep 28 18:57:00 2013
Diamond with 2 days to spare!
Jim Franzen Sat Sep 28 18:20:00 2013
@bob. Good job, it has been fun chasing you all this summer in Cudahy.
Bob Dumke Sat Sep 28 13:52:00 2013
Woo Hoo! with two days left I made Burlap!
Wally Olson Sat Sep 28 10:42:00 2013
Only 2 days left and I am happy to say I met my goals for this year. Averaged just over 27 miles a day and just over 46.6 pts per day for WI. Hopefully the weather will stay nice so we can all ride well into the Fall without having to bundle up too much. Ride safe, have fun.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Thu Sep 26 23:40:00 2013
@Debra - They must have updated it since you posted, since it looks good to me. You had 48 rides for 960 points, and 897 miles, for a total of 1,857 points. That is what they show on the leaderboard for you.
Debra Forbes Thu Sep 26 17:46:00 2013
Whats up? Yesterday it updated my points for the month and miles for the week, but did not touch my total points. Anybody else notice that? As of today, still no update on total points.
Jeffrey D Arnold Thu Sep 26 10:32:00 2013
Very dense fog out in the country this morning! 5.6 miles to the coffee shop in the blind. Return was nice. I will easily get to Platinum, but am running over 100 miles behind last years total.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Thu Sep 26 00:16:00 2013
@Jamie - I wish it were that easy. Luckily, it looks like they will only gain a fraction of a point today, but they are still just under 5 behind with 5 days left. Pretty scary.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Sep 25 22:00:01 2013
@Jamie - I wish it were that easy. Luckily, it looks like they will only gain a fraction of a point today, but they are still just under 5 behind with 5 days laft. Pretty scary.
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Sep 25 15:07:00 2013
@Marty, tell all of those who have signed up for the challenge and have no points to get off their duff and crank out some miles!!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Sep 25 01:22:00 2013
In 5 days time, Nebraska gained 5 points on us, (average of 1 pnt per day), so they are 9 up for the month - but more importantly, they are only 5 points behind us for the entire Challenge, with 6 days to go. (less than 1 point per day)
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Sep 24 11:41:00 2013
@Kevin - One reason could be that someone entered some of a month's rides during the following month.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Sep 24 10:41:00 2013
@John A MacDonald do you get more notice in Canada because of your name? Are you related to the first Prime Minister of Canada, Sir John A. MacDonald?
Kevin Luecke Tue Sep 24 10:38:00 2013
Anyone know why when I add up monthly point totals for May - now they differ (sometimes substantially) from the Challenge Period point totals? I'm talking ~500 point differences...
John A MacDonald Mon Sep 23 17:41:00 2013
Ill take the cold as it seems I can ride longer but need more warm-up. Going to ride this weekend in Canada-Logging the miles.
John Edwards Mon Sep 23 10:39:00 2013
In western Wisconsin is 48F at the bank thermometer this morning, and strong wind out of the south, I took the valley route to work to avoid a head wind, 72F later today for ride home good Autumn ride. The trees are just like just like Nyla talked about in pervious comment.
Nyla Greenberg Sun Sep 22 13:31:00 2013
Perfect Autumn Welcome in my corner of Wisconsin.. blue sky, crisply fragrant air, translucent sunlit greens shifting toward gold and scarlet
Irresistible….Come Out and Pedal…Come Out and Play!
Nyla Greenberg Sat Sep 21 13:53:00 2013
Jenny, I'm glad to know you are still out riding when you can. I was missing your posts recently and hoping all was well. Savor each autumn opportunity. Brief and less frequent rides remain replenishing . Roll on, inhale...Enjoy!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Sep 21 08:12:00 2013
My riding has been severely limited due to the early sunset and all of the school activities that start up for my kids. I was riding alnist every day and now I'm cut doen to a few times per week, if I'm lucky.
Jose B. Figueroa Fri Sep 20 15:55:00 2013
I was going to Century at the Maywood Earth ride but a wedding came up. :( See You next year.
Carol Hegland Fri Sep 20 12:43:00 2013
Riding the Maywood Earth Ride tomorrow - good for a bunch more miles!
John Tyson Fri Sep 20 07:37:00 2013
I must be more of a fair weather bike commuter than I thought:

> 60 T-shirt, shorts
50-60 T-shirt, windbreaker, shorts, sweat pants
40-50 T-shirt, sweater, windbreaker(pull hood-up), shorts, sweat pants, light gloves
30-40 T-shirt, sweater, windbreaker(pull both hoods up) , shorts, sweat pants, light gloves, coffee at work
20-30 long sleeve shirt, sweater, windbreaker(pull both hoods up) , shorts, sweat pants, light gloves, coffee at work
< 20 Get a ride to work :-)

Roddi Franck Fri Sep 20 02:15:00 2013
I will be doing the Lakes & Leaves ride in Summit WI. on Saturday. I signed up for the 38 mile ride. I hope it will be nice biking weather and that a lot of Challenge riders will be there.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Fri Sep 20 00:46:00 2013
Even though Nebraska is ahead of us for the month by about 4 pts/1,000, we're still ahead (in Second place to Vermont) for the full Challenge by about 13, with only 11 days to go. So, if we could keep the bleeding to a minimum, we'll be ahead of them enough the last day or two of the month, to stay ahead. (We need to be ahead by at least three before the last day, as they tend to have more riders catch-up at the end of a month.)
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Thu Sep 19 20:00:01 2013
Even though Nebraska is ahead of us for the month by about 4 pts/1,000, we're still ahead (in Second place to Vermont) for the full Challenge by about 13, with only 11 days to go. So, if we could keep to bleeding to a minimum, we'll be ahead of them enough the last day or two of the month, to stay ahead. (We need to be ahead by at least three before the last day, as they tend to have more riders catch-up at the end of a month.)
Vania Rose Gillette Thu Sep 19 13:19:00 2013
Wow, you all are committed riders. I'm more of a fair weather bike commuter:

> 60

Vania Rose Gillette Thu Sep 19 12:24:01 2013
Wow, you all are committed riders. I'm more of a fair weather bike commuter:

> 60

Jim Franzen Thu Sep 19 12:15:00 2013
I like to use an extra head band for covering my face instead of a balaclava or a scarf. I find it is easier to take on and off as needed and like Jamie a hat covering the top of my head is almost always too warm
Vania Rose Gillette Thu Sep 19 12:00:01 2013
Wow, you all are committed riders. I'm more of a fair weather bike commuter:

> 60

Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Sep 19 09:44:00 2013
I found a scarf was too warm for me at 12 degrees this past winter. It was appropriate on the day it was 5 below zero last January. Also wearing a hat under the helmet was too warm at 38 degrees. It needs to be under 30 degrees for a hat. I get warm too easily while riding, so I find it t-shirt weather as low as 50 degrees. Gloves are required at 45 or below.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Sep 18 23:10:00 2013
@Jim & @Mary - Thanks for the nice detailed lists!
Jim Franzen Wed Sep 18 11:58:00 2013
I did forget at 20-30 i put on face covering.
Mary Ebeling Wed Sep 18 10:12:00 2013
On the clothing layering strategy, here's mine. I'll stick with Jim's temperature ranges.

60 and up - T shirt and skirt or rolled up pants (I try to change at work as minimally as possible). Fingerless gloves
50 - 60 T shirt or sleeves, depending on how close to 50. Fingerless gloves
40 - 50 Pants, rolled down, medium weight jacket, fingered gloves
30 - 40 Same as above, add wool base layer shirt
20 - 30 Same as above, add wool socks and beanie hat under helmet
10 - 20 Same as above, Add wind-proof shell over pants and switch to windproof fleece-lined jacket or add second layer of wool, and some toe warmers for the piggies.
Below 10 - add balaclava and ski mask. Switch to insulated lobster mits. Carry coffee...

Jim Franzen Wed Sep 18 09:27:00 2013
Now that cold weather is starting I thought I'd share my clothing layering plan
60 and up T shirt and shorts
50-60 Jogging pants, long sleeve t
40-50 Jogging pants, T shirt, windbreaker, head band closer to 40
30-40 Jogging pants, long sleeve, wind breaker, head band
20-30 jogging pants, t shirt, wool socks, under armor, long sleeve, wind breaker
10-20 jogging pants, under armor pants, under armor shirt, long sleeve, sweat shirt
below 10 two pair nice socks one wool, everything above
Due to my diabetes and Raynauds I wear gloves below 50. below 40 I start to layer many gloves.

what do you do?

Zacarias Barnes Mon Sep 16 18:36:00 2013
Mark your calendars for Fair Share CSA's Bike the Barns outside of Madison! We had a fantastic food and farm visits (and we were happy to see some rain!) along with an amazing fundraiser for affordable and the highest quality of food for people that want to make it part of their family's life. more info at http://www.csacoalition.org/our-work/bike-the-barns/
Benjamin Smith Sun Sep 15 19:48:00 2013
Lake Geneva Cross race was great today as well. What a venue!
Scot Ferguson Sat Sep 14 19:15:00 2013
The Lake Geneva TriRock was awesome! Personal Best of 28 miles in 1 hr 30 min! Pretty hilly, but fast course
Jim Franzen Fri Sep 13 11:41:00 2013
If you haven't been to the national page you should go to see Jerry's photos from the flooding in Colorado. Quite destructive.
michael e. rhoades Thu Sep 12 16:48:00 2013
Got ya John. Yep it is cool to go down the rail trail "tree tunnels" with the lights. Might try using a headlamp as well to broaden the scope.
Steve Brengosz Wed Sep 11 23:07:00 2013
Didn't see any bike counters on the Oak Leaf in MKE, but did see some Feds getting ready to shock fish in the Little Menomonee River today by Appleton Ave.
Carol Hegland Wed Sep 11 16:04:00 2013
Sand Hill cranes everywhere on this morning's ride out of Delafield - strolling on lawns, flying through the air, calling out in their strange, wonderful vocies. I probably wouldn't ahve seen one of them if I'd been in car and not on a bike.
Betsy Popelka Wed Sep 11 11:46:00 2013
@Nick - You can read about the Madison Bike Counts on our blog: http://wisconsinbikefed.org/2013/08/27/volunteers-needed-city-wide-bicyclist-and-pedestrian-counts-in-madison/

I encourage you to subscribe to our blog to keep updated on the counts and other Wisconsin bicycling issues!

Nick Templeton Wed Sep 11 10:17:00 2013
As I was biking the long way home in Madison yesterday, I kept seeing folks at various intersections with clipboards scribbling things down as cyclists would pass. Finally I stopped and asked one of them what they were doing, it turns out they were volunteers for Wisconsin Bike Fed doing a "bike count." Anybody know any more details, is it just something Bike Fed does every so often to get numbers on how many cyclists there are out there?
John Tyson Wed Sep 11 07:18:00 2013
@Michael - I have fun riding with lights. You never know what is behind those glowing eyes as you approach them. I saw one cat, one fox and two deer. Thankfully, no skunks.
Jim Franzen Tue Sep 10 17:13:00 2013
I ride an old steel Schwinn so I am declaring today Diamonds and Rust day for me. HA 5009 points
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Sep 10 15:20:00 2013
@Jaime - Your statistics are all accurate, but i think that the current method - points per 1000 residents is still the most accurate way to compare cities and states of different sizes.
The two big goals of the Challenge are to get a certain number of riders, and have those riders ride at least a certain number of miles. To that end, they gave 20 points per day ridden, to encourage each person to be out there more days than they otherwise would have. (I'm guessing that has gotten you to ride every day so far, and it certainly has gotten me to ride more than I would have otherwise.)
Using miles per rider is only half of the picture. The other half is how good a job the prople in that state were at recruiting riders for the Challenge. So, even though Vermont is a distant 3rd of the 3 states you listed in terms of miles per rider, they have done a much better job comparitively than either Wisconsin or Nebraska at recruitment. In fact, their recruitment rate is almost equal to Wisconsin and Nebraska combined! And, since number of riders is one of the goals, they should be commended (and rewarded) for doing such a great job recruiting such a big percentage of their population.
If the contest were miles per rider, then there would be a tendancy to not invite riders who only rode a little bit, or were new to the sport, as they would drop your state's average.
Using your method, a state like Hawaii could win by a landslide. If the bike shop owners there all talked to each other, they could recruit only those riders who ride lets say 500 miles a month or more. The average miles per rider would be well over 3 or 4,000, so they would win, but we would be much further from both of our goals.
michael e. rhoades Tue Sep 10 10:54:00 2013
First commute with lights last Sat. Did run into a pack(family) of raccoons on the trail coming home. Quite the scramble!
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Sep 10 10:07:00 2013
@Marty, the point system is a stacked deck. Vermont doesn't have many people, so a rider can log 1000 points and it'll weigh 10 times more than a 1000 points from a rider in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has logged 20% of the total miles of the entire challenge compared to 3% for Vermont. A better way to compare how Wisconsin is doing is to divide the total miles by the number of riders participating in each state.
Vermont has 1431 riders logging 509,383 miles for an average of 355.96 miles per rider. Wisconsin has 6997 riders logging 3,154,579 miles for 450.83 miles per rider. Nebraska btw averages 517.58 miles per rider. Now I don't now how many total points each state has, but if it were divided by the number of riders in each state, Wisconsin would not be so far behind.

I don't really care about trying to get Wisconsin to surpass Vermont. It's futile. Even all the riders at Trek, who have 911 riders involved vs 1431 for Vermont, and have 660,000 miles vs 509,000 for Vermont, cannot do anything to help surpass WI over VT. I'm not going to ride any harder nor futher than I have done so far. All I care about is to ride all 153 days in this challenge, and get to 6666 points (my burlap).

Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Sep 10 08:22:00 2013
@Adam - For the states and communities, the points are based on the total population of that area. If you had a state with 100,000 people in the general population, then if you rode 20 miles and earned a total of 40 points for that day, then your state would earn 0.4 points per 1,000. If your community had 10,000 people in it, they would get 4 points for your efforts that day.
Adam Wyngaard Tue Sep 10 07:26:00 2013
On Wisconsin!!! I still don't get how the point system works, but the have only traveled like a third of wisco! It looks like a good weekend to ride... In Arizona!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Sep 10 03:13:00 2013
@John & @Roddi - That's the spirit!
Roddi Franck Tue Sep 10 01:43:00 2013
@ Marty No we can't let that happen peddle on WI. Let's show Nebraska we deserve a 2nd place finish.
John A MacDonald Mon Sep 9 14:47:00 2013
Let's go Wisconsin Let it all hang out
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Sep 9 12:14:00 2013
Nebraska is starting to make things a bit uncomfortable for us. They are ahead of us by almost 3 pts/1000 this month. If things stay the same, they could pass us by the end of the month for 2nd Place Overall. We can't let that happen!
Andy Nowak Sun Sep 8 19:07:00 2013
Door county century today, great ride
Christopher Lee Wed Sep 4 21:53:00 2013
Suddenly, my miles aren't counting in the challenge anymore. What is going on? I show zero miles for September, but my profile shows my rides?
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Sep 4 20:13:00 2013
@Marlene - Welcome!
If you did any riding beforehand, you can put those in, all of the way back to May 1st, and they will count for your overall points. (They will just not add up in the old months, but will still count to help us compete against Nebraska, our closest competitor for 2nd Place.)
You get one point for every mile you ride, and 20 points for each day that you ride at least 1 mile.
Jim Franzen Wed Sep 4 16:50:00 2013
Welcome Marlene. I wish you wind at your back both ways at least.
Jim Franzen Wed Sep 4 15:23:00 2013
http://wisconsinbikefed.org/2013/09/04/oak-leaf-discovery-tour-one-day-bike-challenge/

For those waiting for a more official ride than mine to ride the Oak Leaf. Discovery one day tour is above. My ride this year was wonderful. Awesome weather great time only one chain broke. See you next last Saturday in August for my ride next year. :-)

Marlene Pohl Wed Sep 4 13:39:00 2013
Well, it's the fourth of Sept. and I just joined the challenge. Fun! Wish I could go home from work and ride-pefect cycling weather!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Sep 3 17:44:00 2013
@Steven - More hill training certainly will help, but working on your electrolyte needs will eliminate the cramping/spasms.
John A MacDonald Tue Sep 3 12:39:00 2013
Love hill training and it does really work on the distance. This month is going to shatter records as I am going to be biking 6 days a week.
Steven Oreck Mon Sep 2 17:39:00 2013
Did the Wright Stuff yesterday, my first century. Unfotunately had some bad cramping/muscle spasms @ about 75 miles so ended up bagging the last "loop" and only doing 85 miles. Note to self - more hill training needed for this.
Kathy Griffey Sun Sep 1 21:31:00 2013
my polar heart monitor still wont work with my iphone 4S
It use to!
Any suggestions!
It works with my other bike computer!
So upsetting!
Help
The new update
Nyla Greenberg Sat Aug 31 20:07:00 2013
Our segment of Wisconsin has reached 2 million miles, and the entire state is closing in on 3 million. Congratulations Wisconsin! I truly wish that the whole state was connected with one Local page…..but I need to apologize for my earlier comments on the subject. I was mortified to note that what I had intended as a tongue-in-cheek diatribe registered indelibly when re-read as offensively strident and outright rude to the organizers who have so consistently put so much time, energy, thought and commitment into creating a positive experience and a supportive, inviting, inspiring environment for all participants. I needn’t agree with every choice made to recognize and appreciate the unquestionable best intentions of those involved. This Challenge continues to be a life-enhancing, exceptionally engaging and persistently motivating experience for me, and I am very sorry to have been so spectacularly tone-deaf regarding my own comments. Thank You! Carpe Diem and Keep Pedaling!
Jim Franzen Sat Aug 31 19:46:00 2013
70 in 5 hours and 12 minutes
Jeffrey D Arnold Fri Aug 30 10:43:00 2013
My first flat tire today in 3,000 miles! Not a simple thing with an internal hub.
Bob Dumke Fri Aug 30 08:29:00 2013
Yikes!!!!! Almost got taken out by a Harley on the way home last night while on the Hank Arron. She mis-judged the curve on the bridge over the tracks and hit the curb launching the bike on its side right at me. I was able to swerve and avoid her and her sliding bike. She's got a nasty case of road rash and her bike is pretty busted up. LET'S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Aug 29 15:18:00 2013
@Jim I'm going to be at work on Saturday, so I'll have to miss it.
John D Quirk Thu Aug 29 11:47:00 2013
The links to the Bike Challenge Jersey (Mt. Borah's site) on this website need to be updated.
John A MacDonald Wed Aug 28 21:28:00 2013
Mr Carl Morrison we need to ride from Northern Wisconsin to Lacrosse and S.E. Wisconsin and back-October and a 3 day weekend?
John A MacDonald Wed Aug 28 21:27:00 2013
OK-Two days off and then two large rides-are you ready lets do this.
Jim Franzen Wed Aug 28 09:30:00 2013
https://www.facebook.com/events/322106994572545/

Is my facebook event if you wanna sign up. This is my Endomondo route, which came out to over 70 miles last year when we did it.

http://www.endomondo.com/routes/75750024

Jim Franzen Wed Aug 28 09:23:00 2013
@jaime the bike fed was working with Bella Donna's on this but I don't see anything on their site http://thebelladonnas.org/ . We are still planning on meeting at Lakeside Pub Saturday Morning and be on the road around 8:00. Right now I have 4 riders leaving from there. Last year we averaged about 12 MPH, with plenty of sight seeing/watering hole stops. Estabrook Beer garden sucked a lot of time. HA
Steve Brengosz Tue Aug 27 19:10:00 2013
Yeah, it was hot today!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Aug 27 14:59:00 2013
@Jesse - Yes, see the National message board for the temporary fix.
Jesse Mattson Tue Aug 27 14:33:00 2013
My uploaded rides are not counting towards the Bike Fed Wisconsin Bike challenge points any longer. Is this happening to anyone else using a Garmin?
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Aug 27 12:34:00 2013
I thought I read on this forum earlier this month from Jim Franzen that the Bike Fed was planning a one day Oak Leaf Discovery Tour on September 15. Is this true? I would like to do a ride where I fill out the entire passport of 25 locations in one day. I'd do it this Saturday, but if the Bike Fed is running the ride on the 15th, I'll wait for then.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Aug 27 10:42:00 2013
Depending on which trail you are talking about - Hank Aaron or Oak Leaf, or another, I would suggest reporting it to either the state or Milwaukee County.
Christopher Robles Tue Aug 27 09:20:00 2013
I saw a red convertible hot dogging it on the bike trail behind 1st street along the railroad tracks. That's the third time I've seen a civilian vehicle using it like a shortcut. Perhaps some signage is needed.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Aug 26 00:30:00 2013
@Kathy - See my response below, after you asked the same thing on Friday. Another option might be to ask on the National Board, but that won't fix the problem. You are still better off bring the problem to their attention, and having Endomondo fix their issue.
Kathy Griffey Sun Aug 25 20:39:00 2013
Does anyone have the the polar Bluetooth heart monitor and use with iPhone 4S
Mind stopped working with this app!
It works on my spinner bike so I no it's not the monitor!
Any suggestions???
Sarah FOLZ Sat Aug 24 04:38:00 2013
Very cool, Andy. I think I'll try to talk some others into it next year.
Andy Nowak Fri Aug 23 22:00:00 2013
Sarah, this was my 3rd year and every year the ACT ride gets better. Hope you will be back next year.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Fri Aug 23 13:07:00 2013
@Kathy - I would mention this to Endomondo. There was recently an issue with Garmin's not downloading, and that was just fixed. Either go to Toolkit/Support, or (for a much quicker response), email lili@bikeleague.org
Kathy Griffey Fri Aug 23 12:22:00 2013
Does anyone have the the polar Bluetooth heart monitor and use with iPhone 4S
Mind stopped working with this app!
It works on my spinner bike so I no it's not the monitor!
Any suggestions???
Sarah FOLZ Fri Aug 23 00:36:00 2013
@Andy Nowak, yes, that was me on the discarded and snatched up Raleigh. Whoa, good guess! I agree, the ACT volunteers were fantastic- both helpful and very friendly. I heart them.
Steve Brengosz Thu Aug 22 20:56:00 2013
Riding all over the metro Milwaukee area for years, mostly at rush hours, I can honestly say that the drivers are pretty tolerant. That's not to say I haven't had ugly encounters, but by and large it's pretty good. In fact while fixing a flat in Enderis park tonight a person walking their dog asked if I needed any tools. I have though about making a sign for my rack that says "Driver has concealed permit"
Carol Hegland Thu Aug 22 15:59:00 2013
I know that well, Marty. When I had to use West Allis main streerts to get to work a few years ago it was like a daily death wish and get-insulted fest. But the residential neighborhoods - as least west of 84th - aren't bad at all. Ride safe!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Aug 21 16:42:00 2013
@Carol - In the 20 years I lived in Wauwatosa, I only encountered one rude driver there. Here, I can easily equal or exceed that amount every day.
Carol Hegland Wed Aug 21 16:39:00 2013
Marty, that's why I try to avoid riding in West Allis.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Aug 21 16:39:00 2013
I love my adopted city of West Allis - home to the most bicycle friendly residents in the state.
This morning, at 5:30, an exemplar West Allis driver had to go into the fast lane, because I was using the slow one, (while wearing flashing lights and a reflective vest). So, not only did he have to expend an exorbitant amount of energy to move the steering wheel an inch counterclockwise, and back again, but then he had to use his other arm to bring his index finger to the window button, and hold the button down until his passenger window was also down, therefore assuring none of his words would be lost to the interior of his immediate surroundings.
After this exiguous energy expenditure, causing him to almost reach exhaustion, he felt the exigency to exhort to me exactly what he thought of my exercise choice. Unfortunately, what he yelled out his window opening as he was passing was not the least bit exegesis to me. So, I execrated an excoriate in response, making sure I ended with and exclamation.
(Please excuse all of the ex- prefex words in the above. Every day is an experience in good old West Allis.)
Mike W Wed Aug 21 15:14:00 2013
James: Welcome aboard! 20 points/ every day miles are logged + 1 point for every mile ridden. Today I get 30 points: 20 for commuting in 10 miles and no points for going home as I blew out both tires when I was almost to work and my second spare tube has a slow leak so I'm having someone take me home ;-(
James Mueller Wed Aug 21 13:17:00 2013
Just joined -- hi everyone! See you out there! Are points= miles ridden?
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Aug 21 09:48:00 2013
@Bob - Another nice thing about Burlap, is that it is more flexible than the other levels. For me, Burlap is 6,500. For you, it could be 7,500. And, if you reach Burlap at 7,500 with time to spare, you can always change your personal Burlap level to 7,777.
Bob Dumke Wed Aug 21 08:58:00 2013
So..... how many points to achieve Burlap? 7500?
Craig G Hulce Tue Aug 20 22:37:00 2013
Ok, I'm over 6,000 points now what? Guess I'm like Matthew and need a new challenge. Have done 15 rides of 100 miles or over 100 miles this summer and will do another one this weekend.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Aug 19 17:36:00 2013
Burlap is:
More Buoyant than Bronze
Stronger than Silver (When comparing strands of the same weight)
Greener than Gold (Renewable, whereas extracting gold takes an incredible amount of energy and resources)
More Pliable than Platinum
More Darnable than Diamonds (If there is a flaw in a diamond, it can't be fixed, but a burlap sack can be.)
So you see, burlap is better than any of those other levels.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Aug 19 00:52:00 2013
@Matthew - Have you tried going for burlap?
Matthew E. Wolter Sun Aug 18 21:00:00 2013
I reached diamond today. :) There needs to be a new point goal. I'll have to come up with something for myself.
Andy Nowak Sun Aug 18 17:26:00 2013
Sarah were you the girl riding by herself on the old school bike and finished the entire route?
Andy Nowak Sun Aug 18 17:21:00 2013
Sarah, yes it was getting warm, the organizers and volunteers did a very good job with plenty of well stocked rest stops.
Sarah FOLZ Sun Aug 18 12:05:00 2013
@Andy - It was a great ride, indeed. Beautiful day, but it did get a bit hot by the end. At least that's how it felt to me : )
Andy Nowak Sat Aug 17 21:03:00 2013
Ahnapee Trail Century today, was a great ride, weather.
Jeffrey D Arnold Sat Aug 17 10:32:00 2013
I just keep plodding along with my 10.6 mile commute 6 days a week with extra miles when I can. I am still 100 miles behind last year! I hope for a long, warm Fall.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sat Aug 17 08:27:00 2013
@Brant - Its beautiful up there!
Brant J Poggemann Fri Aug 16 10:04:00 2013
My wife and I had a great evening bike ride yesterday on the Bolder Jct. bike trail. We saw lots of wildlife on this trip.
Craig G Hulce Thu Aug 15 21:24:00 2013
@CJ - per your request, here is the Sun Prairie to Meno Falls route
It is on MapMyRide
Search under:
2013 Promises to Keep Triumph Tour Leg 2 - Sun Prairie to Menomonee Falls

http://www.mapmyfitness.com/ws/4p/routes/get_route_kml

Gina Meronek Thu Aug 15 16:59:00 2013
Head's up Portage WI area riders, County Road F east of town has a 1000 yard or so section being redone over this week, next week, possibly the week after. It's down to gravel road bed now. So, if you formerly liked to loop CX - Currie - Clark - F - 33, you're out of luck or walking your bike in the ditch for the next couple weeks. County says they're paving next week, so at least it will be paved instead of rendered useless until next spring like County O.
Jim Franzen Wed Aug 14 10:54:00 2013
Looking forward to riding tomorrow and Friday up in the Manitowoc/Two Rivers Area. If you haven't ridden the Mariner Trail and through Point Beach state park it is really pretty and home to some of the GREAT hamburger places in the Nation. Late's BBQ, Bud WIllmans, and the The Dugout are my three favorite places.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Aug 13 00:24:00 2013
@Nyla - Too bad you don't have any thoughts about the subject. I brought it up with them last year, when the 1st split happened, and again this March and April. They said it couldn't happen, but really, all it would take would be another level with one or a few more lines of code.
Nyla Greenberg Mon Aug 12 23:52:00 2013
Thanks for the clarification. Indeed the Bike Fed note from July 3rd contributed to my confusion. Let me just add my voice to those who note IT IS an unnecessarily divisive, confusing, and BAD system….inherently obscure, obtuse, opaque, obfuscating and in need of being obliterated!... Wisconsin is where the National Challenge began. WE can Do Better! Surely in a challenge which encourages friendly inter-state competition with state rankings, we should have the opportunity to easily communicate with ALL the riders throughout our state, regardless of how various communities within the state may be divided and ranked. Different “sub-group local pages” , if included, should be OPTIONAL additions, which individual participants can choose or ignore. They should not arbitrarily pre-empt easily accessed, inclusive intra-state communication. “Cycling Cheeseheads UNITE!”
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Aug 12 22:23:00 2013
Paul is right about the sub-groupings. It is confusing for everyone. In fact, if you look to the right at the 7/3/13 note, Wisconsin Bike Fed even used the wrong numbers when they posted their note. I think the worst part is not being able to post a message to a 1/3 of our fellow Wisconsinites, unless we do it on the National page. And I'm sure those right on the border of the Fox cities area would get the most frustrated, not being able to post a note about a local event for someone only 5 or 10 miles away.
Paul Jeffries Mon Aug 12 21:56:00 2013
Nyla, there are some groups in WI that have a separate "Local" page. I think there is a Fox Valley one and one at Kimberly-Clark. Those miles go into the national state totals but not the "Local" WI state totals. I know that this is confusing and I am not a big fan of the subgroupings within a state. If you want to know your true state ranking for all of WI, you have to check the state ranking on the national page. But that is how things are organized this year. I hope this makes some sense. And I hope they figure out a better strategy next year.
Nyla Greenberg Mon Aug 12 21:12:00 2013
I'm confused: My Wisconsin home page shows Wisconsin at about 1.7 million miles, with 4388 riders . National leader board shows Wisconsin at 2.5 million with 6928 riders. Why the huge discrepancy?
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Aug 12 16:49:00 2013
Wisconsin just passed 2.5 million miles a few hours ago! The second place state, Pennsylvania, will be reaching 1,000,000 in about 5 days.
CJ Semrow Mon Aug 12 08:04:00 2013
@ Craig - Very Nice! Would you mind sharing your route from Sun Prairie to Menomonee Falls? That's my home town and I've been looking for a good route to bike there. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Adam Wyngaard Sun Aug 11 07:04:00 2013
@ Craig... You are my hero! Congrats on the rides.
Roddi Franck Sat Aug 10 23:30:00 2013
I did the "Ride With Leinie" bike ride in Land O" Lakes, WI today. I don't race so I did the 40 miles in less than 5 hours. Some of thoes hills were quite the challenge. I am use to a flatter ride so the hills were a big challenge. It was a fun ride and I will do it again.
Craig G Hulce Sat Aug 10 21:38:00 2013
Am participating in the Triumph Tour - Friday we biked from Ashwaubenon (Green Bay) to Sun Prairie (Madison area) - 144 miles. Today we biked from Sun Prairie to Menomonee Falls - 82 miles. Sunday we bike back to Ashwaubenon - 110 miles. That's 3 long rides with about 50 real fun people.
Adam Wyngaard Sat Aug 10 04:27:00 2013
I will have to say that I am super stoked that I picked up cycling! I never would have thought I would cycle over 2,000 miles or do a 90 mile race! Im Awesome!!!
Adam Wyngaard Sat Aug 10 04:22:00 2013
@Jim... I am seriously considering!
Adam Wyngaard Sat Aug 10 04:20:00 2013
@ Brian... Congrats on the riding this year!
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 9 11:31:00 2013
@brian. Great job. Good riding this year.
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 9 11:29:00 2013
@Adam 8 AM from Lakeside Pub in Cuday at Layton and Lake Drive.
Brian James Colon Fri Aug 9 07:19:00 2013
Well at around 17:30 today August 9th I will have 5000 points, Three days past my goal of hitting this by 8-6. I had three days of non riding on my bike in July it must be related.
Adam Wyngaard Thu Aug 8 05:24:00 2013
Anyone doing the Race around the lake on the 19th?
Adam Wyngaard Thu Aug 8 05:12:00 2013
@Jim... What time are you planning on leaving for your yearly endeavor? Sounds awesome. I will have to see how the legs are feeling after th 18th.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Wed Aug 7 12:56:00 2013
@Ryan - You're welcome! It is amazing how many events are out there.
Ryan Little Wed Aug 7 09:00:00 2013
Jim and Marty, thanks for the touring information. I have found some rides in my area that I might take up.
Paul Jeffries Tue Aug 6 21:53:00 2013
Debra F--great practices to start up! It is amazing how much you can get done on a bike. You know you have arrived when you start feeling guilty when you drive for short errands! ;-) And log those miles...they do add up!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Aug 6 20:55:00 2013
@Debra - Good going! That's exactly what the NBC is designed for - to expand our biking horizons.
Debra Forbes Tue Aug 6 20:31:00 2013
I usually ride only for exercise, but joining this challenge, I find myself taking the bike out for smaller trips to the grocery store, sometimes to grab something to eat, and just small errands.
Jim Franzen Tue Aug 6 14:43:00 2013
@Carol, I received an email from the bicycle fed after posting my ride on the Yahoo Group Milw BTW. WisBikeFed haven't released details yet but they are working on it now.
Carol Hegland Tue Aug 6 13:28:00 2013
@JIm - sounds terrifc! Is info on Bike Fed web site?
Jim Franzen Tue Aug 6 12:26:00 2013
The Bike Fed is planning a Oak Leaf Discovery tour right now for 9/15. The more people that want to join in the better for my ride. We are pretty casual on the ride and make a lot of stops and go off course for interesting things. Last year we ran into a 1800 style baseball league. Got way lost somewhere in Greenfield. Lost one rider with 3 miles to go and had to go back and rescue him. If more people are interested in joining our group I will start off at Lakeside Pub in Cudahy. But you can start anywhere you want on the giant circle.
Beth Pickhard Tue Aug 6 11:12:00 2013
I may join you Jim! Thanks for the share.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Aug 6 10:28:00 2013
@Jim Franzen I looked at your route. Pretty good, but I was thinking of doing a ride to fill out the entire Oak Leaf Discovery Tour passport in one day, which included many parks that are off of your route.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Aug 6 10:15:00 2013
Hey Jim, want me to join you? I was also planning to ride the Oak leaf challenge in one day.
Jim Franzen Tue Aug 6 08:59:00 2013
Last Saturday in August is my annual Oak Leaf Challenge. Ride most of the Oak Leaf in one day. This is my route. http://www.endomondo.com/routes/75750024 I am starting in Cudahy and last year this took us 70 miles to do and it was me and two other friends who went in a pack. Got lost plenty, had the time of our lives. If you are on facebook this is my event page. https://www.facebook.com/events/322106994572545/
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Aug 5 13:45:00 2013
@Ryan - Check out this site - http://wisconsinbikefed.org/events/
Ryan Little Mon Aug 5 13:04:00 2013
Steve and everyone, where do you find a list of tours/rides in the area. I am from La Crosse and can't seem to find schedules for tours in Wisconsin/Minnesota. The one you talked about in your post is something that would interest me since it supports a cause. Thanks everyone for your contribution.
Steve Schmit Mon Aug 5 10:56:00 2013
Great weekend to bike in Wisconsin, especially as part of the MS Best Dam Bike Ride. Pewaukee to Whitewater, Whitewater to Madison. The weather was great and over 1300 riders raising funds for finding a cure to MS. Enjoyed seeing views on bike, which included some hops fields, tobacco fields and lots of corn. Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers, it was safe and fun.
Bob Dumke Mon Aug 5 08:39:00 2013
Jut added my miles from a 2 week tour from Bangor, ME to Palmerton, PA 977 miles and man they got some big steep long hills. Beautiful country side and good folks. If you ever get out there prepare for some serious climbing.
Nyla Greenberg Sun Aug 4 22:00:00 2013
Thank you, Steve, for that comforting reassurance. (-: Don’t recognize “gas pipe” term; but it would seem likely to apply to 1972 steel frame?….Apart from a bit of rust it has been superlatively durable, and has taken me many thousands of miles, holding much sentimental value as well.
Steve Brengosz Sun Aug 4 21:35:00 2013
Nyla, if it's a lower level "gas Pipe" bike they are usually bomb proof. This was thin wall Reynolds 531 and had rust where a previous owner sweated all over the top tube. I had to cut the stem out of the fork when I got it as it was rusted in so bad. Craqcked about 6" back from the head tube right where the rust had been. 10K miles in my hands pounding on the city streets didn't help. Who knows how much use & abuse it took in it's previous owners hands.
Brant J Poggemann Sat Aug 3 21:38:00 2013
My wife and I biked a "county" bike trail today in central wisconsin, we got 11 miles down the trail and decided to turn back, from now on we are sticking to the beautiful state trails and city trails we have......
John Hurtenbach Sat Aug 3 17:21:00 2013
That's why I had the inside of my trusty steel Bianchi Volpe treated. These Wisconsin winters are tough on my blue buddy.
Nyla Greenberg Fri Aug 2 22:42:00 2013
Oh Dear, Though the rear wheel on my elderly ten-speed disintegrated a year or so ago, bleeding wheel bearings by the roadside, It had truly never occurred to me that the frame itself might be in age-and-wear related jeopardy. Cherished faithful bike seems suddenly more fragile than I had imagined.
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 2 11:35:00 2013
@Steve. I feel your pain. I am so afraid of my old friends wearing out or breaking.
Steve Brengosz Thu Aug 1 22:51:00 2013
Frame broke on the old '87 Trek today! Guess I'll be on the spare.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Thu Aug 1 09:32:00 2013
Nebraska did beat us by just over 5 p/1000 in July, shrinking our hold on 2nd place.
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As of right now, Wally Olson and Jeremy Johnson are tied in August for the Wisconsin lead, with 51 points! I hope everyone has a good month.
John A MacDonald Wed Jul 31 20:43:00 2013
August is a weekly long haul riding event-it will be cool-hope to run into a few of you in the process-Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois
Paul Jeffries Wed Jul 31 13:21:00 2013
Thanks suggestions, Ken. I do have some group riding expience as I have ridden several times wtih the Ripon cycling teams. Still, I may try to get in a few rides with some other local groups in the next few weeks.
ken myszkewicz Wed Jul 31 11:26:00 2013
@paul- it is virtually impossible to be a drag on a fast group, you just fall off the back. but seriously, don't have a 90 mile race be your 1st pack riding experience. do yourself (and everyone with you) a favor, and get in some group riding beforehand.
Paul Jeffries Wed Jul 31 08:26:00 2013
Thanks for the tip, Marty. I will keep an eye out for other suggestions.
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jul 31 01:19:00 2013
Bridget , Welcome! Keep rolling and Enjoy the Rides!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Tue Jul 30 23:31:00 2013
@Paul - I haven't done it, but based on the comments here from last year, you would probably want to be with the 23 mph group, everything being equal. But because many will sign-up for too fast of a group, make it 24. Let's see what those with experience have to say.
Paul Jeffries Tue Jul 30 21:31:00 2013
I am thinking about doing the Race Around the Lake this year (around Lake Winnebago) in August. I have never really done a race (or any organized ride, for that matter, apart from a few community rides in our area). Is there anyone out there who has done the Race and has any tips/suggestions for a rookie? I am particularly concerned about having to state an average time when registering. Right now when riding solo, I am in the 19 to 20+ mph range on 50+ mile rides, but I know the few times I have ridden with groups (and behind tractors ;-) ), I can go quite a bit faster. I don't want to get in with a group that is slower than me but I don't want to be a drag on a faster one. Thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone may have.
Lise Meissner Tue Jul 30 15:08:00 2013
@Bridget - Welcome aboard, and congratulations on the long ride!
bridget seneczko Tue Jul 30 14:31:00 2013
First timer--went on my first bike event and rode 30 miles. Am riding 10 miles three days a week on my lunch hour. My goal is to do the Shuttleguy Mississippi River Weekend tour in October.
John Quirk Tue Jul 30 11:52:00 2013
Great Job, Jenny Stelzner!
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jul 30 09:20:00 2013
I am just shy of 900 miles during the challenge. Last year, I was just shy of 1000 miles at the end of the challenge (ended at the end of August), so at my current pace, I should easily hit 1000 miles this month, and can probably set my goal for 1500 miles in the challenge this year. I think I pedaled 800 miles in the first year of the challenge, so it is really neat to see how each year is progressing!
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 29 22:01:00 2013
Oh,LOL!
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Mon Jul 29 10:45:00 2013
@Jenny - I was just joking, but it would be a lofty goal, to ride in the Tour de France. Although I've never heard of a woman rider in it. It has me wondering if women aren't allowed by the TDF, or if the top women are a few percentage points slower than the top men? I know with running, the difference is 8-10% across almost all distances, but I know of several women who have won running ultras outright, so the longer the distance, the more equal we are.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 29 10:40:00 2013
@ Marty, what is that?
I was actually thinking of another ride for this year... I'm not a competitive rider, just like those organized rides with the rest stops and food. gotta eat back those lost calories LOL!
Jim Franzen Mon Jul 29 09:13:00 2013
Nice job Jaime and Jenny, my daughter does the RW24 maybe next year I will try. I had to use my mountain bike today. Took the road bike out last night and the back tire started to make a weird noise, looked this AM and I have worn out my second bicycle tire now in my 40 years of riding. Al my other tires suffered dry rot. LOL
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sun Jul 28 23:49:00 2013
@Jenny - How about 2014 TDF?
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 28 23:08:00 2013
Thanks! Now I need another biking event to set my eyes on.
Marty "Jute Burlap Fizzyology King" Malin Sun Jul 28 20:56:00 2013
@Jenny - Way to go!
Matthew Oake Sun Jul 28 18:57:00 2013
@Jaime. Good stuff on your RW total! I was on a team of 6. Probably my last as a resident of Riverwest so I was glad to get signed up.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 28 18:41:00 2013
75 miles in the Giurmet Bike Tour today. Was planning to do 55 but changed my mind at the split
Jaime Richard Ogas Sun Jul 28 15:03:00 2013
I rode 42 laps for 212 miles in this year's Riverwest 24.
Adam Wyngaard Sun Jul 28 03:15:00 2013
Congrats Roddi! I will have to register for the RW24 next year.
Adam Wyngaard Sun Jul 28 03:06:00 2013
Okay some big questions.... Riding in my first race, do I need to bring my patch kit or spare tires? How does this stuff work? I am doing the Ganther race around the lake.... I need some help with this! lol
Roddi Franck Sun Jul 28 02:59:00 2013
Saturdays ride put me over 2500 points. I made it to Platinum.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 26 08:06:00 2013
I'm riding in the Best Friends Gourmet Bike Tour on Sunday. It starts in Neenah. Anyone else riding?
Brian James Colon Fri Jul 26 07:38:00 2013
Well to all those who are taking part in the RW24, good luck, I really wish I had signed up I see my points lead disappearing soon to those who are racing it. :-)
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jul 25 18:28:00 2013
Rode my single speed to my Weight Watchers meeting. 9.71 miles in 50 minutes.
Going home will be shorter: downhill all the way!
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 25 10:01:00 2013
Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee starts tomorrow night. I'm registered as a solo rider. I hope to add over 200 miles to my total between 7pm Friday to 7pm Saturday.
Heather Wiersma Sanderson Thu Jul 25 09:56:00 2013
You're right Gina, Cty road E as well as Military Road wouldn't be bad. I don't have contact info for the bicycling group but I know they meet Wednesday nights at Silver Lake Beach. Taking Hwy 33 to Cty Rd U to Cascade Mtn Road was also recommended to me, but again that is driving a bit on a very busy highway and trying to make a left hand turn! My husband called the county and they said they would be brushing off O in 2 weeks, but I don't believe it will be a very nice road to bike on again until after winter when the snow plow makes a few swipes.
Gina Meronek Thu Jul 25 08:51:00 2013
Heather, you're right that we're in a pickle for bike friendly roads around Portage right now w/the Cty O resurfacing. I've heard good things about Cty F and Cty E east of town, but you have to take 33 to get out/back to town. CX out to Currie Road to Clark road etc. isn't bad, but you have to be careful of drivers cutting off the corners and veering into your lane. There's supposed to be a local biking group called the Portage Pedalers that may know more, but I'm having a heck of a time finding current contact information for them.
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Wed Jul 24 18:28:00 2013
Rode my single speed to my Weight Watchers meeting. 9.71 miles in 50 minutes.
Going home will be shorter: downhill all the way!
Heather Wiersma Sanderson Wed Jul 24 12:04:00 2013
I need advice for bike friendly roads near Portage. They just put loose gravel down on Cty Rd O for about a 6 mile stretch. I ride the levee path in the early morning, but it gets too busy with walkers in the evening. I tried CX, but it was way too busy and no shoulder. Any tips would be appreciated!
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Jul 24 10:01:00 2013
Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee starts tomorrow night. I'm registered as a solo rider. I hope to add over 200 miles to my total between 7pm Friday to 7pm Saturday.
Heather Wiersma Sanderson Wed Jul 24 09:56:00 2013
You're right Gina, Cty road E as well as Military Road wouldn't be bad. I don't have contact info for the bicycling group but I know they meet Wednesday nights at Silver Lake Beach. Taking Hwy 33 to Cty Rd U to Cascade Mtn Road was also recommended to me, but again that is driving a bit on a very busy highway and trying to make a left hand turn! My husband called the county and they said they would be brushing off O in 2 weeks, but I don't believe it will be a very nice road to bike on again until after winter when the snow plow makes a few swipes.
Gina Meronek Wed Jul 24 08:51:00 2013
Heather, you're right that we're in a pickle for bike friendly roads around Portage right now w/the Cty O resurfacing. I've heard good things about Cty F and Cty E east of town, but you have to take 33 to get out/back to town. CX out to Currie Road to Clark road etc. isn't bad, but you have to be careful of drivers cutting off the corners and veering into your lane. There's supposed to be a local biking group called the Portage Pedalers that may know more, but I'm having a heck of a time finding current contact information for them.
Steven Oreck Wed Jul 24 08:27:00 2013
Several places in Door County have bike maps for free - NorDoor Cycle & Sport in Sturgeon Bay & Fish Creek is one. Keep your time on 42/57/"A" to the minimum, especially 42 & 57 - but for short distances to small roads they are OK if careful. The "Ride for Nature" the middle of June is great, fun distances for relaxed riders and 50mi/100K/100mi for more serious riders - and the beer festival is at the end of the ride.
Paul Jeffries Tue Jul 23 11:53:00 2013
Also re Door County riding...their "Door County" magazine sometimes has the "good bike routes map" (or some kind of map) in it. I have ripped them out for riding use from time to time. The magazine tends to be more available than the bike map but the latter can be found in several locations. FYI.
David Hayes Tue Jul 23 08:05:00 2013
Re: Bike-friendly roads in Door County... Almost all of them! Even highways 42 and 57 north of Sturgeon Bay are reasonable for short connections between smaller roads. Grab a "Fun Map" from the Chamber of Commerce and just go! For a good intro to DC roads, ride the Door County Century. It's traditionally held on the Sunday after Labor Day.
Roddi Franck Tue Jul 23 01:01:00 2013
I just registered for the "Ride with Leinie" ride on Sat. August 10 in Land O' Lakes WI. Any one else doing that ride?
Bill Miller Mon Jul 22 13:05:00 2013
Steve Oreck: Do you have a link to access bike friendly roads in Door County. I'll be there in two weeks and am packing the bike. I will be working the Wright Stuff Century. I hope to see you at the Ridgeway rest stop!
Paul Jeffries Mon Jul 22 11:53:00 2013
Also re Door County riding...their "Door County" magazine sometimes has the "good bike routes map" (or some kind of map) in it. I have ripped them out for riding use from time to time. The magazine tends to be more available than the bike map but the latter can be found in several locations. FYI.
David Hayes Mon Jul 22 08:05:00 2013
Re: Bike-friendly roads in Door County... Almost all of them! Even highways 42 and 57 north of Sturgeon Bay are reasonable for short connections between smaller roads. Grab a "Fun Map" from the Chamber of Commerce and just go! For a good intro to DC roads, ride the Door County Century. It's traditionally held on the Sunday after Labor Day.
Roddi Franck Mon Jul 22 01:01:00 2013
I just registered for the "Ride with Leinie" ride on Sat. August 10 in Land O' Lakes WI. Any one else doing that ride?
Steven Oreck Sun Jul 21 15:18:00 2013
Just finished 40.5 road miles through northern Door County. Not a pretty day but high 60s & cloudy makes for comfortable biking. Yesterday going through Peninsula State Park had my "Honor ride Madison" shirt on, got salutes from group of Harley riders going the other way on road - positive reinforcement! Anyone else doing the "Wright Stuff" this September?
Bill Miller Sun Jul 21 13:05:00 2013
Steve Oreck: Do you have a link to access bike friendly roads in Door County. I'll be there in two weeks and am packing the bike. I will be working the Wright Stuff Century. I hope to see you at the Ridgeway rest stop!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 20 21:57:00 2013
@Mike, I saw the same thing and wondered about a ride, too. That is definitely not a good road to ride on!
Kevin L Mackey Sat Jul 20 20:25:00 2013
I ride the Fox River Trail to downtown Green Bay everyday.
michael e. rhoades Sat Jul 20 19:18:00 2013
All praise for commuting on rail trails, sound off if you commute on them. Anyhoo, does anyone know about a bike ride going through Fond du Lac Co. today(Sat.)? Counted about 10-12 cyclist on St Rd 23 going east from Ripon in separate groups. If I could help it I sure wouldn't want to be on that road.
Steven Oreck Sat Jul 20 15:18:00 2013
Just finished 40.5 road miles through northern Door County. Not a pretty day but high 60s & cloudy makes for comfortable biking. Yesterday going through Peninsula State Park had my "Honor ride Madison" shirt on, got salutes from group of Harley riders going the other way on road - positive reinforcement! Anyone else doing the "Wright Stuff" this September?
Jim Shafer Sat Jul 20 14:58:00 2013
I bought a tadepole recumbent and have been taking it on short rides. Wednesday was over a 20 mile ride with it. First commuting trip was last night or I should say this morning, it was 3;00 a.m. I rode it back to work at 11;00 a.m. This will be my commuter until the snow flies, just fun.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 20 08:44:00 2013
They don't have this year's information up yet, all of the info is from last year... please keep us updated on the details!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 20 08:43:00 2013
Thanks guys! I ran into the same problem, did the google search but my place of employment also blocks facebook.
Roddi Franck Sat Jul 20 03:14:00 2013
yes thank you Kevin. I called The Antigo Chamber and they put me on there mailing list so as soon as there registration form comes back from the printers they will send it to me.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 19 21:57:00 2013
@Mike, I saw the same thing and wondered about a ride, too. That is definitely not a good road to ride on!
Kevin L Mackey Fri Jul 19 20:25:00 2013
I ride the Fox River Trail to downtown Green Bay everyday.
michael e. rhoades Fri Jul 19 19:18:00 2013
All praise for commuting on rail trails, sound off if you commute on them. Anyhoo, does anyone know about a bike ride going through Fond du Lac Co. today(Sat.)? Counted about 10-12 cyclist on St Rd 23 going east from Ripon in separate groups. If I could help it I sure wouldn't want to be on that road.
Jim Shafer Fri Jul 19 14:58:00 2013
I bought a tadepole recumbent and have been taking it on short rides. Wednesday was over a 20 mile ride with it. First commuting trip was last night or I should say this morning, it was 3;00 a.m. I rode it back to work at 11;00 a.m. This will be my commuter until the snow flies, just fun.
Kevin L Mackey Fri Jul 19 13:56:00 2013
@Jenny- I did a google search. Summt Lake WI, (near Antigo/langlade county) Sept 21.
They have a facebook page but work blocks me so I can give you more details.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 19 13:19:00 2013
Roddi, where is the Lakes & Leaves bike ride located?
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Jul 19 10:47:00 2013
Anybody here riding the Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee next weekend?
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Fri Jul 19 10:04:00 2013
It's a little far north for me, Roddi.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 19 08:44:00 2013
They don't have this year's information up yet, all of the info is from last year... please keep us updated on the details!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 19 08:43:00 2013
Thanks guys! I ran into the same problem, did the google search but my place of employment also blocks facebook.
Roddi Franck Fri Jul 19 03:14:00 2013
yes thank you Kevin. I called The Antigo Chamber and they put me on there mailing list so as soon as there registration form comes back from the printers they will send it to me.
Roddi Franck Fri Jul 19 02:30:00 2013
I am thinking of doing the Lakes & Leaves Bike Ride in Sept. Has any one done this ride?
Craig G Hulce Thu Jul 18 18:04:00 2013
2 hour bike sprint workout today - 1.5 gallons of water - hot, insanely hot
Nyla Greenberg Thu Jul 18 18:00:01 2013
71 sunny ,hilly headwind miles of spirit-stretching views today. Tomorrow on to finish in Duluth. Tonight in Two Harbors....sitting on huge sun-warmed rock, steeping in the power of Lake Superior. I am, in every sense, a happy camper (-;
Kevin L Mackey Thu Jul 18 13:56:00 2013
@Jenny- I did a google search. Summt Lake WI, (near Antigo/langlade county) Sept 21.
They have a facebook page but work blocks me so I can give you more details.
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jul 18 13:19:00 2013
Roddi, where is the Lakes & Leaves bike ride located?
Marty "up a tree (4 a long time) w/o WD-40" Malin Thu Jul 18 12:49:00 2013
@Adam - Sorry for your crash. When others aren't paying attention, they can sure mess it up for us.
Adam Wyngaard Thu Jul 18 12:35:00 2013
It is not easy to ride with a broken thumb!!! And why do old men with no shirts, no helmets, listening to their giant headphones do what ever they feel like? Tough crash!
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 18 10:47:00 2013
Anybody here riding the Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee next weekend?
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jul 18 10:04:00 2013
It's a little far north for me, Roddi.
Roddi Franck Thu Jul 18 02:30:00 2013
I am thinking of doing the Lakes & Leaves Bike Ride in Sept. Has any one done this ride?
Craig G Hulce Wed Jul 17 18:04:00 2013
2 hour bike sprint workout today - 1.5 gallons of water - hot, insanely hot
Wally Olson Wed Jul 17 17:32:00 2013
Great riding NE, a "light" zephyr heading back home.
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Wed Jul 17 14:53:00 2013
Yes, it is! Thank goodness biking packs its own breeze!
Doug Cvetkovich Wed Jul 17 13:27:00 2013
It is HOT out there today.
Marty "up a tree (4 a long time) w/o WD-40" Malin Wed Jul 17 12:49:00 2013
@Adam - Sorry for your crash. When others aren't paying attention, they can sure mess it up for us.
Adam Wyngaard Wed Jul 17 12:35:00 2013
It is not easy to ride with a broken thumb!!! And why do old men with no shirts, no helmets, listening to their giant headphones do what ever they feel like? Tough crash!
Joel Tomski Wed Jul 17 08:52:00 2013
I was sweating like a dog on my ride into work today.
Jim Franzen Tue Jul 16 10:48:00 2013
@Brian Colon, WOW I did 800+ miles last year in August and that is a lot of riding. You are doing Rockstar! I am hoping for 4K by the end of the year. LOL Nice job.
Chesla Seely-Anschutz Tue Jul 16 09:53:00 2013
Team DCSSA 2013 ( doorcountysilentsports.org ) is so proud of our leader Carl Morrison!
http://www.doorcountydailynews.com/news/details.cfm#.UeVQyY21GrM
Brian James Colon Tue Jul 16 07:31:00 2013
Well getting 5K by Aug 6th is looking pretty good. I'll have 100+ for the week by lunch time on 7-16. I estimate I'll have around 150 for the week. I keep this up and I'll get it before my deadline
Jim Post Mon Jul 15 10:18:00 2013
Picked up a yellow swim noodle along hwy B on the ride in this morning. What a great day for a bike commute. Not sure if it's the Culvers or McDonalds customers that litter the most...They're closely followed by the beer can chuckers...It's always interesting riding on the rural roads of South Central WI...
Roddi Franck Sun Jul 14 22:28:00 2013
Todays ride put me over 700 miles since I started the challenge on May 6,2013.Todays ride was on the Bearskin trail however I went past the 5 mile marker and went to the 10 mile marker. Doing the Bearskin trail can be more than just a ride if one can take the time to read the historical markers along the way it can also be a history lesson.
Monika Indig Sun Jul 14 20:46:00 2013
To the bay view cycling club folks:
Great job organizing the ride on Saturday. It was a lot of fun!
MaryJo Schwabe Sun Jul 14 10:17:00 2013
Carol - thanks so much for your nice comments about the Bay View Classic ride yesterday. As many of you know, it is a LOT of work to put one of these events on and it's comments like this that make it ALL WORTH IT!
Marty "up a tree (4 a long time) w/o WD-40" Malin Sun Jul 14 01:38:00 2013
@Jon - I think all you have to do is go to Download App on the upper right. (And it turns out you can log any previous rides you missed - but may have to do that manually.)
Jon Firth Sun Jul 14 00:47:00 2013
Does Endomondo have an app for iphone? Having trouble remembering to clock record my miles.
Carol Hegland Sat Jul 13 21:24:00 2013
Kudos to the Bay View cycle club for another well-run Lake Country Classic ride! They had to work around a nearby running event, but the ride came off without a hitch. It's a beauty. Next challenge - the Scenic Shore 150 next weekend!
Steven Oreck Sat Jul 13 00:17:00 2013
Tried a new route today - nice scenery but some surprising unexpected hills - ouch. But, good for the workout. 30 miles at decent speed considering slowdowns for intersections etc.Goal this year is the Wright Stuff Century 9/1.
Philip Castillo Fri Jul 12 23:04:00 2013
Just did a 13 mile ride on a bike trail during dusk. Great trail but the bugs were absolutely terrible. I started the ride with a huge bug smashing in the center of my left eye. I'm still glad I went though!
Philip Hinkle Fri Jul 12 21:47:00 2013
About done training for the Scenic Shore 150 next weekend. Can't wait for that awesome ride. Will be nice adding 150 mile (maybe 175 if I do the century option on day one) to my totals.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 12 16:51:00 2013
Sounds like a fun trip, Jamie!
My dream has always been to organize a Wisconsin loop. At one time in my life, I actually had this all mapped out, what my destinations would be, how many miles each day that I would do, etc. Had strategically used a camping magazine that helped me find camping areas throughout Wisconsin (and I did all of this long before the internet was available). I never took that trip, though. At the time, I was pretty young, and never had buddies that would want to commit to a bike trip like that! But, I still have the vision of doing the trip, although many of the roads are different, and there are many more opportunities to utilize bike paths that were not in existence in the past. I still don't have any crazy riding buddies that would do it with me, though (well I do have one friend, but I think my DH would object).
Jim Franzen Fri Jul 12 15:50:00 2013
http://www.todaystmj4.com/features/youask/215007521.html

There is the bicycle story link. They interview Dave and it seems to be pretty fair despite the awful title

John Howard Thu Jul 11 22:27:00 2013
All I know is cars don't see me and are not looking for me. I'm always riding defensively and ignore all moronic comments and gestures. :)
Carol Hegland Thu Jul 11 18:21:00 2013
Was anyone else hugely annoyed by channel 4's "bicyclists behaving badly" expose (that's what THEY called it) last night? granted, there are plenty ofg stupid cyclists doing stipid things, but i see one bad bicylist/day and at least 10 dumb-to-outright-agressive drivers. Today's top 2: woman talking on cell phone turns left in front of me, yelling "get out of the street, b____!" Man wanting to turn right on red but prevented from doing so by me cycling past on green catches up to me in his car and yells, "I belong on the street, not you!"
What I'd really love to see on tv is cyclists and drivers working well together on Milwaukee streets; that happens lots too.
Ron Friedel Thu Jul 11 14:01:00 2013
@Jamie - I went around Lake Michigan in two stages in 2006. First went south from Brown Deer, through Chicago, around the southern end to Michigan City, Indiana and then north to Ludington. Took ferry back to Manitowoc and rode home. Next I went with my wife, she drove, we camped, starting in Manitowoc, going north around the UP and across the Mackinac and finished in Ludington where we took the ferry back to Wisconsin. Details on this trip, and others, at http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/rfriedel.

The route around the south end of the lake was very good, out in the country. The only "iffy" place was the south end of the Chicago Lakefront Trail where you cross the Calumet River. (?) But even that was good because I stopped just byond there for a "Chicago Dog," and met some nice people.

Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 11 09:10:00 2013
I'm staying at a hostel in Chicago, and with family and friends in Michigan.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Wed Jul 10 15:50:00 2013
@Jamie - I took the LE a few years ago, to bike in the Muskegon area. One thing I was really impressed with was their composite bike bridges. Usually, I like real things, like wood, but these were very smooth, not bumpy like many of the bike bridges in Milwaukee's parkways.(I'm assuming they are also textured enough for riding in the rain.) I'm assuming you're staying in hotels, as when I looked, there just weren't any campgrounds in the greater Chicago area.
Enjoy the trip!
Marty "up a tree (4 a long time) w/o WD-40" Malin Wed Jul 10 15:50:00 2013
@Jamie - I took the LE a few years ago, to bike in the Muskegon area. One thing I was really impressed with was their composite bike bridges. Usually, I like real things, like wood, but these were very smooth, not bumpy like many of the bike bridges in Milwaukee's parkways.(I'm assuming they are also textured enough for riding in the rain.) I'm assuming you're staying in hotels, as when I looked, there just weren't any campgrounds in the greater Chicago area.
Enjoy the trip!
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Jul 10 15:05:00 2013
Tomorrow I take the Lake Express ferry over to Muskegon, where I'll ride around the southern part of Lake Michigan back to Milwaukee. About 300 miles over the course of a week.
Mike Spanjar Wed Jul 10 14:36:00 2013
What would it take for the City to repair the Oak Leaf Trail (south of the Urban Ecology Center) so it's not constantly flooded? I would chip in!
Jeffry Albanese Tue Jul 9 14:39:00 2013
@Brian -- I believe that they're only paving a portion of that stretch for construction vehicles that are working in the area prepping for the Zoo Interchange reconstruction; they will pave it permanently after that work is done (4 years or so).
Brian James Colon Mon Jul 8 21:01:00 2013
the folks at the HAST have also just announced that 94-116 will be paved next week. AWESOME
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Jul 8 12:30:00 2013
I found that annoying stretch of gravel on the Hank Aaron trail by the bridge has finally been paved over. And not only that, the extension to Mitchell Park has been paved as well. I got to ride it yesterday.
Paul Jeffries Mon Jul 8 01:37:00 2013
Oops...Marty "UATWAP" Marlin made the same point below. Have not been following the posts as closesly. Sorry for the duplication. (did not know about the K-C group...an nice further clarification, Marty!)
Paul Jeffries Mon Jul 8 01:29:00 2013
Slight correction to the Bike Fed post from July 3rd. The totals listed there are for the Wisconsin Bike Fed riders...that is not the total miles for ALL Wisconsin riders. The folks in the Fox Valley have their own "local" group. The only way to see the totals for the entire state is to go to the NBC national page click on Wisconsin in the "state" part of the leader board. As of today, we have over 1.6 million miles for all WI cyclists...and even more impressive total! (One more FYI...to get your rider ranking among ALL WI riders, again click on the state of WI on the "National" Leaderboard. Where you come up on that list will be your actual state ranking...it will typically be somewhat lower than the one on the Bike Fed's local Wisconsin page as the Fox Valley riders are included.)
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Sun Jul 7 11:35:00 2013
@Jodi - It is amazing all of the places you can get to by bike. You're probably going a lot further than you thought you would before you bought the bike, and come September, you will really impress yourself. (So much so that you won't want to hang it up at 1,600.) Plus, it gets easier, the more you ride.
Jodi Lynn Oettinger Sun Jul 7 09:36:00 2013
Thanks Marty!!! I don't know why I waited so long to start road biking...I'm loving every mile of it!!!
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Sat Jul 6 23:58:00 2013
@Wisconsin Bike Fed - (Regarding 7/3 message to right)
When you look at the statistics from this local page, Wisconsin isn't all of Wisconsin. It excludes the Fox Cities area, and Kimberly-Clark employees, who both have their own local pages.
To get Wisconsin's numbers, go to National, then Leaderboard, then States, then Wisconsin.
Right now, we are at: 1,584,887 miles, 36,310,560 cal, 585,320 CO2 saved, and $185,839 saved.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Sat Jul 6 23:51:00 2013
@Jodi - You're doing great! I'm betting you'll get closer to 2,000 miles at the rate you are going.
Jodi Lynn Oettinger Sat Jul 6 18:26:00 2013
Just bought my bike in May and reached 600 miles today!!! Only 1,000 to go before I have to hang it up for the winter!! Thanks for pushing me to my goal.
Brant J Poggemann Sat Jul 6 17:36:00 2013
Had a great ride this morning with my best friend and wife Lois and my daughter Julie. The weather was great for bike riding.
Roddi Franck Fri Jul 5 23:29:00 2013
Today was such a nice day for a ride. I had the day off again and the bike did not want to turn for home. Todays ride was 30 miles. Bike On every one.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Fri Jul 5 22:56:00 2013
@Ann Ony Muss - Welcome to the National Bike Challenge!
(no name provided) Fri Jul 5 09:55:00 2013
Just joined the team! Looking forward to more sunny days and long rides:)
Roddi Franck Fri Jul 5 01:03:00 2013
I had a neat ride tonight riding home with the fire flies. No they were not fire crackers. @ Dale this is my first time also. Ride On!
Dale Cook Thu Jul 4 13:46:00 2013
Just wanted to add this is my first doing the challenge and I love. RIDE ON!
Richard R. Comp II Wed Jul 3 12:03:00 2013
@PaulBouffleur - Thanks for the tip! @BrianJamesColon - I guess I'm glad I'm not the only one - that bird is relentless!
Paul Bouffleur Wed Jul 3 11:42:00 2013
@Richard and @Brian - put sunglasses on the back of your helmet... Sounds weird, but keeps the Red Wing Blackbirds at bay (most of the time anyways)
Kevin L Mackey Wed Jul 3 11:21:00 2013
@Chris- Look up O2 rain gear on the net. They are cheap and they roll up nice and small. I have both the upper and lowers. They don't breath well but they are bright yellow so you have good visiblity on the road.
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Wed Jul 3 10:20:00 2013
IRIR today! Anyone got any good suggestions for light, *inexpensive* rain pants. They have to be really wide in the sit-down area....!
Brian James Colon Tue Jul 2 18:46:00 2013
Hey Richard R Comp II, ME TO
John A MacDonald Tue Jul 2 18:16:00 2013
OK-Heading over to Galena IL and NE Iowa for the week and weekend-Lots of long trips planned
John A MacDonald Tue Jul 2 18:14:00 2013
The trails over by Layette have unique challenges
Jim Franzen Tue Jul 2 11:19:00 2013
58 degrees here in Cudahy this AM. Sigh, I still have my winter gloves ready to go just in case.
Richard R. Comp II Tue Jul 2 10:04:00 2013
Anyone ride the trail behind the MU practice field along the river (Alternate to Canal Street)? There's a red winged blackbird that has dive-bombed me 4 trips in a row now! Be careful if you go that route, it can be very startling to get hit in the head from behind as you're riding!
Brian James Colon Tue Jul 2 07:13:00 2013
all this talk about the Hank has me laughing. I ride it almost every day and the only time I encountered glass problems is the area that goes through and near Miller Park, those tailgaters get a little careless. The official FB page of the trail states that it is closed as of July 1. Didn't go by not wanting to have to double back. The Hank is one of mt favorite trails and I eagerly look forward to the complete paving of it in the near future.
Jim Franzen Tue Jul 2 05:10:00 2013
@rachel Great job way to ride!
Roddi Franck Tue Jul 2 02:45:00 2013
Congradulations Rachel.
Rachel Lustila Mon Jul 1 22:01:00 2013
Yay! I hit platinum today!
Jeffrey D Arnold Mon Jul 1 21:50:00 2013
Yup, same points problem!
david hill Mon Jul 1 20:27:00 2013
Cool, thanks guys.
David Hofmann Mon Jul 1 19:29:00 2013
Yup. Miles show on my Home page but not on the Leaderboard, even though it claims to be updating regularly. Go figure.
Nathan Vergin Mon Jul 1 19:28:00 2013
David, I often have problems where it doesn't give me points for my miles for some time. Occasionally it will take a day before they get calculated. Not sure why it's so troublesome since it shows my miles being totaled up, it just lags with the points calculation. It's different from how the leaderboards are updated periodically. So it's not just you.
david hill Mon Jul 1 19:12:00 2013
anyone else having issues with mileage/points not updating this afternoon?
Jim Franzen Mon Jul 1 15:23:00 2013
I have road the gravel part a lot too with no issues. I also stopped and talked with the yutes along the trail and they seemed like pretty good kids. Just having a lot of fun. Well maybe some skulduggery. LOL
Chris Olsen Mon Jul 1 10:44:00 2013
Hopefully it's getting repaved, it was actually open today despite their signage and what the worker said last week. They have in fact repaved the corner leading to the bridge, though, so I'm optimistic.

BTW, I've ridden that section on my road bike last season and this one without issue - I've never noticed glass, but never slowed down to check. I guess ignorance is bliss.

Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Mon Jul 1 08:26:00 2013
@Jerry - Two years ago, I decided to ride that section, but took the first path off of it that I could find, and then quickly checked my tires.
I figured it was a local hangout for tomfoolery, rabble-rousing, skulduggery, bottle breaking, and other sorts of nefarious behavior and hijinks for years by youngfolk and their like.
Jerry J Mon Jul 1 06:40:00 2013
Yes, they are waiting until the freeway is rebuilt. They didn't want to have to replace it. Good to know there is so much glass. I have not ridden through there either -
I go the long way around it.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Mon Jul 1 01:03:00 2013
@Chris & @Jerry - It will be nice to finally have that section of the Hank Aaron Trail done. The Western section of it isn't supposed to be paved for 2 or 3 years. (And I won't go on that section until then, as it is about 1/2 gravel, and 1/2 glass pieces.)
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Mon Jul 1 01:02:00 2013
@Joe - It was nice to see you after all these years, too. Welcome aboard! It looks like you did everything correctly.
Joe Radoszewski Sun Jun 30 23:21:00 2013
Thanks Marty for the heads up on this site. Nice seeing you again. Wonder if I got all my info logged in?
Carol Hegland Sun Jun 30 20:30:00 2013
thanks, Chris Olsen for the heads-up about the Hank Aaron closure - I had planned to use it tomorrow, now know to re-route.
Jerry J Sun Jun 30 19:55:00 2013
@Chris...Great news. It is just rediculus that they left that section gravel. Same goes for the stretch under/along the zoo interchange. As many times as roads are repaved with what appears to be little advanced planning, they can't relay two miles of an ashalt bike path?
Eddie Jon Campbell Sun Jun 30 19:46:00 2013
Biked the first Cycle the Sun in Sun Prairie WI today. Nice watching something get off the ground and running like that.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Sun Jun 30 00:00:00 2013
@Craig - I'm glad you live in Wisconsin. We need the points!
Craig G Hulce Sat Jun 29 17:09:00 2013
In California (Manhattan Beach) on vacation so shipped my bike with me. Thursday rode PCH north thru Malibu, Santa Barbara, then to turnaround at Oxnard and back - 120 miles (a little over 6 hours). Friday rode PCH south to Laguna Beach and back - 100 miles, Saturday (today) did 55 miles in the mountains and pretty much shredded my legs. Got and easy 120 miler to do Sunday ....
Bob Dumke Sat Jun 29 16:51:00 2013
Had to work today so got my 10 mile commute in the morning but 36 miles home. 3 cheers for taking the long way home!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 28 20:36:00 2013
I have been lucky with the rain, but it is dampening my opportunity to ride tonight.
Carol Hegland Fri Jun 28 17:16:00 2013
Rained on repeatedly while riding that last 2 days!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 28 16:13:00 2013
@Paul, I watched the video and it is nothing like that intersection. It is a rural highway going out of town, the interection is a T intersection. The road that I am turning on just goes one way. And, the traffic is not that heavy.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 28 16:11:00 2013
No offense taken, I appreciate all of the feedback and the concern about safety. I had not really considered that my switching to the other side was a safety issue. I was actually doing it to preserve MY safety.
Chris Olsen Fri Jun 28 11:38:00 2013
HANK AARON USERS: The gravel area east of the Brewers stadium is being repaved Monday/Tuesday (7/1-7/2) and will be closed.
Paul Bouffleur Fri Jun 28 09:32:00 2013
On a completely different note, I had to be out in Onalaska this morning for a meeting at church, so I had the opportunity to switch it up from the singlespeed cargo bike, to my road bike. It was like riding a missile! Effortlessly cruising along at 20mph felt awesome! Came back home and got the cargo bike for the 3 miles into work felt WAY slow this morning.
Paul Bouffleur Fri Jun 28 09:24:00 2013
Jenny, is it a four way intersection? If so you could always do a Copenhagen Left turn. http://www.youtube.com/watch. Bikes are vehicles and there for should stay to the right of center, unless in a protected bike lane.
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I just read my other post and it sounded kind of snobbish to me, sorry if it offended anyone - I was just trying to help!
Charlie L Fri Jun 28 08:01:00 2013
Jenny, I am so glad we could exchange thoughts about traffic here publicly in a positive way. Helps to get all of us thinking. Thanks for taking my thoughts in a good way. Whatever we all do be as safe as you can.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 28 07:34:00 2013
Marty, I don't think that a mirror will help in this situation. I still won't have a clear view of both directions of traffic due to the way the incline is situated. But I have thought about using a mirror in other situations. Thanks!
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Fri Jun 28 07:22:00 2013
@Jenny - A mirror could possibly help on that hill.
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jun 27 22:13:00 2013
@Charlie, I could try your suggestion, but not very desirable as my turn happens just over the crest of the hill, and I would have to go down the hill on the other side and then turn around and go back up, losing my momentum in the turn. I rode that same route tonight, and I re-examined it from the top of the hill, and I think I may be able to safely see pretty well on both sides from there. There is a small blind spot on the other side, potentially where a car could be hidden, but I should be able to see it fairly quickly as it would be moving along, or maybe I would hear it.
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To be honest, I guess I really don't understand the whole flow of traffic for bikes. We are taught as pedestrians to walk on the opposite side of the road, against traffic. But on a bike we are supposed to ride with traffic. And, yet, if I had been doing that, and a car came from behind me veering off of the road, I could be clipped off without even realizing what was coming in my direction.
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For the most part, I do ride with the flow of traffic, and the spot that I am worried about is only about a 1/10 mile in length, at most. Thanks for chiming in and giving me your thoughts.
Virginia Lingham Thu Jun 27 21:03:00 2013
yay! I reached my goal for the month to get to 750 points
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Thu Jun 27 16:52:00 2013
@Barb - At least that gave you over a mile! (And 21 points)
Brian James Colon Thu Jun 27 16:40:00 2013
back to back 75+ mile rides. I think I am ready for the MS Ride
Barb Drees Thu Jun 27 16:21:00 2013
Thought I could get in a ride before the rain started -- thought wrong ;-)
Only made it just over a half mile out before the skys opened up - that was one wet ride back home
Roddi Franck Thu Jun 27 14:19:00 2013
I hate t-storms even more when they interfere with my bike ride. But I still got in 6.1 miles.
Paul Bouffleur Thu Jun 27 14:01:00 2013
@Charlie L, @Chris, and @Jenny When we started the Driftless Region Bike Coalition, I was inundated with all sorts of complaints about bad intersections and negative experiences with both riders and drivers. I discovered that the best way to deal with these situations is to do just what Charlie suggested, think about it from the other road user's point of view. Sounds like Jenny might have had an experience with someone who had a bit of road rage on top of things, but the truth of the matter is that drivers do not expect to see a cyclist moving against traffic on the shoulder. Be predictable out there and you'll likely see less of an issue with drivers. That said, there are always jerks out there - on bikes and in cars.
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jun 27 11:09:00 2013
@Charlie L., I've done just what you suggested on numerous occasions. There are times and places where making a left turn in Kenosha, WI is like asking to be hit by a car. I'd rather ride a ways up the road to where I can make a safe left, then double back and make the right. I *did* learn this the hard way, though. That time that my heart monitor said my heart rate was 197 showed me just how scared I was trying to make that absolutely legal left, and how it just wasn't worth saving a few minutes trying to show drivers that, yes, bikes are vehicles in the state of WI!
James Kovatch Wed Jun 26 20:55:00 2013
Ashley, looked up the Raleigh bike tonight looks like a sweet ride, I had to laugh I had the same problems last year with my Schwinn, I wrote on here I needed a new bike and ended up with a 7500 Trek used from a dude from this web site, it is also a awesome bike, congratulations on your new bike and happy riding.
Roddi Franck Wed Jun 26 19:37:00 2013
Todays ride was cut short due to t-storms.
Scot Ferguson Wed Jun 26 17:15:00 2013
Excellent job, Paul. You are my hero!!! This site/program really helps to motivate somebody to keep piling on the miles.
Jim Franzen Wed Jun 26 14:11:00 2013
@ Paul Great Job! I will hit 2K points tonight on the way home barring an accident.
Paul Jeffries Wed Jun 26 10:26:00 2013
Yesterday I hit some noteworthy (IMHO) milestones. First, I hit platinum this year...on to diamond. But the real interesting one is that I have now logged over 10,000 miles since I first logged my first miles in the WI Bike Challenge on May 18, 2011. I know I have done that many miles a few times over in my many years of biking. But this is the first time I have had such an official and on-going record. So keep on plugging...every mile adds up...to better health, a better environment, and lots of fun!
Charlie L Wed Jun 26 06:04:00 2013
Jenny, just for matter of conversation, wouldn't you have to admit you were in the wrong place for a bicycle? I mean this from a friendly point of view. Thinking as if I were a car (but riding my bike) could you safely ride past your intersection until you could safely turn left and return to your intersection to turn off, then being a right turn? I know what you mean about the major highway. Just wanted to throw out the idea. Also, not responding negatively to motorists has to be the best solution, but more difficult sometimes.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 25 22:15:00 2013
speaking of negative experiences, I had one tonight involving a car. I was riding out of town and up a hill. This is a state highway with a paved shoulder, and my turn-off (left turn) was just on the other side of the crest of the hill, so as I near the top, it is more difficult to tell if a car is coming from the other side or not, so I usually cruise across the road and ride against traffic (on the shoulder) while I can still see both lanes of traffic pretty well. Tonight, after I had made the cross-over, I was riding on the paved shoulder, and an oncoming car was coming, and started to veer off towards the shoulder in my direction. It caused me to swerve off of the pavement and onto the gravel. As I did this, the driver was pointing at me and making some kind of gesture at me, as if I wasn't supposed to be there. This is one time that I really wanted to make a gesture back at him!!! Thought better of it, because I didn't want to be in a situation in which he might try something else stupid.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 25 22:13:00 2013
I really haven't had too many negative experiences while riding my bike. But last year's dog bite was definitely near the top of the list.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Tue Jun 25 21:11:00 2013
@Jenny - Thanks for being so proactive. It is a shame that bad dogs and bad drivers aren't dealt with more severely, as bicyclists seem to be second class citizens.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 25 19:39:00 2013
My one-year anniversary of being bitten by a dog while riding my bike. The dog lives on, and the dogs owners still have not reimbursed me for my medical expenses. However, on the bright side, the dog is not allowed off leash outside of its "kennel", and the owner of the dog is "required" to carry a $1,000,000 insurance policy on the dog, because it is now classified as a "regulated" dog. Whether any of this is actually happening, I haven't got a clue. But, I have done just about everything that I can think of so that no one else gets bit by that monster dog. Not all dogs are bad, it is the responsibility of the owners of the dog to make sure it behaves. So, really, it is not the dogs fault... it is the fault of the adult who did not take control of the dog. Now, stepping back off of my soap box...
John A MacDonald Tue Jun 25 14:39:00 2013
Setting up for a crazy 6 days-Is everyone ready for the big push-Let's show them what we all can really do
Roddi Franck Tue Jun 25 03:08:00 2013
@ Brant Yes the Bearskin is a nice trail. Some day I would like to do the round trip.
Brant J Poggemann Mon Jun 24 21:21:00 2013
Sure was a nice day to bike today, I biked the "Bearskin" state trail in Minocqua. I did 36 total miles, beautiful scenery with lots of tressel bridges.
Bob Dumke Mon Jun 24 08:16:00 2013
@Adam, We leave SSC at 10:00. This weekend it was Me, Myself and I. We did a nice 45 miles and some hill climbing at Bender Park and at the Power Plant in Oak Creek.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Mon Jun 24 07:27:00 2013
@Adam - The calendar shown when clicking the link shows 10 a.m., so that should give you plenty of time to get there.
Adam Wyngaard Mon Jun 24 05:57:00 2013
@ Matt... I could use some new routes! I am not very familiar with the roads up here!

@ Chris... I too am amazed at what pops up on my rides! However, I think the rabbit hole goes pretty deep! lol

@ Bob... Do you know off hand what time they are leaving in the morning? Working nights puts a damper on early rides. Boo!

Matthew E. Wolter Sun Jun 23 22:04:00 2013
Thanks, Jenny. I'm glad I'm not the only one. Hopefully it gets updated. I want my 74 miles in the heat and humidity today to be counted. :)
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jun 23 22:04:00 2013
Well, now my morning ride has calculated. It literally took all day, though.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jun 23 22:02:00 2013
I was thinking the same thing, I don't think the points updated today.
Matthew E. Wolter Sun Jun 23 22:00:00 2013
Is it just me or are the points taking a very long time to update today?
Jerry J Sat Jun 22 10:16:00 2013
Great job Jim...Good to know a fellow old guy can rack up that kind of mileage.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 22 09:59:00 2013
A few years ago, the challenge monthly prizes were only given out to those who were recording commuting miles. So, I was more careful to record them correctly. But, now that the monthly prizes are given to all, now it is just more of a matter of statistics.
Jim Franzen Sat Jun 22 08:52:00 2013
2000 miles so far this year hit on Thursday. The girlfriend went with me on a 7 mile ride at end of the day yesterday. Brother in law borrowed a bicycle for me to use on vacation last week. Life is pretty darn good
Jerry J Sat Jun 22 01:11:00 2013
RE: Commute vs. Sport....I ride to work frequently. On the way there I take a very direct route, which I record as commuting. On the way home, I have a wide variety of routes I take, for variety, wind direction, mood, time available, etc.. None of them are the same as my morning ride. The shortest ride (longer than my morning ride) I would record as commuting. On the longer ones, I put down my morning distance as commuting, and the remainder as sport, although occasionally I put that down as transport if I am running errands along the way. It sounds complicated, but is easy when using the manual entry system.
Doug Cvetkovich Fri Jun 21 23:27:00 2013
Flat tires are never fun.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 21 23:07:00 2013
Tonight's ride was a good opportunity to put my thoughts together, I totally agree that riding (and other forms of activity) helps relieve stress and get the brain to think in more abstract ways.
Brian James Colon Fri Jun 21 21:46:00 2013
95 pts away from 2500. Can I do it in one day??
Matthew E. Wolter Fri Jun 21 18:39:00 2013
Hey Adam, I live in Franklin. I have found some decent routes if you are interested.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Fri Jun 21 11:30:00 2013
Chris@ - To tell you the truth, I had never heard of either before you mentioned him, and have no clue what a head rock band is. Maybe Uncle Wiggily's stories never got to the Milwaukee area because we didn't have telegraph lines here yet when I was growing up.
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Fri Jun 21 10:04:00 2013
@Adam! Ride solo! Did you not know that riding a bike has the same effect on your brain as the showers at whatever that hotel chain is? It allows your brain to delve deeply into the mysteries of the universe and turns you into a genius! I love to "watch" the turnings of my brain while I'm riding. I'm often amazed at what pops up!
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@Marty, serves me right for not double checking the Good Uncle's name! I didn't realize it had that extra i in there!
Bob Dumke Fri Jun 21 08:45:00 2013
@Adam They are just starting out a goup ride Sat morning from South Shore Cyclery: http://southshorecyclery.com/about/ssc-events-calendar-pg120.htm
Adam Wyngaard Fri Jun 21 04:01:00 2013
I have come to the conclusion that I need to start riding with a group or at least someone on these longer rides.... too much time to think! lol Does anyone know of any group rides in the Milwaukee area (Franklin)?
Nyla Greenberg Thu Jun 20 23:17:00 2013
Marty,
Just took a closer look at your profile picture and recognized it from “Red Ranger Came Calling”… one of my favorite books.. This realization makes me feel better about your purported skepticism regarding the innate altruism of some bicycles….because I choose to believe you know better. Or are you indeed, alas, serious? .and no doubt the sort who would adhere to the same soul-less line regarding the original Volkswagen Beetles? If so, I can only observe “More things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio….” (-;
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Thu Jun 20 18:30:00 2013
Chris(tine)@ - Uncle Wiggly was a 1990's era head rock band.
Now, if you're referring to Uncle Wiggily, he was my nephew, once removed. So, I read TO him, when he was young.
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Cindy - I agree with Chris, Nyla, and Jen. If I have my usual communte route for work or transport route to reach a destination, and I veer from that route to either just add miles, or to go through a park, I count the extra miles as sport.
Jen Abplanalp Thu Jun 20 17:21:00 2013
I would say that Nyla is accurate. They give you the "commute" option, my guess is, to make logging those miles easier since you're commuting to work on a regular basis and likely taking the same route every time. But anytime you bike in a situation you normally would have driven, that constitutes a "transport" ride. Additionally, (and this has been verified by a friend who's a PhD in the public planning field and specializes in self-propelled modes of transportation) I would add that a "trip" is every section of your ride that goes from one point to another. Home to work is one trip, but if I stop at the grocery store between work and home that adds a trip. My entire commute in this case would include three trips.
Nyla Greenberg Thu Jun 20 16:39:00 2013
Wisconsin passed Nebraska (-: Keep Pedaling!
Nyla Greenberg Thu Jun 20 16:33:00 2013
I agree with Chris :
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If I DRIVE to the ice cream shop……the car is transportation…..Why would biking to my destination be categorized differently?
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I don’t know precisely how the NBC folks delineate the differences at this point, but the roots of the challenge involved recognizing and expanding the potential of bicycles as transportation, and promoting that perception by encouraging people to utilize bikes not only for commuting to and from work, but for routine errands and recreational pursuits as well..
If I put my butt in a bicycle seat and pedal to a destination., irrespective of the relative frivolity or necessity involved, (and let’s be very clear, ice cream fits the latter category) I count those miles as transport. If I join an organized ride, or simply pedal down the road and home again for the exercise, I count it as sport. In any case, it’s ALL good, and every mile, for any purpose, Counts. Enjoy the Ride!,
Ashley Stelmack Thu Jun 20 14:50:00 2013
Just ordered the new bike today. I have a new Raleigh with my name on it arriving at the local bike shop next week!
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jun 20 12:01:00 2013
@Marty, you crack me up!
@Cindy and Derek, I prefer to think of it as Sport and TranSport. Riding to get somewhere is transport (or commute) even if it's for ice cream. Riding for the sake of riding, is sport. Endomondo and the NBC may look at it differently for this challenge, but that's my take on it!
Chris "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jun 20 11:57:00 2013
@Ashley, I'm sorry, but that is so funny! I know it's not to you, but the way you describe it is a riot! Thanks for a great laugh today.
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@Marty, did you read Uncle Wiggly when you were young?
Derek Slates Thu Jun 20 11:49:00 2013
@Cindy - Commute is your ride to work, sport would be more of a fun ride. Even going to get a scoop of ice cream after work counts as sport cycling.
Cindy Johnson Thu Jun 20 11:21:00 2013
rookie question as i am new to this - what is the difference between commute miles and sport?
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Thu Jun 20 01:02:00 2013
@Nyla - Let's be realistic on this message board. Bicycles don't have altruistic feelings. (Although they do have several altruistic tendencies.) ;-)
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jun 19 17:57:00 2013
Ashley,
It is also posssible that your devoted old bike has simply been struggling for some time, and faithfully hanging in there until it knew you would be supported by a new cycle, finally feeling free to relax and fall apart once it was secure that you would be taken care of.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Wed Jun 19 17:27:00 2013
@Ashley - When you clean and wax your new bike, also wax poetically to it. That may help. (Oh, and give it a beautiful or courageous name, and remember to call it by that name frequently. And apologize to it for riding over glass/wire, etc... if it gets a flat.)
Ashley Stelmack Wed Jun 19 15:41:00 2013
@Marty. That is great! Inanimate objects are spying on me. I hope my new bike has a friendlier disposition.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Wed Jun 19 15:11:00 2013
@Ashley - I think your house looked over your shoulder while you posted your comment the other day, and told your bike. If you are ever in the market for a new house, only tell people either in person, or on your cell phone, away from your house (and not on your bike either, as it may want to return the favor).
Ashley Stelmack Wed Jun 19 09:29:00 2013
So the other day, I posted on here that I was shopping for a new bike. I went to the bike store and rode a few bikes.... and I think my old bike found out ....... Yesterday, my front brake bent and seized (I have no idea how this happened because I didnt crash) and this morning, my pedal came off and I found that the arm was stripped AND my kickstand fell off while I was wheeling it into the driveway to work on it. I've had that old Schwinn for 15 years and I've NEVER done maitnence. It's about time that it caught up with me.
Gary Hammel Wed Jun 19 06:44:00 2013
Twice in the past two weeks now I was almost tagged by a driver crossing my path at an intersection! Be carefull out there!
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Tue Jun 18 23:24:00 2013
@Carol - Always a bummer when that happens. But you're right, it could have been worse.
Carol Hegland Tue Jun 18 19:31:00 2013
first flat tire of 2013 - front tire and only 2 miles from home, so i guess it could be worse. did spoil a lovely ride, though!
Bill Miller Tue Jun 18 15:41:00 2013
I agree with Mike W. The challenge is a personal one which we share with our kindred spirits. At 61, I feel priveliged to be able to bike as much as I do. It has changed from an occasional ride to an almost daily occurence. Encouragement from others is icing on the cake. Everyone, enjoy your journey. I'll think about you on my ride home tonight.
Mike W Tue Jun 18 13:45:00 2013
John Quirk: The only real challenge in the NBC is with yourself: Set goals and become a better rider and just keep rolling the miles up.
Randall Backhaus Tue Jun 18 12:59:00 2013
Saw a huge painted turtle on the trail last night, great breeze out there too.
Paul Bouffleur Tue Jun 18 10:06:00 2013
@John Quirk: All that you state is true! I've been keeping myself in the top 10 in our company without riding a single recreational ride. I'm averaging about 10 commuting miles/day and its keeping me up there! However, it really would be nice to be able to compare apples to apples. I made the suggestion to Endomondo about the ability to filter by transport, sport and mountain bike. Sounds like that is in the works for next years challenge!
John Tyson Tue Jun 18 07:24:00 2013
I had nice bike ride in seeing 2 deer, a pair of Mallard ducks, a fox, a rabbit and a score or more of geese with a beautiful sunrise over the "big pond" (Lake Superior). I think they were all out sunning themselves in the morning sun since it was a cool 31 degrees.
Marty "up a tree without a paddle" Malin Tue Jun 18 00:01:00 2013
@Wally - Congratulations on the new PR!
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@Virginia - Good luck this weekend at your race(s). But comeo on now, "They also have a vintage bike show where LOTS of people who used to race in the 80s get together." I didn't bike race in the 80's, but I did a lot of tris and running races. Thanks for making me feel "vintage".
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@Ashley - I would suggest you also post your request on the National message board, as you will have a much better chance of finding more who have experience with those bikes.
Ashley Stelmack Mon Jun 17 14:58:00 2013
I'm looking to purchace a new bike. You would all laugh to see what kinda bike I currently ride. I'm looking at buying a Raleigh Cadent FT1 or FT2... anyone hear much about these models??? I haven't found many reviews online because the 2013 just came out recently.
Paul Jeffries Mon Jun 17 12:04:00 2013
@Walter...sorry to hear about your bike. Best wishes with the recovery. It may find its way back to you. To give you a bit of hope let me share about a story about another stolen bike. A while ago I saw a story on Huffington Post about a guy to tracked down his stolen bike and developed his own "sting" operation. Here is the link to the story, but the video was taken down (probably because it identified and publicized the offender pretrial in a way that could have been problematic): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/bike-thief-sting-operation_n_1778920.html Here's hoping your process is a bit easier. [As an FYI, my solution to avoiding bike thefts for years was to ride only really clunkerish bikes that no one wanted. In fact, I left my Schwinn Suburban accidentally (absent-mindedly, is more like it) unlocked outside the University of Minnesota's Rec. Center a couple of times and no one ever took it!]
John Quirk Mon Jun 17 11:06:00 2013
About a month ago, someone asked how a commuter could possibly keep up with a long-distance sport rider in this "competition." Besides trying to avoid thinking of it as a competition, I suggested that consistently making short trips made it possible for short-distance commuters to "keep up" with long-distance sporty-types because of the way the points system works. A month later, here's an illustration - the person in my community who has consistently been one position below me on the leaderboard is now one position above me despite the fact that she has ridden 40% fewer miles than I have over the challenge period. 40%! How is that possible? Easy - every time I take a day off from my long distance sport riding she stays consistent and rides every day, earning 21 points each time she rides just one mile. So take heart, commuters - even though this is NOT a competition, you're not going to get blown away by the average sport rider. Keep on pedaling! :-)
Virginia Lingham Sun Jun 16 17:48:00 2013
In case anyone is interested in checkingit out (and cheering me on), there's a big BMX race next weekend just across the border in Rockford, IL. They also have a vintage bike show where LOTS of people who used to race in the 80s get together. More info at https://www.usabmx.com/images/data/attachments/0001/8458/2013-MIDWEST.pdf
See you there!
Wally Olson Sat Jun 15 19:09:00 2013
What a great ride!! A personal best average of 17.1 mph for 11.51 miles. Bike riding is awesome.
Roddi Franck Sat Jun 15 17:19:00 2013
If I am going to keep riding in the rain? I may have to get new sun glasses with built in wipers.
Brian James Colon Sat Jun 15 07:06:00 2013
OK my fellow NBC'ers who's going out this AM to ride in the Tour De Cure. Weather looks dicey now but it seems like it is going to clear. The 100k'ers might get a little to start with but it seems to be clearing quickly. Me I am only doing 50K
Brian Colon Sat Jun 15 07:06:00 2013
OK my fellow NBC'ers who's going out this AM to ride in the Tour De Cure. Weather looks dicey now but it seems like it is going to clear. The 100k'ers might get a little to start with but it seems to be clearing quickly. Me I am only doing 50K
Walter Wenzel Fri Jun 14 14:00:00 2013
Help me find my bike! Click through this link and read the description I posted there, but if you see this Blue 2012 Felt F85 Road bike (it looks exactly as does in picture), please let me know. I have reported it stolen to the police and if you are offered it in a sale, you must report it. I don't want anyone buying a hot bike and then getting in trouble. If you see anyone riding it, please contact the police and tell them you saw someone riding a Felt F85 Blue bike, where you saw it, which way the person was headed, and what the person looked like. My bike has white bottle cages, front and rear LED lights, a mounted lock holder on the seat post, and a small tire pump.

It was stolen from my apartment on the Eastside, so I expect it to be around on the Eastside.

Thanks much! I appreciate any help in retrieving my bike.
http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/3864052067.html

Paul Bouffleur Thu Jun 13 21:00:00 2013
@Paul and Mike - yeah I've seen that bike move video a couple times... Also been a part of bike moves with friends in the cities. Going to help a buddy move into his new house, only a couple blocks from his house this weekend... Some of it will be on the bikes (I'm too lazy to move freezers on a bike now)
Mike W Thu Jun 13 14:46:00 2013
@paul: Ithink this is the "apartment move" Paul was refering to: http://www.streetfilms.org/bike-move/
Paul Jeffries Thu Jun 13 11:11:00 2013
Paul B...sounds like an impressive bike! A year or so ago Bicycling Magazine had an article on creative bikes used for hauling various things. You might want to check it out. (I think it was the 2011-12 year timeframe). One couple was trying to move their house/apartment almost totally by bikes, I think. You can do pretty amazing things with two wheels (and sometimes more wheels as necessary/designed).
Paul Bouffleur Thu Jun 13 09:14:00 2013
@Paul, @Marty, and @Christine: The Xtracycle is an amazing thing. I'm always hauling something since my bike is my car. My wife and I do have a car, but we log most of our miles on bikes. Now that we have kids, I'm adding a new bakfiets to the fleet next year (http://cetmacargo.com/products/largo-cargo-bike). Paul, the xtracycle would definitely handle your groceries. I can carry up to four of the reusable bags per side without being to creative and that still leaves the deck open for more cargo. Lumber? no problem! Put it on the deck and strap it to the top tube! I've got to make a lumber run this weekend for my potato planters I'll try to remember to snap a photo!
Brian Colon Wed Jun 12 21:13:00 2013
so who's doing the Tour De Cure this weekend?
Paul Jeffries Wed Jun 12 17:04:00 2013
@Paul and @Marty...back in the day when we didn't have a car, I once hauled 90 lbs of manure (for our gardens) from a local nursery to our house. Unfortunately, the five railroad track crossing totally hosed the rear wheel of my Schwinn Suburban. When I moved lumber it often felt like I was jousting. I also got pretty creative hauling groceries (two bags in side baskets, gym bag on back rack, light stuff dangling off bungie cords securing the gym bag, a backpack, and, if I misestimated...bags dangling off the handlebars). I looked like one of those people have all their earthly possessions on the bike. My wife has a picture SOMEWHERE but it will be a LONG time before it is likely to resurface. Here's to creative bike carrying!
michael e. rhoades Wed Jun 12 10:51:00 2013
If you're into organized rides, put the "Unity Ride" at Oostburg on your ride calendar for next year. Ride money supports the Oostburg Christian School. Great ride support and the weather helped of course.
Christine Salvatore Wed Jun 12 09:57:00 2013
@Paul, that load is amazing! I doubt I would have been able to move the bike! You should get extra points for that!
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Wed Jun 12 09:57:00 2013
@Paul, that load is amazing! I doubt I would have been able to move the bike! You should get extra points for that!
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Wed Jun 12 09:45:00 2013
I love the way Endo records my rides - heck, all my exercise, including snowshoeing, all year round. I'm an Endo addict.
Brian Colon Wed Jun 12 07:14:00 2013
Well I am thinking of switching to using the Endo App for logging miles. I love my Garmin but in some ways it becomes a chore to hook up to PC and upload miles. Its not hard but since I use a Chromebook I cant auto sync and it does become tedious especially if I forget a day or to. Plus I love getting the kudos live while out.
Marty "lamron ylraen" Malin Tue Jun 11 22:21:00 2013
@Paul - Impressive hauling!
Richard R. Comp II Tue Jun 11 18:08:00 2013
Gregory, thanks for the response. I thought of that, but wasn't sure if that was the case or not?
Tom Kingsbury Tue Jun 11 18:08:00 2013
It seems to default to the current month. Total points will appear when one clicks on the "challenge period" from the drop down menu. Challenge period points equal homepage points.
Gregory Kamm Tue Jun 11 15:09:00 2013
@RICHARD, is your leaderboard only looking at the month of June?
Paul Bouffleur Tue Jun 11 13:30:00 2013
Someone mentioned we should get more points for hauling cargo... Hauled >110lbs of water/soda to fill our coolers at work today! http://instagram.com/p/abUvi3E5EJ/
Richard R. Comp II Tue Jun 11 13:19:00 2013
Does anyone know why an individuals points listed on the home page does not equal the points listed on the Leaderboard page for that individual?
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jun 10 21:41:00 2013
Freed some of those endorphins and released some adipose, so now I am REALLY tired!
Brian Colon Mon Jun 10 20:22:00 2013
took a day off Sunday, if I miss my goal by 20 pts gonna be disappointed :-)
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jun 10 19:13:00 2013
Gonna take some effort to get rolling this evening. I have had a sick child all weekend, and did not get much sleep last night. Yet, it is such a nice evening, the wind is almost still. Wouldn't want to miss an opportunity like this!
Scott Mealiff Mon Jun 10 11:38:00 2013
It's Bike and Walk to Work Week in Sheboygan County.
Wally Olson Sat Jun 8 22:34:00 2013
Michael,
Thanks for clearing that up. I missed the rule change.
Michael Smiley Sat Jun 8 18:27:00 2013
Wally,
Yes, the team size rules changed this year. I believe there are three team sizes now - up to 10 riders, up to 100, and unlimited. You don't need to do anything to switch between team sizes, that happens automatically.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 8 12:37:00 2013
The speakers came in really handy last week while grinding out those last few miles on my 67 mile ride. Although, the wind did tend to override the sound coming out of them.
Jerry J Sat Jun 8 12:12:00 2013
Bike Speakers...These are almost exactly the ones I have. They work great. battery life is very good. One pair of AAs lasts me about two to three months, and I rode over 1600 miles last year. Velcro straps make them quick to take off the bike. I use them with an older MP3 player.

http://www.amazon.com/SoundShell-Bicycle-Portable-Speakers-versions/dp/B00439CQKQ/ref=sr_1_1+speakers

Wally Olson Sat Jun 8 11:57:00 2013
My question for the day. Did the rules change as to the size of a team? I thought a team was limited to ten members, but I see several teams with 15, 20 or more riders listed. I would appreciate some feedback on this. We have more people at my workplace that wanted to be on the team, as team captain I turned them down after we reached ten.
Jeffrey D Arnold Sat Jun 8 10:46:00 2013
You must be able to hear what's going around you! It doesn't matter where you are riding. There is never silence. There is always something to hear. Remember that the pedestrians with iPods won't hear your bell or voice.
Roddi Franck Sat Jun 8 01:10:00 2013
I am with Christine on this. I listen to the world around me and enjoy God's creation.
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Fri Jun 7 23:02:00 2013
I listen to the world around me. I get too distracted if I listen to music. Also, I'm practicing being "comfortable in silence".
Marty "lamron ylraen" Malin Fri Jun 7 22:38:00 2013
@Dan - I second Bob's comments, and check out his link. Please don't wear any earbuds, headphones, etc... while riding. You may feel safe, but there is really nothing between your skin and bones and well over a ton of steel. And in that battle, the bicyclist always comes in second. Use all your senses to keep yourself safe.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 7 21:58:00 2013
I have an old pair of sony speakers that I have bungee-corded onto my bike. I plug my ipod in, and listen to my favorite inspiring tunes as I pedal along. I used to listen to the mp3s on my smartphone, but it drains too much battery power.
Mark Lustila Fri Jun 7 21:03:00 2013
If you feel you absolutely must listen to music while riding, I suggest you check out http://www.aftershokz.com/ . I haven't personally used this headphone, but I wear something similar in my day job that requires 2-way radio usage and the ability to hear industrial hazards. It works through ear bone conduction or some such thing. It should give you the best of both worlds.
Bob Dumke Fri Jun 7 20:41:00 2013
Dan, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not wear earbuds while riding, You need to hear the traffic and more importantly not get into a "zone" that so often happens. It is suspected that earbuds may have played a role in a young girls death: http://wisconsinbikefed.org/2013/06/04/no-charges-in-fatal-new-berlin-crash/
Jerry J Fri Jun 7 18:24:00 2013
DAN...I would never suggest headphones for bike riding! Especially urban bike riding. I want to hear everything around me. I have a set of amplified speakers that plug into a headphone jack. They are powered, and put out enough sound to hear music, but not overpower any surrounding sound. I have seen different versions of these, I think some of the newer ones even have IPOD controls built in. I don't think mine are manufactured anymore.
Emily Joy Sielen Fri Jun 7 18:18:00 2013
Yesterday, the Endomondo app recorded all three of my rides with max speeds of 40 and 50 mph. Hilarious!
Gregory Kamm Fri Jun 7 14:48:00 2013
@dan Tesch. I wear Skull Candy 50/50's. They work extremely well for the circumstances IMO
Dan Tesch Fri Jun 7 13:14:00 2013
Anyone have a suggestion for headphones that work well with a bike helmet and also muffle traffic noise? I've been using earbuds but they need to be set too loud in order to get over the traffic noise and I don't want to harm my hearing. And the headphone can't completely cancel out surrounding noise because I need to hear sirens and horns etc. I'm hoping there's something out there that is good for urban cycling. Any suggestions?
Don Teifke Thu Jun 6 22:44:00 2013
Looking forward to a great ride Saturday at the Trek 100. Temp is supposed to be about 70 and mostly sunny. Perfect riding weather.
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jun 6 15:29:00 2013
@Adam, I have never done the race around the lake. However, I did ride around Lake Winnebago back when I was something like 21 (in college). Too long ago and the roads have changed so much, but I don't remember the hills being quite as tough as they were on the Birky route. However, the ride around the lake is longer, and I recall starting from Oshkosh, riding south to FDL, then north along the east coast, stopping at High Cliff for lunch, and then riding back down to Oshkosh via Neenah. I had felt like I was doing pretty well until High Cliff, and then I totally lost my energy after relaxing so long!
Roddi Franck Thu Jun 6 14:35:00 2013
Another cool,wet, gray day in Northern WI however I got a ride in and saved my points. I don't mind the rain so much as long as it don't turn white.
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jun 6 12:39:00 2013
Just checked the "forecast" (The Weather Channel) for SE WI for the next 10 days: highs between 57F and 72F; lows 47F to 60F. Not bad, if you avoid the thunderstorms, and those are only forecast for 3 of the 10 days. We Wisconsinites have some nice riding weather coming up!
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Thu Jun 6 12:15:00 2013
Wow! That's really cool, Mark! My grandson doesn't weigh near that, but I want extra points for carting him around!
Mark Speltz Thu Jun 6 09:51:00 2013
Wish we could collect additional points for cargo... I will be pulling 100 lbs of meat home in my Burley tonight from a meat share at work.
Adam Wyngaard Thu Jun 6 07:32:00 2013
I had to log a long ride this week since I am going out of town without my bike :( I think a ride to work and an afternoon ride helped!
Adam Wyngaard Wed Jun 5 05:58:00 2013
@ Jenny.. congrats on the Burke! Just wondering if the route is similar to the race around the lake? @ Brian and everyone else that did the ride for the arts... its good to see so many people biking for a good cause!
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 4 19:12:00 2013
@Mike, thanks! Yes, it is for a great cause. The hardest part of the ride was the first part and the last part. The middle is the best, and the most scenic.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 4 19:09:00 2013
@ Thomas and Christine, I do have the auto pause, and it is set to 10 sec. It works 90% of the time, but sometimes it does not pause when I stop, and if I don't hear it say that it paused, I have to stop it manually, but sometimes I just forget to listen for the pause.
Thomas E. Piette Tue Jun 4 15:46:00 2013
Jenny, Also set the autopause to its lowest setting (10 seconds). I still use my bicycle computer to adjust the time and distance from the smart phone gps so that I have the most accurate measure.
michael e. rhoades Tue Jun 4 13:46:00 2013
Way to hang in there Jenny! Used to ride that area quite abit, throw in the wind and it makes for a long ride. You deserved the jersey. It's for a very noble cause too. Wisconsin has some of the best riding in the USA.
Christine "Abby Normal" Salvatore Tue Jun 4 13:30:00 2013
Jenny, you can set it to auto pause. As often as I have to cross streets, I'm not getting dinged for extra seconds! ;-D
Christine Salvatore Tue Jun 4 13:30:00 2013
Jenny, you can set it to auto pause. As often as I have to cross streets, I'm not getting dinged for extra seconds! ;-D
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 4 11:30:00 2013
I am quite surprised that my butt has not been sore! I took a 6 mile joy ride with my hubby on Sunday, thinking to myself "this is going to hurt" but it didn't!! My legs weren't sore or cramped, either! And its like I have found some kind of inner strength, I was riding well above my average mph last night (only to have it ruined when I stopped to talk to a friend and forgot to pause endomondo).
Christine Salvatore Tue Jun 4 11:08:00 2013
Jenny, you're my hero! 67 miles?? I rode 14 yesterday and my butt was killing me! About the time I'll be able to ride 50 miles, it will start to snow!
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 4 10:19:00 2013
So, I am giving away random prizes at work by randomly selecting a date, and then the people who posted a ride that day will get a prize. I rode my bike almost every day, only missing a few days, so I figure my chances are really good... guess today is not the day to buy a lottery ticket because I selected one of the days that I didn't ride UGH!
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 4 10:18:00 2013
Thanks!
Roddi Franck Tue Jun 4 03:34:00 2013
Congratulations Jenny keep up the dedication and perseverence.
Paul Bouffleur Mon Jun 3 23:11:00 2013
Congratulations on your finish Jenny!
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jun 3 18:34:00 2013
I rode in the 67 mile Birky Challenge on Saturday. While I completed the entire 67 miles on my cross bike, most of the other riders had finished long before me, and so I was the last one. The wind was a huge factor again, but I actually think that the hills were more of a factor than the wind was. I ride up and down hills all the time, but not nearly as many as what I encountered on this ride!! In any case, they rewarded me with a commemorative jersey for my dedication and perseverence (I was not about to quit and take a ride on the sag wagon!!)
Chesla Seely-Anschutz Mon Jun 3 14:53:00 2013
Anxiously waiting to see who won prizes :)
Christine Salvatore Mon Jun 3 12:49:00 2013
After joking about cutting out early last week, the Fates decided to show me the error of my ways and struck me down with a 3 day migraine that lasted 4.5 days. No Gold in May for me. Definitely in June, though!
James Kovatch Sun Jun 2 22:37:00 2013
It was nice to take a ride been a while due to crappy weather and a lawn that needs to be mowed between rain showers, went for a 20.5 mi ride tonight, nice to able to go again.
Roddi Franck Sun Jun 2 22:12:00 2013
Today was just a nice day to ride not too cool or too warm. The bike did not know when to turn for home. I did my longest ride so far @ 26.3. I was enjoying the ride so I just let the bike go where it wanted too go.
Brian Colon Sun Jun 2 19:06:00 2013
in the end I did 86 10 mile to start(stupid MKE streets that go every which way) and 5 back home
Bob Dumke Sun Jun 2 15:30:00 2013
I rode to the Start of the UPAF ride, so I did the 50 mil route plus some extra, so I would finish the day with 75. threw in 2 reps of St. Mary's hill at the end just for good measure.
Matthew E. Wolter Sun Jun 2 15:18:00 2013
I was there too, Brian and I agree I thought it was a little strange. But my ride to and from my car plus the "75" ended up putting me over an actual 75, so all is well. :)
Brian Colon Sun Jun 2 15:09:00 2013
Jim I was there it was a great ride as always, a little disappointed that the 75 mile was not actually 75 miles
Jim Franzen Sat Jun 1 22:50:00 2013
If you haven't signed up for the Ride for the Arts in Milwaukee, Come on down and ride the route anyways. It's crazy the amount of bicycles on the road tomorrow.
Roddi Franck Sat Jun 1 19:55:00 2013
I did 17 miles today and the last 2 was in the rain.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 1 19:25:00 2013
Woo I'm in the top 10!!
Nyla Greenberg Sat Jun 1 13:04:00 2013
Have a great ride, Jenny...May the wind be with you!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 1 07:26:00 2013
@Adam, probably not. I am not a racer. I am just hoping to finish the 67 miles today without being the last one out there!!!
Adam Wyngaard Sat Jun 1 04:32:00 2013
@ Jenny... Are you planning on doing the race around the lake? Good luck tomorrow!

@ Don... Well done! Congrats!

Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 1 00:35:00 2013
I am planning on riding in the Birky Challenge in Fond du lac tomorrow. It is a 67 mile ride. Last year's most memorable moment was the last 20 miles against the prevaiing west winds. So, checking the forcast, the wind is supposed to be 10-20 mph SSW... hmmm, I am hoping more from the south than the west, then I don't have to battle it head on during my last 20 mile leg!
Nyla Greenberg Fri May 31 19:18:00 2013
Surprising how often the sun comes out in the midst of a rainy ride when you've resigned yourself to a damp gray day. I like to think of it as our reward for perseverance in the presence of atmospheric adversity (-:
Don Teifke Fri May 31 19:02:00 2013
I was at 249 points yesterday which is 1 point away from silver status. We had tremendous thunder storms in the area all night. I had today to get out to make 250 points. It was cloudy and started to sprinkle. Screw it I'm going for a ride whether I get wet or not. Made 289 points. Woohoo! Silver status. BTW, it turned sunny and beautiful during the ride. :)
Byron Sanderson Fri May 31 14:10:00 2013
Garmin CSX60 use and comments for bicyclist... I am a two wheel enthusiast, motorcycle and bicycle. Motorcycle is an on/off road Yamaha WR250r, I bought a handheld Garmin with auto-nav for use with the motorcycle years ago. It works wonderful on a bicycle as well. Tracks all forms of relevant bicycle data except cadence. It also last about 18 hours on 2 AA batteries, and has a quick release mount on the handlebars next to the stem, and is very light and waterproof up to 7m underwater. I can upload routes from my computer for any type of riding, since topo and road maps are compatible for this unit (marine as well). This is a very popular unit for on/off road motorcycles, yet I have not seen one bicycle ever running a similar unit. It can even be hard wired into a dynamo hub I believe (acceptable voltage is 6 to 24 volts DC). I have used mine for Car, motorcycle, bicycle, hiking, and boating for the last 5-6 years... It has survived multiple crashes (on motorcycle off-road) drops, and down pours and only has need a new battery cover during that time. After owning this I always wonder why people buy bicycle computers (exception is cadence, if that is important to you). Phones are great, if you have a signal, and a cheap data plan... try getting a phone to work in rural Ontario Canada, good luck with that..
Nyla Greenberg Fri May 31 14:05:00 2013
One memorable mid-ride (halfway up steep hill) broken chain in half a century of riding, and forever-after the spare links and chain tool go along for the ride (-;
Nyla Greenberg Fri May 31 12:12:01 2013
One memorable mid-ride (halfway up steep hill) broken chain in half a century of cylcing, but forever-after the spair links and chain tool go along for the ride (-;
Mike W Fri May 31 09:52:00 2013
@Jim: I kept a few spare links when I put a new chain on my bike and a chain tool in my bike tool kit after this happened to me a few years ago (I only had to walk a 1/2 mile, it's good to be lucky). Since then I've had good juju and have not had a chain failure on a ride.
Jim Franzen Fri May 31 00:56:00 2013
My chain broke on the way home tonight so I got a nice 5 mile jog pushing my bicycle. Once I got home I became an expert on chain repair and fixed my bicycle and my son's that he bought at a thrift store. We will see how good my repair was tomorrow AM. Good Night peoples
Jenny Stelzner Thu May 30 21:43:00 2013
19 points to gold... guess I just have to take a ride tomorrow, no problem!
Roddi Franck Thu May 30 14:30:00 2013
Today's ride put me into Gold. WoW! I made it to Gold in 4 weeks and it is only the end of the first month with 4 months to go in the Challenge.
Mike Spanjar Thu May 30 10:20:00 2013
If you're tracking miles you ride, read this. Today for the first time, I used a phone mount and had my phone's GPS running. When I got in to work today, the bike computer (which is wired) displayed 2 miles LESS than it normally does. Apparently, the GPS is interfering with the bike computer.
eric j walters Thu May 30 08:04:00 2013
Well my Kona single speed is really fun to ride but soon a shiney Stumpy Comp will take it's place . And let the racing begin !!!
John A MacDonald Wed May 29 22:40:00 2013
Finish Strong-My last 2 rides are going to be big big big
Jenny Stelzner Wed May 29 21:27:00 2013
I'm 44 points shy of gold, so now I just basically need to go out both days and ride a few miles. However, still chasing some of the guys at work, so no slacking off!
Jerry J Wed May 29 20:36:00 2013
Roddi ... me too. Hope I can get one in in the next two days with all the forecast rain. Might just have to go out in the rain on Friday.
Roddi Franck Wed May 29 20:01:00 2013
Well the next ride will put me into gold.
Jim Franzen Wed May 29 17:38:00 2013
@Brian. I am hoping to get to 1000 tonight. 40 point divided by 3 days is just 14 extra miles per day you know. You should destroy 5K by 8/6. Think of all the crappy weather we had in May. June/July should be cake.
Brian Colon Wed May 29 13:51:00 2013
My goal is to get 5000 by my birthday on 8-6. Can I do it?
Brian Colon Wed May 29 06:59:00 2013
it's looking like I may be about 40 pts short of 1500 for the month. Those three no ride days are really looking like bad ideas now :-)
Adam Wyngaard Wed May 29 03:50:00 2013
I must say the weather in milwaukee has not been fair to the riders in the area! Go away rain! And how does a 30% chance of rain mean it's going to rain all day? I am getting a little sick of trying to play the percentages of how dry I will be in the morning after work! lol
Adam Wyngaard Wed May 29 03:22:00 2013
Nice job Dave!
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 28 23:05:00 2013
WTG Dave!
Dave Rollinger Tue May 28 18:08:00 2013
WooHoo! Finally made gold today! Now onto Platinum!!
Roddi Franck Tue May 28 14:22:00 2013
@ Christine Yup when I try that at work they tell me that I am dreaming again and get back to work. lol
Laurie Torpy Tue May 28 14:02:00 2013
I had to ride three times in the rain this week to do it, but today I earned my gold medal!
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 28 13:41:00 2013
I'm with you, Christine! I just got a bad case of something, and I need to go home... although no sun here :-( Hmmm, real sickness put a damper on my riding over the weekend, so now I need to fake sick so that I can get back some miles--LOL!
Christine Salvatore Tue May 28 13:18:00 2013
The sun just poked its face out! I wonder if the boss would believe I've been suddenly stricken with something that makes me HAVE to go home right now??
Paul Jeffries Tue May 28 12:41:00 2013
@Jenny...re snow slowing down Vermont...did you see the last few days of the Giro d'Italia? It sure didn't stop those guys (although it did cancel one day of racing, I think)...I doubt it will slow Vermonters much, either. Regardless, on Wisconsin!!!
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 28 12:21:00 2013
This is what I need to do:
Each day riding would be 80 points and an average of 7 miles each day. Easy.
If I miss a day, then I only get 60 points and have to ride 17 miles each day. I can do that, but I don't want to take a chance! Hmmm, not raining now, wish I was not at work!!!
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 28 12:19:00 2013
I am hoping to make gold by the end of the month. I can easily do it if I ride each day this week, but if I miss another day, then I am not sure it is an attainable goal. I am feeling much better today, so I will likely ride after work (will have to seriously consider this thing about riding in the rain...)
Carmen Berte Tue May 28 12:11:00 2013
Rainy and cold today, no ride for me:( But 50 miles this Sudnay with Miller Ride for The Arts:) Come on sun, we need you!!!!
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 28 12:01:00 2013
Do you think the snow will slow Vermont down? LOL
Christine Salvatore Tue May 28 11:47:00 2013
Cold, dreary day...not conducive to riding. But it could be worse: we could have gotten the SNOW Vermont got!
Matthew Oake Tue May 28 10:32:00 2013
My wife and I rode out to Madison for the weekend . Took the Glacial Drumlin Trail there. Heads up to all. The bridge over the Rock River is out right now. Well...Not out completely. You can live out your Indiana Jones fantasy and walk over the cross beams that remain on it. Pretty sketchy though. There's a 4ft gap in the timbers at the west end. You can get around on Jefferson Rd to Hwy B and then over on Hwy N to get back on the trail. It's a 7 mile detour but much easier on your heart than the bridge!
Brian Colon Mon May 27 13:46:00 2013
well it looks like I may fall a bit behind in points. It's cold and raining and an off day so unless I've got to get milk or something from the grocery store no ride for me
Jenny Stelzner Mon May 27 12:29:00 2013
Feeling better, but not sure I am feeling well enough for a ride today. Lost 4#.
Jenny Stelzner Sun May 26 16:22:00 2013
I think Chinese food got me last night... I took a long ride this morning, but really didn't feel well for most of the ride. After about 7-8 miles, I was ready to be done, but since I was out in the country, there was not a good road to take back, besides turning around and going the way I came. Well, it was a very pretty ride, and I will repeat it again once I feel a bit better!
Beth Pickhard Sat May 25 23:00:00 2013
@Brian haha I've done that...great ride though!
Brian Colon Sat May 25 20:59:00 2013
74.22 miles today. Soooo tempted to ride around the block a couple of times to get to 75
Jenny Stelzner Sat May 25 09:24:00 2013
Is anyone riding in the Birky Challenge next weekend?
Marty "Nermal" Malin Fri May 24 16:02:00 2013
@Linda - Impressive!
@Mike & Christine@ - I've had a Saris Bones for maybe 10, 12 years, and they are great! They will work with anything as far as I can tell, except maybe for Linda after this weekend.
Marty "Stay ahead of Jeff & Kevin" Malin Fri May 24 16:02:00 2013
@Linda - Impressive!
@Mike & Christine@ - I've had a Saris Bones for maybe 10, 12 years, and they are great! They will work with anything as far as I can tell, except maybe for Linda after this weekend.
Christine Salvatore Fri May 24 10:59:00 2013
@Mike, congrats on Silver and the new rack! I wonder if that one would work on my Fiat Pop?
@Linda! WOW! I'm impressed. You go, Mom!
@Kevin and CJ, I'm jealous. I'd hoped to be at gold by Monday, but I don't think that's going to happen...
@Jim, I have a couple brats you can have...they're in their 30s though. (At what age do they stop asking for money?)
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri May 24 10:51:00 2013
@Nicholas I agree with you. I don't even own a car, so I'm forced to ride a bike to get around. I still will ride a bus to work when it rains, and avoid riding in snow in the winter, as I 've never invested in studded snow tires. But I try to ride as much as I can otherwise.
Mike Spanjar Fri May 24 10:26:00 2013
Buying a Saris Bones rack tonight. Excited!
Mike Spanjar Fri May 24 10:24:00 2013
Will reach Silver this weekend. Loving that I got back on the bike. Feeling better about my life in so many ways.
Linda Parra Brammer Fri May 24 10:22:00 2013
This weekend I'm giving my car to my daughter to further my commitment to bike commuting. I've been pretending that I have no other option, but as of Monday that will be true. :-) Another day of fresh breezes and I arrived at work feeling energized, as usual. Love this challenge, even though my commute has shrunk from 14.8 miles each way to a little under 3.
Kevin L Mackey Fri May 24 09:29:00 2013
Gold status by tomorrow. Would have been this morning but last week had an offsite mtg to far to bike so missed a day of commuting.
CJ Semrow Fri May 24 09:25:00 2013
Gold status in May!!!! But it came with a price - not one, but two flat tires on the Captiol City Trail last night. Thank you to all who stopped and asked if I needed assistance. Just goes to show you that the biking community is the best! Thanks!!!!!
Jim Post Fri May 24 09:18:00 2013
Grabbed a couple brats on my way to work this morning courtesy of Saris Bike Group at the World's Largest Brat Fest in Madison. Thanks Saris! There may be no finer feeling than pedalling past a long line of cars on a bike....except maybe gettng a free brat for biking to work. :-)
Steve Brengosz Thu May 23 20:05:00 2013
I find after riding in the rain the 2 things the bike needs are chain lube and the brake tracks on the rims cleaned. I can't believe the filth that gets on my rims in the rain. It comes off black with a squirt of the hose then a wipe down.
Jenny Stelzner Thu May 23 18:43:00 2013
I think we all ride for different reasons. I ride for pleasure and exercise. I think I would embrace the challenge that weather brings, if I had to. Last year, I rode one day when the wind was so strong t hat I had to lean sideways so that I would not get knocked over. When I was a teen, I rode in the snow all the time delivering papers on my paper route. Been there, done that. Now I ride because I want to, because I enjoy my surroundings.
Nicholas La Joie Thu May 23 15:01:00 2013
I ride my bicycle as a form of transportation, not recreation, so I'm on my bike year-round. That little bit of rain yesterday was nothing compared to riding in a blizzard. A waterproof windbreaker and an emergency parka can be your best friend on days like that. On days when you don't want to ride because of the weather, pretend you don't have any other option. You'll ultimately be proud of yourself for riding through the elements and you'll wonder why others are so afraid to do so.
Jim Franzen Thu May 23 13:40:00 2013
Got to see a beautiful Lake Michigan right before the downpour on the way home yesterday. 20 miles out was sunshine, and there was a bright line of light that lasted about 15 minutes on the horizon. Then a soaking. Today a 20-27 MPH headwind into work and I broke out the head band and insulated gloves again. Hopefully the wind doesn't switch too much for the ride home...
Jenny Stelzner Thu May 23 12:42:00 2013
I didn't attempt to "enjoy" the rain yesterday, but if I can get home early today, I will think about "enjoying" the wind. Will pick a northerly route and work those thighs, then enjoy the ride home. Have a girl scout meeting tonight, so probably not a long ride, but the evening light is lasting longer, so there is still some hope out there!
Greg Falk Thu May 23 07:54:00 2013
Had a really nice ride in the rain yesterday.
Jerry J Wed May 22 22:04:00 2013
I bet the people who drove past me in their cars thought I was nuts. I was thinking they were right, but that made me enjoy the ride even more.
John Howard Wed May 22 20:44:00 2013
You will never know the joy of riding in the rain inside of a car.
Brian Colon Wed May 22 19:33:00 2013
wow riding in the rain is fun. Not so much when you got a tire going a little flat. Thank god for fix a flat
Brian Colon Wed May 22 19:32:00 2013
Jerry J, yes dry it off and you may also want to put chain lube on.
Jerry J Wed May 22 17:51:00 2013
OK, just got completly soaked on the way home. Do I need to do anything for my bike?
Marty "Stay ahead of Jeff & Kevin" Malin Wed May 22 13:44:00 2013
I forgot how fun it is to bike in the rain! With last year being so hot and dry, I don't recall riding in the rain once.
Christine Salvatore Wed May 22 12:42:00 2013
@Guy, you can still enter it manually.
Tracy Smith Wed May 22 12:25:00 2013
Done! Thank you all!
Guy Stalnaker Wed May 22 11:44:00 2013
Rats! The Endomondo iPhone app failed to log my morning bike to work :-/
Jon Miner Wed May 22 10:55:00 2013
Tracy, been searching for that and thanks to the FAQ Marty linked to:
How do I change/edit my workplace (university)?
When you are on the Home page, click on your picture, select Change Settings link on the right side and you will be taken to the page where you can edit your workplace.
Tracy Smith Wed May 22 10:31:00 2013
@Michael and Marty-
Do you have any idea of how I can change my workplace? I had already joined UW-Madison and would love to switch to University of Wisconsin - Madison but I can't figure out how.
Happy riding!
Mike W Wed May 22 06:53:00 2013
Christine: Kids really like to go for a ride: my son-in-law took his 18 month old for his first ride on Saturday and then when they went outside on Sunday, the little guy headed over to the trailer in the garage and said, "Ride? Ride?" as only a toddler can do when they find something they like and a new word that goes along with it. His dad figures he will need to bike more this summer. He was amazed at how visually stimulated his son was during the rides: it's not like looking at the unchanging back seat of a car, his perspective now is there's an ever changing world out there when you are on a bike.
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 21 21:36:00 2013
Trying to keep pace with our lead guy at work. Got home and realized that I am short by 1 mile :(
I think he is toying with me, though. Each time I catch up to him, he updates his ride posts.
Well, not too bad for one member of the "last to be picked" club!!
Brian Colon Tue May 21 18:48:00 2013
wow! I am almost to 1000 pts already. This is with two days of not riding and possible a third coming up
Marty "Stay ahead of Jeff & Kevin" Malin Mon May 20 12:13:00 2013
@Michael - the best way to all be on the same workplace is to go to http://bit.ly/13mDj9K and ask to have them joined together under the first spelling, and have the other ones closed afterwards. Make sure when you do that that you have all of the versions spelled correctly, including hyphens and spaces. (It might be a good idea to ask the others beforehand.)
Michael Chronister Mon May 20 11:02:00 2013
Hey UW Madison riders please join the workplace "University of Wisconsin - Madison" instead of the other spellings like "University of Wisconsin Madison", "UW Madison", etc. If we are all on the same workplace team perhaps we can beat Northwestern Mutual. Trek looks like they are going to take first but we can get second.
Christine Salvatore Mon May 20 10:28:00 2013
Still dry in SE WI this morning, but it's threatening. I took my (autistic) grandson around the neighborhood a few times yesterday afternoon in one of those kid carriers. I'm amazed at how easy it was to haul him. I expected at his age - 6 - he'd be difficult to pull, but it was smooth and easy going. He LOVED it. Every time I'd slow down, he make GO GO noises. I promised to take him every day if the weather is nice. His mother is fearful, but I told her he means as much to me as he does to her and I'll make sure he's safe. She pulled him around a while, then his dad stepped up to the plate, too. We had a blast doing it! Yet another way to rack up the points! (I am going to be so disappointed when someone knocks me out of first place in Kenosha!)
David Aponte Mon May 20 09:07:00 2013
Bike trail a little soggy and choked with dead fall, but a fantastic morning for a bike ride to work.
Jenny Stelzner Sun May 19 21:22:00 2013
Found a new 9 mile loop. Marquette County in central WI is beautiful and quiet!
Adam Wyngaard Sun May 19 03:42:00 2013
Note to self: Kenny Chesney concerts put a damper on my commute! There are reasons for DD's!
Jenny Stelzner Sat May 18 19:29:00 2013
That would terrify me too! Too comfy on these country roads.
Christine Salvatore Sat May 18 18:32:00 2013
I rode from home to Tenuta's Deli and back. I will NOT do that again! I was so terrified riding on 52nd Street, my heart rate got up to 178. There is a huge difference between riding in neighborhoods and riding on main arteries in Kenosha. I'm going to go have a drink now, thankyouverymuch!
Nyla Greenberg Fri May 17 20:08:00 2013
Raj: You get points for making the effort. As you clearly discovered, Snapping turtles have startlingly long necks, a treacherous bite force, and can reach a LONG way back.....and they also do their level best to scratch you
but to be fair..they are protecting themselves as best they can from the unanticipated interventionn of giants
Should you ever be inspired to rescue another...hold the shell on either side closer to the tail..with your arms out straight to avoid typical tender turtle expression of gratitude for your assistance ( they pee on you (-;)
Jenny Stelzner Fri May 17 18:23:00 2013
@Raj, thanks for that! Now that calls for an extra level of alertness, you never know when a turtle is going to dart out in front of you!
Raj Muchhala Fri May 17 16:57:00 2013
@Jenny - it's called survival of the fittest. Did you know that over the last 20 some years the average speed of turtles has increased by .5 mph? I share your concern -- though I'm still recovering from the day I tried to "assist" a snapping turtle. Can you tell I'm a city boy?
Jenny Stelzner Fri May 17 16:05:00 2013
I just read Nyla's comment on her workout about her turtle rescue, and it made me giggle! GO NYLA! I get so furious when I see those poor turtles squished in the middle of the road. Obviously, they had to be moving SO FAST that the car could not avoid rolling its tire over the poor thing. Must be something to live for 100 years, only to die at the expense of attempting to cross the highway at a snail's pace.
Rick Amen Fri May 17 11:17:00 2013
Just saw a guy in aero position wearing bib shorts, no top, rolling fast in a 48 degree downpour. He looked motivated to get home. !
Carolyn Dvorak Fri May 17 11:09:00 2013
Two brave riders on the Holmen Bike Train.
Paul Bouffleur Fri May 17 09:21:00 2013
Well... That was wet
Roddi Franck Fri May 17 02:19:00 2013
@ Shayne, Paul, and Tony
Thank You so much for your feedback.
Nyla Greenberg Thu May 16 19:27:00 2013
Celebrating a thus-far-this season unprecedented 2 DAYS IN A ROW! of pedal perfect Wisconsin weather (-:
Seventies; sunshine; recently frozen lakes and streams suddenly all sparkles and glass; swift insistent proliferation of greenery emphatically reclaiming long-brown fields and trees , and the only significant headwind came from an oncoming semi. As an added delight:…. the irresistibly smooth perfection of recently resurfaced road unspooling ahead of me in gentle hills and curve all the way to town. For those of us genuinely supportive of yet persistently puzzled by cycling cohorts preferring the elusive allure of bone-shaking, helmet rattling, bicycle-battering off-road terrain, new blacktop engenders a particularly giddy and effervescent level of exuberance. May you all revel in rolling through belated Wisconsin springtime over whatever topography tempts you! Carpe Diem, Roll On!...Enjoy!
Jim Franzen Thu May 16 13:42:00 2013
For us South Siders in Milwaukee:
I stopped at Alterra Coffee and Stone Creek Coffee this AM in Bay View to see about Bijke to Work week specials as I was planning on leading in a group of new riders there in the AM on Friday to stop and take a break before work and take advantage of their specials. I was told that only the Alterra Downtown is doing the commute specials and Stone Creek said they knew about the program and I would need a punch card. The only problem with that was I had to go downtown to get a punch card, So just trying to warn anyone else if they had planned to visit.
Shayne Santi Thu May 16 11:18:00 2013
@ Paul and Tony
I think the 20 point per day you ride was an attempt to normalize this.
Originally you got 1 point per trip which greatly skewed it toward the people that just rode 2-3 miles several times.
Commitment is variable. In my view if you live ~5 miles from work there's no reason not to commute 365.
To the average non-cyclist I'd argue one daya week of 15+15 miles would be a lot more commitment.
Paul Bouffleur Thu May 16 11:01:00 2013
@Tony - that's it exactly! I live in town so that our family can have 1 vehicle that we only use for road trips, or hauling stuff from Menards. I normally have about 4 rides per day of 3-5 miles. The reality is that only one person can actually "win" the challenge, but mine is to make diamond. I feel much better competing against myself!
Christine Salvatore Thu May 16 10:12:00 2013
@Brian, I like your snazzy shirt!
Tony Senger Thu May 16 08:46:00 2013
Roddi,
I'd suggest actual number of rides, 'cause that's more commitment (thinking of commuting)... it seems like more commitment for someone who lives 5 miles from work and rides 3 times in a week than is does someone who rides 15 miles from work and only does it once a week.
Roddi Franck Thu May 16 02:38:00 2013
I have a question. If more than one rider has the same amount of points how is there ranking determend?
Roddi Franck Thu May 16 02:35:00 2013
The weather was so nice today my bike did not want to go to work. It wanted to go out for another ride. lol
Marty "Stay ahead of Jeff & Kevin" Malin Thu May 16 00:11:00 2013
I would like to thank all of the approximately 25 riders who showed up for Wauwatosa's 1st Ride of Silence, particularly those from the NBC, like Brian and about 4 members from the Bella Donna team. The police help was invaluable. We had a priest read the poem and offer a prayer, and then I had a bagpiper play Amazing Grace, as a surprize for everyone, as we stopped at the turnaround at a bandshell for 2 minutes, and the help from John at my LBS, (Johnson's Bike & fitness), was amazing.
Andy Nowak Wed May 15 22:10:00 2013
Ride of Silence tonight, 12 miles @ 12MPH. I am going to try organizing one in Casco next year.
Brian Colon Wed May 15 21:59:00 2013
I am predicting I hit Gold by Friday!
Liz Nelson Wed May 15 19:25:00 2013
Volunteered at the Urban Ecology Center/Oak Leaf Trail@Riverside Park this a.m. and had 77 folks bike over for a cup of yummy Alterra coffee and bakery. Added 6 extra miles to my commute and it was awesome to spend time with fellow bike commuters.
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed May 15 17:19:00 2013
I had a great tailwind going north on Howell past the airport last night. I was going 25 mph without pedalling! Hid in the tunnel under the airport runway while a brief shower passed by. Despite the traffic, the Oak Creek stretch of Howell is a great road to bike on.
Rick Koskinen Wed May 15 17:06:00 2013
I did it.
Michael Barreyro Wed May 15 16:23:00 2013
La Crosse area bike commuters - join me and others Thu morning and ride the Tour de Java(i.e. drink lots of coffee and bike). Starts 5:30 - 5:50 at Moka on West Ave, but join in at any stage. http://driftlessbicycle.org/biketowork/
Paul Bouffleur Wed May 15 14:25:00 2013
@David, I made that suggestion and was told it wouldn't be able to be done this year, but next year it's on the list of changes.

@John, if you want to make suggestions, the challenge is taking them on the comments thread of the Challenge Manual: http://getsatisfaction.com/endomondo/topics/national_bike_challenge_2013_manual

John Quirk Wed May 15 12:00:00 2013
Could the person responsible for the Wisconsin Challenge web page http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national please delete the ginormous empty space above the "Log Miles" button area? The bottons would be much more easily accessible. (The Schwinn Logo is supposed to display to the right of the other sponsors, but it doesn't in Internet Exploder - it's below them. Just a CSS/layout problem in IE which, unfortunately, a lot of people use.) Thanks!
david hill Wed May 15 10:50:00 2013
How can we filter out regular mileage and commute mileage. If possible, I would like to see the leader board with just commute miles verses all miles combined. Can that be done?
Christine Salvatore Wed May 15 10:48:00 2013
John Quirk, well said!
Christopher Robles Wed May 15 09:33:00 2013
It's Bike to Work week in Milwaukee. Alterra coffee shop in Bay View has free coffee, pastries, and tune-ups for riders this week on the morning commute. Had a blueberry muffin and coffee this morning and a chat with the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective.
Bob Dumke Wed May 15 08:44:00 2013
Beautiful ride in this morning, picture perfect weather. Now if we could only do somethng about the mother goose's protecting thier goslings along the HAST we'd be in great shape.
CJ Semrow Wed May 15 07:52:00 2013
What a difference the last three mornings. Monday was 34 degrees at 6 am. Yesterday morning was 57 degrees. This morning 68 degrees. Temperature doubled over two days!!!!! Only in Wisconsin.
But any day riding is a good day.....
Marty "Brad.........pfihblhhhhhhh" Malin Wed May 15 07:41:00 2013
@Brian - That would be great! You'll have to tell me the restaurant name when you get there.
Brian Colon Wed May 15 07:31:00 2013
Marty I think I may join you on the ride. I was going to ride from W&S in HC but the tosa ride is a LOT closer to where I live and not that far from a great restaurant that supports cycling.
John Quirk Tue May 14 20:43:00 2013
Michael - it's easy for transport riders to "compete" with sport riders. If you ride 1 mile a day 5 days a week you get 105 points for only riding 5 miles. I ride 15 miles a day 3 days a week and I get the same 105 points but I rode 40 miles more than you did. See? The points system is actually slanted toward transport riders who tend to make more short trips rather than sport riders who tend to make fewer long trips (with more rest days in between). At any given time, there are people at the top of the leader board with more points but fewer miles than people farther down the list (for example, the guy who is one step above me right now has ridden 80 miles less than me). So don't think of it as a competition against other riders - just challenge yourself to ride more and have fun with it. If you must compare yourself to other riders, at least look at their profile to see what kind of riding they are doing. Be sure you compare apples to apples.
Paul Bouffleur Tue May 14 20:00:00 2013
@Michael, you're kind of right. I think next year they are going to have a leader board for transport riders too. When the challenge first started it was only transport miles. Marty is right though, I'm staying competitive by never driving my car. I get 15 to 20 miles in a day even though I only live about 3 miles from work.
Marty "Brad.........pfihblhhhhhhh" Malin Tue May 14 17:06:00 2013
Michael - You can easily fix that by buying a house that is 15 miles away from work.
But seriously, if you ride to work 5 days a week, you willl get more points than the 30+ mile sport rider who rides 2X a week.
Michael Chronister Tue May 14 16:51:00 2013
I think you should get more points for Cycling for transport than you do for cycling for sport. How can someone who only commutes a few miles each day compete with someone who rides 30+ miles a couple times a week for exercise.
Marty "Brad.........pfihblhhhhhhh" Malin Tue May 14 16:28:00 2013
I am in charge of a Ride of Silence in Wauwatosa, this Wednesday night starting at 7 p.m. It would be great to meet some of you. If you can make it, we ask that you arrive no later than 6:40.

If anyone is interested in attending this free event, or any of the other 10 in Wisconsin, please do so.

My ride will be 10.2 miles, and we won't average more than 11 mph., riding it like a funeral procession, in memory of those who died from collisions with vehicles.

We will meet in the parking lot behind Johnson's Bike & Fitness, which is at 6916 W North Avenue, in Wauwatosa.

The WI locations are: Appleton, Brookfield, DePere, Delafield, Fox Point, Hales Corners, Oshkosh, Plymouth, Racine, Waukesha, Wauwatosa.

Jessica Ginster Tue May 14 16:27:00 2013
I had a headwind the whole way in, and now on the way home. All I can say is I bike to work and work to bike! I love my job! Go Team Wisconsin Bike Fed- all of them!
Christine Salvatore Tue May 14 12:10:00 2013
@Adam, there's a great sheet in the League of American Bicyclists Bike Month Guide ( http://bit.ly/128KPUh ) that's about overcoming bicycle commuting concerns that would do really well for your suggestion!
Mike Spanjar Tue May 14 10:29:00 2013
Beautiful ride in -- a stop at the UEC Ride-to-Work stop, then along stunning, shimmering Lake Michigan!
Adam Malooly Tue May 14 10:14:00 2013
Print out bike to work sheets and stick them on peoples windshields
Mary H Haynes Tue May 14 08:08:00 2013
Great bike ride this morning....glad the weather is finally getting warm Nicholas....As to the large employers have more members...I ride for Aurora Health Care, employees 30,000! There are only 3 on this Challenge :( I think we still would be in last place .
Anna M. Stadick Tue May 14 08:01:00 2013
A per capita calculation for teams would be cool. It could be a rank option in addition to total team points.
Nicholas La Joie Tue May 14 01:55:00 2013
How about being a bit more fair with the Workplace Leaderboard and taking into account the number of members in relation to the size of the employer. Obviously large employers will have more employees and therefore more cyclists and ergo more points. How about creating a Workplace Leaderboard that reflects the per-capita points, to show the hard work of the not-so-monstrous employers?
Jim Franzen Mon May 13 23:25:00 2013
Go CH. Welcome to the Challenge
Marty "Brad.........pfihblhhhhhhh" Malin Mon May 13 17:59:00 2013
@C H - Welcome! You'll enjoy it.
C H Mon May 13 17:32:00 2013
I just got a road bike and am joining the challenge!
Jim Franzen Mon May 13 13:08:00 2013
Christine, Yes I was thinking you had a major ride planned for weekend. LOL
Beth Pickhard Mon May 13 10:09:00 2013
Happy Bike to Work Week!
Mindy Preston Sun May 12 22:49:00 2013
Wow, a few people hit gold today! Nice job, folks!
Jenny Stelzner Sun May 12 20:10:00 2013
Christine, maybe we can hit gold by the end of the month!
Kathy Griffey Sun May 12 19:28:00 2013
Extremely windy today! But glad I did it!!!!
Christine Salvatore Sun May 12 15:16:00 2013
Oh. Silver,not gold. I was so excited, I just skipped right over silver. tee hee
Marty "Brad.........pfihblhhhhhhh" Malin Sun May 12 01:00:00 2013
It's Officially Sunday in the Midwest - Happy Mother's Day to all!
Jenny Stelzner Sat May 11 23:19:00 2013
I went out in the wind earlier to pick up some things at the grocery store. Apparently it was also rummage sale day in town. I rode by a friend's house and she questioned why I would ride on such a nasty morning. I can't really answer that, other to come back with "why would you have a rummage sale on such a nasty morning?" We both laughed. Life happens, enjoy the ride.
Rachel Lustila Sat May 11 16:19:00 2013
Can't believe I put miles on in this wind! If it wasn't for this challenge I wouldn't have even thought about jumping on my bike! What great motivation:)
Brian Colon Sat May 11 15:11:00 2013
well the 5.4 miles today was done on a bad tire. Fortunately the awesome people at W&S have already fixed it and I'll be out again after church and mother's day dinner.
Roddi Franck Sat May 11 13:10:00 2013
Todays mourning ride put me in Silver.
Christine Salvatore Sat May 11 13:06:00 2013
Sitting here listening to the wind rip the aluminum siding off our house...I think I'll stay inside today. Gold will have to wait till tomorrow.
Roddi Franck Fri May 10 23:00:00 2013
I sure like my new Trek it makes cycling fun.
Jim Franzen Fri May 10 22:53:00 2013
Well at least the cold and wind have removed the bugs. That 20MPH from the north today was @$$ kicking. Still got in 10 today, fighting the wind, a cold, and my attitude. HA
Jenny Stelzner Fri May 10 22:23:00 2013
Oh SILVER!
Jenny Stelzner Fri May 10 22:19:00 2013
Beautiful evening for a ride! Saw some deer and sandhill cranes. The cows were also out near the fence and were very interested in the bike riding by.
Brian Colon Fri May 10 19:31:00 2013
What a great ride today! Sure the rain and the cold sucked but hey I am from Wisconsin where we get snow in August! I'll admit I didn't take the usual long way home and to work but I still rode.
Nicholas La Joie Fri May 10 13:42:00 2013
A good waterproof windbreaker is a bicyclist's best friend-- challenging yourself to ride in weather like today's hopefully proves that you really can ride every single day of the year. Things do get a bit hairy with January and February winds and snow, but it's not impossible!
Christine Salvatore Fri May 10 09:46:00 2013
Boy, do I feel like a wimp. I saw the rain and the temperature and said "I'm not riding today." Where's the wet noodle? I'm ready for my 40 lashes.
Paul Bouffleur Fri May 10 09:24:00 2013
@Michele, or a great cup of coffee! Yesterday I felt like a cold, drowned rat on all 5 of my rides. Today, just cold... Amazing how quickly we get used to summer-like conditions.
Michele Amacker Fri May 10 08:39:00 2013
Hot Coco taste good after that cold, wet ride this morning.
:)
CJ Semrow Fri May 10 08:22:00 2013
Wet and windy ride in today. Felt good to take a warm shower. Hoping for a little less weather for the ride home. But any day of riding is a good day!!!
Brian Colon Fri May 10 07:15:00 2013
rain rain go away come back again in October or only late at night when I am sleeping
:-)
Jerry J Thu May 9 21:31:00 2013
Just realized Gold isn't quite so easy this year. Looking back, I only would've made it one month last year. More motavation for Me!
Kathy Griffey Thu May 9 20:20:00 2013
well if you cant ride outdide do it inside!!!

Love riding!!!

Marty 'Can't stand being behind Jonzee & Brad' Malin Thu May 9 18:33:00 2013
@Kevin - They've already informed us that that won't happen until next year.
Kevin Luecke Thu May 9 16:38:00 2013
Can anyone tell me how to make my team "invite only?" I initially set it as open to anyone, but would like to change it. There is no option for this in the Edit section of the team profile. Help!
Christine Salvatore Thu May 9 13:07:00 2013
Belated Happy Birthday, Jim Post!
Eileen Seeger Thu May 9 12:56:00 2013
Go team Bella Donnas!!! #13 and growing YEAH!
Christine Salvatore Thu May 9 10:48:00 2013
I'm tellin' ya, @Jim! Beekeepers veil! Let's start a trend. http://www.betterbee.com/Products/Veils-Helmets/English-Style-Zippered-Veil Just pop it on over your helmet and away you go! All joking aside, I'm seriously thinking about getting one of these. Weight Watchers doesn't have "points" listed for bugs.
Christine Salvatore Thu May 9 10:37:00 2013
37 points to Silver! Woo hoo! I am having so much fun!! (Simple things keep me so occupied...)
Paul Bouffleur Thu May 9 09:33:00 2013
Lots of complaining the last couple days! ;) Just hit 1000 cycling, transport miles for 2013!
Jim Franzen Thu May 9 01:05:00 2013
One more complaint about the midges currently infesting the lake shore. I don't mind eating them, but I really hate it when I think I am in the clear and take a deep breath and inhale the tiny buggers. From what I can tell from the world wide web they don't go to your lungs but to a web of the bronchial tree, and will in time by coughed up, probably in small particles. YUM.
Marty 'Can't stand being behind Jonzee & Brad' Malin Wed May 8 23:44:00 2013
@Paul - That is because there is a Fox Cities Local Board that those in that area are on. This was the same way last year, (once their board was set-up), and also happens in some other parts of the county, as well. Currently, we have 3,241 participants in the non-Fox Cities portion of Wisconsin, and 5,113 in the entire state, for 1,872 in the Fox Cities area.
I don't think it will help to say hi to Gregg on this board, because correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that everyone just has one local board, so, no one from the Fox Cities area, (other than Rob Gusky), sees this board. So, if you want to say hi to him, you either have to do it on the National Comments board, or go to one of his workouts, and make a comment there.
You're right, it is a pain for it to go back to our place on the leaderboard after looking at a specific area, but I think it was also that way last year, too.
And you're also right about the University or any other subdivision of a category. It will take you to the same page you were on when you were on the full listing, so you have to remember the place number from the full listing when you go to the subdivision, and then page forward until you find it. Extra work. But one good thing about keeping the same place listing is that you can see what place the same type of group team is above or below you, so you know your immediate peer competition when you go back to the full listing.
The best place to let them know about things that don't work the way we all think they should is to go to: http://bit.ly/13mDj9K
Since the start of May, they have been pretty active responding to complaints about glitches in the system. (Sometimes the best they can do is put it on a list for things they want Endomondo to do next year,)
Jim Franzen Wed May 8 23:40:00 2013
Was nice to see all the bicycles today. At a bridge that was up there was three of us bicycles waiting together for the road to open. After my winter riding it is taking some getting used to everyone on the trails, but it is nice to see. Now to get rid of the Midges that are swarming by Lake Michigan and all will be good.
Paul Jeffries Wed May 8 23:25:00 2013
Jenny, I will try to keep you in the loop re local bike info. I thought you had to be not too far away!
Rob G. There seems to be something odd going on between the "Local" and "National" pages in the NBC. There seem to be more people showing up on the National list we get if we click on "Wisconsin" in the "State" leaderboard. For example, Greg Warning (Hi, Greg) shows up on the national list but not on the Local Wi list. So what is up with that? And a few minor irritations. I hate that once you check a line in a "Leadership" ranking such as workplace, community, team, etc. (on either local or national pages), you then go back to your individual rider status, not the leader catagory you were looking at. I don't think that happened last year. Also, in some leadership catagories, it does not show your place in the rankings. For example, when I try to look at Ripon College's status in the "Colleges and Universities" part of the "Workplace" tab, it puts me somewhere near then end (in the National rankings...I think this is okay on the local page), not at where Ripon is located. I can only find Ripon if I know approximately where we are in the rankings. Don't know if this is idiosycratic with Ripon or a more common problem. Regardless...some early issues for your consideration. Still, the NBC is great. Thanks for your work on it.
Jenny Stelzner Wed May 8 17:27:00 2013
@ Paul, keep me posted about any upcoming meetings on that issue. I am a GL county resident and would support the bike trail, as well.
And, honestly, I know the intersection that you are talking about. IMHO, I think that the 45 MPH should be expanded further down the road to the intersection by the bowling alley, as well. That is also an area that school kids often cross. I get the feeling that they just don't want to spend the money to "police" the intersection, so why bother trying to reinforce it?
On the other hand, Rosendale has the right idea. I think that is how the town gets their revenue! They must make tons of money off of speeding tickets over there!
Jim Post Wed May 8 16:08:00 2013
Rode 5 miles to middle school with my 13 yr old Today! Such a GREAT day to ride a bike! Picked up a kringle or two at Fosdal's Home Town Bakery in Stoughton and then rode around the East Side of Lake Kegonsa, through Mcfarland, over the Beltline and along Broadway eventlually arriving at work. 22.44 miles! All this and more to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my 29th Birthday!
jacob newborn Wed May 8 13:43:00 2013
HAPPY BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY EVERYONE! we had several schools in MKE have over 100 kids bike today!
Martin Bienengraeber Wed May 8 11:07:00 2013
Paul, it is very frustrating. They simply don't care whatsoever for any alternative to cars. I had similar experiences during a meeting on the interchange being rebuilt in Wauwatosa. Just the idea of free flow interchanges (next to the major interchange) connecting to local streets in a small town is so backwards thinking. Such rebuilds would be a great chance to make good on mistakes from past (no bike lanes etc) but instead - they make it worse.
Sara Lookatch Wed May 8 10:08:00 2013
Rode my bike to school today (this time as a teacher, not a student) - first time since 1992! It was FANTASTIC!!
Steve Brengosz Wed May 8 00:00:00 2013
Welcome to the GOP DOT
Paul Jeffries Tue May 7 22:02:00 2013
Oops...make that "ride safely." My wife is our English person/copy editor. ;-)
Paul Jeffries Tue May 7 21:59:00 2013
[Hi, fellow WI riders. Just posted this on the "national" part and then realized I probably should have put it here. Anyway...FYI ]

Just got back from a local meeting re a Hwy project connecting Green Lake and Ripon, WI. Current plans do not include a separate bike trail, to the frustration of a significant number of folks attending (maybe even a majority). The DOT's idea of taking care of cyclists and pedestrians is a five foot shoulder...that includes a rumble strip, that makes a good portion of the shoulder unusable for cyclists. Yea, like what responsibe parent will take their kids on a 3-4 foot shoulder with semi-trucks, truckes with boat trailers, etc. buzzing by at 60+ mph? Only serious cyclist might even try, and they would more likely be on the more enjoyable and rigorous local county roads.

What was particular depressing was the seeming disregard for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. One of the "improvements" was to shrink a 45 mph speed zone putting a popular intersection used by school children, pedestrians, and cyclists into the 55 mph zone with people accelerating out of the 45 zone. Talk about insane planning. Even the county sheriff asked to keep the intersection in the 45 mph zone, but to no avail. "The experts know more about setting speed limits." Hey, I am a professor. I get "experts," but sometimes local practical wisdom is much more prudent. Fortunately, while the plans may be in "wet concrete," there is still some hope for changes, both to the speed limit and the bike trail. But it is depressing when "safety" concerns are more focused on motorists than cyclists and pedestrians, who are MUCH more vulnerable. And that is not even bringing in the fact that the only planet we have needs FEWER motorists and more cyclists. Now THAT is a real "safety" issue.

And on a pedagogical note...I could have populated several days of a logic course with all the faulty and fallacious reasoning evident by the presenters. At least I think I will have work for quite some time (both teaching and advocating for cycling). Ride safe and advocate for bikes (and pedestrians)!

Brian Colon Tue May 7 20:31:00 2013
man take an unscheduled day off from riding and I drop from 9th to 92nd! What really sucks is I could have technically rode yesterday. Really wish I did now
Christine Salvatore Tue May 7 14:44:00 2013
If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! Females are taught that from infancy and we believe it wholeheartedly! Sorry. :::ducking and running:::
Marty 'Can't stand being behind Jonzee & Brad' Malin Tue May 7 12:21:00 2013
@Christine - If hyour husband is smart, he won't argue with you, about anything. (Males never win.)
Christine Salvatore Tue May 7 12:04:00 2013
@Paul! LOL! That won't happen. He leaves for work before me, so he can't argue with me. If he only knew! Heck, he doesn't even know I'm riding to work now! ;-D
Christine Salvatore Tue May 7 12:03:00 2013
Calling Dr. Bikerider, calling Dr. Bikerider!
Jenny Stelzner Tue May 7 11:51:00 2013
@Christine, I work at a hospital, so I could always pick up some masks as well as face shields. That would be a neat picture, riding my bike looking like I am going to surgery!
Paul Bouffleur Tue May 7 11:27:00 2013
@Christine and @Virginia keep it up and very soon you'll arguing with your spouse about why you don't want to take the car to work during the raging thunderstorm.
Christine Salvatore Tue May 7 10:52:00 2013
Ok, I just found a pair of Eyedefender glasses that are supposed to keep the pollen out. I'll report back after they arrive and I try them!

@Jenny, in Japan they have the perfect solution to both the pollen and the bugs, but they don't ship to the US. Wah!!!

Christine Salvatore Tue May 7 10:16:00 2013
Thanks, all! I had actually thought about wearing swim goggles under my glasses. I don't care how I look to others, (an overweight, over the hill woman on a bike with fold up baskets in back and a Nantucket basket in front, and stickers all over her bike and helmet *can't* care what other think!) it's more important to keep the pollen out of my eyes.

@Charlie, I'm going to check those!
@Jenny, I'm with you on the bugs! I ate several yesterday! I'm thinking bee keeping veil. I asked my engineer husband to come up with something. His solution was "close your mouth". Thanks, dear!

@Virginia, I completely understand. I did NOT want to ride Sunday, but I forced myself. It was one of the worst rides I've had in a long time. Yesterday, I couldn't wait to get on the trail and had one of the best rides I've ever had. I wonder if my attitude has anything to do with that?? Seriously, the only bad rides are when you're all ready to go and you have a "Murphy's law" ride (traffic, flat tire, dog chasing you, teenagers laughing at you riding up a hill, etc. all in the same ride). Keep at it! We're all here behind you!

Charlie L Tue May 7 09:12:00 2013
@Christine, I haven't tried these and they are expensive but I suspect some type of google like that sold by Hazebuster "Polycarbon Goggle System" would help. I find that a bottle of eye drops at work is helpful.
Charlie L Mon May 6 16:46:00 2013
Way to go Virginia!!
Jenny Stelzner Mon May 6 15:37:00 2013
@Christine, I bet it would look funny riding around with goggles, but that would surely work! LOL!
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I have a pair of sunglasses that sit on top of my regular eyeglasses, and when I wear them, they seem to block out all of the stuff flying around. They are more heavily built around the frame and the temples, so maybe that would be of help. Would be difficult to wear them if you are riding at night, though.
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I also need some sort of face shield to prevent myself from inhaling those tiny pesky bugs.
Mike W Mon May 6 15:04:00 2013
Virginia: That's probably the hardest thing when you first start to commute to work: convincing yourself you REALLY want to ride when it's so much easier to find an excuse not to. After five minutes in the saddle, I never consider heading back home. Once you get in the habit, you want to ride everyday when the weather's good and then you might start pushing it until the weather's not quite as pleasant, i.e. last week with the rain/ sleet/ snow potential. Snow and ice is not too bad if you have the right gear and a positive attitude.
Virginia Lingham Mon May 6 14:38:00 2013
I was tormenting myself about riding in this morning... didn't want to change my pedals, didn't want to be clipped in, the wind, my computer bag was too heavy, my hip hurts, I was running too late... and on and on...
but I rode in anyway. it was a slow and tiresome ride this morning, but I'm glad I did it and am looking forward my my ride home!
Christine Salvatore Mon May 6 12:07:00 2013
Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping pollen out of one's eyes?
S Steiner Mon May 6 12:01:00 2013
A beautiful morning for a bike ride. Finally after 8" of Snow on Thursday, in western WI we are back on the road, and dodging downed trees and tree limbs after a heavy wet May snow.
Welcome Spring :)
Christine Salvatore Mon May 6 10:53:00 2013
One point away from bronze! Makes me want to jump on my bike and ride it around the block a few times, but I'm not sure how Father Campbell would react to that. I guess I'll have to wait till my way home from work! Darn!
Jenny Stelzner Mon May 6 10:06:00 2013
@Joel, as long as the dogs eat the dogs and leave me alone!! LOL
Jenny Stelzner Mon May 6 10:00:00 2013
@Jerry,
I have done that, we do live out in a rural area and so those trips are a bit longer than that, but it is do-able. Thanks!
Tim Raasch Mon May 6 08:39:00 2013
Wow, what a great weekend it was to get in a few miles. Beautiful sunny days.
Don't forget your sunblock.
Jerry J Sun May 5 22:44:00 2013
@Jenny...When you didn't get a ride in for the day, use your bike to run an errand. The grocery store, bank, go pick up a cofee, something where you are not starting the gas guzzler. One mile, three miles, whatever, you get the miles for the day, the earth gets less carbon dioxide.
Mactire McMullen Sun May 5 18:17:00 2013
Hit the hills today for a short 26 mi ride. Got to get back in shape.
Joel Tomski Sun May 5 17:02:00 2013
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there.
Christine Salvatore Sun May 5 13:39:00 2013
@Jenny, I could have written both of your posts below! We think a lot alike. I feel very sorry for you! ;-D
Andy Nowak Sat May 4 23:26:00 2013
Nice night ride on the Ahnapee Trail, I think I am going to try getting in a night ride every weekend. Seems the only time I have to ride.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sat May 4 16:48:00 2013
I had 4200 points I last year's challenge, and I started in June.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sat May 4 16:44:00 2013
I can afford to take a day off once in a while. i'm still shooting for diamond.
Jenny Stelzner Sat May 4 08:22:00 2013
I had considered just riding a mile and claiming my 20 points, but it didn't seem right to me. My personal rule of thumb, if I'm taking a ride, then go for at least 30 minutes for the cardiovascular benefit. The onl
Jenny Stelzner Sat May 4 08:18:00 2013
Sure is amazing what this challenge does for my motivation. I would not have been motivated to ride in the drizzle yesterday, but with points on the line, there I was!
Marty 'Doesn'tKnowHowTheAppWorks' Malin Fri May 3 19:30:00 2013
@Jamie - Yes, they changed the rule for this year's Challenge. Just get a short ride in tonight to augment what you have.
Marty 'Can't Let Jonzee/Kevin/Brad Beat Me' Malin Fri May 3 19:30:00 2013
@Jamie - Yes, they changed the rule for this year's Challenge. Just get a short ride in tonight to augment what you have.
Marty 'Doesn'tKnowHowAppWorks' Malin Fri May 3 19:30:00 2013
@Jamie - Yes, they changed the rule for this year's Challenge. Just get a short ride in tonight to augment what you have.
Kevin L Mackey Fri May 3 19:15:00 2013
I hats headwinds especially those from the North.
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri May 3 10:30:00 2013
It looks like you need to log at least 1 mile in order to claim 20 points for the day.
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri May 3 10:04:00 2013
I only rode 0.60 miles around the block this morning before the rain fell just so I could claim the 20 points for the day. Otherwise, I'm taking the bus to and from work as it's going to rain all day.
Marty 'Can't Let Jonzee/Kevin/Brad Beat Me' Malin Fri May 3 10:00:01 2013
@Jaime - You are correct. That is a change for this year's Challenge. You'll have to try to do another lap after work, when it isn't raining.
Nathan Long Fri May 3 09:20:00 2013
Snow again... Just 2 days ago I was riding dirt trails at Levis Mound. Glad I have a fat bike for riding in the snow.
Michael Goodness Fri May 3 09:07:00 2013
@Janet: Mayflies, I believe. Should only have to endure them for a few weeks. Pretty bad, though!
Belinda Brehm Enkro Fri May 3 02:18:00 2013
10 inches of snow today at our house, going to have to wait till next week to start my rides!!!
Janet Tallberg Thu May 2 21:14:00 2013
what is it with the gnats along the lakefront?
Jerry J Thu May 2 21:00:00 2013
Cold ride this morning, and wet ride this afternoon, but I got my miles in :). I'm sick of waiting for good weather!
Vicki Gonzales Thu May 2 16:51:00 2013
Holy crap waited till today to start the challenge and froze my a** off.
S Steiner Thu May 2 15:20:00 2013
Welcome Spring :) 8-10" of Snow here in Western Wisconsin overnight. Time to bring back those Surley Bikes. Enjoy
Jenny Stelzner Thu May 2 13:48:00 2013
My first ride of the challenge last evening... was chasing turkeys down the Northwestern bike trail outside of Ripon, and then took pictures of the deer standing in the yard of the church at the edge of town. Definitely saving some gas because I had 2 hours to kill while waiting for my daughter who had an evening class. Got some shopping done, but a bit disappointed that the coffee shop that I was going to spend my last 1/2 hour was closed.
Michael Goodness Thu May 2 12:13:00 2013
Jaime: My RW24 teammate was in line from 3AM. Needless to say, she got us a spot :)
Christine Salvatore Thu May 2 10:21:00 2013
What a difference between yesterday and today! Yesterday, I sweated all the way to work, today I froze! Don't like the Wisconsin weather? Wait a minute.
Tony Senger Thu May 2 10:04:00 2013
Was really cool to connect with a fellow Challenge rider from Briggs on my route home. Lots of good talk, some smiles, and some mutual encouragement... thanks Mark, I'll keep an eye out for you over the rest of the summer.
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu May 2 09:56:00 2013
It should be easy for anyone to get platinum in this challenge. If you ride every day for the 153 days of the challenge period, you can get 3060 points not including miles. Just riding around the block once every single day for 5 months gets you platinum. You then only need 1940 miles in 5 months, or 12.67 miles per day to get diamond.
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu May 2 09:45:00 2013
Anyone here wait in line yesterday to register for the Riverwest 24? Did you get a spot before they sold out?
Thomas E. Piette Wed May 1 21:02:00 2013
Great to see team members from Skiers Roll out riding today. I will be back on the bike this weekend to add some miles and points.
Don Teifke Wed May 1 20:46:00 2013
Got out for a beautiful ride in the rolling Kettle Moraine this evening. Way to go team! (I'm the only one on the team) lol
Paul Jeffries Wed May 1 19:54:00 2013
The conflation I mentioned below occurs in the "workplace" catagory, BTW.
Paul Jeffries Wed May 1 19:48:00 2013
I agree with Jenny and Bob that team members "reappear" once they log some miles. I guess that is one way to encourage folks to actually do some riding. I had another query for the NBC "powers that be." It seems like they conflated all the classifications for colleges and universities into a single catagory?!? That seems to be going backwards. There is no way my small liberal arts college can compete with a place like UW-Madison (okay, we'll give a try but I seriously doubt our numbers will give us a fighting chance....you could lose our entire student population in one wing of some of the residence halls in Madison).
Bob Nelson Wed May 1 17:07:00 2013
It seems as users logon or log miles they and their teams reappear. Seems odd and I don't remember it happening that way last year. Thought just the mileage would be reset today and everything else would be intact.
Jenny Stelzner Wed May 1 16:36:00 2013
Yes, I am having issues, too. I am "lost" and everyone at my workplace except one rider who logged some miles earlier today is also lost.
Bob Nelson Wed May 1 15:09:00 2013
Having issues today. Most of our teams and riders have disappeard from our Workplace. Anyone else seeing issues?
Greg Falk Wed May 1 15:07:00 2013
The system seams to be bogged down or we just lost 95% of one of our teams.
Shelley Kallenbach Wed May 1 14:56:00 2013
Will ride at home...hwy is too dangerous.
Daniel Victor Breunig Wed May 1 14:48:00 2013
Go Team!
Gordie Bennett Wed May 1 10:00:01 2013
I'm trying to create a team for the Challenge. Anybody know how to upload team logos? It's not working for me.
Christine Salvatore Wed May 1 09:42:00 2013
Rode to work! First day of MANY, God willing!
Wally Olson Wed May 1 09:02:00 2013
Great start to the NBC. May have gotten the best out of this day already, clouds are moving in. Calling for snow showers and falling temps in the Wausau area by tomorrow morning.
Dan Tyler Wed May 1 08:56:00 2013
Logged my first miles this morning - a beautiful day to kick off the challenge. Wisconsin DOT teams are forming now.
Bob Dumke Wed May 1 08:56:00 2013
Perfect day here in SE WI to start the Bike Challenge. Have to start remembering to bring a water bottle for my commute. Hadn't needed hydration while riding til yesterday. Be Safe Everyone.
Tim Raasch Wed May 1 08:50:00 2013
What a awesome morning in Wisconsin to ride. Good Luck everyone. Ride safe.
Marty 'Can't Let Jonzee/Kevin/Brad Beat Me' Malin Wed May 1 01:10:00 2013
Just after midnight, Wisconsin is in 50th place, tied with everyone else at zero, as they won't update the State rankings until almost an hour after every state is officially in May. (We're in 50th because right now it is in alphabetical order, and Washington D.C. is included.)
Brian Colon Tue Apr 30 22:04:00 2013
Good Luck everyone.
Jim Franzen Tue Apr 30 18:50:00 2013
Everyone is tied for first place tonight at Midnight. Great job Nathan. 368 is awesome considering it was pouring rain for about 8 days.
Tammy Strassburger Tue Apr 30 16:45:00 2013
first time doing the challenge and very excited about it !
Christine Salvatore Tue Apr 30 12:01:00 2013
Made a permanent commitment to riding yesterday. Ready to get going in earnest tomorrow!
Sherry Ortiz Tue Apr 30 09:29:00 2013
Off on vacation next week and then returning home and taking off again. Not starting riding until Bike week.
Nathan Long Tue Apr 30 09:21:00 2013
Hit 368 miles this month on the bikes. 221.1 on the fat bike and 147.3 on the road bike. Also ran 21 miles and did 41 miles of kayaking this month too. I can't wait till the mountain bike trails open up to ride some single track.
Brian Colon Tue Apr 30 07:52:00 2013
Well it all begins tomorrow, of course in typical Wisconsin fashion the weather takes a turn for the worse, but guess what I am still riding. Good Luck fellow Wisconsinites, let win this one after all we ARE the home state where this whole crazy thing began.
Christine Salvatore Mon Apr 29 10:17:00 2013
Go, Jenny, go! Isn't it amazing what a difference a few degrees can make? I'm sitting at my desk *aching* to go ride my bike!
Jenny Stelzner Sun Apr 28 21:40:00 2013
I doubled last weeks rides in one ride today!
Marty 'Can't Let Jonzee/Kevin/Brad Beat Me' Malin Sun Apr 28 16:45:00 2013
Christine@ - Happy Birthday! (And congratulations on the long week/ride.)
Christine Salvatore Sun Apr 28 15:54:00 2013
Rode 61 miles this week! Rode my longest ride of the season today: 14.2 miles. Not bad for someone who turned 60 on Friday! Let the games begin!
Andy Nowak Sun Apr 28 13:44:00 2013
Heading to Ryan Park in Kewaunee County to try some single track riding
Carl Morrison Sat Apr 27 11:43:00 2013
today is the first day 4 shorts what a great am 4 a ride
Ken Rasmussen Sat Apr 27 09:54:00 2013
Finally the snow melted! Finally the morning wind chill isn't so bad. I started my commutes via road bike today!
Jim Franzen Fri Apr 26 20:02:00 2013
Yes the headwind going south was brutal. 25 degrees swing in temp made it bearable.
Kevin L Mackey Fri Apr 26 18:23:00 2013
Beast of a headwind on the commute home today.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Apr 26 15:49:00 2013
I am way below my "goal" for the month, partly due to the weather, but also because of the many activities that go on this time of year. However, bowling is now finished, confirmation class (son) is now finished, and I only have to contend with girl scouts (and my daughter and I rode our bikes to the meeting last night). So, now I am losing the excuses and will get to riding again!!!
Jim Franzen Fri Apr 26 12:19:00 2013
This weather has been a challenge since February too. Two weeks ago I only had about 90 miles in and I didn't think I would hit my goal this month. After my ride home today I should be at 238, leaving only 62 miles to hit in 4 days. I think I can I think I can.
Jim Franzen Fri Apr 26 12:16:00 2013
It must be spring now. I am eating about 1 pound of gnats now on the way to and from work. Going to be a buggy summer if it ever gets here. HA.
Thomas E. Piette Fri Apr 26 08:38:00 2013
Christine, I am not sure the course superintendent would appreaciate the bikes. It could cause golfers to be in a rut.
Marty 'Can't Let Jonesy or Brad Beat Me' Malin Thu Apr 25 15:00:00 2013
@Martin - They actually have their own Local Page, that is separate from the full Wisconsin Local Page. If you want to see them, too, just go to the National Page, then Leaderboard, then States, then Wisconsin. There you will see all of the cheeseheads. Right now, there are just over 1,600 participants on our site, just over 2,700 for all of WI, giving 1,100 on the Fox Cities site. I know, it is a little cumbersome to get to the stats, but we are still getting credit for Fox Cities in our competition with Vermont and Nebraska. It's going to be tough. I've been working on recruiting, because that is the only way we will beat VT & Nebraska.
Martin Bienengraeber Thu Apr 25 14:23:00 2013
Is that only on my Wisconsin side - or does everyone sees that: I find some significant Wisconsin contributors (employer, community, team) missing on the Wisconsin side, specifically everything related to Appleton and Kimberley? Without them we never beat Vermont &Nebraska.
Christine Salvatore Thu Apr 25 12:58:00 2013
This is "local" meaning Wisconsin, right? In that case, may I say: WISCONSIN NEEDS A BICYCLING LICENSE PLATE FOR CARS. And, no, person at the DMV, a Harley Davidson plate is NOT the same thing! If I ever win the lottery, first thing I'm doing is plunking down the $24K (???) for a bicycling license plate.
Christine Salvatore Thu Apr 25 12:50:00 2013
Thomas! Get a trailer for your bike and ride from hole to hole that way instead of in a golf cart. Start a new trend among golfers!
Thomas E. Piette Wed Apr 24 20:24:00 2013
Nathan -- it is definitely a stretch goal for me. I have only 115 miles so far but the weather is turning warmer. But then there is also golf.
Nathan Long Wed Apr 24 11:47:00 2013
@Thomas -- That's a great milage goal! I've been averaging about 250 miles a month, but should be able to increase it now that the weather is starting to get better. I consider myself more of a mountain biker, and put on a lot of miles on the trails in the snow on my fat bike this winter. I've got about 1200 miles on that bike since October. We are lucky in this area to have single track trails that are groomed for the fat bikes in winter.
Thomas E. Piette Wed Apr 24 08:45:00 2013
Nathan -- Sweet. Have fun. I am a recreational rider. My goal is 3,000 miles this year but I am not very fast anymore.
Nathan Long Wed Apr 24 08:22:00 2013
@Thomas - Glad you were able to find a good deal on the Defy. Looks like that model has full Shimano Ultegra and should shift great. My TCR Advanced 1 is a 2008 model, but it has full Dura Ace components and weighs only 16lbs with pedals. I love it! I can't wait to start doing some races with it this year!
Marty Malin Tue Apr 23 21:53:00 2013
All right, Christine! I wimped out - no excuse.
Marty 'Can't Let Jonesy or Brad Beat Me' Malin Tue Apr 23 21:53:00 2013
All right, Christine! I wimped out - no excuse.
Marty Can't let Jonesy beat me Malin Tue Apr 23 21:53:00 2013
All right, Christine! I wimped out - no excuse.
Thomas E. Piette Tue Apr 23 18:15:00 2013
Nathan, I like the more relaxed geometry of the Defy. I tried to order the Defy Advance 1, but Giant is out. It looks like they will be coming out with their new 11-speed Ultegra group and raise the price out of my range. I ordered the Defy Composite 1 instead. They were down to only a few of those left and I was offered a fair deal by my LBS. Thanks for your input. I am glad you find the carbon frame much more comfortable. I will be getting away from an aluminum frame Raleigh.
Gary Hammel Tue Apr 23 17:48:00 2013
35 degrees and raining...still I found the will to get a couple of miles in.
Christine Salvatore Tue Apr 23 11:45:00 2013
Rode 10 miles yesterday. It was great even with the 24 mph headwind on the way home. I felt SO great last night! Slept like a LOG!
Nathan Long Tue Apr 23 09:52:00 2013
@Thomas - I have a TCR Advanced and love it! I rode a Defy last year and prefer the more race oriented geometry of the TCR. It also rides a lot nicer being all carbon vs the Defy I had was aluminum frame and fork.
Andy Nowak Sun Apr 21 20:46:00 2013
Glad I got a ride in this morning before the snow
Marty Malin Sun Apr 21 19:48:00 2013
@Thomas - I would suggest posting your request on the National Board. You have about 6X more people on that board, so you might get a few opinions. (And, if you wait another 2 weeks, we might have double that many participants.)
Thomas E. Piette Sun Apr 21 12:41:00 2013
Does anyone riding a Giant Defy, Defy Advanced, or Specialized Roubaix have an opinion on the bikes? Would you buy it again?
Jenny Stelzner Fri Apr 19 21:58:00 2013
Looks like tomorrow might be another narrow window of opportunity to get out and take a ride. Lets hope that the weather pattern changes SOON!
Marty Malin Fri Apr 19 13:56:00 2013
@Kevin - Of all the places to volunteer, that would be a great one. It is fun to visit all times of the year and see the amazing displays. (BTW - Nice hair. Ha ha)
Kevin Matson Fri Apr 19 09:10:00 2013
I am pleased with how Goggle Maps finds generally acceptable bike routes. I volunteer in the gardens at Boerner Gardens and plan to ride to that.
Marty Malin Wed Apr 17 19:12:00 2013
@Terri - Welcome to the Challenge, and enjoy your new bike. The Challenge is a lot of fun, plus you learn a lot reading everyone's postings but mine.
Gary Hammel Wed Apr 17 18:44:00 2013
Gotta love mountain biking over water crossings....
Carl Morrison Wed Apr 17 17:56:00 2013
been taking my bike to work started on April 1st got wet 5 times coming home last year never even 1 time but we do need the rain
Terri Harris Wed Apr 17 15:57:00 2013
I just bought a new bike and am excited to do this challenge.
Marty Malin Wed Apr 17 10:40:00 2013
@Rhonda - That's great to show them by example.
Rhonda Vice Wed Apr 17 09:39:00 2013
Got to do a small ride w/grandkids.
Christine Salvatore Tue Apr 16 11:40:00 2013
I didn't get a ride in. Instead, I watched the breaking news. Shortly after I arrived at home, the skies opened up and wept for the stupidity of whomever is responsible for what happened in Boston.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Apr 15 22:01:00 2013
Yeah! Got a ride in!
Christine Salvatore Mon Apr 15 15:04:00 2013
It's 62F! I can't see any blue sky out my window, but it's bright and not raining. Am I actually going to get to ride this afternoon???? I sure hope so. I need the callouses!
Thomas E. Piette Sun Apr 14 13:29:00 2013
Marty, this is crystal clear and it is the conclusion to which I arrived. Thank you for confirming my understanding.
Marty Malin Sun Apr 14 12:56:00 2013
@Thomas - Perhaps it is just a misunderstanding because of semantics, or definition, or frame of reference. Sorry for any misunderstanding. For my Workplace, since I am self employed, it consists just of me. My fun team consists of people in my running club. When I mentioned a week or so ago, that you can be on two teams, I made sure that I specified that it had to consist of one workplace, and then one for fun. (I consider the Workplace one to be a team, so maybe that is my fault. But my thought is that you have a group of riders who all share something in common, besides riding. In one, you all work at the same place, and for the other, you all belong to one of two ski clubs.) The workplace one can be found under the Workplaces heading, and the other under Teams. My guess based on your first sentence is that you are already on two teams, both affiliated with work? If you would rather have the second team be from your ski club, then you have to appoint someone else as your team for work captain. Then you can drop out of your team for work team, (but not your Workplace one.), and form the ski team.
I'll bet that was clear as mud.
Marty Malin Sun Apr 14 11:12:01 2013
@Thomas - Perhaps it is just a misunderstanding because of semantics, or definition, or frame of reference. Sorry for any misunderstanding. For my workplace, since I am self employed, it consists of just of me. My fun team consists of people in my running club. When I mentioned a week or so ago, that you can be on two teams, I made sure that I specified that it had to consist of one workplace, and then one for fun. (I consider the Workplace one to be a team, so maybe that is my fault. But my thought is that you have a group of riders who all share something in common, besides riding. In one, you all work at the same place, and for the other, you all belong to one of two ski clubs.) The workplace one can be found under the Workplaces heading, and the other under Teams. My guess based on your first sentence is that you are already on two teams, both affiliated with work? If you would rather have the second team be from your ski club, then you have to appoint someone else as your team for work captain. Then you can drop out of your team for work team, (but not your Workplace one.), and form the ski team.
Thomas E. Piette Sun Apr 14 09:57:00 2013
All,

So far, I listed my employer and started a team at work. Some comments stated that you could be a member of a team at your workplace and be a member of another team at the same time. I am also helping to start a team with our two great downhill ski clubs in NE WI, Gelandesprung and the Sly Fox ski club. It appears we could add 20-30 riders from these clubs to help met our local goals. When I went to the page to start the new team, the team buttons were not present any longer. Of course, I have the green arrow showing my membership at work. It does not appear to be true that one can be a member of two teams at the same time. I could be an individual rider with my employer and a team rider with the ski club. If anyone can confirm what is possible, that would be terrific.

Marty Malin Sat Apr 13 23:14:00 2013
@Thomas - To get on a team, (it is different than it was last year) - Scroll up to the top of this page and click on Leaderboard. Then click on Teams. If it brings you to anywhere other than the first page of the Team Leaderboard, you are already on a non-Work Team. (Also, to the right of one of those team's names the arrow will be Green. (You don't have to do anything in this case.) Now, if it brings you to the first page of the Team Leaderboard, and you don't have a green arrow, you can look just above the Official NBC bike jerseys on the right, and it will tell you where to type in the name. It should auto fill after the first few letters.
Thomas E. Piette Sat Apr 13 17:56:00 2013
I saw some comments a while ago that said a person can join two teams this year; one at work and one for fun. How can I go about signing up for the non-work related team (I am already signed up at work)?
Marty Malin Sat Apr 13 00:00:00 2013
Statistically Speaking - With our recent weather, Vermont did just pass us on the Leaderboard. But luckily, not by much. Only 0.2 p/1000, which comes out to our being only about 1,100 points behind where we need to be to overtake them again. Upcoming weather reports look better. A little less water and a little warmer. Here comes Spring!
Marty Malin Fri Apr 12 23:50:00 2013
@David - Welcome to the Challenge! Vermont and Nebraska are our only competitors. So anything you can do, especially starting May 1st, will be great. But the main thing is get out there and enjoy being out there. I'm sure it will mean more to you now than before.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Apr 12 19:33:00 2013
I'm gonna try going for a ride tomorrow. Getting tired of Leslie Sansone.
David Aponte Fri Apr 12 09:53:00 2013
A year ago had both knees replaced and now I'm back in the saddle, but the slippery roads the past 3 days have scared me off. Next Week! every day Baby!!
John Hurtenbach Thu Apr 11 21:39:00 2013
Saturday should be nice - 40 with a chance of flurries. Only Saturday is the Midwest crane count, so I will be in a marsh north of Portage at 5 AM. Good times! Maybe an afternoon ride. Gotta get ready for the Quadrapedal first Sunday in May.
Marty Malin Thu Apr 11 13:55:00 2013
This weather has made an impact in our State standings. We were ahead of Vermont by 3p/1000 about a week ago, pushed that up to 4p/1000, but with the weather the last two+ days, are ahead by less than one. And with the rest of today and tomorrow, there's not much we can do, other than hope they get ahead by less than two, so that we can catch up to them by the end of the Warm-up period. (I think this year, it would be more apropos if it were renamed Chilly, Rainy, Snowy, Icy, Windy period.)
Jenny Stelzner Tue Apr 9 20:27:00 2013
Weather report not looking good for bike riding this week! UGH!
Marty Malin Tue Apr 9 17:44:00 2013
@Chris - That's OK, just as long as you are back and ready to go by May 1st, after recruiting other bicyclists, because we'll need everyone we can get against Vermont and Nebraska.
chris resop Tue Apr 9 15:01:00 2013
Sorry guys, on vaca rest of the week. Maybe I can log some cruiser miles.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Apr 8 14:44:00 2013
I know it is early, but just wanted to promote the Green Lake Greenways bike ride coming up at the end of June. The ride is a combination of routes, making it possible to ride 14-65 miles if all routes are combined. The country roads out here are beautiful, and some areas are hilly and challenging, while other areas are fairly flat. Last year, I was unable to ride due to that nasty dog bite, but I plan on riding in it this year. I think that they had about 100 riders and I would love to see some of the FV riders come out this way and enjoy riding in my neck of the woods!!! The event is June 29. I don't see any info online yet, but I just got my entry in the mail, so as soon as I see something posted, I will post the link for you all!
Jenny Stelzner Mon Apr 8 14:41:00 2013
It will come back, Crhistine. Glad to see you back!
Marty Malin Sun Apr 7 15:41:00 2013
Alright Christine! - You just rode your first 380,160 inches for 2013. May you have many millions more. It will all help against Vermont and Nebraska.
Christine Salvatore Sun Apr 7 14:58:00 2013
OY! First ride of the year...6 miles and I feel every inch! Looking forward to riding 15 and not even realizing it!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Apr 6 13:05:00 2013
@Mike, keep at it and it will get easier! I felt that way on my first ride, I only rode 6 miles and I had to stop 2-3 times! But, I have been working on that same route and have improved my time, and am getting near my "usual" cruising speed. Still feels like a work-out, but it will get easier. The nice thing is that I don't feel like I had to go through that "break in the butt" stage.
Steve Brengosz Fri Apr 5 18:28:00 2013
So, I have to ask, Where's "El Ambassador" Rob?
Marty Malin Fri Apr 5 12:46:00 2013
It may look like Wisconsin just reached the 1,000 rider mark (above), but that total doesn't include the greater Fox Cities area. Right now, Wisconsin is only 3 shy of 1,500! By far, the most in the country again. In fact, Wisconsin has just over 1/3 of all those signed-up throughout the nation!
Marty Malin Fri Apr 5 12:35:00 2013
@Jaime - Going there to register now. I may not make it to the finish of the 75 by 2, since I'm not a fast rider. You might say I'm half fast.
Paul Jeffries Fri Apr 5 11:01:00 2013
Jenny, Did the same re turkeys and deer yesterday, as well. I have also seen/heard several sandhill cranes. Many of the animals think spring has sprung. Here's hoping this coming snow/sleet/rain will be winter's last blast.
Mike Nelson Fri Apr 5 10:36:00 2013
Day 2. Ride in was uphill the whole way. Saddle was frozen solid. Someone must have filled my bike with cement. 50lb back pack is catching the 30mph head wind. It was also too sunny out. The suffering I do for this team.....
Paul Bouffleur Fri Apr 5 10:25:00 2013
Andrea, I've ridden my bike as my main transportation year round for years in La Crosse. There's nothing wrong with your brain! My commute is about the same as yours. Soon you'll find yourself going out of your way and enjoying your winter ride. THAT's when you can start questioning your sanity!
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Apr 5 09:53:00 2013
I was at the Wheel & Sprocket expo last night, and registered for the UPAF Ride For the Arts 75 mile ride. This year I hope to finish it before 2pm, so that I can get to the Summerfest grounds before it closes.
carla cherrier Fri Apr 5 09:53:00 2013
Well, here in WI we need the snow to melt and the roads to get cleared a bit of the ice, sand and mud before we can get outdoors with our bikes... hopefully soon
Rodney Jenkins Thu Apr 4 23:37:00 2013
Let's roll team Gnewuch!
Marty Malin Thu Apr 4 22:55:00 2013
Welcome back Nyla! I always love your posts. (I also wonder how you are able to think so poetically.)
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Welcome Andrea! It doesn't matter how long your commute is, just that you are doing it via bike.
Jenny Stelzner Thu Apr 4 22:23:00 2013
Stirring up the deer and the wild turkeys tonight! LOVE rural Wisconsin!
Andrea Hareid Thu Apr 4 20:41:00 2013
this is awesome! I rode my first spring ride yesterday - to/from work. It was 23 degrees when I left home. With the promise of warmer temps in the afternoon, I rode again today! My commute is only 7 miles round trip, but I think I can do this! I met a guy a month or so ago who had been riding all winter, and I thought he was crazy - now I'm thinking I'm set for life! I've even ordered rain gear - what's happening to my brain? I must admit that my first job (40 years ago) was at a bike shop. o-my :)
Diane Schwartz Thu Apr 4 18:31:00 2013
Okay, now I need to get out there.
Nyla Greenberg Thu Apr 4 13:14:00 2013
Sign of incipient spring gracing my Return-to-Cycling-Season ride: Neighbor’s maple trees gift wrapped in bright robin’s egg blue tubing leading to silver-roofed sugaring shack (-:
Carpe Diem..Roll On!
Paul Bouffleur Thu Apr 4 11:54:00 2013
Anybody on the challenge participating in #30daysofbiking? Sign up at 30daysofbiking.org
Virginia Lingham Tue Apr 2 17:28:00 2013
I wish my mayor here in Milwaukee was as cool as Mayor Ballard in Indianapolis! These bike rides he does (even in the winter) are awesome
http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPW/SustainIndy/Bikeways/Pages/Spring-Fever-Ride.aspx
Marty Malin Tue Apr 2 16:05:00 2013
@Mary Lynn Elizabeth- If you are recording manually, then you just have to record your mileage for each ride, and by type of ride, either commute, transport, sport, or mountain bike trail riding. If you are using the free Endomondo's app on your smart phone, or some others, then you just have to download the data. You can also add comments to your rides if you do it that way.
I've never seen or heard of a robin flock. They must be going to various parts of upper Wisconsin, the UP, or maybe even Minnesota. I've seen monarchs migrate, and that is exciting, too.
Mary Lynn Elizabeth Gallagher Tue Apr 2 15:27:00 2013
So basically I ride my bike and log my hours weekly here,,,,Right
I saw 3 weeks ago 3 trees full of Robins,,,,,,I have a witness,,,,we both had never seen them in a flock,,,,,,they the all flew away together....Spring is sure to come
Mike W Mon Apr 1 11:26:00 2013
Saw a sure sign of spring on Thursday - I saw a guy was towing a kayak with his bike and heading for the backwaters of the Mississippi ...
Marty Malin Sun Mar 31 12:46:00 2013
@Steve - Glad to be of help. Now, if your team beats my team, I might think otherwise. ;-)
Steve Brengosz Sat Mar 30 21:08:00 2013
Thanks Marty, got the team set up for this year!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Mar 29 22:21:00 2013
@Paul, I agree, it is still tricky riding in rural areas. snow is melting, but making the roads wet, and cars are not expecting to see us out there, either. Safe riding to all!
Marty Malin Thu Mar 28 18:15:00 2013
@LaToscia - You can be on up to two teams - At most 1 Workplace team, and at most 1Fun team
LaToscia Rochelle James Thu Mar 28 17:50:00 2013
Can you be on more than 1 team?
Michael Smiley Thu Mar 28 17:25:00 2013
Charlie,
No, there is no limit on team size this year. They have three categories of teams based on team size. One category is like last year, teams with 10 or fewer riders. The next category is up to 100 (I think) riders. The last category is unlimited. You don't have to specify which category your team is, it will automatically switch categories based on the size of your team.
Charlie Johnson Thu Mar 28 16:19:00 2013
Is there a limit to how many team members a team can have?
Martin Bienengraeber Thu Mar 28 15:31:00 2013
Zoo interchange area is indeed challenging and actually, a bit dangerous currently, considering that drivers are still texting while their lanes a shifting into previous lanes mostly used for biking. They certainly did not consider bicycles during construction time whatsoever. I am very curious how the endproduct will look like in regard of bicycle friendliness, particularly at those new freeflow interchanges (eg Watertown Plank)/
Michael Smiley Thu Mar 28 14:47:00 2013
I got tired of waiting for the weather to warm up, so I rode my bike into work a couple of times this week. I live near Milwaukee and have to ride thru the zoo interchange area to get to work. On one hand I had to deal with bike paths that are still covered in snow and ice in places, and on the other hand, road construction on all nearby on-street routes. So I get the worst of both winter and summer riding conditions at the same time! At least this weekend it should get warm enough to melt the rest of the snow off the bike paths. I'm looking to put in a lot of miles for the challenge this year!
Paul Jeffries Thu Mar 28 13:49:00 2013
Jenny, that may be true, but based on some of the piles/drifts of snow I have been biking past around Ripon, it is going to take A LOT more sun to melt it all. We still have drifts 6 to 7 feet tall along some of the rural roads. There are places where the snow is higher than the corn is during the summer. At several intersections, the snow piles are worse that the corn is when it is full height. And it is likely to be a real mess for a while until everthing's gone. But warmer weather...and summer...IS coming!
Marty Malin Thu Mar 28 10:13:00 2013
@Steve - Its different than last year. Go to Leaderboard, then Teams. It is on the upper right.
Steve Brengosz Wed Mar 27 23:28:00 2013
OK Rob, How do I get my team resigned for this. I was hoping it would automatically just have us in.
Jenny Stelzner Wed Mar 27 15:11:00 2013
Yep, the snow is definitely taking a HIT today!
Jim Franzen Wed Mar 27 12:40:00 2013
Was able to eliminate one layer on the ride in today. PROGRESS.
Marty Malin Mon Mar 25 12:34:00 2013
@Christine - All of that exercise really helps! I have some running friends whose HRs are in the upper and lower 40's. Many doctors would get very concerned and immediately want to perform a lot of tests on people like them years ago, thinking they were near death. Thankfully, nowadays, when they go to a new doctor, usually the first thing the doctor asks after seeing the HR is, "Are you a runner?" We're training our medical professionals to understand a new normal.
Christine Salvatore Mon Mar 25 10:43:00 2013
RHR of 27? One could mistake him for dead if they weren't careful! My RHR is 60, which is much lower than it used to be before I started walking and cycling. If only everyone could understand the benefits of regular exercise. It makes such a difference in body, mind and spirit!
Marty Malin Mon Mar 25 10:00:01 2013
@Christine - All of that exercise really helps! I have some running friends who are in the upper and lower 40's. Many doctors would get very concerned and immediately want to perflorm a lot of tests on people like them years ago, thinking they were near death. Thankfully, nowadays, when they go to a new doctor, usually the first thing the doctor asks after seeing the HR is, "Are you a runner?" We're training our medical professionals to understand a new normal.
Marty Malin Mon Mar 25 09:35:00 2013
@Christine - I'm looking forward to the trip. I figured November would be a little cooler than I would prefer, and be likely to have more rain, especially for bike camping.
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Also, yes, it is exciting getting a new electronic gadget. I hope you enjoy it. One thing you might want to try that doeswn't involve your new gadget, but is very interesting, nontheless is taking your resting HR, (or basil HR). You have to use the fingers, (avoid thumb, as it has a pulse), on the carotid artery method, and take it before getting out of bed in the morning. But it is worth it. I've found it particularly helpful in judging my conditioning after not doing much exercise for a while, and then after I've ramped it up by biking, or other exercis. Your RHR will go down as your heart and the rest of your cardilovascular system get stronger. Seeing that number go down is a nice reward. Also, if your RHR jumps up by 4-6 bpm one morning, then that means you are either too stressed, your body is either fatigued from too hard of a workout the previous day(s), or you are fighting off an illness. In each case, you should get more rest, if possible, and ease up on the exercise for a day or two. (One can also use HR to check for food allergies.) To get your baseline, you would want to do this at lest 3 or 4 days, just to make sure you get your lowest reading. Make sure you can see a clock, put your hand up to your neck, and wait a few minutes, because just moving your arm will increase your HR. Then cound your beats for an entire minute. Everyone's RHR is different, so don't compare yourself with others, just with yourself. Most people are in the 50's to 70's range, but the lowest I ever hear of was a Frech cyclist who set the WR for 1 hour on a veladrome back in the 70's, 80's?, and his RHR was 27.
Marty Malin Sun Mar 24 20:00:00 2013
@Christine - I'm looking forward to the trip. I figured November would be a little cooler than I would prefer, and be likely to have more rain, especially for bike camping.
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Also, yes, it is exciting getting a new electronic gadget. I hope you enjoy it. One thing you might want to try is taking your resting HR, (or basil HR). You have to use the fingers on the carotid artery method, and take it before getting out of bed in the morning. But it is worth it, particularly if one hasn't done much exercise for a while, and then starts ramping up the biking, or other exercis. Your RHR will go down as your heart and the rest of your cardilovascular system get stronger. Seeing that number go down is a nice reward. Also, if your RHR jumps up by 4-6 bpm one morning, then that means you are either too stressed, your body is either fatigued from too hard of a workout the previous day(s), or you are fighting off an illness. In each case, you should get more rest, if possible, and ease up on the exercise for a day or two. (One can also use HR to check for food allergies.)
Jenny Stelzner Sat Mar 23 10:44:00 2013
Went for ride to grocery store yesterday, and youngest daughter wanted to come along. I was wearing my parka, ski socks, and ski gloves. She came out with just her jacket on, no mittens, and not even any socks! So, I sent her back in the house to put on more stuff, and she came back with anklets on, so she STILL had skin exposed! Sent her back, and she finally put on some longer socks, but still no mittens... sent her back again, finally came back with appropriate attire. OMG--I guess kids are just not as concerned about the cold as we older folks!
Christine Salvatore Fri Mar 22 10:29:00 2013
So excited! Just found out my bluetooth hrm is "out for delivery". Can't wait to try it with Endomondo!
Christine Salvatore Fri Mar 22 10:26:00 2013
Marty, the Trace should be a beautiful ride in October. Don't forget your camera.
Marty Malin Fri Mar 22 01:04:00 2013
@Jaime - I was looking at trailers last year and then my sister/Santa bought me a Bob knock-off. I've had it set-up waiting for salt free roads since late January. Its first task all of April will be to haul about 140 22 lb cement blocks 5.5 miles. I figure I can put three in the trailer at a time, so that comes out to 16,940 cement pound miles (if I did my grade or middle school math correctly), plus the return trips. I'm hoping Endomondo has a Challenge for that. Then my last project for the carrier this year is to bike camp the Natchez Trace Parkway in October - hopefully, both ways. I've always used panniers for bike camping, so this will be new to me. Let us know how you like yours.
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Mar 21 18:31:00 2013
Just bought a BOB trailer for $120 from a seller on Craigslist this week, complete wth an Rubbermaid Action Packer box bolted onto it. I'm excited about it, and now I plan to take overnight trips with it this year.
Chris Stolte Thu Mar 21 16:12:00 2013
I feel safe enough now that some of the snowbanks have lowered so drivers more likely to see me to be riding into work every day now. Cold is not an issue.
Dennis Kois Thu Mar 21 15:57:00 2013
Had a couple hundred miles in at this time last year ... will catch up when spring finally arrives. Ride on!
Jenny Stelzner Thu Mar 21 13:37:00 2013
I am all signed up and ready to go, just hoping for better weather! I am happy for the daylight savings time and the extra hour of daylight in the evening, that will make it easier for me to get out. I still have lots of activities after work, like bowling, confirmation class, girl scouts, but as we approach May, then my time will be freeing up, and will be able to take more bike rides.
Christine Salvatore Thu Mar 21 11:13:00 2013
Hey, Barbara, this time last year it was in the 70s, not the teens! I'm with you not riding in the cold. We create our own wind chill while riding, and when the wind chill is already around 0, I don't need to be colder! Soon, Barbara, soon! The warm weather can't be far off...
Rob Gusky Wed Mar 20 22:55:00 2013
Barb, in a few weeks, this wintry weather will be a fond memory. Ride on, plenty of time before the challenge kicks off officially on May 1. Go Wisconsin, let's win this in 2013!
Barbara Holzhauer Wed Mar 20 22:04:00 2013
This time last year I rode about 30 miles...this year it's still single digits and I'm too wimpy to ride when it's so cold. Hope joining this encourages me to ride more!
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Mar 20 18:54:00 2013
I just joined the challenge. It's been a rough winter, especially the last 2 months. I only have 380 miles since January 1. At this time last year I was at about 700 miles. Of course it was in the 80's this time last year.
Christine Salvatore Wed Mar 20 14:56:00 2013
Yippee! It's almost time to ride again! I've been *aching* to get back on a bike again!
Marty Malin Thu Mar 14 18:40:00 2013
@Jim - That's great! We'll need everything we can muster this year to try to catch Vermont, and keep Nebraska at bay. Last year, Nebraska came on strong towards the end, and dominated the post-Challenge period. Iowa may get a little closer to us, too.
Jim Franzen Thu Mar 14 17:24:00 2013
I just saw the new site and signed up and sent a notice on our company Yammer site. Hopefully we will have a new group soon. We are doing a bike to work week program here and I will get more people to sign up then too. I added 990 points today. :-)
Paul Jeffries Wed Mar 13 21:33:00 2013
Not a fun start to this year. Had a flat on last Friday (on what was supposed to be a longish ride) that cut through the cords of my tire. The season of road debris. ;-/ Fortunately, a nice person who saw me inspecting my bike came out of his house and offered me a ride back home. You gotta love rural WI. After putting some new tires on my "clunker" Schwinn (too messy for the Cannondale) I did some cleaning. Alas, I must not have tightened the pulley wheels enough when I put them back on. One came off today about 7 miles out. Fortunately, I was able to back track and find all five parts of the pulley (I know, I minor miracle) and a friend came to get me...too cold and muddy for road side mechanical work. I guess I can't complain about having long walks, but I can't wait to have a totally uneventful LONG ride...that is not too cold. Depressing to think I went on a 30 mile ride this week last year...and it was 80! Bring on spring...but I will still try to plug away in the cold until then. On Wisconsin!
Phil Cianciola Wed Mar 13 18:24:00 2013
Phil Cianciola of the PhilCast show checking on...had Rob on the show today in the 4:00 hour. Podcast version here: http://www.whby.com/index.php/Audio_Vault/Podcasts/Philcast
Marty Malin Wed Mar 13 17:49:00 2013
@Rob - Great! Nice commute distance.
Marty Malin Wed Mar 13 09:24:00 2013
@Charlie - Welcome aboard! Yes. Right now, everything from February 1st will count. But once they correct things, everyone will have their points count from March 1st, to coincide with the warm-up period.
Charlie Johnson Wed Mar 13 08:18:00 2013
I just joined the warm up period, will my YTD miles be added to Wis?
Rob Gusky Tue Mar 12 22:27:00 2013
Marty, I'll be riding to work the rest of the week = 54 more miles and 114 points for Wisconsin
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Mar 12 22:27:00 2013
Marty, I'll be riding to work the rest of the week = 54 more miles and 114 points for Wisconsin
Marty Malin Tue Mar 12 21:37:00 2013
@Rob - That's still amazing! Especially when you consider Wisconsin was in 6th place as of late last night, and we've been mired in that position for at least the last 5 days. Plus, only 9 Wisconsinites signed-up today.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Mar 12 20:51:00 2013
Spoke a bit too soon, Nebraska just surged ahead of us...
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Mar 12 15:02:00 2013
I'm ready for some fine Wisconsin spring weather - anyone else? And last I checked, we were in 1st place - way to go team!
Mark Habeck Fri Mar 8 01:47:00 2013
I'm excited to get started on this year's challenge. If only we'd get some warm weather! In the meantime, feel free to check out www.tadpole-tales.com to check out our recumbent trikes. They are awesome!
Marty Malin Thu Mar 7 14:31:00 2013
If you are on the 2012 Endomondo website and wondering when it will be updated for 2013, they are just doing everything on another page, so you have to go there. You will have to sign-up again, but it will pull most of your info from 2012 over, except if you were on a team. Those have to be re-created, since they've changed some of the rules for teams. So, join us for the warm-up period. The link is:
http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/nbc2013
Mark Habeck Thu Mar 7 01:47:00 2013
I'm excited to get started on this year's challenge. If only we'd get some warm weather! In the meantime, feel free to check out www.tadpole-tales.com to check out our recumbent trikes. They are awesome!
Marty Malin Wed Mar 6 15:10:00 2013
Endomondo does have a different page for 2013, so if you want to log your miles for the warm-up period, the link is:
http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/nbc2013
Marty Malin Mon Mar 4 16:37:00 2013
UPDATE - They are now giving the 20 points per day for riding. They just have to not include February miles, and we'll all be good to go! (Other than for this next snow storm in the SE corner of the state.)
Marty Malin Mon Mar 4 03:09:00 2013
In case anyone is wondering how they have the point totals they currently have, instead of Points for March, it is Miles for February and March. I'm sure Endomondo will correct this sometime this week.
Paul Jeffries Sat Mar 2 09:35:00 2013
Welcome back WI riders!! It doesn't look like they are tracking the warm up feature yet. The "warm up period" listed on the drop down gives last year's figures. Here's hoping the Challenge stats this year have more detail than last year's (although given the direction Endomundo had take recently, I am not as hopeful as I once was--hope that is not a problem with participation. It sounds like they lost some disgruntled folks when they added the paying feature for more data.). Bring on 2013! Can we get WI to #1 status this year? Let's go for it...
Martin Malin Thu Feb 28 22:46:00 2013
Well, the 2013 warm-up period has started. "-" is in the lead on the leaderboard, (and they're also in last place), with 2,049 miles already. (I'm sure it was just used as a test to make sure the new leaderboard is operational.)
But if dash is real, I don't think I'll be able to keep up with him/her.
Marty Malin Thu Feb 28 22:46:00 2013
Well, the 2013 warm-up period has started. "-" is in the lead on the leaderboard, (and they're also in last place), with 2,049 miles already. (I'm sure it was just used as a test to make sure the new leaderboard is operational.)
But if dash is real, I don't think I'll be able to keep up with him/her.
Peter Burke Mon Jan 28 15:43:00 2013
57 degrees tomorrow? that's like cheating in January
Peter Burke Mon Jan 28 11:00:01 2013
winter cycling challenge only shows two participants today - myself and "Brad" - database glitch?

slushy crud this morning - 1.5" deep wet icy slush for an hour, but it feels like spring at 35 degrees :)

Andy Nowak Sun Jan 27 11:36:00 2013
Jim-Just found your Winter Mile Challenge, this is a cool (no pun intended) challenge. My ribs are feeling better after my crash on my last ride. Time to go put on some more miles on the Ahnapee Trail.
Peter Burke Fri Jan 25 12:08:00 2013
if the face mask just didn't cover up most of my mouth, blocking that targeted side exhale, especially when waiting at a light.

I use this one, which I really bought for mountaineering:

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/mountain-hardwear-flex-balaclava-windstopper-fleece-for-men~p~3366n/

it's pretty awesome in every other respect, and it may work better with goggles. Problem with goggles is the sweat on the inside, as they steam up on me at every stop sign (and I have tried several of my ski goggles, none steam up while skiing).

"Warm" today at 17F, so no issues without facemask.

M Wegenka Thu Jan 24 17:02:00 2013
Peter: Try blowing out of the side of your mouth or straight down so the condensation doesn't get the chance to rise up to your glasses. The problem isn't you are going too fast, you are not going fast enough to avoid the condesation clouds you are creating. Once they fog over, look straight down at the road as much as you can so that the air flows over both sides of the lenses, this sometimes helps clear them up.
Mike W Thu Jan 24 17:02:00 2013
Peter: Try blowing out of the side of your mouth or straight down so the condensation doesn't get the chance to rise up to your glasses. The problem isn't you are going too fast, you are not going fast enough to avoid the condesation clouds you are creating. Once they fog over, look straight down at the road as much as you can so that the air flows over both sides of the lenses, this sometimes helps clear them up.
Peter Burke Thu Jan 24 11:58:00 2013
2F today - felt warmer with the same clothes, because the wind was behind me. Bike needs another bath after the salty mess yesterday. Full face mask isn't working - breath steams up the glasses. ski goggles don't work either - also steam up. I guess I am going too fast.
Jim Franzen Wed Jan 23 17:24:00 2013
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/7827865

Winter mile challenge

Wed Jan 23 17:24:00 2013
http://www.endomondo.com/challenges/7827865

Winter mile challenge

Peter Burke Wed Jan 23 14:14:00 2013
10F this morning, headwind, no problem on the fresh snow. Cars as usual stare at you and wonder what life is like on the outside of their heated spaces. It's just fine out there!
Wed Jan 23 14:14:00 2013
10F this morning, headwind, no problem on the fresh snow. Cars as usual stare at you and wonder what life is like on the outside of their heated spaces. It's just fine out there!
Martin Malin Tue Jan 22 21:38:00 2013
@Jamie - Congratulations on the record cold bike ride ! My best is 10 degrees above.
I know its not the same, but I did run at midnight the second time Milwaukee hit -26 without the windchill. My gortex suit made noises I had never heard before. (It sounded like it was going to break.)
Tue Jan 22 21:38:00 2013
@Jamie - Congratulations on the record cold bike ride ! My best is 10 degrees above.
I know its not the same, but I did run at midnight the second time Milwaukee hit -26 without the windchill. My gortex suit made noises I had never heard before. (It sounded like it was going to break.)
Tue Jan 22 18:53:00 2013
-4 degrees this morning on my commute to work. Coldest I've ever rode a bike.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Jan 22 18:53:00 2013
-4 degrees this morning on my commute to work. Coldest I've ever rode a bike.
Jim Franzen Mon Jan 21 17:45:00 2013
@ANDY. i test drove a fat bike and they are awesome. Ice is just evil. With the roads 95% clear all winter and the fact I don't off road very much I couldn't justify a fat purchase but I sure would love to have one. Especially for beach runs.
Mon Jan 21 17:45:00 2013
@ANDY. i test drove a fat bike and they are awesome. Ice is just evil. With the roads 95% clear all winter and the fact I don't off road very much I couldn't justify a fat purchase but I sure would love to have one. Especially for beach runs.
Jim Franzen Mon Jan 21 11:38:00 2013
My right eye froze shut this AM. My glasses frosted up and i shut my right eye for a couple of seconds. When I tried to open again it was froze. HA I love Wisconsin.
Mon Jan 21 11:38:00 2013
My right eye froze shut this AM. My glasses frosted up and i shut my right eye for a couple of seconds. When I tried to open again it was froze. HA I love Wisconsin.
Sat Jan 19 19:49:00 2013
My fattire bike threw me this afternoon. I got cought in a icy rut on the Ahnapee Trail and I went one way and the bike tires went the other. Knee and ribs took the worst of it all. I will be sore for a few weeks, but it was a good ride anyway. I love my fattire bike, went on a ride last night after dark and it was awesome. When I get out on the road bike next spring I should be flying.
Andy Nowak Sat Jan 19 19:49:00 2013
My fattire bike threw me this afternoon. I got cought in a icy rut on the Ahnapee Trail and I went one way and the bike tires went the other. Knee and ribs took the worst of it all. I will be sore for a few weeks, but it was a good ride anyway. I love my fattire bike, went on a ride last night after dark and it was awesome. When I get out on the road bike next spring I should be flying.
Peter Burke Fri Jan 18 12:06:00 2013
when you think you've seen it all - Madison off street paved bike path parallel to Williamson street and the rail line last night. I see bright lights as I am moving outbound, first thinking, wow, those two have decided to get some real lumens on their bikes, but as I got closer, I realize this was a Lexus GS300 coming at me at 25mph, and I take a dive into the grass and frozen snow. While it blows past me, I see a very confused lady waving her arms at me "sorry I have no idea what I am doing"
Fri Jan 18 12:06:00 2013
when you think you've seen it all - Madison off street paved bike path parallel to Williamson street and the rail line last night. I see bright lights as I am moving outbound, first thinking, wow, those two have decided to get some real lumens on their bikes, but as I got closer, I realize this was a Lexus GS300 coming at me at 25mph, and I take a dive into the grass and frozen snow. While it blows past me, I see a very confused lady waving her arms at me "sorry I have no idea what I am doing"
Wed Jan 16 13:45:00 2013
If anyone is interested in some fun competition, I have a relay team for the Great Lakes Multisport Expo on January 26th, in Franklin (at Froemming Park), and need one more person. You have to - Bring your bike and ride attached to a Computrainer for 30 minutes. You get - Free entry in competition, free entry to Expo, free T-shirt, free water bottle. All you have to do is be the first to call me at 414-453-seven326, and let me know your shirt size (also come in women sizes).
Martin Malin Wed Jan 16 13:45:00 2013
If anyone is interested in some fun competition, I have a relay team for the Great Lakes Multisport Expo on January 26th, in Franklin (at Froemming Park), and need one more person. You have to - Bring your bike and ride attached to a Computrainer for 30 minutes. You get - Free entry in competition, free entry to Expo, free T-shirt, free water bottle. All you have to do is be the first to call me at 414-453-seven326, and let me know your shirt size (also come in women sizes).
Martin Malin Wed Jan 16 11:00:01 2013
If anyone is interested in some fun competition, I have a relay team for the Great Lakes Multisport Expo on January 26th, in Franklin (at Froemming Park), and need one more person. You have to - Bring your bike and ride attached to a Computrainer for 30 minutes, your get - Free entry in competition, free entry to Expo, free T-shirt, free water bottle. All you have to do is be the first to call me at 414-453-seven326, and let me know your shirt size (also come in women sizes).
Tue Jan 15 17:57:00 2013
leader board is back up, at least the one for my employer
Peter Burke Tue Jan 15 17:57:00 2013
leader board is back up, at least the one for my employer
Steve Brengosz Thu Jan 10 20:18:00 2013
Bummer on the leader board. I was going to pull some numbers off of it to write into my snyopsis of our year.
Thu Jan 10 20:18:00 2013
Bummer on the leader board. I was going to pull some numbers off of it to write into my snyopsis of our year.
Verge Manyen Thu Jan 10 10:00:00 2013
So, no more leaderboard? Can't access any of the stats for my workplace either..hmmmm.......
Thu Jan 10 10:00:00 2013
So, no more leaderboard? Can't access any of the stats for my workplace either..hmmmm.......
Martin Malin Wed Jan 9 16:15:00 2013
@Peter - Here's hoping you have a very healthy and accident free 2013!
Peter Burke Wed Jan 9 12:11:00 2013
trying to avoid collecting more titanium on my arms, so, yes, more months/kilometers/miles :)
Martin Malin Tue Jan 8 23:00:00 2013
@Peter - Are you going for more broken arms, or just the same one for more months?
Steve Brengosz Tue Jan 8 19:17:00 2013
First ride of the year after 3 weeks of sloth and holiday eating - felt pretty good even on the icy spots of the trail.
Nyla Greenberg Tue Jan 8 17:35:00 2013
Frightening how swiftly the habit fades when cycling becomes sporadic. I easily succumb to treacherously seductive sloth. Despite dry roads and enticingly mild weather I very nearly dithered and whined my way out of biking to the dentist this afternoon. I had in fact decided to drive, when the sun briefly blinked through the clouds and tempted me onto the bike before disappearing for the duration of the trip. It was not the most delightful of rides….(the revolting novacained combo of rubber lips and drool proving Not conducive to a feeling of unequivocal well-being), but I’m still very glad I chose to ride. Happy New Year! and kudos to those of you rolling resolutely through Wisconsin winter (-:
Peter Burke Tue Jan 8 12:13:00 2013
I only measure my distance in kilometers - looks more impressive :-)
5489km in 2012, while losing 3 summer months to a broken arm. Going for more in 2013
Martin Malin Sun Jan 6 01:39:00 2013
@Andy & @ Paul - My goal is also 5,000, which makes both of you infinitely ahead of me. (2012 was my best ever at 3,775, which beat my 1982 PR by 106 miles. I just ordered CorrosionX, so should be out doing a little at least, soon.)
Andy Nowak Sat Jan 5 19:00:00 2013
Thanks Martin, a whole 14.56 miles. I have been riding my new Surly Neck Romancer in the snow. It sure is harder to pedal, but it sure is fun to ride. Except this morning it was 11 degrees and a little to cold until I get more cold weather gear.

On my way to 5k miles this year, LOL

Paul Jeffries Sat Jan 5 13:34:00 2013
My first miles of the new year!! Okay, well technically it was my first mile, singular, of the new year. But I can't help the fact that I live in a small town where everything is close--especially the Post Office, my destination today. Still, this will be another year (I hope) of 12 month biking in the upper midwest. Last year I did 4729 miles, my best ever, I think (I did not really keep track during many years of riding/commuting in the Twin Cities, but I don't think I did much more than 3000 any year then based on my historical guesstamation). This was the first mile of what I hope will be over 5000, but we shall see! Happy riding everyone. Be safe and smart!
Martin Malin Fri Jan 4 10:48:00 2013
@Andy - Your mileage for 2012 will stay, but if you look on your personal page, it will show your 2013 mileage accumulating. The 2013 leaderboard won't be up and running until March, so anything between now and March 1st will just be on your personal page. I'm guessing we can access the 2012 leaderboard for another month or so, and then on March 1st, they will have just the new one up.
Andy Nowak Thu Jan 3 19:39:00 2013
Can I reser my milage to 0 from the beginning of 2013?
Peter Burke Thu Jan 3 17:19:00 2013
Vaude Minsk overbooties with some hand wamer packs above the toes - sweet warm feet for 13.4 miles with a -5F windchill. BarMitts on the handlebars also fantastic in the same weather: I am wearing thin gloves in those, full feel for shifter and brakes, while it's warmer than my warmest ski gloves. If they only could plow some more bike lanes in Madison. 2 weeks after the storm and I have miles of cruddy packed snow to ride on.
Martin Malin Tue Jan 1 02:45:00 2013
Happy New (Biking) Year!
Peter Burke Thu Dec 27 14:42:00 2012
a week after the snow storm and Sun Prairie has yet to plow the 1 mile stretch of bike path to Madison they are responsible for. They keep plowing my totally dry street three times a day, for no apparent reason, but even though I stopped by City Hall in person, they have yet to clear the bike path I need to get to work safely. Madison city officials tell me this happens every year...
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Dec 26 11:49:00 2012
Rode to work today after being off for a week. I could kick myself for not riding the last 4 days after the the roads got cleared. I'm setting a goal to ride 80 more miles this last week so I can finish the year at 6363.63 miles.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Dec 25 11:49:00 2012
Rode to work today after being off for a week. I could kick myself for not riding the last 4 days after the the roads got cleared. I'm setting a goal to ride 80 more miles this last week so I can finish the year at 6363.63 miles.
Andy Nowak Mon Dec 24 11:29:00 2012
My christmas present to me is a Neck Romancer by Surly. Ordered from Trikes to Bikes in New Frankin. I can not wait to get it.
Andy Nowak Sun Dec 23 11:29:00 2012
My christmas present to me is a Neck Romancer by Surly. Ordered from Trikes to Bikes in New Frankin. I can not wait to get it.
Wally Olson Sun Dec 23 08:29:00 2012
Roads got cleared and the temp is not to bad. Back in the saddle for a good ride to work this morning.
Wally Olson Sat Dec 22 08:29:00 2012
Roads got cleared and the temp is not to bad. Back in the saddle for a good ride to work this morning.
Wally Olson Thu Dec 20 12:29:00 2012
5 to 6 inches of snow and winds in Wausau this morning. I whimped out and did not ride home from work today. Hitched a ride with a co-worker. I will be taking my truck to work tomorrow also. Maybe the roads will be clear by Sunday. Not ready to give up yet, although my wife is planning an intervention. Ride safe and Merry Christmas to all.
Steve Brengosz Wed Dec 19 20:08:00 2012
Icy roads this morning, snow coming, off next week. I think I've done my last commute of the year. 4700+ miles
Peter Burke Wed Dec 19 11:29:00 2012
studded tires on icy bike paths is like riding on pavement. Love it. Tomorrow, though, I think staying home will be the best option as 14 inches of white stuff are expected, and blizzard conditions probably are not that great for bicycle commuting.
Martin Malin Mon Dec 17 21:00:00 2012
Everyone - Besides a healthy and safe 2013, what are your bicycling Christmas wishes?
(My two biggest ones have already come true - A bicycle trailer (from sister), and a Sigma 900 lumen light (from my5elf)
Martin Malin Fri Dec 14 14:17:00 2012
@Jamie - It looks like I'm now leaving either late tonight, or early tomorrow, so with 880 miles of driving (and a nap or two, until the car starts to get cold), won't be in until Saturday early evening at best.
Enjoy the Santa bike rampage - I would if I could.
Thanks for the snow-free update.
It was 24 degrees in VA when I rode this morning - the coldest they've had, so far.
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Dec 14 13:48:00 2012
@Martin you should have a full week to be able to ride before the snow falls. It isn't too bad riding out today. Santa bike rampage is tomorrow. Are you going?
Martin Malin Tue Dec 11 22:10:00 2012
I've enjoyed having an unfair advantage so far this month, but that is coming to an end. I've been in Virginia, near D.C., since the 1st, but am leaving for home on Thursday. It was nice to play leapfrog near the top of the leaderboard, even though there aren't a lot competing right now. Starting Friday, I'll start sinking in the standings.
Martin Malin Tue Dec 11 17:56:00 2012
@Peter - Thank you for the detailed help. Much appreciated!
Peter Burke Tue Dec 11 11:54:00 2012
first ride on studded tires ever today - noisy, but reassuring. Definitely more rolling resistance, but they feel like they want to chew up the asphalt when you step into the pedals a little harder. Not sure about cornering on dry roads, though - wondering how much grip there is when you're leaning on the studs that are all on the side of the tire. Definitely a special purpose set of wheels that won't get a lot of miles unless the winter turns nasty.
Peter Burke Mon Dec 10 12:19:00 2012
>How often do you clean your bike of road salt?

3 times a winter,maybe less. Most of the time nothing really gets on the bike. Weather lately has been just cold, not much slush on the road.

>How do you do it?

takle wheels off, rinse in bathtub, then do the same with the frame if it's really bad.

>What parts of the bike do you clean? (I'm assuming both deraileurs, chain, and rims.)
Is there anything preventative one can do before going out?

wipe down chain twice a week, oil with light oil, clean derailleur pulleys, keep all the linkages lubed, get grime off the rims (I have rim brakes)

So today I was going to ride in with my new studded tires that I mounted yesterday. darn tubes must have been pinched and both were flat today. Changed the tubes again this morning ($!#% stiff tires, can only do it with motorcycle levers and soap on the tire!), and on the second tire the last tube I had must have torn off at the valve stem. First day since August 1 I drove by car to work, only to see that road conditions were just fine for my normal tires $@#%!

Martin Malin Mon Dec 10 11:19:00 2012
@Steve & @Charlie - Thanks for the great suggestions! I did buy a Trek mountain bike for really cheap ($30, including cable lock), last month in Virginia. It is a little beat-up, but is worth a lot more, so I would like to see it last several winters. Thanks again!
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Dec 10 10:59:00 2012
@Kevin I just got the computer two months ago, and put fresh batteries in it then. I just put a fresh battery in the sensor last week, and it does the same thing, only it's even worse. It'll only last about a minute outside, and then stop running. I though CR2032 batteries last a year.
Charlie L Sun Dec 9 16:42:00 2012
@Martin, I clean mine in spring if it needs it. Sometimes a brake starts sticking and needs a little winter repair. In general, I am lazy when it comes to cleaning. Put a good lube on the chain the night before a wet ride, and then again after. I always have a water bottle with me because it is a kind of long ride. I use the left over water at the end of the ride to squirt all over the important stuff as I park in the rack. Especially on the messy days.
Steve Brengosz Sun Dec 9 15:43:00 2012
Martin, One tactic is to have a winter bike - cheap, used. Then replace the stuff that didn't make it through the winter with servicable lower end components or buy another one.
I don't ride once the MKE roads get snow/salt covered. I'm fortunate to have a great place @ work to park mine. After riding in I hose it down and it drys in the heated shop all day. Even with fenders I hose off the rims and tons of black road grit come off, then a rag with brake cleaner on the braking surfaces.
I typically take my workhorse commuter completely apart every other winter right to the bare frame and lots of painstaking hand rag work to clean and polish stuff, then wax what can be waxed. I evaluate components and replace what needs it. Hubs, headset, BB etc get new bearingas and grease. Wheels get tensioned and trued. New chain every year too.
Kevin L Mackey Sat Dec 8 18:48:00 2012
Jaime- Have you changed the battery lately? just like your car battery when I gets cold it may not work as well when it is running out of juice.
Martin Malin Sat Dec 8 12:54:00 2012
i've usually just started biking indoors and don't bring my bikes out again until after the first rain of the Spring, not so much because of the snow or cold, but because I don't know how to clean my bike. And road crews in the Milwaukee area are very generous with the amount of salt they bestow on our city streets.
But, you diehards have me intrigued.
(Any and all comments, constructive or otherwise, will be appreciated.)
How often do you clean your bike of road salt?
How do you do it?
What parts of the bike do you clean? (I'm assuming both deraileurs, chain, and rims.)
Is there anything preventative one can do before going out?
Thanks in advance.
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Dec 7 23:45:00 2012
It works for a few minutes after I take the bike out of the house. It stops when it cools below 40.
Peter Burke Fri Dec 7 11:44:00 2012
I use a cheapo Cateye salvaged from my daughters old 20" bike - LCD display gets very slow changing numbers, but it still displays well. I used to have different model that in summer when hit by the sun turned solid black, making it impossible to read anything on it, but it still recorded distance. Both I used are wired, so not sure if the wireless has anything to do with your recording problem. Maybe try a heat pack strapped to the unit to see if that makes a difference, then at least you'll know it is the electronics
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Dec 6 18:03:00 2012
My bike computer doesn't seem to work when the temperature gets below 36 degrees. It won't register speed or distance when below that temperature. It works fine when it's warmer. I have a Planet Bike wireless. Does anyone have this problem?
M Wegenka Thu Dec 6 14:17:00 2012
Maria: A cheap fix for added traction is to drop tire pressure (if it's a mtn or hybrid). I run my mtn bike down to 20 psi in the winter: more tread on the pavement, harder to pedal so you go slower which allows more reaction time when you start to slip. Also ditch the clip in shoes unless you are really good in removing them from the pedals. Since I'm pedaling for excercise, harder pedaling means more excercise ;-)
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Dec 6 10:47:00 2012
Maria - consider studded tires if that is an option for you. I have Nokian with carbide studs, get 3 winters out of these and use for daily commuting. Good luck to you!
Martin Malin Wed Dec 5 22:12:00 2012
@Peter - That is a long commute in the cold. You definitely have to have the correct clothing each time.
Peter Burke Wed Dec 5 11:25:00 2012
oh, and I do commute 13.4 miles each way, so I do get to feel the cold if not dressed right. Was mostly the windchill going through the fabric of the pants yesterday that was the problem. As for layers - I have all kinds of base layers, mostly mernio wool, just didn't feel like using longjohns when I could have easily used my jeans without another layer. Today was an "extra layer morning"
Peter Burke Wed Dec 5 11:21:00 2012
Have to look up the model, but they are labeled "thermal" - thing is, half the fabric is as thin as my summer bibs, just a "little fleecier" on the inside in the front of thighs and shins, but the rest feels like summer fabric, very much unlike my Pearl Izumi Elite jacket, which I love (20F this morning, just a merino midweight base layer below and it was fine - wind breaker front material, fleece everywhere, nice). The pants are clearly not the same level of warmth. Hey, ebay steal, so I gotta get another pair for really cold days. Wearing jeans with ski longjohns today, was almost to warm at 20F
Martin Malin Wed Dec 5 11:11:00 2012
I'll generally use two or three layers as the weather gets colder. I would go with a layer of polypropolene sp? underneath (any wicking equivalent like Under Armor etc... would be good), and then tights with biking shorts, or for 10's or 20's, poly and then just a pair of fleece unpadded biking pants with nylon panels in front, that I got from Bike Nashbar decades ago. When it is that cold, I'm generally not going that far, so don't see a need for padded bike pants.
Steve Brengosz Tue Dec 4 20:04:00 2012
I have the Pearl Izumi "Elite" thermal bike tights and will use them up to about a 15F morning pretty comfortably. They are a bit spendy but just bought a second pair 25% off @ REI still $100.
Maria Becker Tue Dec 4 19:15:00 2012
I find the cold temps easier to deal with than the ice and snow on the roads. Nearly had a wipe out yesterday on a patch of ice. Superior WI had single digit wind chills this mornings comute.
Martin Malin Tue Dec 4 19:03:00 2012
@Peter - Based on Charlie's comfort level, maybe you have yours on backwards? ;-)
Charlie L Tue Dec 4 18:45:00 2012
I love my Pearl Izumi tights/thermal whatever they might have been called. Bought them many years ago. They have a thick wind breaker type front and a thin back to let heat out. Along with padded mountain bike shorts this combination keeps me comfy down to my limit of 10 F. It is fun to compare notes of what works for different people. Good to know that it isn't the same for everyone.
Andy Nowak Tue Dec 4 18:11:00 2012
Surly Pugsley Vs 616 from Michigan, fat tire snow bikes? Any input or opinions?
Peter Burke Tue Dec 4 14:56:00 2012
got me some fancy Pearl Izumi "thermal pants" - no sure what they are meant for, but at 42F, I was cold this morning. comfy, yes, but cold. My $15 Walmart jeans are warmer. Clearly, when they mean cold weather cycling, they must mean some 55F morning in California and not a warm December day in Wisconsin
Andy Nowak Mon Dec 3 15:38:00 2012
Interurban trail is am awesome trail. I rode it this summer while camping @Harrington Beach SP. I made it to 15 mile marker, next year I will ride al the way to Milwaukee mile marker 0.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sun Dec 2 22:00:00 2012
I rode the Ozaukee Interurban Trail from Brown Deer to Oostburg and back. 78 miles.
Peter J Feyen Sat Dec 1 15:03:00 2012
I rode a bicycle in every month since04/01/11 including this month. Since spring temps are here in Oshkosh WI I'm glad winter is over.lol.
Peter J Feyen Sat Dec 1 05:33:00 2012
@Jamie- congratulations on first place in the state. Great dedication to achieve to get back into first place several times, you deserve the tilted Mr. November. Ride & Smile and be safe.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sat Dec 1 01:02:00 2012
I rode nearly 48 miles tonight just so I could edge out Todd Vicker for 1st place in Nov by 1 point.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sat Dec 1 00:42:00 2012
Thanks Steve. I plan to ride it to Oostburg on Sunday.
Steve Brengosz Fri Nov 30 19:38:00 2012
All the Way to Oostburg in Sheboygan county. You can pretty much ride all the way from Brown Deer Park in Milwaukee.

http://www.interurbantrail.us/

Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Nov 30 18:35:00 2012
Does anyone know how far north the Ozaukee Interurban Trail goes?
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Nov 30 18:31:00 2012
800 miles for the month and 6000 miles for the year.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Fri Nov 30 11:27:00 2012
You caught me off guard Rob, between you, Jay and John, I thought I was out of it. I wasn't even watching. Well if I'm getting this darn plaque, I guess that now I'm going to have to make December look good too. Well here we go. Cheers! Merry Christmas! Winter Solstice to all. Now's the time to get those studded tires...
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Nov 30 09:22:00 2012
@Brad Waldoch - I didn't hold the K-C Neenah Bike Commuter of the Month plaque very long. Congratulations on your November performance - I will be sending it to you shortly.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Nov 29 21:41:00 2012
51 and sunny for Sunday in Appleton - wow!
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Nov 27 18:08:00 2012
I finally got a picture on here.
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Nov 26 16:36:00 2012
Despite my best efforts to maintain the lead, Todd Vicker still kicked my butt! Ouch!!
Peter Burke Mon Nov 26 13:07:00 2012
no snow in Madison, low wind, great riding still. Got the studded tires standing by for the gnarly stuff later this winter.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sun Nov 25 20:45:00 2012
Rode 87 miles from MKE to Kenosha and back in 27 degree weather. Return trip in the dark.
Wally Olson Sun Nov 25 10:23:00 2012
Slow ride home from work this morning. Roads are snow and ice covered. I averaged only 10.3 mph but I stayed on 2 wheels. Not ready to give up yet, ride safe and stay warm.
Peter J Feyen Sun Nov 25 09:47:00 2012
I don't feel retired having to shovel SNOW the last two days and have to shovel SNOW again on Sunday. At least its just a little amount and lite.16oz to a pound.lol.
Peter Burke Fri Nov 23 11:43:00 2012
Brrrr, gusty and quite the windchill today. Nobody on their bikes here in town, all out shopping...
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Nov 23 11:41:00 2012
Fox Valley riders - if you, like Wally, love a good challenge and are feeling "stuffed", come join us tonight at 8 pm for the "Turkey Burn" edition of the Moonlight Ride! http://www.facebook.com/events/199866253481063/
Wally Olson Fri Nov 23 09:04:00 2012
24 degrees, 17mph winds, and light snow. Definitely a change from yesterday morning. I love a good challenge.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Nov 22 21:07:00 2012
Great night for a ride in Appleton - this will be a Thanksgiving to remember.
Wally Olson Thu Nov 22 10:51:00 2012
51 degrees at 6 am this morning, unbelievable. Had a great ride into work today and the trip put me over 6000 miles for the year. (I think the ride home tomorrow morning will be quite different.) I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Ride early, eat turkey, nap later.
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Nov 21 16:44:00 2012
It was 62 degrees as I was riding around Thiensville today.
Andy Nowak Wed Nov 21 13:33:00 2012
Who would have thought 55 in November
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Nov 20 12:15:00 2012
I'm still going to continue to log miles until at least the snow falls.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Nov 20 11:56:00 2012
I thought it was too good to be true to be in 1st place in Wisconsin in November. With Todd Vicker passing me up by quite a sizable margin recently, I guess it really is.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Nov 20 09:42:00 2012
Roger - great initiative for GB ciclovia. Let us know how it goes, we can let folks know about this in the Fox Cities; I'm sure there will be some interest.
Kevin L Mackey Mon Nov 19 16:58:00 2012
Yes the morning commute was much better this Monday than last Monday's. Only 120 miles to reach 3500 since March 1. Going to blow past my goal of 2000 miles big time.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Mon Nov 19 13:59:00 2012
Loving this November weather!
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Nov 16 18:28:00 2012
I went over the 5500 mile mark for the year yesterday. I still have time to make it to 6000 miles. Tomorrow is Cranksgiving, the annual bike race in Milwaukee to various grocery stores to buy nonperishable food items for the hungry.
Roger Retzlaff Fri Nov 16 12:40:00 2012
I'm looking for some people to help with setting-up a ciclovia (http://www.cicloviasrecreativas.org/en/) for Green Bay this summer. I have been working with a local bike shop owner and city staff to lay the groundwork, but now we need to start pulling together a group of volunteers to do the detail planning. If you live in or close to GB and are interested, please contact me through this network to set up some times to meet. Thanks.
Peter J Feyen Thu Nov 15 12:16:00 2012
@Martin M - I'm glade you'r still a kid at heart. Keep rolling and Ride and Smile !
Martin Malin Thu Nov 15 10:56:00 2012
I have been enjoying the relative warmth found in the state of Virginia, working toward breaking my mileage record of 3,669 (set all of the way back in 1982 - yes 30 years ago - I'm old), as I intersperse rides with fixing up my sister's house, while not on a bike.
Martin Malin Thu Nov 15 10:54:00 2012
@Peter - i figured as much, but I couldn't resist.
Peter J Feyen Wed Nov 14 19:49:00 2012
@Martin M- Cell computers come up different words, I'll watch more closely. Should of been errands instead of earrings.lol
Peter Burke Tue Nov 13 12:05:00 2012
The sandwich bag trick is a vapor barrier - I have actual vapro barrier socks for winter mountaineering and skiing, but they are rather thick. Have to try if they work (http://www.rbhdesigns.com/product/34/vaprthrm-insulated-sock.htm). The main use is to keep moisture out of insulation materials, which doesn't really exist in my cycling shoes. So far, though, I only have had one very localized cold spot, and it is right above where the screws from the cleats go into the shoe. There is some felt, and then the insole, but it was like a super-cooled zone freezing everything around it. I need to get more insulation under my foot in that spot. Today I used some thin liner socks, which helped, but then the wind wasn't anywhere as bad as it was yesterday morning. I could use thicker wool socks, but I want to save that for the single digit days.
M Wegenka Tue Nov 13 10:38:00 2012
Peter B: A cheap toe trick is to use a sandwich baggie in each shoe, it acts as a wind break and keeps the warmth trapped inside as you wiggle your toes regularly to aid with circulation.
Martin Malin Tue Nov 13 09:31:00 2012
@Peter - I would guess that wearing earrings with that wind chill would cause your ears to get too cold, although I haven't tried it myself.
Kevin L Mackey Mon Nov 12 19:42:00 2012
My shoe covers are not insulated. They also have some nice reflective tape to help with visibility on the way home.
Kevin L Mackey Mon Nov 12 19:31:00 2012
Peter. Wool socks and shoe covers worked for me today. Bonus is my shoe covers work to keep my feet dry when it rains. My rain gear also helps block the wind.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Mon Nov 12 16:49:00 2012
Peter Burke - platforms and winter boots with wool socks work for me. They came in handy today. Good luck everyone!
Peter Burke Mon Nov 12 12:14:00 2012
brrrr - windchill at 15F this morning, and that was without the 15mph I was pedalling into the headwind. Feet frozen - so much for SPD cleats in the cold. Need to get some different shoes or get back to plastic platform pedals in the cold.
Peter J Feyen Mon Nov 12 12:12:00 2012
Trek'n around doing earrings in 26° weather with 16°wind chill, testing my choice of heaver fall clothing. Made an excellent choice because I was cooler in the resturant .
Chris Olsen Sun Nov 11 17:42:00 2012
Thanks to everyone for the info..
Ron Friedel Sun Nov 11 13:54:00 2012
I remember, when I was commuting, that the east side Oak Leaf trail was plowed. But lumpy ice built up in the shade under the bridges. I know, fell once.
Peter J Feyen Sun Nov 11 11:19:00 2012
Thank you Veterans from all of America for the freedom you kept for us.
Steve Brengosz Sun Nov 11 00:34:00 2012
Only some sections of the Oak leaf get plowed. They do not do it by me on the NW side.
Carol Tumey Sat Nov 10 09:56:00 2012
@Chris Olsen. The Oakleaf has been cleared of snow under county management (note: management has changed so it is an open question). The HAST is a state trail and is *not* plowed from the stadium west to 94th Place. The trail along canal is partially plowed by the businesses. Note: the unplowed section is not ridable once it snows as the thaw/melt turns it into a lumpy glacier. It is too bad as I have ridden the HAST on fresh snow -- my tire tracks blended with many others as well as many footsteps.
Chris Olsen Sat Nov 10 07:11:00 2012
Do they clear the Oak Leaf and/or Hank Aaron trails during the winter? I've moved here recently and didn't know if it would be possible to commute without snow tires.
Jim Post Fri Nov 9 09:18:00 2012
@Peter Burke- Not sure how Endomondo calc the 65 mph average...I'd say I'm closer to 15 mph. My bike gets kinda scary above 35 mph...on a downhill with a strong tailwind is the only time I've been there. Pedal ON! :-)
Peter J Feyen Thu Nov 8 18:39:00 2012
@Peter Burke - The Cygolite 700 comes with a helmet mount with a strap to go through the vent holes. There are 8 light settings. When turned on it starts out in Med. then High, then Boost bright(700), then Low and then light on with flash. When turned on and holding for 2 to 3 seconds you get flashing light, very low walking light on, the last setting is S.O.S. Other features, USB charging cable, wall plug in charger and the battery is a stick. See www.Cygolite.com for all information.
Peter Burke Thu Nov 8 16:49:00 2012
Jim Post - very impressive, especially your average speed over that distance! 65mph - wow
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Nov 8 16:11:00 2012
Jim Post - I'm with you 100%! Enjoy the ride.
Peter Burke Thu Nov 8 11:43:00 2012
"Peter can it mount on the helmut?"

Depends on helmet/light design, but many lights can be velcro-strapped through the vent holes in a typical bike helmet. The one I have mounts to the handle bar with a big rubber o-ring. I have second light that works as a head light with a strap around my head, but that won't work with the bike helmet, but works great on my ski helmet which I plan to use on cold days. In the past I used a smaller headlight that worked with my helmet, but I didn't like the way it never created any contrast shadows - very poor depth perception when the light source is close to your eyes. I prefer handebar mounted lights for visibility. The helmet mounted stuff should be a flasher for visibility.

Peter Burke Thu Nov 8 11:23:00 2012
regarding lights, I have a "cherry bomb" tail light and a MagicShine MJ-808E headlight. $90 for 3 hours of almost 1000 lumens at high output. Comes with a nice charger and battery pack that easily mounts and unmounts, which is useful since I park outside on campus where thieving hands are always pesent. For the price, probably one of the brightest lights out there. I also have a blinking BikeGlow light (search REI) wrapped around the frame to be visible from the side, various reflectors, reflective vest, etc - if you don't see me, you are probably texting. There are lots of bright low cost lights on ebay - just search for "Cree T6" which is the LED of choice these days, and you'll find hundreds. The difference is mainly the quality of battery packs and mounts.
Jim Post Thu Nov 8 07:53:00 2012
4500.6 miles in 136 days of bike commuting so far this year...I'm sure you all know this but riding a bike to work and back is just about the best thing you can do for yourself, your pocketbook and your world. I highly recommend it. :-)
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Nov 7 22:17:00 2012
Looks like Wisconsin is getting ready for winter. Game on!
Kevin L Mackey Wed Nov 7 22:14:00 2012
Peter can it mount on the helmut?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Nov 7 22:13:00 2012
Hey Kevin - I have been very happy with the Nightrider Lumina 650 http://www.niterider.com/lumina-650-2013/ I have had this over a year and like the USB charger and feel it is plenty bright. Not cheap at $140, but for me, well worth it. Good luck!
Peter J Feyen Wed Nov 7 19:45:00 2012
I just took my new Cygolite Expilion 700 for a ride ton WINEight and I give it 11stars out of an 8 star rating. It has eight different settings. Only out for the first ride tonight, I highly recommend this headline for anyone. Makes me feel alot safer riding at night, being able to see and be seen. Riding safer.
Kevin L Mackey Wed Nov 7 19:07:00 2012
I won't ride in the snow do not trust the drivers out there. What high lumen light do people recommend? I am thinking helmut mounted since the handle bars are full on the commuter hybrid.
Peter Burke Wed Nov 7 12:20:00 2012
I'm slowly getting my winter gear together. Just ordered a set of cozy "bar mitts" for the really cold days. Studded tires on second set of wheels are already standing by, super bright lights are installed, new pedals and mountain bike shoes with neoprene overboots will be the final winter updates. So far it's been "warm" enough to ride in long sleeved T-shirt with a wind breaker, and last winter was already a dud, so maybe I won't even need the studded rubber... I haven't driven my truck to work since August 1, when my doc allowed me to get back on the bike after a compound arm fracture in May (cycling is dangerous), and I plan to keep it up all winter.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Nov 6 22:15:00 2012
Congrats Jaime, but we've got 24 days left - and some will be cold, windy, rainy and/or snowy! Good luck to you - it is great to see all of the other riders still out there. Nebraska and Vermont are ahead of Wisconsin - can we catch them.
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Nov 6 18:02:00 2012
I can't believe I'm currently in first place. For now, I'm the King of November in Wisconsin.
Steve Brengosz Tue Nov 6 17:57:00 2012
39 & rain - took the car to work first time in I don't know how long
Peter Burke Tue Nov 6 17:28:00 2012
http://www.weather.gov/ - enter your zip and bookmark
Peter J Feyen Tue Nov 6 10:27:00 2012
@ Chris, I wished I'd been a weather forecaster and been 88% WRONG and kept my job!
Chris Olsen Tue Nov 6 09:59:00 2012
Cold ride yesterday eve in the rain. Anyone have an idea which website gives the most accurate weather?
Kevin L Mackey Sun Nov 4 17:34:00 2012
Cool ride this morning. Only 30 F when I started out. Only had time for an hour ride but even with 2pairs of wool socks and my shoe covers my feet were getting cold.

No other bickers on the Fox River trail but did see cross country skiers on their roller blade equivalents. Still going to commute at least 4 days next week may drive Tuesday so I can vote midday to avoid the lines.

Peter J Feyen Sun Nov 4 11:27:00 2012
Cold ride this morning turned into a cool ride after i stopped for breakfast plus a needed warm-up. The ride home was great. Ride safe.
Kevin L Mackey Sat Nov 3 17:34:00 2012
Cool ride this morning. Only 30 F when I started out. Only had time for an hour ride but even with 2pairs of wool socks and my shoe covers my feet were getting cold.

No other bickers on the Fox River trail but did see cross country skiers on their roller blade equivalents. Still going to commute at least 4 days next week may drive Tuesday so I can vote midday to avoid the lines.

Ron Friedel Sat Nov 3 14:54:00 2012
The first few days after Daylight Savings time ended was always a surprise for me when I was commuting. My work hours were 7:45 till 4:30 and it was light before and after work in October for my commute. Then, after DST, it was getting dark when I got home. Earliest sunset was always about 4:17 PM in Milwaukee on about December 10.
Kevin L Mackey Sat Nov 3 13:47:00 2012
Dark ride to work this morning at 7am. Guess setting the clocks back will just make it darker when I go home between 4:30 and 5 pm. Don't know which is worse.
Peter J Feyen Fri Nov 2 23:14:00 2012
Steve, getting more healthy while getting some place without. burning fuel . Bragging rights replace unneeded prizes.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Nov 2 21:57:00 2012
Sorry Steve, no prizes except for the satisfaction of getting to your destination under your own power despite the elements.
Steve Brengosz Fri Nov 2 18:42:00 2012
Wait! They're still doing prize drawings?
Ron Friedel Fri Nov 2 14:54:00 2012
The first few days after Daylight Savings time ended was always a surprise for me when I was commuting. My work hours were 7:45 till 4:30 and it was light before and after work in October for my commute. Then, after DST, it was getting dark when I got home. Earliest sunset was always about 4:17 PM in Milwaukee on about December 10.
Kevin L Mackey Fri Nov 2 13:47:00 2012
Dark ride to work this morning at 7am. Guess setting the clocks back will just make it darker when I go home between 4:30 and 5 pm. Don't know which is worse.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Nov 2 11:27:00 2012
Congratulations all of the October winners including Peter Feyen (Oshkosh-Neenah), Tom Walsh (Appleton) and Madison (Community). Good luck to all Cheeseheads in November!
Peter J Feyen Thu Nov 1 23:14:00 2012
Steve, getting more healthy while getting some place without. burning fuel . Bragging rights replace unneeded prizes.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Nov 1 21:57:00 2012
Sorry Steve, no prizes except for the satisfaction of getting to your destination under your own power despite the elements.
Steve Brengosz Thu Nov 1 18:42:00 2012
Wait! They're still doing prize drawings?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Nov 1 11:27:00 2012
Congratulations all of the October winners including Peter Feyen (Oshkosh-Neenah), Tom Walsh (Appleton) and Madison (Community). Good luck to all Cheeseheads in November!
Peter J Feyen Wed Oct 31 20:03:00 2012
I never though I would end up in first in first in communities in Oshkosh-Neenah,WI. for October. I guess I'm Mr October for awhile. Thanks NBC for keeping the points and standings going. It made me answer the call, " When the going gets tough, the tough get going" when dealing with wind,rain and cold. Everyone ride safe and may God be with you.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Oct 31 16:23:00 2012
Jaime - I guess someone was pretty desperate. Glad to hear you were able to upgrade.
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Oct 31 11:01:00 2012
Had my helmet stolen off my bike last week. I didn't think anyone would steal someone else's sweaty helmet. I had never washed it in the 18 months I had it. Had to spend $60 for a new helmet. At least I got a better model with more ventilation than the stolen one I paid $45 for.
Peter J Feyen Tue Oct 30 22:13:00 2012
Night riding is great,alot less traffic and the scenery is less but very cool. Even on a cool night .
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sat Oct 27 21:59:00 2012
Wow, Appleton is in the #1 spot in the state, for now. Good luck Madison!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sat Oct 27 21:57:00 2012
Go Kevin!! Keep up the good work.
Kevin L Mackey Sat Oct 27 20:29:00 2012
My goal was 2000 miles but with the warm march I have already surpassed 3000 miles. Unless the ground turns white or I am able to ride across the Fox river without the aid of a bridge I should be able to get close to 3500 by Thanksgiving
Jenny Stelzner Sat Oct 27 20:18:00 2012
Nice going, Gregg! My goals are much lower than yours, I am shooting for 1500 by the end of the year. I am shy of that mark by about 250, and it is very difficult for me to get the miles in as I don't ride my bike to work, and now I don't have the time in the evening to ride, so most of my riding is on the weekend. Still, I improved my overall miles from last year, as I rode 825 miles last year and have already beat that by 400, so it is definitely an improvement!
Gregg Warning Sat Oct 27 08:27:00 2012
I'll be real lucky if I reach 6,000 by the end of the year because the weather is getting colder earlier this year and I'm worried that snow is coming and I don't ride to work on snowy or icy roads--too dangerous with cars sliding in the ditch. County A gets a lot of cars going in the ditch on slippery roads and they can easily take me into the ditch with them and pin me to a tree. I also start being a driver helper in another week and probably won't be able to ride to work anymore until after Christmas, so it is going to be a real challenge to make 6,000. I don't get done unloading at the center until 9 am and then I have to meet the downtown Neenah driver at 9:30 am and need to eat and change into my browns and it usually takes me at least a half an hour to bike home. But UPS said I can bike in my uniform to meet him, but that is only 2 miles round trip. Everyone will think UPS is delivery with bikes. I do have a cargo carrier, but UPS doesn't want me delivery packages on my bike. The driver drops me off with a whole cart full and I have to walk them. :(
Martin Malin Fri Oct 26 22:22:00 2012
@Gregg - Way to go! Are you shooting for 6,000 by Thanksgiving?
Gregg Warning Fri Oct 26 11:44:00 2012
I reached 5,600 miles today with my ride home from work. Only 400 miles to go to reach 6,000.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Oct 25 16:21:00 2012
Did anyone else notice that Madison just passed Appleton for October? Looks like we got ourselves a horse race!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Oct 24 21:03:00 2012
Moonlight Ride this Friday 10/26 at 8 pm - meet at Appleton's City Park. Weather looks dry and a crisp 38 degrees at ride time. http://www.facebook.com/events/411820215551771/
Christine Salvatore Wed Oct 24 12:47:00 2012
Next year NBC goes through September 30! Woo hoo!!!
Jaime Richard Ogas Tue Oct 23 18:41:00 2012
Hey, I'm riding home in this wet foggy weather.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Oct 23 09:26:00 2012
Go Jaime!! My goal is 4000, only 550 miles to go...
M Wegenka Tue Oct 23 08:51:00 2012
Jaime: Another 1000 miles is just 8.7 miles/ day if you ride every day or 87 miles /week which is doable, provided Mother Nature cooperates/ you don't mind riding in less than what most people consider "good" cycling weather.
Jaime Richard Ogas Mon Oct 22 18:47:00 2012
I went over 5000 miles for the year on Sunday with a 75 mile ride to Waterford, Oak Creek, and the Eastside of Milwaukee. Do I have time to reach 6000?
Peter J Feyen Mon Oct 22 04:06:00 2012
Had a cool sunny day for a fun time ride in the UP. Warmed up nice by noon that almost made me want to ride more, but time with family was great.
Gregg Warning Thu Oct 18 15:50:00 2012
Also apprently a farmer put huge chunks of mud all over the north bound bike lane of A for at least a mile, making the lane unridable by a road bike and forcing riders into the lane of traffic. This is another really bad hazard there, making my commute to work more dangerous. I will have to call the county to get this cleaned up before someone gets killed there.
Gregg Warning Thu Oct 18 15:39:00 2012
Whoever created the sink hole in the bike lane on County A just south of Neenah and didn't tell anyone so they could put out a reflective cone or better yet some flashing lights to warn a biker who may be riding in the dark to watch out, ought to be shot. My light saw something unusal in the bike lane, but wasn't able to stop in time and a car was passing me, so I wasn't able to go around it without risking getting hit by him, so my bike went right into the sink hole, but by some miracle that I can not explain, I went through it without crashing. I know every pothole and hazard on this road from riding it everyday, but this sinkhole was a new one that wasn't there the day before.
Martin Malin Thu Oct 18 00:16:00 2012
@Noreen - I know someone on the July Neenah Parade Committee, and they just told me that they won't allow Santas either.
Gregg Warning Tue Oct 16 15:59:00 2012
Great biking weather again--loved it this morning. However, I thought I heard a ghost in the dark. I heard this human voice, but saw nobody. Then I directed my light toward the bike path (I was riding the road) and saw human image of a guy who looked drunk or on drugs trying to get my attention. I kept riding like I never saw him. haha
Noreen T Mon Oct 15 23:36:00 2012
Just a note that I did read the rules to be in the Christmas parade. Perhaps a copy of the rules sent to you Rob Gusky would be a godsend so that we could prepare for next year. I recall that it had to be about children and no santa claus. On a good note I think the July Neenah parade is less picky. From what I saw last year it was a hoot. I think it would be fun and even perhaps get some pics for the Federation newsletter?
Peter J Feyen Sun Oct 14 18:26:00 2012
Will conoeing mileage count for NBC? Or do we have to report that in knots?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sun Oct 14 14:42:00 2012
Peter - in Appleton, the forecast is calling for great canoeing weather.
Peter J Feyen Fri Oct 12 22:58:00 2012
I'm hoping that the Indians come through for us with a long,lo.g INDIAN SUMMER!
Kevin L Mackey Fri Oct 12 15:15:00 2012
Greg must be a warm spot down where you live. Up here in Depere my house thermometer was 26 F at 7 am. Yes it does feel like winter is coming earlier. I am close to having 3000+ outside miles (mostly commuting to work) which is 1000 miles more than my original goal. Had to wear the ski gloves this morning.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Oct 12 14:05:00 2012
Hi Gregg, there were no safety concerns, but there are a lot of groups that want to be in this well-attended parade (50,000+ spectators) plus full TV coverage. They decided to add a float instead of us. However, we are planning on the Neenah/Menasha Parade of Lights in July and possibly the Appleton Flag Day parade in June. Then we'll try again for the Appleton Christmas Parade next year.
Gregg Warning Fri Oct 12 11:53:00 2012
I suppose if it was snowing or sleeting, they thought it would be too dangerous for us to be biking in the Christmas parade, otherwise why did they reject us?
Gregg Warning Fri Oct 12 11:40:00 2012
Getting colder. It was 32 degrees at 4:20 am this morning. I think we are going to have an early winter this year. It's feeling more like the middle of November already--lots colder this year. Last year at this time it was in the 70's and wore a tank top for the Green Bay Duathlon: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/6255889318/
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Oct 12 10:59:00 2012
Saw an ice covered puddle out there today
Wally Olson Fri Oct 12 08:19:00 2012
Just a little frosty on the ride this morning.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Oct 11 12:01:00 2012
FYI - the Fox Cities Cycling Association did not make the cut for the Appleton Christmas Parade this year. However, we are already planning to ride in the Neenah/Menasha Parade of Lights on July 3, 2013 and take some good photos to help convince the judges we should be in the 2013 Christmas parade.
Martin Bienengraeber Wed Oct 10 23:37:00 2012
I rather not put too much faith neither in people around nor in a Savior. Unfortunately besides helmet, bright colors, lights, reflectors, mirror and good attention there is not much left then. Well, the numbers are still somewhat on our (bicyclist) side - there are some calculations that per exposure hour motor vehicle drivers have a higher (about twice) chance to be killed compared to cyclists. At least if non-doping - USADA report on Armstrong from today reads not exactly like a "how to stay safe and healthy" recipe
Brian Schweitzer Wed Oct 10 19:17:00 2012
Gregg, you could not have said it any better. Thank you for the inspiration. A lot of us put faith in people around when we should be putting faith in our Savior.
Gregg Warning Wed Oct 10 13:47:00 2012
Thanks for the correction, Tom. I had Governor Dodge on the brain because I have camped and biked at Governor Dodge before.
Tomislav "Tom" Hlaban Wed Oct 10 13:05:00 2012
Gregg and all, that accident was near the entrance of Governor Nelson State Park, not Governor Dodge State Park. GNSP is on the north shore of Lake Mendota, across from Madison.
Gregg Warning Wed Oct 10 12:57:00 2012
I am looking forward to riding an eternity in heaven in a pack so large that no one can count them from every nation, tribe, language,and people with Jesus in the lead of the whole pack doing all the pulling. No one will ever be dropped, struck, killed, or hurt in any way and everyone can ride there helmet free because there will be absolutely nothing there to hurt or harm or kill anyone. It's going to be the ride of eternity--a totally perfect and joyous ride that is out of this world.
Gregg Warning Wed Oct 10 12:43:00 2012
I know as bikers we are often dependent on other people for our safety, but I also have faith that I won't leave this world, until my Creator wants me to leave for my own good and others in my life. This is never an excuse to live recklessly or without safe practices (helmet) etc., but if I still get hit by a car while riding safely, my Creator allowed it to happen and he will bring nothing but good to me and those who love me and him through this. If I end up losing my life here while riding a bike in this imperfect world , I haven't lost my life for eternity because of my faith in Christ. I continue to ride on to a perfect eternal life in heaven. Therefore, my motto while living and riding in this world here is always "No Fear" because this ride is really short here, no matter how long you live, compared to the ride in eternity.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Oct 10 10:35:00 2012
Fox Cities winter bikers - this might be of interest to you... we are planning to ride in the Appleton Christmas parade
http://www.facebook.com/events/447997821917183/
Craig Weinhold Mon Oct 8 23:40:00 2012
Gregg, a pickup "drifted" into her. The driver is mostly to blame, but today's blustery winds from the south could have contributed.

I love biking, but I hate that my daily survival is entirely dependent on other people (in various states of mind) honoring that thin little line of paint...

Gregg Warning Mon Oct 8 21:51:00 2012
Another bicylist was struck and killed this morning near Governor Dodge State Park near Madison: mornighttp://www.postcrescent.com/viewart/20121008/APC0101/310080294/Bicyclist-struck-killed-near-state-park|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE
Gregg Warning Mon Oct 8 21:06:00 2012
This Sunday at 10 am at Wheel & Sprocket in Appleton is the Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Details are at this link:
http://www.active.com/cycling/appleton-wi/trek-breast-cancer-awareness-ride-wheelandsprocket-appleton-2012
Dave Weidenbach Mon Oct 8 15:45:00 2012
@ MWegnenka: That's fine, but when I do certain amounts and I use a Sun - Sat week sometimes in my stats it shows up that I fell short of my goal of say 100 per week. I do a minimum of 10 per day but sometimes I go 20, 25 or 40 to get to my 100. It'l show up that I didn't do 100 miles...... It would be great to have an option in our preferences.
Martin Malin Mon Oct 8 13:59:00 2012
@M - Thanks, that is the first new thing I learned today.
@Dave - M's was a great answer, this is just an aside. When I first started road running in 1978, my log books were Jim Fixx's Complete Book of Running, and that is how they were set up. It made sense to me if I did a race on Sunday, and the following Saturday, that they should be in separate weeks. Ever since then, I've set up my exercise spreadsheets that way, as it seems the most logica. (Even more of an aside - Twice I ran 4 races on the same weekend, biking to 3 of the 4, and for pride's sake, it would have been a shame to split those up into separate weeks.)
M Wegenka Mon Oct 8 13:19:00 2012
I believe it's a "European Calendar" thing, their calendars start on Monday. Endomondo is home based over there I believe. As for the stats period, it really doesn't matter, you are breaking it into seven day periods and they could just as easily be Thursday to Wednesday.
Dave Weidenbach Mon Oct 8 12:39:00 2012
Does anyone know why Endomondo's week starts on a Monday for Stats? It's goofy to me. NBC has their stats, which Endomondo sponsors Sun through Sat. Even though NBC is over it still posts your miles and your points Sun through Sat. Any ideas?
Peter J Feyen Sat Oct 6 21:53:00 2012
Just checked my numbers, 197 national in 197th place. Know what numbers I'm betting. on?
Steve Brengosz Thu Oct 4 16:47:00 2012
Here's a fun holiday ride too.
http://bfw.org/2011/12/19/santa-cycle-rampage-turns-11-in-2011/
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Oct 4 12:24:00 2012
Noreen, you can find out more at http://www.facebook.com/events/442588619116698/ We are in it to win it! Plan to have bikes decorated with lights and we will have some practices to prepare - planning on riding in formation. All are welcome to join us.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Oct 4 11:22:00 2012
Noreen - Check the facebook page for the FCCA (Fox Cities Cycling Association).
Noreen T Thu Oct 4 10:28:00 2012
I wasn't aware of the possibility of riding bike in the Appleton Christmas Parade! Can anyone tell me more about it?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Oct 3 08:19:00 2012
Quite the misty morning here in NE Wisconsin. Kinda fun actually, just need to ensure I could be seen. Two PB Superflash, reflective vest, PB helmet light and Niterider 600 did the trick. Enjoy the day WI riders!
Gregg Warning Tue Oct 2 11:50:00 2012
The fall colors were really beautiful in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest this past weekend. You can see some pics on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/;type=3

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/;type=3

I camped on Crystal Lake and the colors were at peak and the weather was beautiful. On the trail near St .Germain I came upon a bike accident and a woman who had broken her leg. She was laying across the bike trail and the paramedics were already there putting her on a stretcher. There is a hill with a really steep grade and the sign says to walk your bike up the hill because unless you are a really a strong hill climber, you may not make the crest. She apparently did not do that and couldn't make it and tried to jump off the bike and ended up breaking her leg. Just before the hill there is another steep hill that you come down over a wooden bridge and you have to make a sharp right past the bridge and go up the next hill. You can very easily ride right into the creek going down the hill if you are going fast because it is a very steep grade. I am a strong hill climber , but even I walked my bike because the trail is not that wide and you never know, if another bike is coming down the hill on your side of the bike trail. It's a very dangerous steep hill there on the bike trail and I'm sure there have been numerous accidents there in the past. It's just not worth trying to show off there that you can make it up the hill. If you could see the hill and the situation there, you will know why the sign warns bikers to walk the hill because it is very dangerous, especially when there are other oncoming bikers.

Gregg Warning Tue Oct 2 11:47:00 2012
Rob, I'm planning on riding in the Appleton Christmas parade. I already have red bike glow lights on my bike that I can have steady or at 2 different flashing speeds.
Michael Lemberger Tue Oct 2 10:20:00 2012
Also, if you'd like to check out photos of the kind of mischief I've been up to, I post at least one or two of most of our longer rides here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mababo/

Michael Lemberger Tue Oct 2 09:58:00 2012
Oh, I'm still riding, currently at 4450 and projected to hit something between 5 and 5.5K by the new year. It's just that it isn't really necessary to track both here and at Greenlightride.com *and* in my own DB. I'll be back for next year's challenge for sure.

As for the rest of this year, I'll likely hit a couple of cross races; snow bike races at the Fatty in Platty on December 15, Winter Kettle on 12/29 and the Triple D on MLK weekend—not to mention all the training that goes along with that. Then there's lake riding in January and February...

I'm hooked. Bad. So bad, it's good ;-)

Rob "el embajador" Gusky Mon Oct 1 16:04:00 2012
Brad - I agree. The best is yet to come. Especially for those who are prepared - I still get excited about the 1st snowfall. That excitement is tempered somewhat by March, but then the anticipation of spring keeps me going...
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Mon Oct 1 12:06:00 2012
Michael Lemberger no need to say good-bye. Even though the challenge has officially has ended you can still log miles here to the end of the year. We are in the midst of some of the most beautiful weather of the year. The kiss of the fresh, chill air is soothing to the soul. Take a deep breath - smell the leaves.
Michael Lemberger Mon Oct 1 11:04:00 2012
So long Endo folks, I rode more this summer than ever in my life...and it was a barrel of laughs!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sun Sep 30 19:04:00 2012
All Fox Cities riders - we are looking for 50 people interested to ride with the Fox Cites Cycling Association in the Appleton Christmas Parade on Tuesday Nov 20 at 6 pm. We already have 15 signed up. All you need to do is decorate your bike with lights. If interested, check out more details and sign up at http://www.facebook.com/events/442588619116698/ We think this will have a very positive impact in the community.
Cam Reece Sun Sep 30 19:02:00 2012
An awesome day to hit the back roads of Outagamie County and end up at a rural tavern for some much needed replenishing fluids.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Sep 28 16:14:00 2012
Looking forward to the Moonlight Ride tonight in Appleton! Join us tonight if you are available - we ride at 8 pm from City Park http://www.facebook.com/events/525696807456227/
Gregg Warning Fri Sep 28 11:03:00 2012
Going up to Boulder Junction area today to bike and hike the trails to see the fall colors and camping at Crystal Lake campground. There is a paved trail to St. Germain that goes right through the Northern Highland American Legion Forest. Should be really beautiful this weekend. Nice cool fall weather for a campfire with a full moon. They said the colors are at peak right now and is really beautiful. I might take my raft white water rafting tomorrow.
Wally Olson Thu Sep 27 17:22:00 2012
Great weatther for a ride. If anyone is looking for a nice ride to view the fall colors I highly reccomend the Mountain-Bay trail between Wausau and Shawano. They should be peaking by the weekend. Enjoy.
Ahnoki Doxtator Thu Sep 27 01:33:00 2012
i have been using Monkey Electric for a while now, nothing better! Ive rode in all weather. I even sent them through puddles and they still work! You will get a lot of stares and shouting at you.
Noreen T Wed Sep 26 09:25:00 2012
Thanks Rob, I did buy the monkeylectric light. I note the wind has been less at night and I want to ride more in the evening and remain well lit.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Sep 25 16:19:00 2012
You have to spend about $75, but I found this to be really cool. I bought it this summer and have used it at night. Planning to give it a proper trial during the dark fall and winter days/nights on my commute. http://www.monkeylectric.com/m232_bike_light/
Peter Burke Tue Sep 25 14:19:00 2012
Gregg, your bike light setup sounds like mine - in winter I had kids yell at me "cool bike" and people pull next to me at traffic lights asking "where does one get the cool flashing glow string?" That little item really makes your bike stand out in traffic, more than the tail and headlights at times, especially for traffic coming from the side which may be more dangerous to you than the cars in the lanes you are traveling in.
Gregg Warning Tue Sep 25 10:46:00 2012
I ride in the dark to work every morning at 4:20 am, except for about 3 weeks in the summer during the longest daylight period when it is already light out. There isn't much traffic at that time of the morning and my helmet light is very bright and lights the road up in front of me very nice and I only have it on the middle switch. I could make it even brighter if I wanted to, but then oncoming cars sometimes are blinded by it because it is so bright. The cars coming behind me see me very well with my red flashing tailight. Plus my bike shoes have reflective material on them and I also wear reflective ankle straps, which they really notice from my pedaling motion. And then I also have the frame of my bike wrapped with bike glow and I have that set to a fast flashing speed and they see that too and it really gets the attention of cars and pedestrians from the side.
M Wegenka Tue Sep 25 10:09:00 2012
Jenny: Moving your head to the left with a bright light on your helmet attracts the motorist attention since it's out of the ordinary for them. I'm noticing that people are giving me more room in the morning when I light up their lane before their headlights illimunate that section of road. Also flashing reflective road signs on the right before their headlight catch them also helps them see you are there.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Sep 24 20:46:00 2012
I appreciate the info about the brighter lights. I am not so concerned about seeing, but rather that the cars see me.
Jim Richason Mon Sep 24 15:42:00 2012
I bought a better light a few years ago after I almost ran into a tree laying across the trail. It worth the money and then some.

Note: When you get to be our age . . . it's ok to look like a dork :)

M Wegenka Mon Sep 24 13:56:00 2012
Jenny S & Jim R: I just invested <$50 in a 1200 lumen Cree T6 head/ handlebar light off Amazon and it took away the fear of the unknown when night riding. Tried it out the night I got it and I could shine deer out my front door at ~150 yards! Put it on my helmet so I could look way down the road for obstructions then follow it up to my bike to avoid them. The newest generation LED lights are much better than those of just a few years ago. The only down side is they are not easy to remove from the O-ring mounting system they provide so it looks a bit dorky just leaving it on the helmet for daylight riding. (According to my kids, that should not be an issue for me ;-) You do have to not flash it directly at white speed limit signs when you are close to them as it will leave purple spots in your eyes for a while.
Gregg Warning Sat Sep 22 12:29:00 2012
Xperience Fitness in Menasha in the shopping plaza by Shopko, is also having a free open house next week and you can join for just $1 and only $9.99/month and they also have an indoor lap pool there and basketball court. This doesn't include the classes, though. The value plus membership, which includes unlimited classes and tanning is $19.99. The RPM spin classes are a great way to keep up your cycling fitness in the off season, when it is too cold, snowy or icing out to ride. The class today was awesome and love riding the hills to choregraphed music. The instructors are awesome and will help you achieve higher fitness levels in cycling.
Gregg Warning Sat Sep 22 12:25:00 2012
I went to my first RPM class this fall and at Kids Day Fox Valley in the parking lot in front of Xperience Fitness (formerly Gold's Gym) in Menasha they are giving away 30 brand new kids bikes at 12:45 pm today. Bring your kids and they can win a new bike. There is no cost to register, but you must be present to win This is a special day dedicated to health, safety, and environmental issues that affect us individually and as a community There will an appearance by Menasha Mayor Don Merkes at 12:00 pm. The day will also include free inflatable bouncers, karate and dance demos, face painting, balloons, coloring table, race cars, fire truck, squad car and NEW Mobile Zoo, upon others. There will be special appearances by Fang from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Happy from Happy Joe’s. Food and refreshments will be available. Any and all proceeds will be donated to a local cause after the event..
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Day-Fox-Valley/455633867802744
Andy Nowak Sat Sep 22 00:08:00 2012
Commute by Bike % would be a great suggestion to Endomondo. Maybe they could come up with a way to incorporate into NBC for 2013.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Sep 21 20:50:00 2012
Night time is my problem, too. Many miles lost this week because it got dark too early.
Jim Richason Fri Sep 21 14:50:00 2012
I have much better roads for riding in the dark. Just have to be careful on the Myrik Park trail.
Jim Richason Fri Sep 21 14:47:00 2012
Looks like I have some catching up to do . . . I'm at 110 should hit 50% next week.
M Wegenka Fri Sep 21 11:54:00 2012
@TH: Similar coutry road riding for me: 3+ miles with a 3' wide shoulder and little trafic in the AM (~ 6 cars) that give me lots of room and then 2 mile with a 8' shoulder on a state hwy with ~ 30 cars while I'm on it. Both roads they travel over the 55 MPH posted limit.
Tomislav "Tom" Hlaban Fri Sep 21 11:28:00 2012
@Andy - I track this outside the Endomondo system.
@M - I am at 113 out of 224 now, so am over 50% for the year even if I stopped right now. My limiting factor is hours of daylight. I commute in the boonies of Waukesha County's "Lake Country", where riding after dark is a somewhat suicidal behavior.
Andy Nowak Thu Sep 20 16:32:00 2012
Is there a way to log the days on Endomondo or do you just keep track yourself?
M Wegenka Thu Sep 20 11:08:00 2012
TH: I also hit just over 50% commuting for the year today, now I have to commute only 31 more times this year to stay over 50%, hopefully I won't wimp out as the weather gets nasty.
Tomislav "Tom" Hlaban Thu Sep 20 10:08:00 2012
Bike-To-Work Day #112 for me today. This is now 50% of my 224 work days per year. Tomorrow, I get to start saying my bike is my "primary" vehicle.
Martin Malin Wed Sep 19 23:34:00 2012
NEBRASKA pulled ahead of us, and are already 0.43 p/1,000 up right now.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Sep 19 22:40:00 2012
Fox Cities riders, here is a special event for you. The president of the League of American Bicyclists, will be in Appleton next Thursday Sept 27 to present "Making the Fox Cities More Bicycle Friendly" at Lawrence University's Warch Campus Center Cinema at 6 to 7 pm. For more information on this free, public event, go to http://www.facebook.com/events/462118377143754/. Hope to meet many of the 199 Appleton riders who are still logging miles in September!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Sep 19 22:33:00 2012
Thanks for sharing the blog of the Lake Superior adventure - I have wondered how Charlie L was. Glad to hear you made it - great job!
Martin Malin Wed Sep 19 16:42:00 2012
@M W - Thanks for the update and link. The pictures bring back great memories of about 28 years ago, when I did a solo trip along the same route, and then half-way down mainland Michigan. I'm glad they chose that route. It is pristine and extremely beautiful, although when I did the trip, I did have a few scary moments on the way.
M Wegenka Wed Sep 19 15:28:00 2012
For those that have been wondering about where's Charlie L been, he's on a "Canadian Vacation": Three riders, eleven days, 700 miles, no support vehicles,.., see the blog at: http://northshorelakesuperior.blogspot.com/ ,they are heading back into the USA today after riding around the North shore of Superior.
Gregg Warning Tue Sep 18 12:32:00 2012
Even though the NBC is over, I still log my miles on Endomondo year around because there are other challenges on Endomondo besides the NBC And this way I have a complete record of all my miles for the whole year and not just during the NBC.It's kind of nice to compare your riding month to month and year to year. I reached 5,000 miles yesterday for the year and over 3,000 of those miles are for transportation. My goal is to make it to 6,000 before the end of the year. Last year I rode about 4,200 miles.
Andy Nowak Tue Sep 18 00:41:00 2012
Saturday, Sept. 22nd is the Ahnapee Trail Century. They do a great job of stocking the rest stops. The ATC was my 1st century ride ever, last year, and I have been looking forward to it for a year now. The Ahnapee trail is a rail to trail, made of crushed limestone and is basically flat. http://www.ahnapeestatetrail.com/
Peter J Feyen Mon Sep 17 15:12:00 2012
I had to come home early because my wife developed a tooth ache. I just got back from a 10.7 mile bike ride. In a half hour I'm taking her to the dentist. I hope it dose NOT RAIN. The ride I did was very enjoyable and relaxing.
Peter J Feyen Sun Sep 16 18:00:00 2012
Do to family parties I am averaging about 7 miles less per day which adds up to about 112 miles less than my average for the CHALLENGE . I am going to get more time to ride in the days coming.j
Martin Malin Sat Sep 15 23:51:00 2012
While we're looking ahead at Vermont, hoping to one month get ahead of them, Nebraska is sneaking up on us, trying to catch us unaware. For September, they are now only 1.6 points per 1,000 behind us and closing fast. A lot of participants have stopped logging their rides now that the NBC is over, and I can certainly understand that - as the official challenge is over, and it wasn't publicized that the tracking would continue. But Nebraska is reversing that trend, now with just over 1/4 of their registered participants logging rides this month. We only have a little over 1/6th of our NBC participants in it now. So please, tell any of your coworkers, teammates, family, or friends that aren't logging miles to please do so. "Log one for the Team!"
Andy Nowak Sat Sep 15 20:49:00 2012
I started commuting 10 mile each way. I think that is about as far as I would commute.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Sep 15 16:42:00 2012
totally agree, most short trips could easily be replaced by biking or walking. I love where I live now, and would not consider moving due to gas prices. But, a part of me does wish I lived in a larger community in which biking to work would be more feasible.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Sep 15 09:04:00 2012
Feeling pretty sluggish, haven't ridden all week. Schedule is pretty tight with school starting and all of the activities that go along with it as well. So, I guess I should be getting off of my butt and get on that bike! Looks like a beautiful morning for a nice long ride!
Martin Bienengraeber Sat Sep 15 09:00:00 2012
There are always good reasons where one needs to use the car. Far commute if moving is not an option (which not if two family members commute in different options - unless at least one would not have to take a car) is certainly one of those situations. Nevertheless, 40 % or so of US-american car ride are less than 3 miles...those could be readily replaced by biking or walking. The fact that it is not is mostly based on laziness and ignorance (for environment, obesity etc) - but it looks like there is hope since bike use clearly is increasing over the last few years.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Sep 14 15:42:00 2012
Not to mention, those of us who live too far from our workplaces to even consider biking in every day. I live 20 miles one way, which is probably do-able, but the roads closer to my work are actually not very safe, so even driving and biking part way is not conceivable. Then, there is my husband, who works over 50 miles away from where we live, and biking in would NOT be an option for him.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Fri Sep 14 11:52:00 2012
Gregg, it would be nice if it worked that way but the majority of Americans will pay whatever they have to and borrow themselves into a hole before changing their lifestyle or inconveniencing themselves in any way. People convice themselves that they deserve whatever they happen to want.
Gregg Warning Thu Sep 13 15:20:00 2012
Looks like things are quickly escalating out of control in the Middle East and we may be in another major war, sending oil prices to $500/barrel. They better start manufacturing more bikes is all I got to say. It's going to be the only affordable means of transportation for a lot of Americans, if oil goes to $500/barrel.
Carrie E Hughes Wed Sep 12 16:36:00 2012
Wow, Thanks for all the great suggestions on future events, feedback, interesting insights, helpful tips and personal experiences. This made the experience richer and more rewarding...I feel like we are all old friends and never felt healthier! Thanks to Endomondo for the amazing website and all the benefits. Also, thanks to Kimberly-Clark as their Sponsorship has been exceptional. Working for them and their focus on diversity (I'm gay), they have been so supportive by providing a safe and rewarding work environment while finishing my Business Management Degree at Lakeland College. Thanks again everyone!
Paul Jeffries Tue Sep 11 08:46:00 2012
I biked by one of the Kimberly Clark plants in the Fox Valley on a Sunday ride from Appleton to Ripon. I said a "virtual thanks" as I pedeled by...and was grateful that the truck coming out of their parking lot did not try to pull out in front of me. ;-) Thanks to K-C and all the sponsors of the NBC.
Andy Nowak Tue Sep 11 02:13:00 2012
I will probably join anyway, sometime before end of the year. I don't understand the different individual membership levels???. I am planning on going, meet some people and ride the 27 mile route. Hope this awesome weather holds out. I am going to try the Maywood Earth ride in sheboygan on Saturday. Any input or opinions about that ride?
Sharon Massing Mon Sep 10 19:08:00 2012
Hi Andy - FCCA membership not required for this free public event.
Andy Nowak Mon Sep 10 15:23:00 2012
Membership required or will membership applications be accepted on Sunday?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sat Sep 8 23:57:00 2012
Fox Cities riders - we are having a Fox Cities Fed Fest at Peabody Park in Appleton next Sunday 9/16 starting at 11:30 am. We will have 3 different bike rides and you'll get a chance to meet your fellow Wisconsin Challenge riders. Main dish and drinks provided - bring a dish to pass. For more info and to register for this free event, go to http://www.facebook.com/events/403897629671306/
Andy Nowak Thu Sep 6 21:23:00 2012
I notice the miles do not accumulate on the WisconsinBike Challenge page anymore. I have to go to my profile home page to see the total miles. Although it was a nice surprise, I have been waiting to reach 2500 miles this year and I am over 2700. Now we are getting into the best bike riding weather.
John Cuff Thu Sep 6 10:29:00 2012
More info on the Door Ct. Ride. Upcoming Events
•Door County Century Ride on September 9th – 28.5, 50, 70, and 100 mile loops (http://www.doorcountycentury.com/)
Andy Nowak Thu Sep 6 00:26:00 2012
And, Door County Century this Sunday, I think I will use my Jamis bike. Not ready to take recumbent on that ride. Definitely a different muscle group riding the recumbent.
Andy Nowak Thu Sep 6 00:18:00 2012
My comment on my new Volae Expedition recumbent bike. Only 90 miles on it, but I am ok to say I got my 1st crash out of my system. No damage just a little road rash and lost pride. It is a totally different ride that I will need to get practice starting/stopping, hills are definitely difficult to stop on. I have been adjusting the seat back more and more. Seems like the more laid back the more comfortable it is. I am definitely faster on the recumbent than my Jamis commute/Touring bike. I think I will be saving the Volae for my funday rides and use the Jamis for commuting. Biking sure is addicting.
Bunkie Miller Wed Sep 5 22:17:00 2012
@ Paul Jeffries -- You made my day! And to think I was just concerned about staying ahead of Sue and Bob. North Dakota never entered my mind. Thanks. You bet I'm planning many great fall rides.
Andy Nowak Wed Sep 5 21:23:00 2012
I notice the miles do not accumulate on the WisconsinBike Challenge page anymore. I have to go to my profile home page to see the total miles. Although it was a nice surprise, I have been waiting to reach 2500 miles this year and I am over 2700. Now we are getting into the best bike riding weather.
Paul Jeffries Wed Sep 5 14:57:00 2012
Hi, Bunkie, If you really want to feel good, with your mileage total, you beat the entire state of North Dakota (2175)! Here's to a good fall of riding, as well.
John Cuff Wed Sep 5 10:29:00 2012
More info on the Door Ct. Ride. Upcoming Events
•Door County Century Ride on September 9th – 28.5, 50, 70, and 100 mile loops (http://www.doorcountycentury.com/)
Andy Nowak Wed Sep 5 00:26:00 2012
And, Door County Century this Sunday, I think I will use my Jamis bike. Not ready to take recumbent on that ride. Definitely a different muscle group riding the recumbent.
Andy Nowak Wed Sep 5 00:18:00 2012
My comment on my new Volae Expedition recumbent bike. Only 90 miles on it, but I am ok to say I got my 1st crash out of my system. No damage just a little road rash and lost pride. It is a totally different ride that I will need to get practice starting/stopping, hills are definitely difficult to stop on. I have been adjusting the seat back more and more. Seems like the more laid back the more comfortable it is. I am definitely faster on the recumbent than my Jamis commute/Touring bike. I think I will be saving the Volae for my funday rides and use the Jamis for commuting. Biking sure is addicting.
Noreen T Tue Sep 4 23:02:00 2012
Oh, and thanks Rob oh great leader! :)
Noreen T Tue Sep 4 22:53:00 2012
What a great summer for bicycling! I don't log in often but it's so great to hear everything from the rest of you. I note that Appleton won the challenge and placed second for the state! We should be proud and fit for all of those miles!
Bunkie Miller Tue Sep 4 22:17:00 2012
@ Paul Jeffries -- You made my day! And to think I was just concerned about staying ahead of Sue and Bob. North Dakota never entered my mind. Thanks. You bet I'm planning many great fall rides.
Bunkie Miller Tue Sep 4 21:59:00 2012
The Bike Challenge was great. This was the first time that I tracked my miles -- over 3,300! Not bad for an old lady. A new bike, some friendly rivalries and the Endomondo app helped. Thanks Kimberly Clark, Trek, League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Below and the Bike Fed.
Kevin Hardman Tue Sep 4 15:59:00 2012
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge. We posted the results on our blog here:

http://bfw.org/2012/09/04/2012-wisconsin-bicycle-challenge-the-results-are-in/

Ride On!

Paul Jeffries Tue Sep 4 14:57:00 2012
Hi, Bunkie, If you really want to feel good, with your mileage total, you beat the entire state of North Dakota (2175)! Here's to a good fall of riding, as well.
Peter J Feyen Tue Sep 4 07:09:00 2012
I'm getting ready for my last ride in the UP this long weekend before leaving for home. Had a much needed rain that started around 4:45 and lasted quite awhile.
Bunkie Miller Mon Sep 3 21:59:00 2012
The Bike Challenge was great. This was the first time that I tracked my miles -- over 3,300! Not bad for an old lady. A new bike, some friendly rivalries and the Endomondo app helped. Thanks Kimberly Clark, Trek, League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Below and the Bike Fed.
Kevin Hardman Mon Sep 3 15:59:00 2012
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2012 Wisconsin Bike Challenge. We posted the results on our blog here:

http://bfw.org/2012/09/04/2012-wisconsin-bicycle-challenge-the-results-are-in/

Ride On!

Peter J Feyen Mon Sep 3 07:09:00 2012
I'm getting ready for my last ride in the UP this long weekend before leaving for home. Had a much needed rain that started around 4:45 and lasted quite awhile.
Thomas E. Piette Sat Sep 1 13:13:00 2012
Thank you to all of the leaders for Wisconsin's Get Up and Ride challenge. For me, it started with Rob organizing and speaking at a meeting at KC. I used the challenge and tracking systems as motivation. I rode more this year than I have in more than a decade, and I am still going. Now if I could only get the speed I used to have, but that's another story.

Additional note: The Wisconsin Challenge page has miles from May through August. It did not update with my ride today, but the rest of the system is still tracking.

Gregg Warning Sat Sep 1 11:59:00 2012
@ Jenny I think they are going to keep it going at least through the end of the year, even though there will be no prizes given away. Miles are tracking for September and they have also added October, November and December to the drop down menu,. But I wonder if "entire period" will be just the challenge or also includes miles after the challenge. Hopefully, they will include a link that shows just the 4 months of the challenge. The September miles are still adding to the total miles.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Sep 1 10:45:00 2012
Does anyone know how long this page will still be available? I need to compute some stats to give out prizes at work, based on the challenge.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Sep 1 10:42:00 2012
Reading all of the personal bests is encouraging. I have my own to celebrate, I rode almost 300 miles more than I did last year during the challenge. And for the year, I am way ahead of where I was last year with a few more good riding months to go. I am going to keep at it, because I love this weather and I still have some fat to burn off LOL! Congrats all who are reaching their personal goals, and ON WISCONSIN!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Sep 1 10:38:00 2012
@Gregg W, better than starting out a ride today and getting a flat, at least now you know and can fix it!
Peter J Feyen Sat Sep 1 10:30:00 2012
I know my spelling is NOT great,but this great computer cell phone is worse than me.
Christine Salvatore Sat Sep 1 10:23:00 2012
This has been a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year! At 576 miles, mine don't come close to most of you, but for me that is an amazing triumph. I am stronger and can ride faster and longer than I ever thought I would be able to. Thanks to the coordinators and all who worked behind the scenes to make this possible!
Peter J Feyen Sat Sep 1 10:08:00 2012
I just finnished my CELEBRATION BREAKFAST of steak,eggs,toast and cowboy coffee up in my trailer in the cool great UP. My first year in NBC and beat my personal goal, reset it higher and made that. Then I set it at 5,000 pts for the yearned ended with 5252 pts. Next year I think I'm in trouble and will not be able to raise the goal twice unless I raise it ONE point at a time. lol. Keep riding safely because there are 4 months left in this great year!
Paul Jeffries Sat Sep 1 06:46:00 2012
A few more things on a personal level...I surpassed my miles from last year (2815 to 3070) and did so in two less weeks (remember that this year's challenge was two weeks shorter, all of you who are doing comparisions to last year). August was my best personal month at 923. Had I realize I could have been so close to 1000 miles, I might have given it a shot. I am at 4000 for the entire year, so I am wondering if I can pull off 5000 before December. Alas, it may depend on weather and my stacks of grading. ;-) I, along with Ric Damm, have also enjoyed trying to encourage our colleagues at Ripon to do more biking...with some nice success, I think. I am looking forward to continuing my riding through the fall as that is some of the best riding weather of the year in WI. BTW, I am typing this comment while wearing my "Trek World Racing" tshirt I won during the challenge (even though I mainly ride a Cannondale and Schwinns)! I hope the grand prize winners enjoy Utah and N. California! Thanks to all the encouargers/advice givers/story tellers on the message boards to. May we safely cycle out 2012 and into the new Challenge year of 2013!
Paul Jeffries Sat Sep 1 06:28:00 2012
Way to go WI! We more than doubled our miles total from last year and increased our riders by about 2000. Kudos to the riding Cheeseheads! While we came in second to VT in the "per citizen/pts" calculation, we crushed the nation in total miles. As an FIYI, without our state miles, we don't get the national goal. However, with our miles, you could have lost any other state, and we would have still been over 10 million. Not a bad status to have, I would say. Which leads me to a suggestion for next year. I REALLY like the way the WI Challenge last year allowed you to do "rankings" by many more catagories than mere "Challenge points." I would especially like the ability to rank by mileage only (and maybe by mileage in the transportation, sport, mountain, and total distinctions). For me, that is as interesting (if not more so) to know. But while we are thinking of other ways to assess--how about points per registered riders, especially in the state ranking. I know that these may be too complicated in terms of programing and computer resourcese to pull off. Never the less, I would enjoy more ways to see how I compare for fellow riders in the state and nation in some other ways than just the challenge points. Some thoughts for the NEXT Challenge while celebrating the success of this one!
Gregg Warning Sat Sep 1 00:59:00 2012
Appleton got 1st place in Wisconsin. Madison is 2nd and our Neenah/Oshkosh area got 3rd.
Gregg Warning Sat Sep 1 00:46:00 2012
Actually, I didn't even need to take that one mile ride because I ended up with 3,213 miles now because the miles from my prervious ride hadn't updated yet. lol And all I got out of the deal was a flat. :(
Gregg Warning Sat Sep 1 00:38:00 2012
I had a strange finish to the Challenge tonight. You really won't believe this. But I saw that I had 3,199 miles in the challenge, so I thought I have to ride one more mile tonight to make it 3,200. So I went out for a 1 mile ride and when the odometer of my bike computer tracked exactly 1.0 mile, I got a stem flat. haha. I was a couple blocks from my home, so I walked the bike home the rest of the way. I didn't feel like fixing a flat any more tonight, so I will fix it in the morning. That is really wierd. Something tells me I should not have taken this 1 mile ride, but I ended the National Bike Challenge exactly at 3,200 miles with a flat. On my route you can see that my ride ended the challenge at the end of Maple St.. haha
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sat Sep 1 00:19:00 2012
Had a fun finish to the Challenge tonight on the Moonlight Ride in Appleton. The refueling stop at Simple Simon Bakery was great.
Nathan Gehl Fri Aug 31 23:52:00 2012
I am happy I could be apart of something so huge. Not only did I have fun, but I lost weight and made myself healthier. Good Luck everyone in the many next challenges!
cheryl zadrazil Fri Aug 31 23:37:00 2012
What a terrific challenge. I was able to make double platinum, lost 15 pounds, discovered new bike trails, used my bike for transport, and most of all, rediscovered my love of biking. Just want to thank everone for the support, information, and most of all, sharing your passion for biking. I am looking forward to my 50 mile attempt at the Door County Century. Wish me luck!
Christine Schulz Fri Aug 31 21:41:00 2012
This was a lot of fun. I am sad that it is over. Next year will be even better.
Catherine Donker Fri Aug 31 20:23:00 2012
Just missed my goal of 500 miles and 1500 points. Shouldn't have taken that vacation last weekend :) Not bad for someone who just bought a bike this Spring. A big shout out to Tom Walsh for organizing the OMNNI Team. We logged over 10,000 miles! He turned us into highly competitive, addicted cyclists. Next year we go for the #1 spot in the state!!!
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Aug 31 20:16:00 2012
I just went over 1000 miles for the month. Time for a beer at the beer garden.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Aug 31 19:14:00 2012
Wow, Mary, that is a challenging ride, WTG! I am glad you were on my team!
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 31 18:36:00 2012
About to take my last commute home which will take me to 1440 points for the month., and boy are my legs tired.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Fri Aug 31 14:22:00 2012
A pyrate might entertain the idea of seizing the chocolate were he not otherwise engaged A fine idea indeed.
Nyla Greenberg Fri Aug 31 13:51:00 2012
For anyone around Madison interested in an eminently worthwhile and splendidly celebrational sort of Post Challenge Ride; Consider the Superlative “Chocolate Chase” starting from Pioneer Park in Middleton tomorrow. Proceeds go to “TEAM Survivor Madison” which provides fitness activities and events for women affected by cancer. This extremely family-friendly ride offers 4, 10 and 20 mile route options. There is CHOCOLATE at every stop, and a highly festive “Finish Line Reception” The atmosphere is pervasively joyful….contagiously filled with energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and commitment. Carpe Diem , Carpe Chocolate (-;! and Roll On!
http://www.teamsurvivormadison.org/Programs_ChocolateInset.html
Mary Guell Fri Aug 31 13:19:00 2012
My husband and I finally did "Loop the Lake" with a 22.5 ride around Green Lake with beautiful overviews of the lake and some nice shady backroads. A great way to end the challenge. Way to go Jenny S! I hope to keep riding and do some fall biking.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Aug 31 12:57:00 2012
I just rode 29 miles and need 17 more to reach my personal goal of 1000 miles. Don't know if I will have time later but either way this was a very memorable challenge year. Again want to thank all who showed overwhelming support when I was sidelined by the dog bite, it really meant a lot tp me.
Gregg Warning Fri Aug 31 12:35:00 2012
We have until 10:59 pm CST tonight to log miles and have them count in the NBC because it officially ends 11:59 pm EST Endomondo says.
M Wegenka Fri Aug 31 12:20:00 2012
Nationally: Whoo-Who! Over 12,000,000 miles!
Steve Brengosz Fri Aug 31 12:15:00 2012
You can still keep track of your stuff here. Last year all the stuff kept working but there was no "contest" the rest of the year.
Gregg Frank Fri Aug 31 09:56:00 2012
WAY TO GO Everyone, you should all be proud of yourselves! :) My stats aren't even close to as impressive as any of yours, but I'm still proud that I finished out at 1805 points (well, I will once Endomondo puts this mornings bike in anyway). Not too bad for a mountain bike guy who just started this last week of June. :) Next year, more points if Get Up & Ride keeps the 20 points per day anyway. :)
Jason R Fri Aug 31 07:29:00 2012
Guess this is my last day for endomondo. Was fun but this app drives me nuts.
Charlie L Thu Aug 30 22:22:00 2012
Congrats Wally
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 30 22:22:00 2012
You can get 50% off of the Bike Glow with coupon code: BeginnerTriathlete: http://www.bikeglow.com/. With shipping it is about $17. Can't beat the price and the coupon code still works because I ordered a red one for myself. They come in all different colors. Great for night riding.
Wally Olson Thu Aug 30 21:52:00 2012
What a great challenge this was this year. I reached my "1000" miles for the month goal today by riding 13.48 miles on the sand at Padre Island National Seashore South Beach. The sand was a smoother ride than many of the paved roads I've been on. I ended up with 1005 miles and 1544 points for the month giving me 4407 miles and 6762 points for the entire challenge. That will probably be it for my challenge participation, tomorrow I will kayak. To all my fellow riders, until next year, ride safe and enjoy.
Steve Schmit Thu Aug 30 21:34:00 2012
We got involved because of the WI bicycle federation. I had reach platinum earlier this month but my wife reach it this week while we rode in Door County. We have exceeded our total mileage from last year and look forward to riding in the fall. Also, we have a trip planned to Washingtion DC and we are taking the bikes.

We are casual riders mainly for exercise but the challenge did get us to ride more and further distances.

One more day to ride and contribute to the final push over 12 million.

Thanks and it was fun reading other's comments.

Brian J Colon Thu Aug 30 21:10:00 2012
damn! A broken detailer ends my biking till early next week. ended up with 4572 points. :-(
Martin Malin Thu Aug 30 20:32:00 2012
@Tony - Way to go! At least you didn't cut it close to the deadline. You made it with at least 31 hours to spare.
Kevin L Mackey Thu Aug 30 20:23:00 2012
Grrr another flat that makes four this month. Went two years without one and now I have had 4. Even with tires supposed to resist flats. Should I start putting slime in the tubes?
Dave Bushey Thu Aug 30 19:21:00 2012
Re - crickets/frogs.....we live smack dab in Neenah, and one night we're putting my 5 y.o. daughter to sleep and she starts complaining "how can I sleep with all this NOISE?!!?" which was all the insects etc in our backyard.
Kevin L Mackey Thu Aug 30 17:59:00 2012
Boy was that wind brutal here in Green Bay. Actually had to get in the granny gear just to keep my pace at around 10 mph. Sometimes the gust would almost stop me cold.

Why are there always headwinds when you are going home from work and have to get home fast?

Tony Reeves Thu Aug 30 17:28:00 2012
woohoo!! finally made platinum today with 1 day to spare even!
Michael Hopkins Thu Aug 30 17:13:00 2012
Brad...very poetic description of your evening ride...it has inspired me to get out there late at night and glide through the sleeping world!
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Aug 30 15:28:00 2012
Night time riding is my favorite, except you aren't going late enough. I've been working 2nd shift this week, and at 1am the city sleeps, the cars dissapear, and town is all yours. The air is cool and lush with moisture, like velvet against your skin. The sound of the crickets... the river running over the spillway by the dam... the waves lapping at the shore near Kimberly point... Extasy. The trip home is never long enough.
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Aug 30 12:49:00 2012
Made platinum for the month of August yesterday. I have only 33 miles to go to get to 1000 miles for the month. Yesterday, I rode to all of the Alterra Coffee locations in the Metro Milwaukee area. I was also going to ride to Mayfair Mall to see the Alterra kiosk that recently closed, but I punctured a tire riding over 3 inch piece of metal wire about a half mile from the mall. Still, I did get 72,46 miles in yesterday.
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 30 11:08:00 2012
@Charlie Today would be a good day for the downhill challenge with the 20-30 mph winds from the south. Holy Hill north of Milwaukee must be a pretty good size hill. But I never biked up or down it. My wife will shoot me Sunday on the way to the Milwaukee Zoo, if I tell her what I want to do and I will never get to go down the hill. lol
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 30 11:02:00 2012
Must be a new hatching of frogs because they were really loud this morning. Under a bright full moon early this morning a black farm cat darted out from the ditch in front of my bike and almost became road kill. He scared me.
Tomislav "Tom" Hlaban Thu Aug 30 10:58:00 2012
2012 Bike-to-work day #100 today.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Aug 30 10:52:00 2012
Bob, my sentiments exactly. We have been having moonlight rides in Appleton during the full moon of each month since May of this year. These have been so much fun, I never rode at night much before, but with a group of folks on a quiet, moonlight street... Our next one is tomorrow night. If you are in the Fox Cities, come out and join us for the full moon and the last few hours of the 2012 NBC! http://www.facebook.com/events/262740440496453/
Phillip Fischer Thu Aug 30 10:47:00 2012
@bob dumke Dangit, where's the "like" button here! Well said!
Bob Dumke Thu Aug 30 08:47:00 2012
Reposted from FB

It goes without saying I like to ride my bike anywhere anytime, but there is something special, almost magical riding just after nightfall on a late summer night. The air is chilled but you feel the days warmth rising from the pavement. The lights are crisp, the restaurants smell more delicious. Crickets are louder and you can hear the laughter of children from blocks away.

Kathy Griffey Thu Aug 30 07:24:00 2012
todat is my last day I can ride for yhe challenge! hope its agood one!!!!
Jenny Stelzner Thu Aug 30 06:42:00 2012
I agree with Christine, September is a great time to ride. My biggest challenge is finding the time with less daylight in the evenings, but the days are great for daytime riders.
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Congrats to everyone who is reaching or coming close to their personal goals!
Jenny Stelzner Thu Aug 30 06:31:00 2012
I still need 43 miles to reach 1000 miles in the challenge. I sneaked in a late ride somewhat in the dark last night, which is not my favorite time to ride. I can still ride on Friday, if I get an early start... Otherwise, I will be very happy with my results this year. Other than the dog bite and a few other minor mishaps, I rode more miles in less time, lost 10# and feel great!
Charlie L Wed Aug 29 23:17:00 2012
@Gregg, In Wisconsin to simulate a long downhill run for your ten mile downhill challenge try this. Find as long of a hill as you can, followed by a long straight flat stretch of very smooth road. Next, on a day with a 20 to 30 knot tailwind go for a downwind ten mile ride. I bet you will have a pretty good time.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 29 22:51:00 2012
@ Ruth From November 1-January 15, I also do seasonal driver helper for UPS. Most drivers get a helper during this period because volume of packages almost doubles during this period.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 29 22:37:00 2012
@ Ruth Yes, unloading UPS trailers very early in the morning and also 3 hours cleaning a school now, and also have a home business in photography (Gregg Michael Photography). I specialize in senior pics. I usually bike 110 miles every week for these ouside jobs.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 29 22:36:00 2012
Not only did Vermont win the National Bike Challenge, but Vermont has more fitness clubs per capita than any other state. Congratulations, Vermont!
Ruth E. Dixon Wed Aug 29 21:16:00 2012
Just posted my last miles for this campaign. I won't be able to ride tomorrow and we're leaving Friday for another week at the lake where biking will be replaced by kayaking. We spend hours each day on the water. It's amazing, you see something different each time even though you ride/paddle the same area. I saw an ultralight plane land tonight on my ride (thought he was crashing) and a hot air balloon. I've enjoyed following everyones progress and comments. Gregg, don't you every work?
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 29 14:15:00 2012
Want to win $15,000? Better start training now because in Ganther Race the Lake next year on August 18, Old Fashioned Foods in Mayville, WI is offering a cash prime of $15,000 to the first rider to cross the finish line and break the current mph record of 27.79 set by Andrew Crater. Nobody beat the record this year. This is a 90 mile bike race around Lake Winnebago that starts in Fond du Lac, WI and is the largest longest all citizen timed bike race in the United States. This year was my first year and it was a lot of fun and the course comes through my home town here. I signed up already for next year because there are discounted rates when you sign-up before Sept. 30, 2012

Rates to 11:59 p.m. September 30:
Individual - $55
Relay/Tandem - $40/each person
Team (must have 5 or more members) - $50/each member

Rates to 11:59 p.m. March 26:
Individual - $70
Relay/Tandem - $45/each person

Team Rate to 11:59 p.m. August 5:
$60/each member

Register online by clicking here: http://www.active.com/cycling/fond-du-lac-wi/ganther-race-the-lake-presented-by-old-fashioned-foods-2013

Download a registration form by clicking here: http://www.midwestsportsevents.com/PDFs/2013%20pdfs/13%20RTL.pdf

**Midwest Sports Events will issue refunds up to January 7th, 2013 for anyone who must cancel their registration**
Andy Nowak Wed Aug 29 12:59:00 2012
i agree september is some of the best riding
Christine Salvatore Wed Aug 29 12:49:00 2012
May I make a suggestion for next year? September and October, instead of the middle of the summer? I'm betting I could get to platinum in half the time, maybe even twice, if it weren't so hot! I have to say, I've really enjoyed participating in this challenge! Thanks for making it possible!!
Tony Reeves Wed Aug 29 12:49:00 2012
almost to my goal of platinum, been riding hard the last 3 days in a row and am now at 1444 pts vs 1312 on sunday. Should be able to make it no problem now. Thanks for the pep talk guys!
Christine Salvatore Wed Aug 29 12:37:00 2012
Tom, it crossed my mind. Then I looked at its claws and "beak" and thought better of my fingers! ;-D
Tom Gwiazdowski Wed Aug 29 11:13:00 2012
I SEEN MY FAIR SHARE OF SNAPPERS...THEY TASTE GOOD TO......
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 29 11:13:00 2012
I started biking and tracking miles on Endomondo in April of 2011 and I have 8,900 miles so far. So I hope to reach 10,000 before the end of this year.
Christine Salvatore Wed Aug 29 11:02:00 2012
Yesterday's ride: huge snapping turtle on the trail. I've never seen a snapper, so I have no idea how big it was compared to most. Its shell was about 12" x 8" and when it was walking it stood about 7-8" high. That thing could book! I was amazed how quickly it moved across the trail. Very, very prehistoric looking. You're never too old to experience a first!
Andy Nowak Wed Aug 29 09:19:00 2012
oops, September 22nd, it is a Saturday.
They do a great job with the rest stops. It was my 1st and only century ride I ever rode. I am also doing the Door County Century and will ride in the Maywood earth ride if schedule work out for me. This bicycling is addicting.
Andy Nowak Wed Aug 29 09:17:00 2012
Just registered for the 3rd annual Ahnapee Trail Century. This is a nice crushed limestone Rails to Trails. Leaves Trailhead in Luxemburg, WI 6am.
Gregg Frank Wed Aug 29 08:39:00 2012
@Tony we all have faith and are rooting for you to hit platinum! :)
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Aug 29 08:27:00 2012
Hey Badgers, we hit 2.5 million miles! Congratulations to everyone around the state.
Gladys Hansen Tue Aug 28 22:23:00 2012
I hit platinum a couple days ago, big goal accomplished. 22 mile ride last week up at Manitowish Waters Wisconsin helped it along a lot. Biked to breakfast and then back for some swimming to cool off. Continuing to bike my 2 miles and back to work as long as there is not snow on the ground. It has been a fun summer.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Aug 28 21:52:00 2012
not looking good for me to get to my 1000 miles. Tonight was going to be my last opportunity before Friday to get in some miles, and my daughter happened to borrow my bike and take a ride of her own, so I was not able to get my ride in. I guess I should be happy that she was out riding,.. Maybe I will take a quick cruise in the dark up and down my street, and then TRY to make some time tomorrow night.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Tue Aug 28 19:57:00 2012
Doug you will see the points you have accumulated just above this column right next to your icon. If you click on "Leaderboard" at the top of this page, you will see your points and your relative standings to the other registered riders. By default it displays 'Local', which is your home state, if you click on 'National' and then 'Leaderboard', you will now see how you rank against all the riders nationwide. If you click on your name in the upper right of the page (in the green bar) you will see your personal details including your miles. From there click on "See Profile on Endomondo" (again, top right) On that page the 'Workouts' and 'Statistics' tabs will give you all kinds of information. It's not really that hard, just poke around a little bit and pretty soon you'll remember where everything is. Seek and you shall find. Congrats on 1050, keep it rolling.
Doug Nielson Tue Aug 28 17:03:00 2012
Hit the 1050 mile mark today. But I find your web site hard to log miles with. I put in but do not see wher they are registered.
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 28 13:31:00 2012
United Way of Portage County posted pics on facebook of the Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon in Steven's Point and this is my pic with David Ramsfield (2nd place), and Perry Dau (3rd place): https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/523419_10151207243651667_1105210884_n.jpg
Julie Kramer Tue Aug 28 12:43:00 2012
Hoot, hoot ... I hit Platinum and only 38 more miles to reach my summer goal.
Andy Nowak Tue Aug 28 00:04:00 2012
I seen my 1st give bicycles 3 feet billboards in Stevens Point, WI on Saturday. It sure got my attention hopefully the NON bicycling drivers will notice them also.
Christine Salvatore Mon Aug 27 19:07:00 2012
Go, Tony! Go! You can do it!
Ron Friedel Mon Aug 27 15:22:00 2012
Anyone looking for a really bright light for night-time commuting needs to look at these lights from Amazon, "4 Mode 1200 Lumen CREE XML T6 Bulb LED Bicycle bike HeadLight Lamp Flashlight Light Headlamp." Cheap at $40+ with a massive amount of light. My son bought one and uses it with the optional wide angle lens to spread the beam. Only negative is that it has an external battery. I have a 300 lumen cordless Niterider which I got on sale for 75-80 dollars. The CREE might blind oncoming drivers.
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 27 13:38:00 2012
Good article in the Wausau Daily Herald "For bicycling, safety's in numbers
Best way to reduce vehicle collisions is with more riders, not fewer"
http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20120826/WDH06/308260170
Tony Reeves Mon Aug 27 12:42:00 2012
1352 points, being sick for a week put me behind on my goal of platinum by contest end, I'm booking it every day this week to try and make my 1500 by friday!
Jim Franzen Mon Aug 27 10:57:00 2012
I hit 1300 points this AM and my goal for August, now everything is bonus points. My three day trip to Memphis put me behind aboutt 100 points which I don't think I can make up by Friday but I will try.
Jaime Richard Ogas Sun Aug 26 22:20:00 2012
Went over 4000 miles for the year on Saturday. Working on 1000 miles for August.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 26 22:02:00 2012
Three-time Olympian and Wisconsin Potato spokesperson Suzy Favor Hamilton crowned me with my first place medal in the 50-59 age group in the Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon in Steven's Point yesterday and pics were taken of me with her and also with 2nd and 3rd place award winners, David Ramsfield and Perry Dau.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 26 21:38:00 2012
I bought a new white Giro helmet, too. It's not an aero helmet, just a sport helmet, but it seems to slice through wind really nice. I got it mostly free with my Amazon points.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 26 21:15:00 2012
I am really liking these new Vittoria tires I have. They are more narrow than the old ones and actually fit my narrow rims better. But they are hard to find locally and I had to order them online. I believe my higher speeds recently are due to the tires and also a new chain.. The old was was severely stretched and I have more cranking power with this new chain. Even against a headwind, my speed never went below 20 mph in the duathlon Saturday. The first part of the course was with a light tailwind and I was sustaining almost 30 mph. I was going at it with an aero bar racer and we passed each other no less than 5 times, until he finally pulled a comfortable lead ahead of me, but I never lost clear sight of him. haha
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 26 21:14:00 2012
A 1,000 miles is a lot, since you were sidelined for quite awhile.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Aug 26 20:49:00 2012
I guess I should not be too hard on myself... I did ride some before the challenge, so for the year 2012 I have over 1000 miles. :)
Jenny Stelzner Sun Aug 26 20:27:00 2012
I must have connections with the weatherman, because it has been a nice afternoon for riding! I am still working on my goal to get 1000 miles in by the end of the challenge, I am at 924 right now. My biggest problem is that I can only ride in the evenings after work, and I have some commitments on Wed and Thurs. Will see how this all comes out, at least I have beaten the mileage that I did last year, even with time off from the dog bite.
Gregg Frank Sun Aug 26 20:14:00 2012
@Jenny, VERY appropriate. I just got a quicky 11 miler in since there was no rain and the roads were "kind of" dry. :)
Steve Brengosz Sun Aug 26 17:49:00 2012
Andy, unless you ride on street lit roads and are serious about night riding plan on dropping at least $100 for a real "see by" headlight. I bought a 900 lumen headlight and made my late fall early winter commutes much faster because I stopped out pacing my lighting.
Mark Habeck Sun Aug 26 16:30:00 2012
@ Andy - I LOVE my recumbent! Just bought a Gekko FX tadpole trike from the Hostel Shoppe. In fact, I was so hooked, I started a website: www.tadpole-tales.com (It's still a work in progress, but there's a LOT of information there).

Make sure to check out my page on "gear" as it addresses what you were also talking about as far as adding a light to your helmet. I've had some good success with what we're doing with ours - very bright and visible. Especially when riding a recumbent, the light on the helmet brings it up closer to eye level for drivers.

Email me from the contact page on my site if you've got any questions!

Jenny Stelzner Sun Aug 26 12:48:00 2012
Rain, rain, go away,
I need to ride my bike every day!
Andy Nowak Sun Aug 26 00:07:00 2012
Any comments or suggestions about Recumbent bikes? I check some out and test road 1 @ Hostel Shoppe today and I think I am hooked.
Andy Nowak Sat Aug 25 23:52:00 2012
Gregg-Good article. I just bought Bike Planet HL and TL, but per a comment I will be buying a HL/TL for my helmet. Ready to try commuting in the dark. I work 2nd soon to be 3rd, hopefully. I avoided commuting on 2nd because it is just to hot @2pm and I have no place to shower.
Gregg Warning Sat Aug 25 23:28:00 2012
This is pretty good advice for bike commuters to work on active.com: http://www.active.com/cycling/Articles/The-Dos-and-Donts-of-Commuting-by-Bike.htm;fb_comment_id=fbc_10150360777919388_19915081_10150381001114388#f1c1377b699c941
Jim Franzen Sat Aug 25 18:31:00 2012
70 miles, had to go a little slow as it was my sons first ride this year. He dropped at 67 miles and we went back to get him with a car. 5 hours 42 minutes.
Amanda Bronk Sat Aug 25 17:43:00 2012
Nice job Gregg. I was on a co-ed relay and we place 12th out of 62. Not bad considering my run partner hadn't done much running ahead of time because he trained with me to do Race the Lake. I was pretty happy with my bike time today, but always room for improvement.
Gregg Warning Sat Aug 25 16:02:00 2012
I did it. I won first place in my age group (50-59) by 37 seconds in the Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon in Steven's Point this morning: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/7859129056/

That's how important shaving seconds off of your transition time is in a race like this. This is my first award in a duathlon. The 2nd place guy's 1st run time was 33 seconds better than me, but my 1st transition time was 5 seconds better than him and my bike time was 27 seconds better than him, so he got back to transition first after the bike by just 1 second before me. That's how close we were. But my time in the 2nd transition was 24.3 seconds better than him, so his 2nd transition time is what hurt him and I also ran 7.5 seconds faster than him in the 2nd run. I had no idea during the race at all that we were only seconds apart from each other the whole time and that he got back to the bike transition just a second before I did. It's a good thing I didn't know because I would have been too nervous in the last transiton and run.

Jenny Stelzner Sat Aug 25 14:49:00 2012
Last week of the challenge, trying to hit my personal goal of 1000 miles during the challenge period. Last year I logged just over 800 miles. I am at 873 right now, and so I need to put in some heavy miles this weekend, since I have things going on next week that may cut into my riding time. I do have Friday off, though, and I am picturing a long ride on that day to hit my goal (so pray for good weather LOL)
Kevin L Mackey Sat Aug 25 09:37:00 2012
Darn GPS. The app froze
and cheated me out of 5 miles. Good thing I zeroed out my trip odometer before I started.
Michael O'Keefe Fri Aug 24 23:28:00 2012
@Jim - I can recommend the Nokians also. I bought them based on a recommendation from the bike shop, where they said they lasted well, and I've ridden them three years (30-50 miles per week) and they seem to work as well as when I bought them. The kind I got were for commuting, they perform best when the snow is packed down hard like an ice skating rink. Which is exactly what I am looking for, that stray invisible patch of ice that will take you out in a millisecond. Several inch deep, loose snow, you are in for a workout.
Chris Pieper Fri Aug 24 18:50:00 2012
@Jay & Brad, thanks for the info on the boots and the heads up about possible service issues... I did send an email using the "contact us" link 2 days ago and have yet to get a response... I'm not sure I want to be clipped in for winter riding, any comments?
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 18:45:00 2012
@ Jaime have a Large Coffee at each? You will be vibrating by the end. HA That does sound like a fun trip.
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 18:38:00 2012
@Jaime, not trying to do the passport, just always thought if would be a fun ride and the the parkways almost connect. Going with two of my kids and my best friend. Going to spend a fun day of exploration especially when I get North West. Having road there much.
Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Aug 24 18:36:00 2012
I'm contemplating to do a ride to all of the Alterra Coffee locations in one day, from the airport, to Grafton, and then to Wauwatosa. I plan to do this on Wednesday.
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 18:34:00 2012
@ Joe, good to know, they seemed too good to be true. I was only going to put them on for forecasted snow days. And for two tires for around $100 that's a great deal and no drilling involved.
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 18:33:00 2012
One more try for link to google maps for my 65 Mile parkway challenge.

http://goo.gl/maps/Vy0kK

Jaime Richard Ogas Fri Aug 24 18:33:00 2012
@Jim are you trying to complete an entire Oak Leaf Discovery Tour passport in one day? I see you're not going to Dretzka Park.
Joe Schunk Fri Aug 24 17:55:00 2012
Jim I will be on my 3rd winter with the same pair of Klondike Standard studded tires. I have only lost a few studs on each tire. They have helped keep me from going down more than once. These are not very aggressive in the center of the tire but the studs on the sides still make contact. The studs do add some extra resistance.
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 16:35:00 2012
https://maps.google.com/maps/ms;msa=0

Hooping the google map works to my parkway challenge in case you need to download to your GPS

Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 14:52:00 2012
This weekend is my Milwaukee Parkway Challenge. I am riding this on Saturday morning but you can do Sunday too if you like. Go to entry point closest to your house and ride the Oak Leaf all the way around Milwaukee county. http://www.endomondo.com/routes/75750024
Tom Gwiazdowski Fri Aug 24 13:24:00 2012
GO. LANCE...YOU PASSED OVER 500 DRUG TESTS, AND THERE STILL TRYING TO GET YOU...PLEASE KEEP YOUR FOUNDATION GOING..
Warren C Allen Jr Fri Aug 24 12:48:00 2012
Sample question to ask: Does anyone can biking while you have any kinds of bad-headache? Yes or No?
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 24 12:33:00 2012
http://www.kendatire.com/en/home/bicycle/studded-tires.aspx South Shore Cyclery is recommending Kenda studded tires. They are around $50 and with the little snow we get I was going to give them a try this year. Anyone have experience with Kenda Studded?
Peter J Feyen Fri Aug 24 11:19:00 2012
I've had inaccurate readings right after entering, but learned to just wait and the points would correct itself. Arn't them there computers great.
Also I would like to thank NBC and endomondo for this great program that encouraged me to do more through a super tracking system. My gain was better health and a very fun filled summer. I know that I'll keep up biking and hope every one else will too......
Jason R Fri Aug 24 08:21:00 2012
Peter, hopefully they are just not recording their miles, which I totally understand. The points system is a little confusing in that it seems like it doesn't work correctly all the time. That can be a bit offputting.
Chris Semrow Fri Aug 24 08:07:00 2012
Achieved Platinum status on this mornings commute to work. Wish I had time to celebrate. Not bad for starting 2 months late. Now, my next goal is to make 1,000 miles by the end of September - only 192 miles to go!
Peter J Feyen Thu Aug 23 23:01:00 2012
Helping NBC to get over 12,000,000 miles, I got my personal day high of 55.16 miles. I think a lot of riders are giving up and don't realize the health benefits that they're losing. Or they're not recording they're fine effort.
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 23 22:56:00 2012
This photograph of Schwinn Founder Ignaz Schwinn and his family was taken in 1896.
No helmets and check out that child "seat"! Wow, things have certainly changed...
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/314991_407158969343645_1425508152_n.jpg
Peter J Feyen Thu Aug 23 22:52:00 2012
@Katy - l don't need notes or diagrams, but I'll make some for you if you want. Also I'm very willing to have a "Studding " demo some night.
Katy Masak Thu Aug 23 21:54:00 2012
Peter, sounds like it is itme for you to give a seminar on making your own studded tires! Do you still have your notes and diagrams?
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 23 21:50:00 2012
There was another cyclist death yesterday in Fond du Lac County. At about 7:54 p.m., Father Victor Capriolo, 67, of Malone was riding his bicycle east on Prairie Trail in Taycheedah when he tried to cross Highway 151 at the intersection and was hit by a car driven by a 74-year-old Fond du Lac woman, according to investigators. A vigil is being held tonight.
Steve Brengosz Thu Aug 23 19:12:00 2012
Raced a chipmunk across trhe Hoyt park bridge tonight. Little sucker was doing 14-15 mph. I let him win to help his self esteem and so he can go on the National Chipmunk Challenge site and brag about it.
Mark Freund Thu Aug 23 10:37:00 2012
Highly recommend the Nokians or Schwalbe. Everything else is crap. I ride the Nokian A10 (32mm) tires on a fixie for the winter. I live in the Milwaukee area (9 mile commute), and as the Bus routes are plowed first, and with the amount of salt we use, I have no excuses not to ride. The bike paths become rutted by walkers. So its down to the black ice and the studs work great. I feel more secure with studs on ice, than I do on my bike in rain in the summer.
Jay Butzler Thu Aug 23 09:58:00 2012
@chris – If you are looking right now they are on back order (no stock) and they are quite expensive. Plus I am going to wait to put my order in next month after the LG show in Vegas to make sure they are not coming out with any new cold weather gear. I just have not seen any other boot that is this well insulated. I want to stay away from having to use a shoe/boot cover and still be clipped in. I will be ordering my pair through Cranked here in Neenah but you can also check out their dealer page. Even though Al has warned me about their tires and poor customer support this boot is still at the top of my list.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Aug 23 07:31:00 2012
Also - I used the Nokian Extremes last winter without a problem. Studded tires are magic on ice, but if there's more than 2" of light snow or 1" of dense snow they do get squirlley anyway. It sounds like those fat tire bikes are great in the snow, but I'm not buying another bike anytime soon.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Aug 23 07:02:00 2012
Chris, Al Lemke bought some of their studded tires last year - and returrned 'em. I'm betting he would tell you not to do it. I thought I remember that he had studs falling out.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 22 21:15:00 2012
The weather forecast looks great for Saturday. There are over 700 registered for the Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon in Steven's Point and going to be another fun morning.
Chris Pieper Wed Aug 22 18:13:00 2012
@Jay, thanks! any suggestions where to buy? I am also interested in their studded tires, any recommendations on those?
Jay Butzler Wed Aug 22 13:45:00 2012
After months of research I have found the cycling boot that I am going to use this winter. Check out the 45 North Wolvhammer: http://45nrth.com/
Martin Malin Wed Aug 22 11:38:00 2012
@Charlie - The South shore ride would be much safer if you have road bikes. I relived the North shore trip by car a few years ago, as the scenery is just amazing! The CTH is pretty much the same, still with gravel shoulders. Highlights of the trip include: Minnesota's North shore along Hwy 61, Literally a million fireflys in one area at about 11 p.m. on the way to Thunder Bay [had to wait over 3 hours for border agents to inspect everyone on two busses that arrived 10 seconds before me at the border, so didn't get into Thunder Bay until about 2:00, so set up camp in the front yard of a high school], a freak hailstorm that carried my helmet part way down a mountain, the waterfalls, pristine lakes, etc...
Charlie L Wed Aug 22 09:45:00 2012
@Martin - Great information. Thank you. Especially interested in the shoulder aspect because of safety concerns. For that reason I am leaning towards a South Shore ride. Will see what my friends are thinking.
Martin Malin Wed Aug 22 08:58:00 2012
@Charlie - I rode the North shore on a solo trip around Lake Superior (and most of Lake Michigan) a number of years ago, and it was easily the most beautiful bike camping trip I ever did! I would highly recommend it if you have a mountain bike. I didn't. On a road bike it can be harrowing, as you are on Canada's Transcontinental highway - and it is only two lanes total, with a gravel shoulder. I was right on the edge of the road for hundreds of miles. But I do have tons of great stories and memories from that trip.
Susan Boettcher Wed Aug 22 08:38:00 2012
Last year I had a new chain put on two weeks prior to RTL, at High Cliff, my chain woudl not hold and I could not shift into higher gears coming down the hills. My recommendation is not to get a new chain put on prior to a big race like this. This year I started in wave 5, back tire caught a crack on Bowen in Oshkosh, Bike slid out from underneath me and I wiped out. Managed not to take out anyone with me. Was able to get back on and caught wave 5 on HWY 114. Was scraped and bruised, bike needed a few minor adjustments. Was glad to see very few accidents on the route this year. Finished at 4:07, my goal was to beat 4 hrs.
Paul Jeffries Tue Aug 21 21:40:00 2012
No problem, Christine. I did not catch the smilie face at the end of the post. Today was registration at my college so I was in "help mode" for even the simplest questions. It must have carried over. I hope I am not as thick when in class tomorrow! ;-)
Joe Holda Tue Aug 21 21:28:00 2012
Lance, nice RTL time. I heard your tire go flat, it was good to see you were able to pull out of the group with out getting too squirrely. We sure had a fast group riding north! Ten of us from that group ended up making the top ten . . . . ahead of the pro wave. My time can be almost completely attributed to the great group effort that those in wave 3 had. Looks like you were truckin pretty good with a 3:42 WITH a flat and dropped chain! Great ride!
Christine Salvatore Tue Aug 21 20:58:00 2012
Sorry, Paul...I was trying to be funny! My sense of humor frequently leaves folks high and dry. ;-}
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 21 19:55:00 2012
@ Lance With a flat and chain coming off, that is good. I got a new chain this last week and it was working great, but Saturday before the race, it was hesitating to shift down to the small wheel. At High Cliff I could not get it to shift down, no matter what I did, but I made it up the hill on the big wheel in low gear. It seems to be working again now, but I think I have to have it adjusted better.
Lance Schroth Tue Aug 21 16:47:00 2012
Did RTL this past Sunday. It was awesome! I started in wave 3 and got a flat 20min into the race. Changed it quick with the help of 3 of my friends. Got the rear wheel on the bike just as wave 4 was coming. Than when I got to the top of high cliff my chain fell off when tried to shift up to the big ring. Got that fixed and caught the group I was riding with before it dropped. Even with all that I still finish with a time of 3:42. Great day, it was so much fun.
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 21 14:56:00 2012
My ride to work this morning took me over 3,000 miles in the bike challenge. I already rode about 4,500 miles this year, passing my total of 4,200 last year and there will be a lot of weeks to ride yet after the challenge. I love the fall for riding. I am doing another race this Saturday. It is the Run, Bike, Unite, Duathlon in Steven's Point. This is a good one for beginners because the distance is 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, and 2 mile run and all the courses are flat, except the transition was in the Sentury Insurance parking ramp which is up a hill, so you have to run up the hill in the first run to get your bike. But you get rewarded by starting the bike course coasting down it. I took 4th place last year in my age group, so my goal this year is to get a podium finish this year. The 1st run course goes through a quiet residential neighborhood and the 2nd run course goes through a woods on a trail in a nature preserve. There are already 40 men registered so far in my age group (50-59) including the 3 guys who took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd last year. So I will have a lot of competition. There is a limit of 800 participants this year. The cost is $30 individual or $20 for a relay per person. United Way of Portage County is the organizer of this one: http://www.unitedwaypoco.org/Duathlon
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 21 13:31:01 2012
My ride to work this morning took me over 3,000 miles in the bike challenge. I already rode about 4,500 miles this year, passing my total of 4,200 last year and there will be a lot of weeks to ride yet after the challenge. I love the fall for riding. I am doing another race this Saturday. It is the Run, Bike, Unite, Duathlon in Steven's Point. This is a good one for beginners because the distance is 2 mile run, 13 mile bike, and 2 mile run and all the courses are flat, except the transition was in the Sentury Insurance parking ramp which is up a hill, so you have to run up the hill in the first run to get your bike. But you get rewarded by starting the bike course coasting down it. I took 4th place last year in my age group, so my goal this year is to get a podium finish this year. The 1st run course goes through a quiet residential neighborhood and the 2nd run course goes through a woods on a trail in a nature preserve. There are already 40 men registered so far in my age group (50-59), so I will have a lot of competition. There is a limit of 800 participants this year. The cost is $30 individual or $20 for a relay per person. United Way of Portage County is the organizer of this one: http://www.unitedwaypoco.org/Duathlon
Paul Jeffries Tue Aug 21 13:22:00 2012
Christine, the levels are cummulative. Hence, if you have Platinum, you also have bronze, silver, and gold, as well. You are eligible for all the prize drawings for all the levels you have achieved. The "double" and "triple" Platinum are merely unofficial designations that those who have gone beyond Platinum have come up with as the points keep acummulating. I hope this helps clarify things.
Christine Salvatore Tue Aug 21 11:20:00 2012
I see so many people talking about Double Platinum (which I do hope to achieve prior to the end of the NBC) and Triple Platinum. So if you have 1730 points you have Platinum/Bronze/Silver? Or just Platinum/Silver, that already including the Bronze. ? ;-D
Michele Amacker Tue Aug 21 08:59:00 2012
Fellow Madison riders, saw somthings this morning that was a little scary. Was driving to work and a car was driving in the bike lane all the way down Segoe Rd. Not sure if the person knew they were in the bike lane, sleepy or just didn't care. Be careful out there.
John Cooper Mon Aug 20 22:29:00 2012
Looks like you're smiling in all them Gregg W! Glad you are enjoying the photos.
Gregg Frank Mon Aug 20 21:39:00 2012
Way to go Gregg W! :)

And on my small scale...WOOT! I just hit platinum! :) My goal for next year is double platinum! :)

Gregg Warning Mon Aug 20 21:14:00 2012
John Cooper Photography has the pics posted already of Race the Lake. These are the ones he shot of me and the group I was in: http://www.backprint.com/go.asp I wasn't struggling too much on High Cliff because I was smiling at the camera. You can see all the other pics at this link: http://www.backprint.com/view_event_photos.asp;EVENTID=106229&PWD=0
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 20 19:53:01 2012
Fdl Reporter pics of Race the Lake: http://www.fdlreporter.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery;date=20120819&category=fon01&artno=308190364&ref=ph&odyssey=mod|mostpopphotos
Charlie L Mon Aug 20 15:38:00 2012
@Gregg, make sure those water bottles you are collecting weren't from someone like you that felt the pressure of the race and found a creative place to put it.....lol
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 20 12:59:00 2012
I'm collecting water bottles. I found 2 along the road on A this morning on the way home from work. Water bottles were the biggest obstacles in the race yesterday.
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 20 11:03:00 2012
Wave 4 was so slow at the start that some from wave 5 caught up to us before we even got to Oshkosh. lol I kept thinking a group from wave 4 would pull ahead, but it took wave 5 to catch up before the speed steadily picked up. We were not even going 23 mph at the beginning on flat roads in the country, but when wave 5 caught up to us, we were then speeding 30 mph in 25 mph zones in the towns of Oshkosh and Neenah. lol That's why the guy went down in the Neenah round about because he wasn/'t being alert that everyone was slowing down and he lost control and I thought for sure I was going down with him because my tire just barely missed hitting his bike. I was shook up after that all the way to High Cliff and wanted to piss then already, but I was with the faster riders on Hwy. 114 to High Cliff because the slower ones who were behind the guy who fell down got dropped there at the round about and since I was able to comfortably keep up with this group, I decided not to stop at High Cliff and hoped I could hold it for 45 more miles and I did. The urge to piss subsided a little and so I didn't drink hardly anything from that point on, so I could wait.
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 20 10:44:00 2012
@ Charlie I didn't think the dude drafting me wanted a golden shower or I would of let it go. lol Apparently some other dude couldn't hold it no more because he was going into the woods on the side of the road about mile 60. That was the biggest challenge for me with riding 90 miles without my feet touching the road. I had no other discomfort. The temps were just perfect. My hands never got sore or numb. My butt was not sore because my new Castelli bib shorts felt great. I had no hot feet. I was well hydrated. I had a lot of energy to the finish line. I think that's why my time was so good because even though the 2nd half is very hilly, my speed the 2nd half was much greater than the first because othewise a cyclist was going to get a golden shower whether he wanted one or not. lol
Charlie L Mon Aug 20 09:40:00 2012
That is an amazing time Gregg, Congrats!! I am told that real bikers just let it run down their leg. lol
James Hollnagel Mon Aug 20 09:40:00 2012
Did Race the Lake as well but did not fare well in the improved times as every one else did. However, I did not train as well for this race as I have done in the past so I have no one to blame but myself. Perfect conditions though. The back half of the course whipped me as usual .... I guess I know what I need to concentrate on if I am going to improve.
Les T. Long Mon Aug 20 08:52:00 2012
@Gregg, Great job on your finish. I also had a cyclist go down right in front of me soon after the start. In a quck flash vision I thought I would be riding over him and crashing but somehow I missed him by making a quick right turn. This newer group of riders were too tightly in before establishing a steady pace and clearing more traffic. I loved the ride and the encouragement by the individuals along the route.
Peter J Feyen Mon Aug 20 05:55:00 2012
@ Gregg Congratulations on your finish. I bet your glad that you moved up to 4th flight. I was watching the race in Oshkosh at the north end of the park.
@ All Race the Lake riders, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 19 21:27:00 2012
A cyclist went down right in front of me in the round about in Neenah by Theda Clark Hospital and I thought for sure I was going to go down, too, but missed hitting his down bike by inches. The rest of the race went super well and finished my first Race the Lake with a time that amazed me. I didn't stop at all and was comfortable to just keep riding with a pretty fast group as long as I stopped thinking about how I needed to piss. But holding it brought an amazing finish for me.

Finish Time 03:47:46.0
Pace 23.3 mph
Overall Place 279 out of 1599 90 Mile Bike Race finishers
Division Place 272 out of 1287 Individual Male Bike Race finishers
Age Group Place 37 out of 209 M 50-54 finishers

Bob Parish Sun Aug 19 21:20:00 2012
Cut off nearly 20 mintues off last year time at RTL. Great Day.
Ruth E. Dixon Sun Aug 19 18:36:00 2012
Hit double platinum and 1800 miles on the new bike during Race the Lake. It was a great day for a ride, the rain held off, I didn't fall over or have any mechanical difficulties. I was cold for the first 3 hours though, so cold at the start my teeth were chattering. The highlight of the day HAD to be when they stopped a freight traiin for a group of us in Oshkosh. The baricades were down but the train hadn't arrived yet. They held it so we could go.
James . Kovatch Sun Aug 19 15:48:00 2012
Charles Z, I am interested in that bike, give me a call 715 613 0537, thanks
Susan Gray Sun Aug 19 15:45:00 2012
A PR by 7 minutes in Race the Lake today!! Perfect weather, great race!
Mike Roth Sun Aug 19 15:15:00 2012
2nd Race the Lake, dropped an hour off of last years time. Perfect weather for riding today.
Dave Bushey Sun Aug 19 08:53:00 2012
Rode my rear wheel into submission, so my long road rides are on a (hopefully) short hiatus. Pratter at Cranked is building me a new wheel that he guarantees will be bomb-proof.
Jim Franzen Sun Aug 19 08:10:00 2012
I'm so tired from my rides yesterday, but here I go again.
Gregg Warning Sat Aug 18 08:04:00 2012
Wheel & Sprocket is also giving a clinic today at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac at 1:30 pm today "Build your 6 pack" 6 action packed tips on how to be more efficient when riding. I've been working on my abs over the last year and it really does help in any sport activity when you have a strong core. It's helped me to run and swim better, too. It controls the movement of your whole body.
Gregg Warning Sat Aug 18 08:01:00 2012
If you have a bike from 1880-1980, you can race it today in a Vintage bike race at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac at 1 pm. The course is a 1 mile loop around Lakeside Park. Besides awards for overall male and female and age group awards, there will be an award for the best dressed vintage rider. My Schwinn Paramount is a classic, but doesn't qualify as a vintage bike. lol The overall male winner last year at Race the Lake was Doug Callies who was 50 years old and at 3 pm today at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac he is going to give a talk on how he did it, what motivates him, and how to get faster at any age. Maybe someday I can compete in the elite wave and if not win overall, I can be "King of the Hill" by being the first to reach the top of High Cliff. I think I need a new bike, though, first. haha
Charles E. Zinsmaster Sat Aug 18 07:59:00 2012
James K: got a '11 Trek 7500 with only 300 mi. Basically new. Commuter drive train, rear rack. Will deliver. $500. czinsster@gmail.com
Jerry J Sat Aug 18 07:09:00 2012
@Andy.. I only did three laps. Was on my way up the hill to the start at 8:05, and the hills were gassing me anyway. What a beutifull track, beutifull weather. I will definitely try to work that in my summer schedule again....Some guys next to me were thinking about trying to "bid-up" the buyers at around $3400, but didn't want to get stuck with it. I guess they had nothing to worry about.
James . Kovatch Sat Aug 18 00:26:00 2012
Started on a 20mi ride tonight and broke a spoke at 4.8mi ,I have a Schwinn Sierra Gs, thats 5 spokes in 897mi, think its time for a Trek, anybody have a Trek crossover for sale?
Andy Nowak Sat Aug 18 00:17:00 2012
Oh ya, $10k bid for signed Patrick Dempsey's donated bike.
Andy Nowak Fri Aug 17 23:41:00 2012
Just got home from Tour de Road America. It was fun riding on the track. Wish they would have given us more time, 1 hour not long enough. I could see doing it again if it would be 2-3 hours. I got in 4 laps and was about 5 minutes short of starting the 5th lap when the track was closed at 8:05pm. It was worth it and it is for a good cause.
Ruth E. Dixon Fri Aug 17 20:09:00 2012
I thought double platinum was just a dream this year but I will hit it during Race the Lake. I have been riding my "old" bike this week because my new one is all cleaned and lubed. I think these early mornings are getting to me... Yesterday instead of taking my cell phone on my ride I took the TV remote.
Peter J Feyen Fri Aug 17 16:56:00 2012
@Susan Good luck and may the wind be at your back all day.
Jason Yach Fri Aug 17 14:31:00 2012
Christine, where are the parents? Non involved or on drugs. After reading that article it's obvious she has no empathy and should be locked away for good. Scary.
Susan Gray Fri Aug 17 13:26:00 2012
Ready for my 4th "Race the Lake" on Sunday! Can't wait and conditions look to be quite favorable! Hoping for a PR!
Gregg Warning Fri Aug 17 12:34:00 2012
It's only mid August yet and still summer on the calendar, but our climate is more like mid September with big swings in temps from warm days to cool nights. But the weather looks like it is going to be just perfect for Race the Lake with a very cool September like north wind up to 6 mph. A direct wind out of the north is very unusal for Race the Lake in August, which normally has a S or SW wind. But it will be great this year to have a cool light tail wind on the second half of the course and nobody has to worry about any heat stroke. Temps will be in the low 50's and highs in the low 70's with partly cloudy skies.
John Tyson Fri Aug 17 07:22:00 2012
There is nothing like riding to work in the morning. Seeing the sunrise, geese in flight, a fox running across the trail, pedaling into a 20mph head wind and 40 degree temperature. Where did summer go? ;>)
Jerry J Thu Aug 16 23:31:00 2012
@Steve...Not to mention the pellet guns :)
Jenny Stelzner Thu Aug 16 22:57:00 2012
We have 40 riders at my work participating in the challenge, and I just noticed that I am in a tight race for overall points with a fellow employee. Uh oh. Can't let this happen! LOL
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 16 22:37:00 2012
There still is time and openings to register for Race the Lake this Sunday, which is a 90 mile bike race around Lake Winnebago that starts and finishes at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. 2,000 cyclists of all levels and skills have already registered and you only need to average 12.7 mph to participate. There are 6 rest stops on the course with water and gatorade and carbs and porta potties. Many ride it like a tour rather than a race. Completing this event will give you 110 points in the challenge and every finisher receives a medal. You can register online at this link: http://www.active.com/cycling/fond-du-lac-wi/ganther-race-the-lake---bike-event-2012
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 16 20:44:01 2012
There still is time and openings to register for Race the Lake this Sunday, which is a 90 mile bike race around Lake Winnebago that starts and finishes at Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac. 2,000 cyclists of all levels and skills have already registered and you only need to average 12.7 mph to participate. There are 6 rest stops on the course with water and gatorade and carbs and porta potties. You only have to average 12.7 mph. Many ride it like a tour rather than a race. Completing this event will give you 110 points in the challenge and every finisher receives a medal. You can register online at this link: http://www.active.com/cycling/fond-du-lac-wi/ganther-race-the-lake---bike-event-2012
Peter J Feyen Thu Aug 16 15:06:00 2012
After the rain and threat of rain I made my TRIPLE PLATINUM !"!
Jim Franzen Thu Aug 16 14:18:00 2012
My original goal was 1300 because that number would have made me #1 rider at Rockwell Automation based on previous months. The guy who is usually #1 has upped his game and there is another rider who is doing 2 century rides every weekend and really pushing me. I don't know if my OLD legs can keep up. HA HA. I do like the competition though, my speed has really increased.
Christine Salvatore Thu Aug 16 10:41:00 2012
@Steve, that is horrifying! I know this is a stupid question but: Where the heck are these kids' parents??? Even more: Where are their moral values??? Absolutely horrifying.
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Aug 16 10:20:00 2012
@Jim Franzen I think you could go for 1500 points, You have more points than I do, and with 765 pointa at the midpoint of the month, you're already on pace to get there. Between you and I, let's see who can get there first.
Steve Brengosz Thu Aug 16 10:11:00 2012
Be careful out there, Here's what we're up against.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/crime/girl-13-charged-in-hitandrun-death-of-cyclist-0i6gnju-166281046.html

Jim Franzen Wed Aug 15 22:00:00 2012
@Peter NICE JOB, just looked at your miles. My goal is 1300 points to finish up August. You are doing awesome.
Peter J Feyen Wed Aug 15 20:08:00 2012
When I joined NBC I knew I would make platinum and hoped for a double platinum . I never thought that I would make " TRIPLE PLATINUM " TOMORROW when I just hop on my bike. I just love riding for my health,mental and physical.
Everybody ride safely and enjoy the ride.
Peter J Feyen Wed Aug 15 18:03:00 2012
@Greg Good luck and don't all of wave 6 pass you. lol
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 15 15:22:00 2012
Midwest Sports let me switch from wave 7 (20 mph) to wave 4 (23 mph) in Race the Lake because there is still openings in 4. So now I can be in the wave with Stephen Powers. But I have to keep up with these speed demons. lol
Jim Franzen Wed Aug 15 14:39:00 2012
@Christine, yes our mothers are always our mothers. No my phone seems to have vanished. Good new is that I added about 8 miles to my ride looking for it. LOL. My phone is only a thing and things can be replaced. When I read about people getting hurt I realize how lucky I am to only lose a phone. Found a new one on Ebay and it should be waiting for me when I get home.
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Aug 15 12:09:00 2012
I'm working on getting platimum for the month of August. I've fallen slightly behind pace. But the Milwaukee Underwear Bike Ride is tomorrow, and a Wisconsin Bicycling Meetup to Port Washington on Saturday, are both on my schedule this week.
Christine Salvatore Wed Aug 15 10:56:00 2012
Jim! Did you get your phone back?? What a bummer! I had mine fly off my waistband one day while riding and end up in the middle of a busy street. My guardian angel must have been standing over it: four cars missed it! When I dashed out into the street to get it, I heard my mother yelling "CHRISTINE! Get out of that road NOW!" Sheesh. They're there no matter how old we are.
John Tyson Wed Aug 15 07:17:00 2012
@ Charlie - The Gitch-Gami State trail between Two Harbors and Grand Marais is a paved trail for biking, hiking or running. As the web site says, it parallels Highway 61 up the North shore. Far enough that you do not have to worry about cars unless they are "ditch cruising". The scenic highway from Duluth to Two Harbors goes right along the shore line.

The South shore of Superior has some nice scenery as well. You can start in Superior and go out on Highway 13, but you do not see Lake Superior until you get near Bayfield county. From there to Cornucopia, you will see alot of the lake. At the end of September, the apples should be ready for picking in the orchards outside of Bayfield.

Either way you go, the you will have an enjoyable ride.

Michael O'Keefe Tue Aug 14 23:59:00 2012
@Charlie - You might use this web site as a starting place for information on the North Shore: http://www.ggta.org/news.php. I also just read about this site: http://www.pedalmn.com/ Have Fun!
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 14 22:09:00 2012
I didn't know there was another cyclist death. This was at Peninsula State Park in Door County and I just saw the article today : http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20120808/ADV01/308080249/Bicyclist-dies-state-park
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Aug 14 20:48:00 2012
Charlie - that sounds like a great trip. Have fun!
Charlie L Tue Aug 14 20:40:00 2012
Thanks Verge. We want to decide if we should ride the North shore or South shore this first year.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Aug 14 12:00:00 2012
Sounds like a beautiful ride!
Verge Manyen Tue Aug 14 10:04:00 2012
Charlie - the South shore of Lake Superior is gorgeous (I have a special fondness for the Keweenaw, being a Michigan Tech alum - don't miss Brockway Mountain!), but there's a huge stretch between L'Anse and Marquette where you can't come anywhere near the shore (no roads). A very large area north of Marquette is privately owned.

Porcupine Mountains are breathtaking (you might check out Mirror Lake - unbelievable).

You can't go wrong almost anywhere around Lake Superior, though. Gorgeous! I envy you!

Dave Bushey Mon Aug 13 22:58:00 2012
I've been told the South Shore is in Michigan. Also, you may want to bring a gun to shoot yourself midway through the Seney Stretch - 50 miles, no turns, no hills, rr tracks on the South, pine trees on the North.
Charlie L Mon Aug 13 20:23:00 2012
Three of us are going to ride around part of Lake Superior in September. Any sources of information or experiences on the South shore sections would be appreciated, or North shore. We hope to ride the length of one side or the other. Thanks....Ride ON Wisconsin!!
Charlie L Mon Aug 13 15:00:01 2012
Three of us are going to ride around part of Lake Superior in September. Any sources of information or experiences on the South shore sections would be appreciated. Thanks....Ride ON Wisconsin!!
Nyla Greenberg Mon Aug 13 13:59:00 2012
Welcome Back to two-wheel transport Christine (-: Jenny I’m glad to hear you haven’t been sidelined again. Plenty of pleasant pedaling weather ahead; Enjoy the Ride(s)!
Christine Salvatore Mon Aug 13 13:38:00 2012
Haven't been able to ride since July 28th! Felt SOOOO good to get back on the bike this weekend! Hardly anyone on the Pike River Trail up to Racine. Had a great ride. Looking forward to this cooler weather being here for good!
Jenny Stelzner Sun Aug 12 23:50:00 2012
Thought I was going to be sidelined, but things are resolving and was able to do a 26 mile ride today. Felt great! I need to get more riding in as I have slipped in the standings at work. But, I looked at my total miles this year and have surpassed last years total already, and its still August.
Jim Franzen Sun Aug 12 22:19:00 2012
Lost Phone and Armband on Hank Aaron Trail
I'm a goof. My phone was almost dead so I thought it would be a good idea to
take off my arm and put on my handlebars. If you know of anyone that found a
black arm band with a dead smart phone in please email me or txt to
414-212-5463. I last saw it on the 60th street bridge I was traveling east and
noticed it was gone when I reached the Cargil Company which is East of Casino.

Jim Franzen

Steve Brengosz Sun Aug 12 20:55:00 2012
http://www.pelotonride.org/

Ride on the track for cancer

Gregg Warning Sun Aug 12 17:13:00 2012
@ Andy Is this a ride on the race track?
Andy Nowak Sun Aug 12 17:03:00 2012
Tour de Road America on Friday
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 12 16:59:00 2012
It's looks like we are going to have another real cool week as far as temps. In fact Friday looks like it will be getting rather cold. The high will only be in the 60's and the lows in the mid 40's. I will have to start wearing my thermal bike pants for my 4:30 am commute to work. If this cool weather continues, our average temps in August are going to match our average high and lows for September. Race the Lake next Sunday looks perfect right now with a forecast of partly cloudy and low of 55 and high of 74.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 12 16:09:00 2012
My bike is going to be really tuned up nice for Race the Lake next Sunday and then I will end the month the last weekend with the Run, Bike, Unite Duathlon in Steven's Point. They had the transition last year in the parking ramp at Sentury Insurance which is on a hill that you have to run up to get your bike, but nice coming out of transition down the hill on the bike. The last 2 mile run is on off road trails in a nature preserve. I want to do the duathlon again in Green Bay the first Sunday in October, but this year it will not be at Lambeau Field because of the construction there, but it is going to be at Ashwaubenon Boardwalk LLC. The bike course is pretty much the same as last year, however, it cuts off a few miles and is only 28 miles this year instead of 32. The first run is 3.1 miles and the run after the bike is only 1 mile.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 12 15:50:00 2012
I got my bike back today, but he recommends a new sprocket because with the new chain, there is a little slippage sometimes in the last gear. He says this happens a lot when you get a new chain. It will be here on Tuesday and he will put it on Wednesday. Other then the slippage in the last gear right now, the bike shifts really smooth now and he adjusted the brakes and rides really nice with the new Vittoria tires. He says these tires are fast, which I noticed right away when I rode it.
Gregg Frank Sun Aug 12 13:22:00 2012
@Wally Way to go! :)
Gregg Frank Sun Aug 12 13:22:00 2012
@Gregg W, cool pics, thanks for posting! :)
Wally Olson Sun Aug 12 10:41:00 2012
Wooo, woooo!! I have met the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the challenge. I achieved quad platinum yesterday with my miles and I crossed the 4000 mile mark with my ride home from work this morning. New goal for the rest of the challenge is to have 1000mi/1500pts for August alone. This is a big change from last year, according to the stats on Endomondo I only logged just over 1000 miles for the entire year in 2011. Have fun, ride safe.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Aug 12 10:19:00 2012
@ Dave, I think they will need to look at the stats at the end of this year's challenge and make some adjustments. Not sure how, but something should be adjusted. If one compares the population base, I bet one finds a higher percentage of elderly in Wisconsin, who are more unlikely to be participating in a challenge like this (and congrats to those who do). We also likely have a higher population of lower income people, who are less likely to participate in the challenge due to access to the internet. I'm sure there are a ton of other factors that contribute, as well. I think they have done a good job of evening out the playing field, but at times I think we are comparing apples to oranges.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 12 08:41:00 2012
I took some pics at the Diablo Twilight Criterium Pro Cycle Race at Jefferson Park yesterday and posted some on Flickr in an album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/sets/72157631030153038
Dave Bushey Sat Aug 11 22:53:00 2012
@Jenny - No kidding....WTF is up with Vermont? Wisconsin kicks everyone else's ass, but we aren't even in the same zip code (metaphorically speaking, I know we OBVIOUSLY aren't in reality) with VT.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Aug 11 21:20:00 2012
Martin, hopefully the 2 teams that dropped out were from Vermont!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Aug 11 21:15:00 2012
Gregg, yes it has been a rough summer! However, my "issue" may have resolved itself without surgery, as things are much more comfortable today than it was the past few days. I was tempted to take a ride today but decided not to rush into it. Hopefully a ride tomorrow, will see how it feels.
Dave Bushey Sat Aug 11 09:21:00 2012
Geez, after the way the early part of summer went, I didn't think I'd be regretting not wearing a base layer on an August morning.
Gregg Warning Sat Aug 11 08:31:00 2012
Chairlift-assisted Mountain Biking Tomorrow at Nordic from 10am to 4pm. Ride the chair up and bike down. Also the Wake Park is open for a cool down afterwards!
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/540351_433652533344955_2058388167_n.jpg

This is cheating. You are suppose to ride up the mountain, too. haha

Gregg Warning Fri Aug 10 16:48:00 2012
We haven't had wind like this since this spring. That 20 mph north wind is really cold and tough as a headwind. I rode in to Oshkosh after work for a union meeting. The Teamsters are beginning the process of negotiating a new contract with UPS. Our current one expires next summer on July 31. It was nice riding to the meeting, but riding home was like riding through a wind tunnel. It was really hard to control the bike.
Gregg Warning Fri Aug 10 16:46:00 2012
Jenny, you have had a rough summer. Hoping you can get healed up quicky .
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 10 15:49:00 2012
@Martin, thanks for the info. I always wondered about those markers.
Martin Malin Fri Aug 10 14:15:00 2012
There are now two fewer teams nationally than there were yesterday. Perhaps they got kicked out for using PEDs?
Jenny Stelzner Fri Aug 10 13:55:00 2012
Have been sidelined a bit, been trying to ride but have an abscess that is in a very inconvenient place (nothing more to be said about that), so my miles have been much shorter and not riding every day. If this thing does not resolve, then going to surgery next Wednesday :(
Martin Malin Fri Aug 10 13:54:00 2012
@Jim - I'll do it on that Sunday, as I have a prior committment on the 25th. (I'm not on Facebook.)

For anyone biking on the Oak Leaf Trail, you might notice granite markers (8" x 4") with cement surrounding them, flush with the ground, every half mile. They run counter clockwise, and if you are going that direction, are generally just to the right of the path. I was in charge of the volunteer project through Badgerland Striders to install them 3 years ago, and it was a lot of fun.

We do have to install some that we missed, but I'm having trouble finding the time. We may finish it up this Fall, but most likely next Spring. (We also have them on adjoining spurs.)

Jim Franzen Fri Aug 10 12:30:00 2012
3 Saturdays away from my Milwaukee Parkway CHallenge. Start anywhere along the route where you live and do the 65 miles of urban bike paths. http://www.endomondo.com/routes/75750024 Last Saturday in August and a good way to put the NBC to a super end. https://www.facebook.com/events/349327171809189/ Join the event on Facebook
Jim Franzen Fri Aug 10 11:48:00 2012
Ha, Lake Michigan looked like you could surf it today. I got to ride about a half mile with an rider going to UWM this AM right after a burst of rain soaked me. It was nice to chat and ride today.
Peter J Feyen Fri Aug 10 11:45:00 2012
@Sal I agree with you 110%, until the wind is at my back all the time!!!¡¡¡
Sal LaPuma Fri Aug 10 09:07:00 2012
Wind sucks. Or blows. Depending on your perspective...and your direction of travel.
Jerry J Thu Aug 9 23:36:00 2012
David 20points per day + 1 point per mile. 1st ride 20+11=31 points. 2nd ride 0+22=22 points
Martin Malin Thu Aug 9 21:16:00 2012
Now the National site has 2,666 teams. We have all but exactly 2,000.

This is getting more devilish by the minute.

Peter J Feyen Thu Aug 9 20:27:00 2012
Riding in the UP in nice fresh air, enjoying the sounds of wild life and lovely scenery. And yes it does rain and of course its WET ! I HOPE the rest of my stay is better....
Peter J Feyen Thu Aug 9 20:20:00 2012
@David Hill, your first ride of a day you get 20 points just for riding that day plus 1 point for every mile that you get rode.
david hill Thu Aug 9 19:54:00 2012
Can someone please enlighten me on the point system. My morning commute of 11 miles gained me 31 points, 368 to 399 for August. My afternoon route of 22 miles gained me only 22, 399 to 421? How can that be? Thanks!
Wally Olson Thu Aug 9 19:30:00 2012
@M. It did stop raining and I got in another ride. Although there was no water from above there were plenty of puddles to splash in. Happy riding.
Danny Deetz Thu Aug 9 18:59:00 2012
I will get back on the bike right when the challenge is getting done! Dang knee!
Dave Bushey Thu Aug 9 16:54:00 2012
@Gregg - I rode in a circuit race a few yrs back. It's funny because I pretty much consider myself to be in the 95th or 99th percentile of bike riders relative to how fast/how far I can go.

But we rode one lap, and then in the 45-person race, there was what appeared to me to be a 43-person breakaway. I just sat there off the back thinking "my legs just don't go that fast." It's definitely a LOT of fun, but unless you've been specifically training to race bikes (a good friend of mine who is an Ironman races and laughs about how quickly he gets dropped), it's a bit humbling.

Anyway, I have other stuff to do but will be stopping down to watch the races. NEXT YEAR I will get myself into race shape and give it a try.

M Wegenka Thu Aug 9 16:02:00 2012
@Wally: Think of when you were a little boy and stomped in mud puddles just to watch it splash without concern of getting your shoes wet. Recapture some youth, put a big smile on your face and enjoy the warm rain (the motorist will wonder what you are smiling about ;-) You probably already need to do a little maintenace on the chain from this morning, what's a little more rain? I will have a smile on my face in about an hour just as the rain starts again for my ride home.
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 9 15:29:00 2012
Had rain here also both to and from work. It was a good light rain and much needed. It has stopped here now.
Wally Olson Thu Aug 9 15:01:00 2012
Wonderful, wonderful rain. Had a nice, but wet, ride home from work this morning. Now I'm on the fence. Do I want it to keep raining and green everything up or do I want it to stop so I can get in some more ride times?
Martin Malin Thu Aug 9 12:44:00 2012
@Marti - That is great to hear! I will have to tell everyone in BLS that they are both doing great!

He may or may not remember me, as I was just starting to get involved at the time, and go by Marty, but I'm sure he will remember most of these: Grant Nelson, Glenn Wargolet, Mike Proctor, Jerry Anderson, Jim & Bonnie Clarey, Ron & Alice Winkler, Bob Fitts, Andy Arena, Don Weyer, Bill & Barb Grass, Rosie Peterson, and Tom & Lorraine Bunk.

Tell him they say hi!

Gregg Warning Thu Aug 9 11:35:00 2012
@Nance, no not racing on Saturday, but hope to see the Pro race at 6:30 pm. I'm not really familar with this kind of lap racing, but would like to check it out.
Lance Schroth Thu Aug 9 08:50:00 2012
Gregg are you going to participate race on Saturday?
Marti Fine Thu Aug 9 08:49:00 2012
@ Ron and @ Martin, surprised to see Mike Mihalek's name in the comments. Thought I would let y'all know he is doing very well. He and Bette have lived in Germantown for a few years and he is still riding. I went on a 28 mile ride with him last week; he rode his new recumbent trike. Last year he was hit by a car, had his leg broken and his bike wrecked. But he's back out there now, not at Ironman speed but faster than most 85 year olds!
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 8 22:56:00 2012
This is a list of all the bike races that will be held at Jefferson Park in Menasha this Saturday: https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php

I'd love to try this type of cycle racing.

Gregg Warning Wed Aug 8 22:23:00 2012
Want to catch some fast paced pro racing action? Come to Menasha this Saturday for the Diablo Cycling's Twilight Criterium.

In the spirit of the long running Otto Grunski races criterium racing is back in Menasha. For the second year the races will be back on what was the more traditional course along Broad Street at Jefferson Park before the Superweek Races were moved to a downtown track. The Diablo Cycling Twilight Criterium will come to the streets of Menasha this Saturday for some fast paced action for both the cyclists and spectators. The race is part of the WCA cup series.

What is a criterium you ask? Sometimes known as a crit it is is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1km), often run on closed-off city center streets. Race length can be determined by a number of laps or total time, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. Generally the event's duration (commonly one hour) is shorter than that of a traditional road race — which can last many hours, sometimes over the course of several days or even weeks, as in a Grand Tour. However, the average speed and intensity are appreciably higher. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been "lapped."

Events often have prizes (called primes, pronounced "preems", and are usually cash) for winning specific intermediate laps (for instance, every 10th lap). A bell is usually rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime.

Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly while "holding your line" on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.

The .7 mile course along Lake Winnebago & the Fox River is the perfect spot to bring the entire family and spend the day watching some exciting racing action. Races start at 10:30AM with the Pro Race at 6:30PM.

For those who would like to try their hand at racing that day, there is a citizen race available designed for folks who have never done a race prior. You can pre-register for that event at USA Cycling through this link https://www.usacycling.org/register/2012-2631

Dave Bushey Wed Aug 8 21:39:00 2012
@Gregg - well, I've always loved this song, so you know which side of that argument I land on....http://en.musicplayon.com/play
Craig Weinhold Wed Aug 8 20:52:00 2012
I hope to see some of you at the Dairyland Dare this weekend! -- www.dairylanddare.com
Martin Malin Wed Aug 8 20:46:00 2012
@Ron - Thanks for the memories of Mike Mihalek. I knew him and his wife back in the day. He belonged to the same running club, the Badgerland Striders. They were both really nice.
Sue J Hewitt Wed Aug 8 14:00:01 2012
Another story from my medium sized workplace that is using the NBC as our summer physical activity wellness program. This is from someone in upper management who jumped at the chance to particpate in our workplace effort and then signed up her friends and family on a Team. "Both my husband and I bike commute, and we estimate that we save about $1,600 a year by commuting. (Hey, cool, that’s enough to buy a new bike!) But more important are the health benefits, which are hard to tally costs for. And even beyond that are the psychological benefits which are, as the Mastercard commercial says, “priceless”. When I bike to work I arrive energized. I have spent time outside, seen wildlife, waved to neighbors and friends, passed through the world at a pace that allows me to notice the new paint job on that house, and how the garden is blooming at the next house, and so on. I have moved my body and my mind. The days I ride to work start better and stay better throughout the day. Bike commuting is the ultimate attitude adjuster."
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 8 13:56:00 2012
Interesting numbers. Wisconsin has 666 teams. Is that good or bad? haha
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 8 13:00:01 2012
Just 50,000 more miles until we see 10,000,000.
dameon plagens Wed Aug 8 13:00:01 2012
HOT AUGUST NIGHTS rolled into town yesterday (classic car show & shine) thousands of 50s 60s 70s cars poodle-skirts white-Ts w/ luckys rolled up in the sleeve
ROCK WHEN IT ROLLED very HAPPY DAYS-ish it is fun but excuse me while I cough, sneeze and wheeze--------
make a safe bike better------D
Michael on Bicycle Wed Aug 8 12:00:01 2012
If you don't have lube, goto your LBS and ask which lube is best for your chain with the type of riding you do! For example, I ride on the road in mostly dry and sandy conditions so I use Prolink, a lube designed to not let sand stick. Some are designed for wet conditions or MTB riding. Remember to give time after you lube and wipe off excess so it doesn't just get flung off when you ride!
E M Matteson Wed Aug 8 11:00:01 2012
PS, forgot to mention that I saw three deer (still with spots)!
Michael on Bicycle Wed Aug 8 11:00:01 2012
Can't ride? Good time to do some maintenance on your bike!

Make sure bolts are snug (don't grab end of wrench and tighten with full force)
Using an old t-shirt, clean and lube your chain,
Examine your tires for debris.
Pump up tires to recommended pressure.
Clean your braking surfaces on the rims with the pot scrubber side of a sponge.
Check your brake pads... look for wear, time to change them? (it's easy)
How about your cables, getting harder to squeeze? Lube them...
No stand? Place bike upside down (on handlebars and saddle) to get lube into cable housing. While there, lube the pivot points on your derailleurs.
Also while upside down, using shifter, run through the gears on the rear...
Hear chattering sound in larger gears? try adjusting the knob where the cable enters the rear derailleur ONE "CLICK" AT A TIME. After each change run up and down the gears again until it sits quietly in the larger gears. Make sure you count the clicks so you can return to the original position if all else fails! (Normally the cables stretch slightly so expect to turn counter clockwise). By click, I mean you'll feel the detent (or tightness) for a moment... slight adjustments should be all you need.

Sound hard... it's not... need help but no buddies around? check YouTube to watch how it's done. Still need help, just post here, there are many that can help!

You'll be glad you did, your bike will feel soo much better so that you can...
Ride like you belong!

Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Aug 8 10:13:00 2012
Fox Cities riders - we have a fun outing coming up this Saturday evening. If you like biking, shooting stars and Italian food, you should join the free "Perseids Meteor Shower Ride" hosted by Fox Cities Cycling Association. The weather looks perfect (clear skies and cool temps!) and the fun begins at 8 pm Saturday August 11 on the Wiouwash Trail at the Medina Junction Rd parking area. More details at http://www.facebook.com/events/381758868557840/
Dave Bushey Wed Aug 8 02:28:00 2012
Geez, I was looking at total distance...it isn't even CLOSE...which should've been obvious, the challenge is closing in on 10 million miles and WI has over 2 million already....but Wisconsin is just DESTROYING every other state on total miles.
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 7 22:56:00 2012
This is a list of all the bike races that will be held at Jefferson Park in Menasha this Saturday: https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php

I'd love to try this type of cycle racing.

Gregg Warning Tue Aug 7 22:23:00 2012
Want to catch some fast paced pro racing action? Come to Menasha this Saturday for the Diablo Cycling's Twilight Criterium.

In the spirit of the long running Otto Grunski races criterium racing is back in Menasha. For the second year the races will be back on what was the more traditional course along Broad Street at Jefferson Park before the Superweek Races were moved to a downtown track. The Diablo Cycling Twilight Criterium will come to the streets of Menasha this Saturday for some fast paced action for both the cyclists and spectators. The race is part of the WCA cup series.

What is a criterium you ask? Sometimes known as a crit it is is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 1km), often run on closed-off city center streets. Race length can be determined by a number of laps or total time, in which case the number of remaining laps is calculated as the race progresses. Generally the event's duration (commonly one hour) is shorter than that of a traditional road race — which can last many hours, sometimes over the course of several days or even weeks, as in a Grand Tour. However, the average speed and intensity are appreciably higher. The winner is the first rider to cross the finish line without having been "lapped."

Events often have prizes (called primes, pronounced "preems", and are usually cash) for winning specific intermediate laps (for instance, every 10th lap). A bell is usually rung to announce to the riders that whoever wins the next lap, wins the prime.

Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly while "holding your line" on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners.

The .7 mile course along Lake Winnebago & the Fox River is the perfect spot to bring the entire family and spend the day watching some exciting racing action. Races start at 10:30AM with the Pro Race at 6:30PM.

For those who would like to try their hand at racing that day, there is a citizen race available designed for folks who have never done a race prior. You can pre-register for that event at USA Cycling through this link https://www.usacycling.org/register/2012-2631

Dave Bushey Tue Aug 7 21:39:00 2012
@Gregg - well, I've always loved this song, so you know which side of that argument I land on....http://en.musicplayon.com/play
Craig Weinhold Tue Aug 7 20:52:00 2012
I hope to see some of you at the Dairyland Dare this weekend! -- www.dairylanddare.com
Martin Malin Tue Aug 7 20:46:00 2012
@Ron - Thanks for the memories of Mike Mihalek. I knew him and his wife back in the day. He belonged to the same running club, the Badgerland Striders. They were both really nice.
Gregg Warning Tue Aug 7 13:56:00 2012
Interesting numbers. Wisconsin has 666 teams. Is that good or bad? haha
Ron Friedel Mon Aug 6 19:22:00 2012
R.J. "Mike" Mihalek, competed in a number of Iron Man Hawaii events, maybe 1/2 dozen, in the 1980s when he was about 60. Mike was a math professor at UW-Milwaukee and we first met him as a fellow tandem rider with his wife Betty. Betty told us that Mike absolutely would not mix it up in the melee at the start of the swim. He would walk daintily into the water. But Mike was a good runner and bike racer so he made up time there. In 1994, Mike was 67 and was on the Super SAAGBRAW tour. The Super SAAGBRAWs were run by Wheel & Sprocket and were back to back centuries on Saturday and Sunday before the normal SAAGBRAW that started on Monday. In 1994 we started in Superior, went to Mellen, and then on Sunday to Rhinelander. On that Saturday, I was cooking along, feeling good, and passed “Iron Mike,” on the road. Well, 10 miles out of Mellen, I “bonked” big time. I rode very slowly and finally found my savior at a beer depot on the outskirts of Mellen, a quart, or liter, of regular Coke. I really needed the sugar and the liquid. We worked a couple of Iron Man Wisconsins in the past and I was amazed at the athleticism of most of the competitors. I was working at the 100 mile point of the bike race where the racers were coming up a fairly steep hill. I had a hockey net and “suggested” that the racers could toss their bottles and pick up a new set of bottles down the way for the last 12 miles of the bike portion of the race. (They tossed some pretty nice bottles. I was tempted.) The racers came up that hill at a good speed, some even with smiles on their faces. Heck, I would have been at maybe 5 mph and at a full “pant” mode. I was in decent shape; they were in superb shape.
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 6 18:39:00 2012
Family of cyclist killed near Olympic Park call for end to "political point-scoring":
http://www.bikeradar.com/commuting/news/article/family-of-cyclist-killed-near-olympic-park-call-for-end-to-political-point-scoring-34842/
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 6 18:36:00 2012
Fox Valley Metro police are awaiting the results of a crash reconstruction and other reports before deciding whether to file charges against a driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Kimberly.

http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20120806/APC01/308060193/Police-waiting-on-reports-in-crash-that-killed-Kimberly-bicyclist

Gregg Warning Mon Aug 6 12:48:00 2012
Neenah has put in more round abouts on Green Bay Rd. by Fox Point and the new Festival that is being built at the site of the old Pick N Save. They have restriped the road and reduced traffic to one lane each way and added bike lanes to each side of the road.. I didn't know they were going to do this. This is so nice because my bank is on this road and I use to ride the sidewalk here before because it was really too dangerous for bikes to ride in the road in this area. I'm sure the motorists are complaining because they lost a lane in each direction on Green Bay Rd. and they think bicyclists are taking over the roads in Neenah. lol Neenah is very bike friendly and improving cycle routes more and more.
Gregg Warning Mon Aug 6 12:10:00 2012
Really chilly this morning for my commute to work. Had to dig out the bike jacket. The calendar may say August, but we are into early September climate already with very cool nights. There are some really nice pics from the Oshkosh Northwestern from the Ledge View Escarpment Tour: http://www.thenorthwestern.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery;Dato=20120805&Kategori=APC01&Lopenr=308050352&Ref=PH
Paul Bouffleur Mon Aug 6 10:04:00 2012
Sweet! Double Platinum today! 3003 points - mostly cycling, transport miles!
Wally Olson Mon Aug 6 08:53:00 2012
Very nice morning. Little cooler, I needed my sweatshirt for the ride. We had 48 degrees in the low areas around Wausau. What a change!
Peter J Feyen Sun Aug 5 20:38:00 2012
Riding late Saturday afternoon in a very light rain, felt great. But a block from home it sprinkled harder. Got the bike in the garage, door closed and then it rained, still felt good. Rode today and enjoyed every mile.
Crunched some numbers and reset my goal to 5,000 points by Aug 31st even that I'll be going up north the 9th through the 13th. Congratulations to everyone in the NBC , especially those who made their personally goals.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 5 16:32:00 2012
It was really tough and challenging today in the Oshkosh Triathlon with big white caps and waves crashing into Lake Winneconne beach this morning at race time as a cold front was powerfully pushing in from the northwest. My swim time was really bad and I tried not to panic because I couldn't get any breathing rhythm going with white caps crashing into my face and swimmer's arms and legs hitting me in the head and thrashing all around me. Instead of waves of 50 this year, they had waves of 100. I kept telling myself not to panic in the rough waters and that I didn't have far to go to make it around the last buoy where I could touch bottom again. Once I made the last turn and had the waves pushing me toward shore, I started dolphin diving pushing off the bottom with my legs and body surfing on top of the waves reaching shore very quickly. I had one of the worst swim times of everyone with over 12 minutes in the 1/4 mile swim. But I did super well on the bike against a strong northwest headwind and started passing a lot of riders, who were really struggling against the wind. My goal on the 15 mile bike course was to finish it under 45 minutes and I finished really strong with an unbelievable time of 43:50. My transition time into the run went really smooth and finished really strong in the 5K run with just 23 mintues and 23 seconds. So even with a very bad swim time, I amazingly came back strong and finished 59th overall out of 231 men in the sprint division. Everyone else said they really struggled in the swim and bike and that it was horrible with 100 athletes in each wave with such wind, rough water, and big white caps. But no award this time because I finished 8th in my 50-54 age group. Mike Jovanivich, who was first in my age group in Green Bay, also took first today. He did super well and even came really close to winning an award overall. He is 54 years old and also from Neenah and finished 7th overall. Next year he will be out of my age group and into the 55-59 age group. I couldn't believe it , but a guy who was 79 years old finished the OLYMPIC DISTANCE with the white caps and wind. I told him he is was incredible. He says he trains every day all year for this. If I can finish even the sprint distance at his age, I will be happy.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 5 15:46:00 2012
Our weather in early August is feeling more like early September with these wild temp changes, which is more typical of early September than early August. as we transition from summer to fall. July this year was really more like the dog days of summer and now we are seeing wild temp changes and storms created by clashing between warm and cold air masses.
Gregg Warning Sun Aug 5 14:32:01 2012
It was really tough and challenging today in the Oshkosh Triathlon with big white caps and waves crashing into Lake Winneconne beach this morning at race time as a cold front was powerfully pushing in from the northwest. My swim time was really bad and I tried not to panic because I couldn't get any breathing rhythm going with white caps crashing into my face and swimmer's arms and legs hitting me in the head and thrashing all around me. Instead of waves of 50 this year, they had waves of 100. I kept telling myself not to panic in the rough waters and that I didn't have far to go to make it around the last buoy where I could touch bottom again. Once I made the last turn and had the waves pushing me toward shore, I started dolphin diving pushing off the bottom with my legs and body surfing on top of the waves reaching shore very quickly. I had one of the worst swim times of everyone with over 12 minutes in the 1/4 mile swim. But I did super well on the bike against a strong northwest headwind and started passing a lot of riders, who were really struggling against the wind. My goal on the 15 mile bike course was to finish it under 45 minutes and I finished really strong with an unbelievable time of 43:50. My transition time into the run went really smooth and finished really strong in the 5K run with just 23 mintues and 23 seconds. So even with a very bad swim time, I amazingly came back strong and finished 57th out of 198 men in the sprint division. Everyone else said they really struggled in the swim and bike and that it was horrible with 100 athletes in each wave with such wind, rough water, and big white caps. But no award this time because I finished 8th in my 50-54 age group. Mike Jovanivich, who was first in my age group in Green Bay, also took first today. He did super well and even came really close to winning an award overall. He is 54 years old and also from Neenah and finished 7th overall. Next year he will be out of my age group and into the 55-59 age group. I couldn't believe it , but a guy who was 79 years old finished the OLYMPIC DISTANCE with the white caps and wind. I told him he is was incredible. He says he trains every day all year for this. If I can finish even the sprint distance at his age, I will be happy.
Gregg Frank Sun Aug 5 09:39:00 2012
@Gregg That is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing the link! There is nothing we can't do with our bodies! :)
Wally Olson Sun Aug 5 08:32:00 2012
Good job Tony, I need to ask if you know John Shaw. He is also riding in the MS ride. Tell him Wally Olson says "Hi" if you see him.
Tony Reeves Sat Aug 4 20:18:00 2012
Just completed day 1 of Bike MS ride and got 75 miles in
Gregg Warning Sat Aug 4 10:01:00 2012
My daughter works at the Building for Kids Children's Museum in Appleton and they mixed lemonade with a bike: https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/423377_10151119708030751_691040854_n.jpg

This is cool.

Mark Habeck Fri Aug 3 22:27:00 2012
@Paul - The next time you get to Stevens Point, it'd be worth your time to stop at the Hostel Shoppe. They have a ridiculously HUGE selection of recumbents in all shapes and sizes. The staff is terrific and you can do some test rides (great little trail to ride on too). It's darn near impossible to not have a crazy grin on your face while riding them. Even if they aren't for everyone - they are a blast to try!
Gregg Warning Fri Aug 3 17:26:00 2012
Going to ride the Oshkosh Triathlon sprint bike course this evening: http://www.midwestsportsevents.com/maps/oshtri/2012%20bike%20Map.pdf It's a nice 16 mile course on country roads with a few small hills. They were setting up the buoys in Lake Winneconne for the swim course and the bike racks in transitiion. I think I will do a time trial on all 3 courses this evening.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Aug 3 11:58:00 2012
Hi Peter - great you can join us. All Fox Cities riders, we are leaving from Shattuck Park in Neenah (next to the library) tonight at 9 pm. Bring your lights and helmet. Weather looks great! More info at http://www.facebook.com/events/344544502291700/
Paul Bouffleur Fri Aug 3 10:26:00 2012
@Mark - I've worked in bike shops off and on for over 20 years and I did get a chance to ride a tadpole, but it was at a trade show in a completely car free environment. Totally get the shock and awe factor, and the fact that it feels super fast and stable being that low to the ground. Downhills have to feel like you're screaming!

Coincidentally, I just passed somebody riding one of these on the bike trail this morning and they are LOW! She was at about knee level to me on my cargo bike. Have fun on that little rocket.

Peter J Feyen Fri Aug 3 08:54:00 2012
I'm doing the Moon Light Ride in Neenah tonight. This should be fun since I didn't do late night riding this year. I guess that I'll have to clean my glasses extra clean before I start the ride.
Ruth E. Dixon Thu Aug 2 21:50:00 2012
Anyone doing the Escarpment Bike tour Sunday Aug 5? It's $25 day of the ride and they have spaghetti and ice cream after the ride and muffins before (Isn't that why we ride?) Info is kind of hard to find on their website (www.ledgeviewnaturecenter.org) and The Ride Guide lists the date as Aug 7th which is a Tuesday, the 7th was a Sunday last year. It's hilly. We usually kayak on Sundays but my husband is running the Mountain Bay trail with friends so I decided tonight to do this and get my activity for the day done early. I'll be the one with a yellow helmet and "poppy and pearl" bike with the small front tire (24inches) and larger back tire. I'm used to doing these rides alone but would love company.
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 2 21:38:00 2012
Looks like Sunday should be a great day for the Oshkosh Triathlon. Partly cloudy and highs in the upper 70's and lows in the upper 50's. Will be a little chilly coming out of the water at 7 am, but biking 16 miles and running another 3.1 miles will warm us up. It should be around 60 degrees at race time.
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 2 19:25:00 2012
The Express station on Commercial hadn't raised yet as of 4 pm this afternoon, so I filled my mini van for $3.59 yet. Don't plan to use the van much until Labor Day weekend when we have our union picnic at the Milwaukee Zoo. For $10 we get free parking, zoo admission, 2 free tickets to special attractions, all you can eat picnic and free beer, soda, and botled water all day. It's a fun time there every year. The Teamsters have to negotiate a new UPS contract for us before July 31 next year and they will be starting negotiations in September. This will be the largest barganing agreement in the country, representing over 250,000 employees. They are already expecting a war, but UPS is having record profits, even in the recession. I'm going to recommend to the Teamsters to reward us for biking to work by getting UPS to subsidize some of our bike expences. They can use this as a tax right off with the federal government .
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 2 19:13:00 2012
They will be selling them at the race. They are $60 I think.
Mark Habeck Thu Aug 2 19:11:00 2012
@Paul - being low to the ground on the tadpoles makes me feel more like I'm on a go-cart. They are very stable going downhill too. So far, I think drivers are more like, "whoa, what IS that?" and have given us plenty of space. Although it does help to pick roads with decent shoulders to help stack the odds in our favor. Thanks for checking out my site!!!
Pete Doll Thu Aug 2 16:35:00 2012
Gregg how do get one of those Jerseys?
Gregg Warning Thu Aug 2 12:20:00 2012
This is a pic of the Race the Lake bike jersey this year: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/547947_10151972187550654_1711934710_n.jpg

I want to get one of these.

Gregg Warning Thu Aug 2 11:04:00 2012
We have a lot of motivation now to have a strong finish in the challenge. Gas went up to $3.99 gallon here in Neenah this morning. They said on the news last night that within a matter of hours, it was going to go up to about $4/gallon due to pipeline problems.
Paul Bouffleur Thu Aug 2 09:35:00 2012
Mark - checked out your website! Looks like you guys do a lot of bike touring on your tadpoles! They are pretty cool, do you ever feel vulnerable on the roads with them, being that you are so low to the ground?

I spent much of my childhood riding the trails in Penninsula State Park - so much to do and see in the park and the trails are well maintained. Taking the ferry and riding around Washington Island is fun too.

Mark Habeck Thu Aug 2 01:05:00 2012
I added a forum specific for the National Bike Challenge to my new cycling website. Feel free to post away! http://www.tadpole-tales.com/forums.html#/

I've also added some information on several new rides we've taken in Wisconsin. Tomorrow we hit the road and travel to Door County to log more miles and review more places. Any feedback you guys have would be appreciated!

Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 23:15:00 2012
The spawning of fish occurs also by the position of the earth to the sun as well, but air temps have a signifcant factor in this process as we witnessed this year with the spring walley run occuring in March this year, which has never happened in the history of Wisconsin due to unseasonably warm temps. Walleyes will spawn when the temp of the water becomes about 50 degrees and this occured in March, which has never happened before in history here.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 22:59:00 2012
Decreasing daylight is what brings the leaves to change, but with decreasing daylight comes cooler temps and the more cooler the temps become the quicker they will change and an early frost will bring the change even quicker. That's why fall color will always come first in those areas with cooler temps. The trees in the country where it gets colder overnight will always change before trees in town where it remains warmer overnight. This is also why the actual date of peak color varies every year from a couple weeks, even though the daylight is the same every year. The actual temps experienced that particular year causes the variance. A warmer fall will delay color and cooler fall makes color come earlier.
Jenny Stelzner Wed Aug 1 22:53:00 2012
I know that sometimes the leaves will turn color due to stress, but isn't the changing colors in the fall due to the amount of sunlight at that time of year? The decreasing daylight has more to do with it than the temps.... but maybe I am wrong?
Jenny Stelzner Wed Aug 1 22:51:00 2012
Yes, very impressive, Wally! As the national challenge has recorded 9 million miles, Wisconsin has 2 million of them! ON WISCONSIN!
Wally Olson Wed Aug 1 22:41:00 2012
Way to go WI. I see we have passed the 2 million mile mark. That is impressive.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 22:15:00 2012
The severe drought this year is also going to cause the leaves to turn early and fall off and not be as colorful and vibrant this year. But northern Wisconsin has gotten a lot of rain lately and the Wolf River last weekend was higher than normal and the rapids were very strong for this time of the year.
Jenny Stelzner Wed Aug 1 22:09:00 2012
I'm with Jaime. I hear that we will be having above average temps at least until October.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 21:59:00 2012
The nights and mornings have cooled off a lot from July and it has been really cool, foggy, and dewy this week when I bike to work at 4:20 am.

@ Jaimee Early September back to school days and Labor Day often is very hot during the day and kids and teachers sweat it out for a couple weeks and even 90 degree temps are not uncommon for those first couple weeks of school. The climate now is very typical of early September as the nights are cooling off a lot from the heat of the day, which causes the leaves to begin their color transformation with the cooler overnight temps. This is already occuring with the maples in northern Wisconsin because of the much cooler nights now. The temps got down to 46 degrees last Saturday morning and this is not normal for the end of July, which is normally the beginning of the dog days of summer. These cool nights are normal for the end of August, not July . All summer long our climate has been a month early. Even in the Valley here today it felt like early Setpember this morning with a very cool dewy foggy morning and then temps heating up to 90. We should be just entering the dog days of summer now, with temps not dropping much during the night and remaining very warm throughout the night. But that occured already in July this year and I think those very warm nights are past. We don't ever normally have any snow until Thanksgiving or even later and sometimes not even until after Christmas ,which has been the case many times here in Wisconsin. So even a month early in climate should not bring any snow before the end of October and maybe not until November. If the cooler nights continue as they have been, our peak color will be anywhere's from 3-4 weeks early this year. We may have a very warm winter like last year with above norrmal temps and lack of snow, too. Or it could go the other way again like the previous winter with a lot of snow and a much later spring then normal, bringing everything back to a more normal climate patttern for Wisconsin. Those that say we are having global warming say that our winters can actually become colder and snowier. They say global warming doesn't always bring a warmer winter, but like our previous winter was colder and snowier than normal.

Dave Bushey Wed Aug 1 19:46:00 2012
Yeah, you know the summer has been rough when you're sitting around going "well, maybe it'll cool down in August"
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Wed Aug 1 17:10:00 2012
Jaime I agree, it's just HOT, and I doubt it's going to end anytime soon.
Wally Olson Wed Aug 1 17:05:00 2012
The prize list is out for July. I see a lot of Wisconsin riders on the list. Congratulations and keep riding safe.
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Aug 1 16:32:00 2012
@Gregg - You make it sound like we'll have a first frost by Labor Day, and snow by October 1st. I disagree with you. It still feels very much like summer here in Milwaukee, At least we don't have the 100 degree days.
Anne Wandler Wed Aug 1 14:27:00 2012
Gregg - I'm not doing Oshkosh this year, but have done it several times previously. The lake is small, but if it's windy you will have waves. Also, make sure you have dark goggles, as the return portion will be into the sun. Don't bother with a wetsuit - the water will be warm enough to skip it, and there are no wetsuit strippers (course is too short for it). You'll also find it much easier to swim in a real body of water, versus that shallow pond in GB (one of the reasons I won't do that race any more-can you tell I'm a swimmer?) You'll have a run on the grass to the transition area, and some grass to run on out of it until you hit the street. You'll find the first section of the bike course to be technical - turning at street intersections, and through a school parking lot, but it's a nice bike course without any major hills - similar to Green Bay in that regard. The run is really nice - part of it goes through a residential neighborhood & you'll get some shade. Good luck!
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 13:31:00 2012
Only 4 days until the Oshkosh Triathlon at Lake Winneconne Park. Anyone else here doing this? This is only my 2nd triathlon in my life, but I was shocked when I found out I took 2nd place in my age group at the one in Green Bay. I was not even going for an award in Green Bay, since it was my first time, but now I know I can do it. The guy who won first in Green Bay this year, won 2nd in the Oshkosh Tri last year, so if he is in it again this year, he will be one of my competitors. I've been working hard on the swim because that is my weakest and I got a better breathing rhythm mastered now, which will be a big help. I had an excellent bike speed in Green Bay (21.7 mph), which was the main reason why I took 2nd and if I can do that again, I have a real good chance of winning another award in this one, which is basically the same distance as Green Bay, except the swim is 40 yards more and the bike is a half mile less, and the run is the same 3.1 miles. However, in Green Bay that was a shallow man made lake with calm waters and this is a big open body of water. Hopefully, it won't be real rough because I can't swim real good in rough water. I'm debating on whether to use my wet suit, but I think I'm not going to because the time I save in the swim will be lost in getting it off in transition because I'm not sure that they are going to have any wet suit strippers like they did at High Cliff. I swam at Lake Winneconne Park on Monday and the water is shallow and very warm. and can touch bottom on most of the course. I'm going back there today to do all the courses. I haven't rode on the bike course there yet and I want to check out the condition of the roads, so I know where all the potholes and hazards are. It realy helps to know this before the race.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 11:40:00 2012
Those crops that survived the drought are maturing a month early this year. Many farmers planted their crops a month earlier this year and why everything is being harvested a month early this year. Farmers will be harvesting their corn and soybeans in September this year. The wild blackberries up north are reaching peak this week, which normally isn't until Labor Day. When I was up north last weekend. the crops looked very good up there. They have gottten a lot more rain up there. My brother says from last Sunday to Thursday when he went back up to his deer hunting trailer there was 2 1/2 inches of rain in his rain gauge. And he said it rained all night last Thursday and by morning there was another 1 1/2 inches in his rain gauge. The water level on the Wolf River had risen quite a bit. I went white water rafting last weekend up north on the Wolf river, and it was excellent and the river height was a little higher than normal for late July. When I checked out Big Smokey Falls and Wolf River Dells in the Menomonie Reservation, there was a lot of water going over the falls and was fun to watch the rafts come down and go over the falls.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 11:24:00 2012
The reason average temps are hotter in July than August is because although the 1st 2 weeks of August are typically very hot and humid like July, I've noticed in Wisconsin that the middle and end of August will typically usher in a transition into cooler mornings and nights, yet temps rising in the day to some hot weather. We entered that period already last week and it was actually very cold Saturday morning up north with clear skies and 46 degrees. We are still one month ahead in climate and that still has not changed as we now are in a more back to school early September like climate. The climate now feels very Labor Day back to school like.
Gregg Warning Wed Aug 1 11:22:00 2012
It was a beautiful morning for my commute to work with an orange glowing full moon in the horizon. I can tell that our climate is still off by 1 month. In May we had June climate, our July climate came in June this year, and the hot muggy days of August came in July.. Today feels very much like early September climate with a cool dewy foggy morning in low lying areas, yet hot summer like back to school temps. The cooler nights will begin to cause our leaves to change color, even though on the calendar it is only the beginning of August. If August continues to bring a more September climate, we will see a lot of color in leaves by Labor Day this year and they will fall off also a month earlier than normal.
Jason "Too Slow To Go" Hillestad Wed Aug 1 10:28:00 2012
I just entered 515 miles! RAGBRAI was fantastic!
Christine Salvatore Wed Aug 1 10:15:00 2012
Ooops. Well, I just hope it cools down! I need to ride without worrying about my heart. Sigh.
Wally Olson Wed Aug 1 08:39:00 2012
New month and the home stretch for the NBC. Got started early and was going to try for 50 miles before work. The best laid plans of mice and men........, I picked up a staple in my tire and ended up changing a flat on the road. Oh well, it's all for fun anyway. Ride safe.
Martin Malin Wed Aug 1 01:16:00 2012
@Dave - To make a minor correction - I just looked at about 30 WI communities in all areas of the state (just online, not visually), and 90% of them had their average highest day between July 22nd, and the 25th. But here are the three outliers. Superior was the only one later with July 30th. Madison was July 14th, and Platteville takes the cake at JUNE 26th. (But Platteville and Superior's hottest months were still July.) [I know it's trivial, but one of these all important facts, like the one about Platteville, might win you a bet and a drink at a bar someday.]
Martin Malin Wed Aug 1 00:15:00 2012
@Dave - It isn't much of a difference, but the average hottest day of the year is July 23rd in Milwaukee. (Other average high days in Wisconsin might be a few days in either direction, but would still be in July.)
In Milwaukee, July averages out to 81 for its high, and 63 for the low, and August is 79 and 62 respectively.
My guess is that in 2012, we were just a tad warmer in July.
And in a normal year, the reason we think August is hotter probably has to do with less precipitation and the fact that most people are already psychologically beat down from the heat from July.
Dave Bushey Tue Jul 31 23:32:00 2012
@Martin - I did not know that. I was just joking to guy at the bar that "you know you're introuble when you think 'maybe August will be cooler than July' "
Martin Malin Tue Jul 31 22:15:00 2012
@Christine - We DON'T want July and August to trade temperatures. July is on average warmer than August.
Dave Bushey Tue Jul 31 19:18:00 2012
BROKEN F'IN SPOKE #furious....was about to have my highest-mileage month ever with tonight's ride.

I CAN go out and ride Tha Hoss (Giant Sedona, it weighs a metric ton) to get the miles in, and probably will, but it's WAAAAYYY less fun than the Cranked ride.

Gregg Warning Tue Jul 31 17:19:00 2012
So close to 2 million miles. Will we make it before midnight? Cranked ride again tonight in Neenah.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jul 31 16:09:00 2012
@ Gregg, good to know. I won't be able to do it this year, have a bridal shower to attend (my nephew is getting married, so as family, I am expected to be there LOL) Maybe something to shoot for next year. I still need to accomplish that Century goal, as well.
@Cora, I often see riders and often wonder if they are part of the challenge, or know of it, etc. It is fun to imagine!
@Christine, I am with you--at least lets not go back to the 100's again (unless its dry haha)
@Jude-welcome back and lets get crushing!
@Jim-nice goal! Keep going!
(did I cover everyone?)
Jim Franzen Tue Jul 31 13:30:00 2012
@ Cora, today was a great ride. It is nice to be joined by so many other riders. Though I am in Milwaukee.
Christine Salvatore Tue Jul 31 12:32:00 2012
Praying that July and August traded temperatures and things cool down a bit in August!!
Cora Pynenberg Tue Jul 31 10:02:00 2012
A great ride in to work today, and saw lots of other riders. 4 passed me by, I passed one, and passed at least 4 going the opposite direction. I wonder if anyone I passed today is part of the challenge (I hope they all were!). Was anyone else here riding thru Appleton between 6 and 7 this morning?
Jude Toche Tue Jul 31 08:01:00 2012
Well I'm back, and ready to crush August.
Jim Franzen Mon Jul 30 23:28:00 2012
I hit 503 miles today for the month of July and I still have tomorrow. WOW, my goals for August are even higher. Hope I can keep this up.
Gregg Warning Mon Jul 30 21:51:00 2012
Jenny, you are allowed 7 hours and 40 minutes max for Race the Lake and it is required to get to High Cliff by 10 am or they will not let you finish the race. 12.4 mph is all you have to average and I'm sure there are riders at that level. If you do it, I advise you to stick together in a group because it will be a lot harder, if you aren't able to draft with someone, especially on the east side of the lake, which is more hilly and typcially where you hit more of a headwind because winds in August are typicallly from the southwest.
Joe Holda Mon Jul 30 21:01:00 2012
Keep on truckin . . .mmmm bikin Peter, enjoyed you sharing your testimony earlier. Good to hear you got to enjoy EAA, I live right across the street and didnt really get to enjoy it this year!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Mon Jul 30 20:42:00 2012
Fox Cities riders - Moonlight Ride coming up this Friday August 3 at 9 pm at Shattuck Park in Neenah. Details available at http://www.facebook.com/events/344544502291700/. All FCCA members that attend are entered in the drawing for a $20 gift certificate from Appleton Bike. Not an FCCA member yet? You can sign up today by becoming a Fox Cities Greenways member at http://www.focol.org/greenways/join.html. This is a 2 for 1 deal - membership in the Greenways will automatically make you an FCCA member.
Dave Bushey Mon Jul 30 17:51:00 2012
@Jim - so, basically you're going to ride almost the entire Oak Leaf Trail? Cool.
Dave Bushey Mon Jul 30 17:49:00 2012
@Gregg - I've always found one of the upsides to cycling is that the half-life of but that's sore from being in the saddle is zero - get off the bike, butt feels INSTANTLY better.
Jim Franzen Mon Jul 30 17:37:00 2012
http://www.endomondo.com/routes/75750024

Above is my parkway challenge route for Milwaukee. 65 miles and it goes through most of our beautiful parkways and trails that are available. I am going to do this on the last Saturday of August. This is a ride I have wanted to do for a while. I just roughed out the map and will do some detail work later. Planning to meet at old Tats by Sheridan park in Cudahy, but you can start anywhere on map and do the big circle.

Gregg Warning Mon Jul 30 17:29:00 2012
I'm too competitive. Planning to just stop for maybe 5-10 minutes at High Cliff to stretch, use bathroom, and refuel and then on to the finish line. The faster I can ride, the less sore my butt will be. haha
Peter J Feyen Mon Jul 30 16:31:00 2012
I got home from EAA at noon today. Enjoyed the time there but missed the time on the bike. I took a big hit in the standing but look out because I'm a coming even though I'm ahead of my goal I set for the end of August! Cycling is great, heathly, realaxing, scenic and stress realaxing. RIDE AND ENJOY THE MOMENT !
Mon Jul 30 16:06:00 2012
Great effort by all NBC riders to achieve 9 million miles. We are rapidly closing in on our 10 million mile goal. Keep up the good work everyone - have fun and ride safely!
Lance Schroth Mon Jul 30 15:15:00 2012
I've been waiting for Race The Lake all summer. I'm really excited for this event too.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 30 15:04:00 2012
I saw a flier in the goodie bag from yesterday for the Race the Lake event. I did not realize that there was a category for those with a 12-15 mph average. Has anyone competed in this event at that level? Is that level more of a tour as opposed to a race? I have not done that distance in one sitting, and not sure I could even do it without some rest breaks, etc. so not sure bike racing is in my future. But, would love to do more of a tour around the lake (did it back in college, slightly different route that was 80 miles around, this was before all of the recent road improvements)
Lance Schroth Mon Jul 30 15:04:00 2012
You can stop if you want too. There is 5 or 6 rest stops for those who don't want to "race".
Gregg Warning Mon Jul 30 15:02:00 2012
I also plan to register for the race on Saturday and also bike a little of the beginning of course and also the end of the course to the finish line. This is only 3 weeks away now and I am getting really excited for this, but also a little nervous because there is going to be so many people in this. I know I can bike 90 miles because I've done that long of a distance 2 times now, but those were tours and we stopped a lot and rested. I don't think there is going to be time to rest during the race. lol
Gregg Warning Mon Jul 30 14:12:00 2012
If anyone is doing Race the Lake in Fond du Lac on August 19 and is in need of lodging for Saturday night, August 18, I have a camp site reserved with electric hook up for my Coleman pop up camper at Columbia County Park, which is right on Lake Winnebago in Malone (10 miles NE of Fond du Lac). I have room to sleep in the camper for 2 other guys on a double size pull out bed and the table folds down for another single bed. The site number is #34 and is close to the restroom and shower facility. I plan to set up the camper at 3 pm on Saturday, which is check in time. I also plan to have a little campfire Saturday night there, but won't be staying up real late, since the race starts at 5:45 am and I want to be sure and get a good nights sleep. For directions and more information on the campground, see this link: http://www.fdlco.wi.gov/Index.aspx
Wally Olson Mon Jul 30 09:12:00 2012
Great morning for a ride, temp was just right, no wind, and a sky filled with stars. Just a little fog to give it a surreal feeling. It's morning rides like this that make dragging my butt out of bed at 3 am all worthwhile. Ride safe.
Gregg Frank Mon Jul 30 02:36:00 2012
@Jenny, thanks for the Kudos, sorry to hear about the headache. I read back a little bit, and way to come back from the dog bite. Keep up the AWESOME efforts, you're doing fantastic!! :)
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 29 20:21:00 2012
They had big TV news coverage of the Goumet Bike Tour on the NBC Green Bay local news tonight. I think I saw Jay Butzler
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 29 20:00:00 2012
@ Jenny The challenge started 2 weeks later on bike to work week last year and went to September 30. But even still we are riding more miles this year and we have a couple thousand more riders this year, too, which helps. We probably won't make 3 million miles, but if the challenge went to September 30 like last year, we would make it. Even the end of the challlenge is coming a month early this year like our climate. lol
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 29 19:55:00 2012
BTW, look at Wisconsin! We are almost at 2 million miles, near the end of the 3rd month! Weren't we just getting near 1 million miles this time last year, or am I remembering this wrong? Either way, ON WISCONSIN!
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 29 19:50:00 2012
On my hybrid, I was averaging 13 mph before I was sidelined. Since back to riding, I have been averaging more like 12.1-12.2 mph. Today, I averaged 12.7 mph, which is pretty good for me even before the dog bite, considering the longer distance.
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I guess I was right, Gregg, you were right around Boom Bay when I was thinking about where you might be at that time! Were your ears ringing? LOL
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 29 18:53:00 2012
20 mph is a very comfortable speed for me in a pack when I can draft and I can sustain that for a long period of time. I am happy that I signed up for the 7th wave (20 mph) in Race the Lake. 18 mph is a comfortabe speed for me solo on my commutes to work, if there is not a strong headwind. With a strong head, I'm more comfortable at a slower 15 mph.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 29 18:44:00 2012
@ Jenny We got to Boom Bay by 8:45 am and I already rode 30 miles, which was an average of 20 mph. The markings on the road were fine if you were riding solo, but in a pack was dangerous because they weren't far enough ahead of the turn and is why one guy wiped out on a turn. The pullers weren't able to give us enough warning of a turn and resulted in sudden slow downs and a couple times I almost hit the rider in front of me.
N8 Anderson Sun Jul 29 17:11:00 2012
Woo hoo! Hit platinum with 2 days to spare. Should grab another 60 or so points with my commute to work Monday & Tuesday. This bike challenge has been great! Hate to see it end next month. Hope there's another one soon.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 29 17:00:01 2012
Gregg F, nice job on the 25. I actually started out last year doing the 25, but then decided to do an "abbreviated" 55 mile route (rode 48 miles total). So this year I was debating whether to do the 55 or the 75 mile. I did get a late start, so I figured I might be pushing it in a bit late for the 75, so decided to stick with the 55. Also , developed a headache during the ride, which basically convinced me that I had made the right decision.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 29 17:00:01 2012
I liked the little sprinkles today, too. It cooled me off with the breeze on my damp jersey. I was starting to really sweat towards the end because the sun started coming out and I could feel the humidty rising. I liked that it was mostly cloudy today. I was up north Friday and Saturday in Langlade County white water rafting on the Wolf River and that was fun, too. Stayed overnight Friday night at my brother's deer hunting trailer 2 miles off of Hwy. 52 on a gravel/mud logging road between Lily and Antigo and enjoyed his Bear Camp party. haha We are still running a whole month ahead in climate and woke up Saturday morning to 46 degrees. Getting into early September climate now. Burrrrrrr!! Fun weekend!
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 29 17:00:01 2012
Gregg W, I didn't get as early of a start as you did, I arrived at the school around 8 and was on the road around 8:30. Was thinking you would probably be to Boom Bay by then! Yes, I also enjoyed the rain!
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 29 17:00:01 2012
Did the 75 mile route on Neenah Goumet bike tour plus 5 miles of the 100 mile route and 10 mile round trip commute to St. Mary's High School for a total of 90 miles today. I was going to do the 100 mile, but most of the group chickened out because of a forecast of some rain and they said 5 miles of the 100 miles was gravel. I took part of the 100 mile course, but not enough riders, so regrouped with the 75 milers at Boom Bay rest area. It's tough doing 100 miles with such a small group. I had to pull too much. I enjoyed the 30+ larger 75 mile group and drafted most of the way and let the pull me up hills. haha It's amazing how much faster you can go when you hook into another riders draft. This uses 30% less energy. It's easy for me to get dropped if I don't make sure I'm in their draft. Pedal time was 4 hours 6 minutes and 39 seconds and with rest stops, stops at intersections and cross roads, and a train total time was 5 hours exactly. We left at 7:16 am and got back to the school at 12:16 pm. Nice food and drinks at rest stops and great food at picnic afterwards.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Sun Jul 29 16:31:00 2012
Cicadas are the sound of summer, of that year when you were young.
Gregg Frank Sun Jul 29 15:00:01 2012
@Jenny, way to go. We did the 25 mile. I agree, the food was excellent! :) The routes were clearly marked via paint and all the organizers did a really good job too! :)
Gregg Frank Sun Jul 29 15:00:01 2012
@Mike, 75 miles, way to go sir! :)
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 29 15:00:01 2012
55 mile route today, good food, too!
Mike Roth Sun Jul 29 14:00:01 2012
75 mile route for 26th Annual Best Friends Gourmet Bike Tour, perfect riding weather minus the little rain early on.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 29 14:00:01 2012
I enjoyed the rain, felt good!
Michael on Bicycle Sun Jul 29 12:22:00 2012
Sorry John Jay... that was me, figured it was the only way I could catch you in the rankings! :-)
John Jay Mcnall Sun Jul 29 11:54:00 2012
Is any one having a problem with new version of app not doing correct mileage. I seem to loose about 15 miles on my longer rides. That is a big difference from my cat eye and previous mapped rides from old version. Maybe I am doing something wrong.
Jim Franzen Sun Jul 29 11:00:01 2012
@Christine. YEAH! Great job.
Ric Greene Sun Jul 29 09:00:01 2012
Had a couple good days this. Rode 70.25 on Friday and 48 on Saturday. 158 for the week total. Hope to get in another 100 before end of the month.
Michael on Bicycle Sun Jul 29 07:24:00 2012
Oops, haven't heard of the ITS? check this link out...
http://www.cutr.usf.edu/programs/its/index.shtml
(feel free to search for cycle to learn how bicycles are taken into account)

Goto go!

Michael on Bicycle Sun Jul 29 06:58:00 2012
It is crazy, isn't it. Definitely makes it more understandable of how so many Florida motorists can say "I see cyclists jumping lights all the time!". If this hasn't happened to your city yet... it will, unless we (alternative road users) can stop it (or more preferable to me, modify the ITS model quickly, to consider cyclists)

For us Florida riders, there is some good news though...
The new 2012 Florida Driver's Handbook is out and it contains MUCH MORE bicycle supportive language. This means future drivers will learn the rules if for no other reason than there might be a question about bicycles on the test!

Since state specific, I didn't want to post here but if interested check out my posting including excerpts and link to full text... (link is long, might have to be copied and pasted in browser.)
http://westfloridacycling.com/index.php;Itemid=122&func=view&catid=66&id=5453
Also easy to navigate to, in Forums, click tab "recent discussions"

I want to thank the Committee for a Bikeable Community (CBC) the advocacy committee of the Capital City Cyclists, who worked hard with the State to have this language included!
I noticed the CBC has a team here in the NBC! (sorry if you guys were trying to stay incognito, this is great stuff) The Capital City Cyclists Club ( http://CCCyclists.org ) are located in Tallahassee and are very active (I believe club also has team in NBC).

There are some that would like to start a chapter of the CBC here in Tampa!

Time to ride...
Ride like you belong!

John Jay Mcnall Sun Jul 29 05:00:01 2012
@Michael on Bicycle That was so fast the cars barely made it through. Extremely dangerous and unsafe. If accident would of happened I would blame the city. Your later post about pedestrians walking across the street would be very unsafe in this situation also. We need to find a way to start changing things before number of riders is to low to do anything.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 28 23:29:00 2012
WTG Christine!
Martin Malin Sat Jul 28 23:18:00 2012
@Christine - Congratulations!
Michael on Bicycle Sat Jul 28 22:37:00 2012
Thanks for reminding me, I meant to see how much I caught on video...

Ride like you belong!
travis montross Sat Jul 28 22:19:00 2012
wow that was a fast light. i add an extra mile on my commute to work so i dont have to bother with intersections with stoplights. theres actually only one busy intersection on my whole 12 mile commute to work but i still avoid it.
travis montross Sat Jul 28 22:16:00 2012
@michael money changed my mind lo. i could get a bike now but id be completely broke after so im going to save up and be able to buy a nicer bike with some left over for extra bike stuff.
Bruce C. Oestreich Sat Jul 28 22:15:00 2012
@ Brad my friend told me about a weed called purslane.Its all over in my garden.I guess over in Europe they love the stuff .I got online and looked up about it ..turns out it is high in minerals and Omega 3.I got some awesome recipes and have been eating these weeds for awhile now.The rest of the garden is really stressed because of the drought but there is a silver lining....WEEDS.LOL
Michael on Bicycle Sat Jul 28 22:14:00 2012
No, pedestrians are required to push the button and wait for the next cycle for the pedestrian signal to be turned "green" for them. Last week I saw a young couple with a toddler and baby approach a similar wide intersection where the vehicle light (same direction) turned green just before they arrived. Since it had already turned, they had to wait about 3 minutes in the sun at about 4pm for the next cycle. Both of the kids became more "unhappy" as the time went by. That was just one signal, I can't believe the hoops pedestrians have to go through here in order to cross the street.

This also throws the responsiblity on the pedestrians so motorists can blame the pedestrian if they are hit. Florida isn't #1 in pedestrian and cyclist deaths for nothing!
Christine Salvatore Sat Jul 28 21:15:00 2012
I've got platinum! Finally!
Dave Gates Sat Jul 28 17:33:00 2012
In the Apple ready to ride another sagbraw. Should be about 360 miles this week. Sure beats working lol
Peter J Feyen Sat Jul 28 15:47:00 2012
2nd day at EAA and enjoying the scenery, oh, and the nice airwhichamacallits.I'm getting in more miles on biking than I expected. Having a great time and everybody ride,ride and ride safely...
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 28 11:28:00 2012
I need to get off my butt and get out there! Beautiful day! I don't have very many miles in this week, as I have been feeling a bit under the weather. I don't want to overdo it today, as I am riding tomorrow in the Best Friends Gourmet Bike Tour. So, just a nice enjoyable easy ride, lets get it on!
Dave Bushey Fri Jul 27 16:22:00 2012
Just realized I rode 76 mi on July 4th, and had ridden 81 mi from the 5th to 26th. Ugh.

Got out for 33 mi today, and going to go for 60+ tomorrow. Back on it!

Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 27 15:04:00 2012
Speaking of rain, there seems to be a large bubble sitting over my area, as we have not really received any significant rain until the past day or so. The storms that have come through either go north of us, or south of us. If we get rain, we have been on the edge of the system and not getting a direct hit. Crops are really suffering out here. On my last ride, I stopped to take some pictures of what the corn fields are looking like. Honestly, it almost looks like fall, except that the corn stalks are not tall enough. Many farmers don't have crop insurance. Very reminiscent of 1988.
Andy Nowak Fri Jul 27 12:56:00 2012
Rain is nice to ride in, but nothing else like thunder and lightning to get me to pick up the pace this morning.
Paul Bouffleur Fri Jul 27 10:02:00 2012
Wow! 65 Degrees cool when I rode in this morning!
Roger Retzlaff Thu Jul 26 18:32:00 2012
I love riding in a warm summer rainstorm.....
(Florida boy)
Christine Salvatore Thu Jul 26 13:57:00 2012
Gregg, I lived in Arizona for years and I understand what you're saying when you say you "forgot what rain looked like". When it rained in AZ, people stood in their doorways and garages (with the doors open) just gaping at the rain like someone seeing snow for the first time. It was just amazing to see it after months and months and months of bright sunshine. You do miss it when it goes away!
Gregg Warning Thu Jul 26 12:48:00 2012
It's the first significant rain I have seen in Neenah here since May. I forgot what rain looked like There was a little rain here when I was on vacation they tell me, but it's the first significant rain I have seen for over 2 months.
Gregg Warning Thu Jul 26 12:40:00 2012
Since the challenge started this was the first day I didn't ride to work and it really felt strange driving. It was poor timing for the storm. If it would have come 15 minutes earlier, it would have been fine because by 4:30 it was all past. But I would have been cutting it realy close to try to bike to work then because we start at 5:05, and it's 9 miles and takes me about a half hour. I usually leave by 4:20 am.
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 26 12:15:00 2012
Anyone riding in the Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee this weekend?
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 26 12:14:00 2012
Anyone riding in the Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee this weekend?
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 26 12:11:00 2012
Anyone riding in the Riverwest 24 in Milwaukee this weekend?
Paul Bouffleur Thu Jul 26 09:29:00 2012
@Gregg - had a similar situation on Tuesday, Lightning all around. Was the first day in over two years that I got a ride to work in a car. Made it less traumatizing by carpooling with an office mate who was making his first trip to work by car in a year.
Jim Post Thu Jul 26 08:10:00 2012
This is the 3rd rain storm to hit our area in the last week and I am amazed at how much greener things are getting... and oh yeah...The Humidity has returned to Southern WI. Happy Pedaling!
Jason R Thu Jul 26 07:55:00 2012
Last nights storms made a mess out of Madison's SouthWest Commuter path. Branches down at several points and one reasonably serious blockage. Twigs and debris all over the place making for a noisy ride.

I blame the noise for me not noticing that my braided cable fell off my pack. Still had the U Lock but no cable to loop in the front wheel. grr.

Gregg Warning Thu Jul 26 05:23:00 2012
Looks like I will have to drive to work this morning. Lightning and severe storms are hitting Oshkosh and Neenah right now. The rain is probably too late to help the crops any.
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jul 25 21:36:00 2012
Filtered silver sunlight for a gloriously cool (finally!) and fragrant evening ride...Ahhhh (-:
Wed Jul 25 11:38:00 2012
Great story about one of our riders from Eastern Mennonite University - Happy Birthday to you Lois and ride on! You are truly what the NBC is all about.
http://augustafreepress.com/2012/07/24/long-time-eastern-mennonite-university-librarian-takes-to-the-bike/
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Jul 25 11:06:00 2012
Hi Ruth - the next Fox Cities Cycling Association Moonlight ride is in Neenah on August 3 - here is the link to Facebook event with more info. Feel free to join us if you are available, it's a fun time! http://www.facebook.com/events/344544502291700/
Carrie E Hughes Wed Jul 25 09:46:00 2012
Is anyone from K-C Neenah (WOF1) short a rider because my team is only 5 people and only one person has any miles? I ride on the K-C Rollers.
Ron Friedel Tue Jul 24 23:22:00 2012
I rode from home to the start of our Newspedalers ride tonight using the oak Leaf Trail on the east side of Milwaukee, near the lake. At 5-5:30 the trail was very busy with bike commuters. I even saw a person going north wearing a "Get Up & Ride" jersey. One of us!
Ruth E. Dixon Tue Jul 24 20:29:00 2012
Missed the Appleton bike ride on Saturday because I was doing Tour de Fest in Kimberly. Weather decided to stay cloudy with some light sprinkles near Chilton. Met some friends at the start so I had company. Great ride though they used to have ice cream at the end.
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 24 17:24:00 2012
I plan to do the Cranked Group ride tonight in Neenah. After all the hot weather we have had , the temps are much nicer today. Going to be another hot day tomorrow, though in the mid 90's. The forecast for the Gourmet Bike Tour on Sunday is partly cloudy and a high of 86. The 100 mile group leaves about 6:30am, so should be nice temps at that time.
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 24 17:15:00 2012
I'm doing the 100 mile route on the Gourmet Bike Tour in Neenah on Sunday. This is only my 2nd time to ride a century.
David "Billy the Fish" Powling Tue Jul 24 16:32:00 2012
Beautiful summer weather in Brussels,Belgium - first summer days of the year this week!
Took longer to figure out how to use the villo rental station than to ride round the streets,the cobblestones are no fun to ride over at all! The station was full when I got back tonight so got in an additional 0.5mile searching out a free station.
Go Freeloaders!
Jeff Schimpff Tue Jul 24 11:00:00 2012
Warm rain this morning was a perfect fit for riding in Keen water shoes, with dry socks hastily stuffed in shorts pockets - because I was too lazy to lift off the rain cover on my pannier bag.. Fortunately the socks stayed dry even as the outsides of the pockets got pretty wet...
Mike Billmeier Tue Jul 24 10:01:00 2012
Does anyone know how the new hydration calculations are made for those using the Endomondo app? Does it use your weight, height, distance, speed, and weather conditions? Yesturday on my normal 24 mile commute home it said I should have drank 167 fl oz of water! There is no way I would carry or could go through that amount. On hot days like yesturday, 98 degrees, I would go through 1.5 large water bottles of water mixed with HEED. On any days in the 80's usually only one large bottle of water with HEED.
Julie Kramer Tue Jul 24 09:59:00 2012
Thank you Endomondo community for being my support system ... I hit the 25 pounds lost mark today. 10 more to go before I leave for Wyoming in September to hike the Big Horns.
Michael Lemberger Tue Jul 24 08:50:00 2012
Slow soaking rain on the way in this morning tasted salty. Whether it was sweat or tears, I couldn't say.
Gregg Frank Tue Jul 24 08:32:00 2012
@Tracy hopefully we'll see you there. I have a matte black Specialized Hard Rock series mountain bike, and my wife has the woman's version in a dark gloss red (The Myka I believe is what her model is called).
Gregg Frank Tue Jul 24 08:31:00 2012
@Jackqueline I live in the town of Menasha, near the Hwy 10, CB, and Friendship trails.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Mon Jul 23 20:42:00 2012
@ Steve - great meeting you Saturday. I just got back from camping and catching up on the Challenge. Thats for stopping and joining us in the 1st annual Appleton Community Bike Ride.
Jacqueline Diaz Mon Jul 23 19:19:00 2012
To Gregg. My speed for that distance is also yours. I have a hybrid bike more like a road bike. Where do you live?
Tracy Goggans Mon Jul 23 19:06:00 2012
My husband, Gary, and I will be there. I will be on my Elliptigo for 25 miles.
Gregg Frank Mon Jul 23 16:56:00 2012
Anybody else doing the gourmet bike ride this weekend? My wife and I will be there on the 25 mile course. :)
Gregg Frank Mon Jul 23 16:49:00 2012
@Jacqueline What's your average speed, I have a 29" rim mountain bike, so 100 miles isn't an issue, but speed is, for that distance, I could only maintain 10-12 MPH avg for moving speed.
Gregg Frank Mon Jul 23 16:47:00 2012
@Jenny, see you at the Gourmet Bike Ride! :) What distance are you doing?
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 23 16:22:00 2012
...and I need to be in good shape for the Best Friends Gourmet Bike Ride this weekend!
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 23 16:18:00 2012
Now seem to be bothered by some back pain... maybe will take the day off from riding, will use the back as an excuse, as I am not into using weather as my excuse!
Charlie L Mon Jul 23 03:00:00 2012
I have spent many years at the EAA airshow. Lots of places to sleep including under your wing, or a friends wing. It is the best!! Or, the campground is a great social place to visit each year. Have never stayed in a hotel, etc. Regarding parking your car or bike, both are close although bike is the closest. When driving if you arrive by 8:00 am you are always within an easy walk to the gate. Keep in mind you may walk ten miles during the course of the day so a quarter mile to the car is nothing.
Jacqueline Diaz Mon Jul 23 01:30:00 2012
Hi,
My name is Jackie and I am looking for any adventurous cyclist, female or male, age does not matter, that would like to ride down with me to Chicago IL on Sunday 8/5/12 to return Monday 8/6 by train.
I had a few friends that were going to come with me and now they have all backed out of it. I am still going to do this with or without anyone but it'd be nice to have company. This is a 90-100 mile bike ride , all trails! (Mostly all trails). It is a fun, scenic ride. My destination is the "Cloud Gate" at the millennium park downtown Chicago. Anyone interested in knowing more details, please email me.
I am 33 y/o Hispanic, Married and I did this same ride last year at this time.
Thanks for your attention and consideration
Have a great day ;)
Jackie
Diazgorda@aol.com
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 23:37:00 2012
I think the night air show is only on Friday. The other days only have an afternoon air show, but the Pearl Harbor reenactment is also going to be in Friday's afternoon airshow.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 23:14:00 2012
Tomorrow , after the air show the Steve Miller Band will be performing in concert at 7 pm and next Saturday, the highlight of the air show will be a reenactment of Pearl Harbor, which is suppose to be really spectacular.. Next Sunday, all students 6-18 will be admitted free with any paying adult, so a great day to take your kids.
Andy Nowak Sun Jul 22 22:21:00 2012
I attended the EAA last year and if you can, stay for the night airshow it WILL be worth it. I would have gone this year again, but I am going on the SAGBRAW tour on Saturday. My 1st multi day tour. Good thing I have a touring bike I just bought this summer from Trikes2Bikes, otherwise my missing road bike would really irritated me.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 22:11:00 2012
There is no lodging available here within at least a 50 mile radius of Oshkosh. People are having to go as far as Madison, Green Bay, and Milwaukee to find any lodging here. Be safe and extra cautious when biking around Oshkosh this week, especially at the end of the air show as people leave the EAA grounds.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 22:08:00 2012
You also can park your bike near the main gate and don't have to pay for parking.. Parking for a motor vehicle may be a mile or more from the entrance.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 21:39:00 2012
A bike is definitely faster for getting in to the EAA grounds.
Wally Olson Sun Jul 22 21:22:00 2012
Andy, I suggest alerting your local bike shops just in case your thief decides to get the spoke repaired. Good luck and don't give up on humanity yet. There are at least 5901 people in WI that I'm sure would help a fellow biker out.
Steve Brengosz Sun Jul 22 20:13:00 2012
"El Ambassador" It was nice to finally meet you yesterday (Even if you weren't riding a glowing blue bike). First time I ever had a police escort that wasn't taking me out of town! Bought some stuff at the farmers market and checked out some Appleton riding for when I come back up in fall.
Christine Salvatore Sun Jul 22 18:19:00 2012
Andy, that is terrible! I'm so sorry for you! As Tim said, keep an eye on Craig's list and the local newspaper. Maybe you can steal it back. It's been known to happen! So unfair!
Andy Nowak Sun Jul 22 16:56:00 2012
It is a 2009 white Windsor Wellington road bike. Rear wheel has broken spoke, cat eye wired bike computer. Avenir cling on bike rack with pannier bags.
Tim Everson Sun Jul 22 16:25:00 2012
@Andy- Wow, that sucks. Whats a description of the bike? I don't ride that area, but I can keep an eye open around Green Bay just in case it gets over there somwhow. Also, check craigslist. Criminals are usually not the smartest folks, maybe it will show up for sale.
Andy Nowak Sun Jul 22 16:21:00 2012
Loosing faith in humanity, broke a spoke on ride home from work. I would have thought somebody would stop and offer help to somebody pushing a bike with a wobbling wheel. I guess the 1st hundred cars didn't need to, but a gentleman stopped and gave me a ride home finally. Left bike in a tall grassy ditch on HWY54 between Algoma and Casco. I guessing all the vehicles that drove past me must have waited to see me leave it, cuz by the time I got back to it. It was gone I guess they must have needed and wanted it more than I did. Thanks hope you enjoy it!
Mark Langkau Sun Jul 22 15:50:00 2012
@Peter - have a great time at EAA. I think my wife and I met you on the bridge over HWY 41 this morning.
Peter J Feyen Sun Jul 22 14:58:00 2012
I'm going to be reducing my riding time to get ready for camping on the EAA grounds Friday thru Sunday with my grandson and his friend that are coming down from the UP of MI.
Amanda Bronk Sun Jul 22 14:06:00 2012
Doug you don't have to be on a team. I rode solo for the first couple of months until my boyfriend and I created a team just for fun. You'll get the hang of it. :-)
Paul Fitzgibbon Sun Jul 22 13:09:00 2012
Doug, you have to be on a registered team.
Doug Nielson Sun Jul 22 12:55:00 2012
i find this web site very confusing. i am not riding solo. My wife rides with me so far we have gone over 500 hundred miles . but when i come here to log in miles i have no idea what to do or how many we have
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 11:57:00 2012
I need to have one of these really big fat tire bikes for winter commuting that I saw at the Appleton Community Bike Ride yesterday: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8010/7622572734_eed9f22038_z.jpg
There was really a big turn out of over 80 riders in downtown Appleton, accompanied by the Appleton Police Department and the mayor . They held traffic back at intersections, which was really nice.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 11:49:00 2012
@ Gregg Thanks, not too many spell it like this, but always nice to meet others who do, even though we had no choice in it. Greg is usually short for Gregory, but my real name is not Gregory, just Gregg,
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 09:21:00 2012
I think the century ride next Sunday at the Neenah Gourmet BikeTour starts at 6:30 am. I hope it's not as humid as today. Going to be a swim training day today. :)
Gregg Frank Sun Jul 22 09:21:00 2012
@Gregg cool photos! :) By the way, awesome way to spell Gregg too! :)
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 09:19:00 2012
@Jenny Continuous shooting :)
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 22 08:54:00 2012
How did you catch that picture? Nice work!
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 08:39:00 2012
@Dave Wautoma just got a sprinkle and was just hot 107 degrees. The drought is very severe there and towards Madison. Everything is just brown because they have gotten no rain all summer.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 08:38:00 2012
This is a nice way to cool off after a hot ride haha: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/7621483730/
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 22 08:21:00 2012
It's the weekend. It's hot. Don't cook in your juices. Find somewhere wet and jump in: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/7615014108/

I captured this amazing shot at the Redgranite quarry.

Tami McNall Sun Jul 22 06:00:01 2012
@Michael Lemuel, I am confused. When my battery dise on me while riding it doesn't lose any information as it is giving a live feed. It just stops at that moment in time and the extra info will come from the bike computer. Have you tried to see that this is this case? It truly is a live feed until the phone stops.
John Jay Mcnall Sun Jul 22 05:00:01 2012
@Dameon Had a boxer in Tenessee chase me daily down the road from my house. He could hit about19.5 across his whole acre.
Michael Lemuel Sun Jul 22 01:00:01 2012
It's a w00t day for me as I cross 10,000 miles early in the morning. I tried getting GPS up for my last 70+ miles but phone was at 3% by my 34th mile and I had to stop tracking via GPS so that I wouldn't loose that data. Our shop got a tandem recumbent in and I hope they let me take it for a tour. Er, or should I say let me give tours with it. a;) Thanks to down tube converters, I have bar end shifting again. I am still hoping to get STI's, but this is a great improvement for now. Everyone is doing awesome as we have 58% of our goal riders having completed 81% of our goal mileage 67% of the way through our challenge. Well on our way to complete 12,000,000 miles by Aug. 31st. As a goal for next year; If we can get another 21,051 riders and keep our current pace; We can reach 21 Million miles. The key will be ADVERTISMENT!!! The rider's are there already doing their miles, we just need them to participate. It will be easier to get them to participate if they know this is happening BEFORE it starts. Kimberly-Clark, and Trek could be our best advertisers with reach in most bicycle shops (Trek), and department stores (K.C.). Bicycle clubs, and non-profits, are the next two greatest outreaches, by getting envolved with the community. Let's stay strong with the final 3rd. Ride Safe!
Al Yard Sat Jul 21 22:05:00 2012
I enjoyed reading everyone's posts today.
@Chuck, a second platinum sounds like a good goal. Thanks for the incentive, and I'll see if I can keep up with you.
@Ian, it's great to hear from another tandem rider. Today's 28 miles were on our tandem, a nice couple hours or so rolling up and down hills. It was a perfect day for a ride.
E M Matteson Sat Jul 21 22:04:00 2012
@ Bruce, You ARE NOT DEAD YET, and you beat me, I am only on my second platinum.
To Phillip, Jacque,.Chuck & Travis, you guys are doing great.. KEEP ROLLING
Bruce C. Oestreich Sat Jul 21 21:55:00 2012
working on 3rd platinum..not too bad for a gimpy old man left on the road for dead
Dave Bushey Sat Jul 21 21:38:00 2012
Platinum! Woot woot.
Gregg Frank Sat Jul 21 20:57:00 2012
Go Christine! :) I'm still 807 points away...
Peter J Feyen Sat Jul 21 15:00:00 2012
@ Jenny, I'm glad I'm not the only one that has oops and have to continue. Congrats early on your PLATINUM !!! I hope this doesn't bring bad luck because I counted the chickens before they hatched.
Jacque Burgin Sat Jul 21 14:00:01 2012
I have 106 miles to go to reach my personal challenge of 500 miles with this campaign. It's so encouraging to read all the stories of novice riders to road warriors! Thanks for all the inspiration. GET UP & RIDE!!
Timothy M Walsh Sat Jul 21 14:00:01 2012
Way to go Heather, 25 miles is a great milestone.
Christine Salvatore Sat Jul 21 13:05:00 2012
90 points to platinum! (It's about time!! ;-})
Chuck Allison Sat Jul 21 13:00:01 2012
Great job Heather keep it up.
E M Matteson Sat Jul 21 13:00:01 2012
WOO HOO HEATHER WAY TO GO!!
Different ride today because I had a class. COMMUTER, OH YEAH!! Out to breakfast, then class, then home again, home again jiggety jig! It sure makes a difference to have a break in the middle of your ride, because your legs forget that you were riding earlier and that last hill doesn't seem so bad after all.
Ride on ya'll !!!
Heather April Sat Jul 21 13:00:01 2012
I just did my first 25 miles. :) Happy riding, friends!
Michael on Bicycle Sat Jul 21 13:00:01 2012
Way to go Heather! you've been working hard toward this, steadily increasing your miles. Nice Job!
Matt Thomas Sat Jul 21 10:42:00 2012
In Madison, construction is done on Fish Hatchery from Badger Rd to Wingra Dr and it's much nicer for biking now :)
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 21 10:07:00 2012
Oops wasn't finished...
The Boom Bay stop was already taken down. I remember that being a long ride back, but the food at the end was excellent! I'm sure the earlier start for me will be very helpful.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 21 10:01:00 2012
@Gregg, I did the 55 mile last year, too, but started late. So, most of the food stops were already taken down. I ended up stopping at Kwik Trip in Winchester for some nourishment because tb
Dave Bushey Fri Jul 20 21:27:00 2012
@Gregg - actually, we had a front move through that dropped the temp and brought a TON of rain along; it was over and done with by the time the Cranked ride started, but I can see why people begged off - the sky had that "maybe I'll rain some more" look to it, though it didnt and the roads were dry.
Steve Brengosz Fri Jul 20 21:21:00 2012
Rob, I might just be able to make that ride in appleton after I drop my daughter off for camp in Neenah. I might have to look for that glowing blue bike
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 20 19:02:00 2012
@ Jenny I think the century ride starts out the same as the 55 mile and then breaks off. I did the 55 mile last year. The picnic afterwards in the cafetera is really nice and the rest stops are well stocked with fresh bakery, fruit, water, gatorade etc. It was really nice. I think the 100 mile group leaves early at 6:30 am, which is good if it gets hot. I will actually be doing 110 miles, which will be my longest distance ever in one day because I a riding to the school, which is 5 miles one way, so I will have an additional 10 transport miles. I will be tired but will be good training for Race the Lake next month and also I am doing the Oshkosh Tri the first Sunday in August. August is a busy race month for me with races 3 of the 4 weekends. I am doing the Run Bike Unite Duathlon at Sentury Insurance in Steven's Poin the last Saturday in August and August 19, which is my mother and dad's 62 wedding anniversary, is Race the Lake. I will be riding lots of miles in August, so I have taken it kind of easy this month and gearing up for an intensive month and so I have been doing just recovery rides, nothing long or hard core fast. It has just been too hot this month and spent much of it in Wautoma, which has had a lot of 100+ temp days.
Christine Salvatore Fri Jul 20 17:17:00 2012
Jason, when I do autism walks, I wear my grandson's picture on my back so people know why I'm walking. Maybe you could "carry" your friend along the ragbrai with you?
Christine Salvatore Fri Jul 20 17:11:00 2012
Tom McInnis: BARKING SPIDERS?? I've never heard anyone besides my husband refer to barking spiders. Very, very strange!!
Craig Weinhold Fri Jul 20 14:52:00 2012
If you're near the twin cities, take time for a ride at Elm Creek park north of Maple Grove. It's got 30+ miles of smooth asphalt trails with gently rolling hills, lakes, grasslands, marshes, and forests. It's a great place for an evening ride.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 20 13:49:00 2012
Gregg, maybe I will see you at the Best Friends bike tour! I was planning on doing that ride, as well. Initially wanted to try the century, but my "time off" recently has deconditioned me. So, maybe setting my goal at 55 miles, which I did last year.
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 20 10:40:00 2012
@Dave, wasn't it hot again for the Cranked group ride on Tuesday night. I was camping on vacation in Wautoma again and it was 107 on Tuesday. The only tolerable place outdoors was in the water. The crops are literally fried to a crisp in the fields there with no rain.
Bob Dumke Fri Jul 20 09:34:00 2012
Looking forward to this weekends Scenic Shore 150. It's going to be warm 90+ but we should have tail winds the whole way.
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 20 07:34:00 2012
I'm looking forward to my 2nd century ride next Sunday at the Best Friends Gourmet Bike Tour at St. Mary's High School in Neenah. The Best Friends Gourmet Bike Tour is a ride through the Neenah countryside with many routes to choose from. The family - 4 to 12 miles and a 25, 55, 74, or the new 100 mile Century routes. Rest stops along the route feature baked goods, fresh fruits, and beverages. Following the tour a Gourmet Picnic will be served from 11:00am to 4:00pm at the school featuring homemade soups, vegetables, beverages, sub sandwiches, wraps and calzones. You can register online here: http://www.active.com/cycling/neenah-wi/26th-annual-best-friends-gourmet-bike-tour-2012
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 20 07:32:00 2012
Rob, I plan to be there. Sounds like a fun time.
Thu Jul 19 23:09:00 2012
The NBC achieved 8 million miles today. This is a major achievement, congratulations to all riders! We are now closing in on our goal of 10 million miles. You have done a great thing for yourself and the cycling community by helping make others aware of the amazing things that can be accomplished on a bicycle, one mile at a time. Keep up the great work everyone.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jul 19 23:01:00 2012
Fox Cities Riders! The 1st Appleton Community Bike Ride takes place this Saturday July 21 in Downtown Appleton. The ride will begin at 10:30 am from the corner of Durkee St. and College Ave. right at the Appleton Farm Market. Come and join us for this free and fun event - very easy 4 mile ride to celebrate Appleton's new bike lanes and bike routes. Free after ride treats at the end of the ride at the City Park Pavilion. Hope to see you there! For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/events/249921835112632/
Wally Olson Thu Jul 19 07:52:00 2012
Well, some much needed rain was coming down in the Wausau area this morning so I stayed in bed for an extra 2 hours. The rain let up and I headed to work at about 5:30 thinking that I could still get in 10 to 15 miles before the start of my shift. Wouldn't you know, flat tire after only 4 miles. Got it changed but had to go directly to work. Only 7+ miles in today. I'll have to ride more tomorrow.
Wally Olson Wed Jul 18 18:30:00 2012
I hope you're okay Timothy. Because of all the car vs. bike incidents lately I want to give a big thank you to John at Sprocketz in Weston for starting up the billboard/sign campaign to remind cars to give bikes 3 feet of space on the roadways. Ride safe.
Ike Beltran Wed Jul 18 17:53:00 2012
FYI. Tellulah bridge is out for repairs. There is another pedestrian bridge about .5 west which you can ride up and over.
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jul 18 16:28:00 2012
Hope everything is OK, Timothy!
Chris Semrow Wed Jul 18 08:12:00 2012
First time in two and a half months I didn't ride to work. Don't mind the rain (and didn't believe it when I saw it!) but the lightening and thunder kept the bike in the garage. Sometimes, it's a double-edged sword...
Jason R Wed Jul 18 07:57:00 2012
Timothy, I hope you and your ride are okay.

And I hope everyone else can try to remember to keep their eyes open, whether ped, bike or car.

Martin Malin Wed Jul 18 00:20:00 2012
@Timothy - Hope you and your bike are OK.
timothy s. fletcher Tue Jul 17 23:27:00 2012
Nice way to end a bike ride tonight, by getting hit by a guy in his van not paying attention at an intersection!!!!! When will these idiots learn to open their eyes when driving????
Dave Bushey Tue Jul 17 21:07:00 2012
Cranked group ride went from >70 last week to 9 this week. People, it's just a little rain!
Mark Habeck Tue Jul 17 20:03:00 2012
Hey everyone, I am "cranked" about our new recumbent tadpoles we bought. I made the switch from a mountain bike to the tadpole. Almost went with the road bike, but these are a LOT of fun!!! Check out my new website at www.tadpole-tales.com
Philip Hinkle Tue Jul 17 16:35:00 2012
Looking forward to my first big ride this weekend. The Scenic Shore 150 for Lymphoma and Leukemia. Just started biking last year and have gone crazy this year. I'm ready with almost 1700 miles on the odometer since March. If you are riding in the SS150 in WI this weekend I'm easy to find. I'm the one with a Pound Puppy velcroed to my aero bars. A good friend lost his dog to lymphoma and my little dog is in honor of my friend. He has rode all 1700 miles with me this year up front and guiding the way. I can also be found Sunday with a Spinter Jersey. Maybe I'll see ya....say hi if you spot me.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jul 17 15:18:00 2012
LOL I have had some uplanned time off in July, just not the way that I would have chosen to have taken the time off.
Jason "Too Slow To Go" Hillestad Tue Jul 17 14:47:00 2012
Ive had two week long vacations in july. Wow, feel my awesomeness!
Jason "Too Slow To Go" Hillestad Tue Jul 17 14:43:00 2012
I really like the idea about getting jersey and having people sign it. SInce Steve is single, im going to see if some of the girls we meet will put their phone numbers on it. He should get a real kick out of that. great ideas. Im so excited to go(its next week already!).
Jason "Too Slow To Go" Hillestad Tue Jul 17 14:39:00 2012
He fractured his face in three places, separated his shoulder, some cracked ribs. Neurology cleared him, so I dont think he has any severe internal injuries. He wont be able to ride for some time and unfortunately he solely uses his bike for transportation.
Cora Pynenberg Tue Jul 17 13:28:00 2012
Jason - Sorry to hear that about your friend. Hope he's OK.

I like Jenny's idea of a T-shirt with signatures, and you could expand it to include anyone you meet along the way.

Another thing you could do for him would be to create a photo journal - although I'm not sure if that would make him more upset that he couldn't go... But hopefully it would make him feel like he was there, at least in spirit.

Jenny Stelzner Tue Jul 17 12:09:00 2012
Jason, I am sorry to hear that. Is he in the hospital? How serious is it? You could have some of the guys on the trip sign a shirt, or some kind of memento from the trip, and give it to him when you get back.
Jason "Too Slow To Go" Hillestad Tue Jul 17 11:09:00 2012
My friend steve was in a serious bike accident yesterday. Four days before we are going on Ragbrai. It was going to be his first time and now he cant go. I am so angry. Why do bad things happen to good people? He worked so hard for this trip. I would like to do something for him while im on Ragbrai, but I dont know what. Suggestions?
Thomas E. Piette Tue Jul 17 08:34:00 2012
Steve, It is really great that you spend time planting all of those snacks. Keep up the good work. the deer (and bunnies) appreciate it :-)
Rick Nelson Tue Jul 17 06:31:00 2012
i saw a baby painted turtle on the Eisenbahn Trail south of Kewaskum. probably trying to find some water.
Steve Brengosz Mon Jul 16 22:52:00 2012
The deer quit being cute when they have chewed everything in the yard to a nub!! The bunnies aren't much better. What I need to see is a few more coyotes.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 16 22:29:00 2012
I love those special moments, too. I rode a loop near the Fox River by Princeton. I saw a mom and fawn cross the road, and would swear that the same pair crossed in front of me on the opposite side of the loop.
Thomas E. Piette Mon Jul 16 21:52:00 2012
I had a great ride on the Fox River Trail yesterday. I saw a red fox just prior to crossing the East River and then a big doe and two spotted fawns a few hundred feet farther down the trail. I slowed and got to within 20 feet before the second fawn ambled into the brush. Every now and then, there is a special event on a ride. This was definitely one of those.
Tom McInnis Mon Jul 16 21:42:00 2012
@ Bob Avery I will be riding for the first time with the Barking Spiders. Will look out for Team Armstrong. Good Luck!
Tom Marquardt Mon Jul 16 21:13:00 2012
Write a comment...Had a great ride today on the Root River Trail in MN. It was a hot 65 miles but the trail was not crowded and the scenery in the bluffs was awesome. Definitely a place to come back to again.
Dave Bushey Mon Jul 16 20:07:00 2012
I THINK I have figured out a way to use my bike for work - I am a outside sales rep, so I do a LOT of driving and can't really do a commute-type thing. But my territory is changing and I should be able to use it to ride around to my accounts within whatever city I'm in about 4 days a week.
Sue Luba Mon Jul 16 19:47:00 2012
A quick 20 miles in 99 degree heat with a 18 mph wind!!!!
Bob Avery Mon Jul 16 17:48:00 2012
@TomMcInnis - Yes, I'm riding RAGBRAI (and the iGranFondo the day before). Can't wait to get back to Iowa! Riding with Team LIVESTRONG.
Kevin L Mackey Mon Jul 16 08:51:00 2012
Thanks Jenny, I can relate. My oldest is out of college and the next one (16 year age difference)has'nt quite outgrown his first but we have a hand me down once I put some maintenance into it.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 16 06:55:00 2012
Congrats, Kevin! I'm thinking of a new bike, too. But my kids need new bikes a lot worse that I do.
Tom McInnis Sun Jul 15 20:26:00 2012
Anyone riding RAGBRAI?
Peter J Feyen Sun Jul 15 20:24:00 2012
I like the improvements to endomondo very much. Thank you!
Kevin L Mackey Sun Jul 15 17:25:00 2012
<----- New bike!
Sue Luba Sun Jul 15 16:13:00 2012
HOT OUT THERE and I didn't drink my normal amount of water -- not a bad ride but it would have been better with more water in my system
Christine Salvatore Sun Jul 15 14:29:00 2012
Go, Jenny, go!!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sat Jul 14 21:23:00 2012
Way to go Jenny!!
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 14 21:16:00 2012
Ahh! Hit platinum today!
Wally Olson Sat Jul 14 16:37:00 2012
Brad, A skunk, wildlife abounds in the countryside around Wausau.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Sat Jul 14 13:00:00 2012
Wally - Was the black and white friend a skunk or a cow?

Kevin - Exciting, just like Christmas when you were a kid, right?

Kevin L Mackey Sat Jul 14 12:41:00 2012
Just picked up my new road bike and road it home. Wow is it fast.
Wally Olson Sat Jul 14 08:48:00 2012
Great morning for a ride, nice temp and no wind. Met a little black and white friend shortly after starting out this morning. It was loping along the side of the road just outside the beam of my light. Looked like he was excited to see me that early in the morning. Fortunately I was able to move to the other side of the road and go past before he could give me a "formal" greeting.
Brian J Colon Sat Jul 14 07:20:00 2012
well I'll hit double platinum today. Going to do the tour de fat and the bike parade. Should be fun.
Wally Olson Sat Jul 14 04:28:00 2012
Jenny, Welcome back. Hope the leg is pain free.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 13 22:07:00 2012
Back at it, but noticeably out of shape!
Cam Reece Fri Jul 13 20:17:00 2012
Another great ride with a stop at a rural tavern for some much needed replenishing fluids!!!
Christine Salvatore Fri Jul 13 17:18:00 2012
OK, that was FUN! Did my usual ride from Kenosha to Racine and back. On the way back, it started raining. I reveled in it! Rode 6 miles in the (mostly) pouring rain, whooping and laughing with the other riders on the trail. Had to take off my glasses; they weren't doing me any good at all...fogged and raindropped as they were. I weighed at least 4 pounds more when I got home than when I left. A word to the wise: never wear a brand new tee shirt if they're calling for a 50% chance of rain. My tan clam diggers are now...uhhhh...pinky tan. Hope it comes out in the wash. Anyone got a Shout Color Catcher?? Thank God for the rain. It wasn't near enough, but it sure was nice.
Cora Pynenberg Fri Jul 13 16:56:00 2012
Does it still count as a family bike ride if my husband rides the moped? Probably not.... but even so, it was a very enjoyable trip to the park, and I hope for more to come...
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 13 16:26:00 2012
...and congrats Tom and Gregg on your achievements!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 13 16:23:00 2012
Priscilla, sorry to hear about your ankle. I know how it feels to be sidelined. Hope you are healing up, and hope you are able to get back out there soon!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 13 16:21:00 2012
Christine: Yes, Mom!
everyone has said "don't overdo it" LOL they must know me pretty well! I will try to keep my inaugeral ride to less than 10 miles this evening, see how it goes.
Ron Friedel Fri Jul 13 13:21:00 2012
Priscilla, we want to see you back on the bike.
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Christine Salvatore Fri Jul 13 10:03:00 2012
Yay, Jenny! Glad to hear you're getting better every day! Don't over do it, though. You don't want to sideline yourself again. (Ok, just say "Yes, Mom!" and I'll shut up! ;-})
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I rode yesterday for the first time in ages. It felt amazing to be back on the bike, but the "loss of conditioning" was quite apparent. Man, one gets out of shape *fast*, much faster than one gets into shape! No fair. I'm planning on riding again today, heat or no. Yesterday was in the high 80s and it wasn't horrendous, so unless the 50% chance of thunderstorms happens, I'll be out there again.
Tomislav "Tom" Hlaban Fri Jul 13 09:25:00 2012
Today is my bike-to-work day #75 for 2012. Yay, me!
Brian Schweitzer Fri Jul 13 07:41:00 2012
Priscilla, No. Only riding a bike outside counts. Stationary and trainers do not count.
Priscilla Farrell Fri Jul 13 06:38:00 2012
Does riding a stationary bike count? Yesterday I rode five minutes at physical therapy. Had almost 500 miles before May 1st. On May 2nd I fell and fractured my ankle. Can't wait to get back on my road bike!!
Thomas E. Piette Thu Jul 12 21:19:00 2012
Congrats Greg!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jul 12 17:10:00 2012
Attention all Fox Cities riders- the July moonlight ride is tomorrow night, we will be leaving from City Park in Appleton at 9 pm. For more information, see the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/464164346946859/ This will be a fun time!
Jaime Richard Ogas Thu Jul 12 16:42:00 2012
@Greg we ride every month between June and September. The naked bike ride in Madison is only once a year
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jul 12 13:50:00 2012
Thanks, everyone--I can't wait for work to be done so that I can get out there!
Steven Lindemann Thu Jul 12 13:39:00 2012
I've been absent a bit due to a MAJOR honeydo list and the "warm" weather. I like heat, but this has been kinda crazy and I'm still getting into biking shape!! Congratulations Gregg that is awesome!! I enjoy reading your comments and you help to motivate me!!!! And glad to see Jenny is recovering from her dog bite. Hope you get in your ride!! Well, gotta get back to my honeydo list and we're prepping for a block party on Saturday and a baptism for our 1st granddaughter on Sunday too!!! Safe riding!!
Martin Malin Thu Jul 12 13:37:00 2012
@Jenny - Great news!
Gregg Warning Thu Jul 12 13:35:00 2012
Yesterday, I passed 2,000 miles in the challenge.
Andy Nowak Thu Jul 12 12:47:00 2012
I XC ski and walk in the winter, I am thinking it should keep track of those also?
Andy Nowak Thu Jul 12 12:44:00 2012
I am also thinking of getting a Garmin Edge200. I ride 3 different bikes and like the idea of using the same computer. Seems like it is a basics only model, which I think would be my best option. Looking forward to others input.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jul 12 12:00:01 2012
@Gregg, based on averaging 85,000 miles per day, we should achieve 10 million miles in about 30 more days or around August 12.
Gregg Warning Thu Jul 12 11:53:00 2012
Even if there were no challenge, I would still enter all my miles on Endomondo for my own personal record. I've been entering miles from walking and running too. I would enter swimming miles, too, but I have nothing that records how far I swam. :( When you start a fitness training program, this is one of the first things that a fitness trainer will recommend that you do. Log and record all your workouts. I personally like knowing how much riding I am doing for transport and how much is sport and by entering all my miles, I can easily print out a statistical report for any week, month, or year, which shows this information. The little time it takes each day to enter miles will be worth it in the end to help monitor your fitness goals. Every fitness trainer will recommend keeping track of your workouts as a way of helping you to reach your fitness goals. Another thing they recommend that you do is to write down and keep track of EVERYTHING you eat and drink and the time of day that you ate and drank it. When I was in a fitness program at Gold's, this forces you to think about what you are eating and drinking and how much. This may seem like a pain in the ass to do this, but you yourself will become more aware of what you are putting into your mouth every day and whether your nutrition is helping you to reach your goals or is hindering it. If you are not seeing the results you want, having this information written down will enable a fitness trainer to tell you what you are doing wrong and what you should change. . It isn't just what and how much you eat and drink but also when you eat and drink that is important and will have a factor in your results. By entering and keeping track of information like this, this will help you to monitor your progress to see if you are doing all that you can to help reach your fitness goals and what you can perhaps do differently to improve.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Jul 12 11:24:00 2012
I use the Edge 800. Plug it into USB, click 'import workout','import from Garmin'... a couple more clicks... totally easy, I've never had a hangup. Your route map will show, your miles will be logged, and if you use a cadence and heartrate monitor, those will be included in the upload also. There will be a little graph at the bottom of your workout; lateral scale will be distance and with the checkboxes you can chose to diplay any or all of: altitude, cadence and heartrate. Don't like the price, but I love the garmin - glad I got it.
Gregg Warning Thu Jul 12 11:00:01 2012
We should have a contest about when we will reach 10 million miles. We might make it before the end of July, but more than likely will be early August sometime. We should all pick a day and hour and see who is the closest.
E M Matteson Thu Jul 12 11:00:01 2012
Hi all, out for the usual morning ride, spotted at least a dozen other riders including a couple on a tandem. Then I took a second shorter ride to the bank. The first ride was with temps in the 70s, the second closer to 90 degrees.
@ Burklee, WOW that really stinks. I'm glad you let us know about this. Maybe League of American Bicyclists or some other bike related publication could do an article about the Bike Kitchen to help you guys out. HOPE SOMEONE IS LISTENING!!!!
Have a great weekend everybody. Back at ya next week. Remember every good bicyclist is OUT SPOKE 'N
Steave Scott Thu Jul 12 11:00:01 2012
Wow, Burklee, that sucks big time. I'm sure you'll get through it in even better shape than before. For every scumbucket who would do something like that, I'm sure there are hundreds of good, caring folks who will help put things back together.
Bike co-ops are an extremely valuable resource for a community. Here in Columbus we have two of them, both in rather dodgy neighborhoods, which of course is where they are most needed. I'll pass the word around locally.
Coming off of a low mileage week, but we've gotten a "cold snap" with highs in the upper eighties and mornings in the sixties. Keep pedalling, all!
david hill Thu Jul 12 10:45:00 2012
Thanks for help. Does anyone use a Garmin to track mileage? Im thinking of getting the Garmin Edge 200, would be cool if I could plug it into my computer and download my info to Endo. Any experiences?
M Wegenka Thu Jul 12 10:17:00 2012
@Paul Bouffleur: Congrats on becoming a new Dad, that's a great Life Changing Event, enjoy every minute of it. I was down on miles last week as my first grandson came to visit for 5 days, I wanted to go riding at 5:00 AM but it was much nicer to entertain him when he awoke early. Our team members will have to pick up this temporary slack (or Charlie L's team might catch us!)
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jul 12 10:17:00 2012
BTW, I saw the doc and he said I could get back on my bike again! Well, he said "easy" rides, nothing aggressive. I will have to think about whether I can participate in the Best Friends ride later this month, as I had planned on riding the century, but all of this dog bite crap has really put me behind and a bit out of shape. I don't know if I will ride tonight, as we have company coming over, but perhaps I will sneak in one of those easy rides before they come!
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jul 12 10:14:00 2012
Interesting, because I know quite a few people whom participated in the challenge last year, that did not want to participate this year because they didn't want to mess around with entering their miles/trips. They JUST want to ride! For me, the android app makes it effortless (just have to keep it charged).
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Jul 12 10:00:01 2012
Burklee. I heard you mention the Lincoln Bike Kitchen before, but never clearly understood what it was until now. What an outstanding idea, an invaluable resouce, and a terrible tragedy. Hope you folks are able to put the pieces back together again. Best wishes and good luck.
Burklee Green Thu Jul 12 09:00:01 2012
Sometime Tuesday or Wednesday morning, someone broke into the Lincoln Bike Kitchen and stole all the bike tools and our two tire pumps. They also broke into the garage and stole a Redline and a BMX bike. Still plenty of parts and bikes at the kitchen, but no tools to install the parts or bring the donated bikes to rideability. This is devastating to our ability to help people keep their bikes rolling. It's pointless, as well. Anyone can use any of those tools, free of charge, whenever we're open. Parts from donated bikes are free. We don't charge for any of that. We take donations of money, if someone wants to give after getting a part or repair.
Lincoln Bike Kitchen is on Facebook, and has a blogspot.com site. We're gonna need donations. All of those tools were purchased with grant money and donations. I don't know how we're gonna help folks for a while. We'll bring over what we can, adjustable wrenches, screwdrivers, vise grips, etc., but the speciatly tools... I don't know.
Stealing from a non-profit. Wow. I know the vast majority of you don't live here, but I just really needed to post this.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Jul 12 06:23:00 2012
Some folks just want to ride and don't care much for messin' about on a computer. Last year there were a few that commented that entering miles was too complicated. Hence the 'Log Miles' button and the auto commute mile setting. 2 clicks and done. You don't have to use this and if fact don't even need to enter a commute distance. And if you want to enter something other, click 'log other' and you can then make that either sport or transport. Or if you want to manually enter full detail go to the workouts page as M. O'Keefe suggests. There are a wide variety of people in the challenge, but it's also a challenge to make this site user friendly for all, and overall I think they are doing a good job. Now if it would just allow comments on comments strings, a la facebook.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Thu Jul 12 06:00:01 2012
I noticed the Badgers jersey too. I thought it looked like someone I know, but I'm not sure because he's usually wearing a Tanners/Fat Tire jersey. (Paul R, is that you?)
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jul 12 00:08:00 2012
Congrats, Paul! Enjoy the little one!
Michael O'Keefe Wed Jul 11 23:27:00 2012
@David H - To add workouts, there is a more complete page that makes it easier to input your workout if you go to http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/. So you could try deleting the campaign/national in the url, then type 'workouts' so you have the url above, hit enter, and it should bring up a calendar with your current workouts. Then you can click on 'new workout'. So I have two bookmarks since there doesn't seem to be an easier way to do this, or at least I haven't found it yet.
charles starnes Wed Jul 11 23:17:00 2012
Hot and dry here in Indiana also as the crops are about done for i think. They calling for rain over the next few day but not looking for much they saying. I get out in the am for my ride when its cooler. Have a great weekend all.
E M Matteson Wed Jul 11 21:58:00 2012
HI all, out this morning with temps in the 70s and lots of other riders.
@ Gregg cool pics of your ride and of the UPS delivery bicycle. We have drought in Missouri as well. They have asked to declare every single county in the state as disaster areas due to bad weather and poor crops etc.
@ Al, I know you can get jerseys on-line. Try searching: cycling jersey, Badgers, & Wisconsin" and you will probably come up with what you want
Keep riding everyone, the less car fumes the better!
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 21:57:00 2012
It sure is nice not having to worry about rain or storms this summer commuting to work. But the farmers are taking a huge loss in their crops this year and we are going to see the effects of this soon with high milk, dairy, and meat prices around here. Hamburger has already taken a big jump and was adverstised on sale for $3.99/ lb this week at Copp's. That is ridiculous for just hambuger, not even ground chuck.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 21:55:00 2012
@ Dave Yeah I rode last night at Cranked. It was a big group.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 21:53:00 2012
It definitely will save you money to ride to Lifest in Oshkosh. They are charging $10 for parking a car.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 21:50:00 2012
@ Jaime They actually ride in their underwear in Milwaukee? Why not go nude like they do in Madison. haha
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 21:46:00 2012
@Al Are you talking about the Badger jersey that the guy in the middle is wearing? I'm not sure where he got that from. Probably UW Madison sells them.
Cam Reece Wed Jul 11 20:40:00 2012
Had a great ride to a local tavern. Cold beer is good.
Al Yard Wed Jul 11 20:39:00 2012
Gregg, nice picture. I want to know where I can get a Wisconsin jersey, though.
Jerry J Wed Jul 11 20:20:00 2012
Jaime. I think the idea is to record extra miles beyond what is necessary as sport miles. That is how I record mine. I ride 6 miles to work, and anywhere from 8 to 20+ on the way home. A typical ride home would be 17 miles. I record 6 as cummuting and 11 as sport.
The idea is to get a more accurate gauge of money saved. (I would not drive 17miles to get home - only six)
Brian J Colon Wed Jul 11 19:39:00 2012
Jaime I am in fact I am working the Beer tents.
Paul Bouffleur Wed Jul 11 18:33:00 2012
Oh no.. my lead on my team is down to under 100 points... Had our first baby on Sunday and he's cutting into my commuting... Somehow, I don't seem to care though!
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Jul 11 18:23:00 2012
Anyone here going to the Tour De Fat in Milwaukee?
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Jul 11 18:20:00 2012
I'm with David. I don't see why it's necessary to have a commute distance. I don't always go the same route to and from work. I usually take the Menomonee River Parkway, but will occasionally take the Underwood Creek Parkway to the Hank Aaron Trail. Sometimes I"ll go somewhere else after work like Downtown Milwaukee, or the East Side instead of going directly home
Jaime Richard Ogas Wed Jul 11 18:11:00 2012
Tomorrow is the underwear bike ride in Milwaukee. Here's an opportunity to log 42 miles. 7 for the commute to work. 12 for the ride to Trocadero. 15 for the ride itself and 8 for the ride home.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 17:33:00 2012
The drought is very severe and is very devastating in Wisconsin, especially the Madison area, which has not seen any rain all summer. There is no end in sight to this drought and we are still running a whole month ahead in climate and are in August climate now.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 11 17:32:00 2012
I am the guy on the right, climbing the High Cliff hill in the 100 mile century Backdraft Tour sponsored by the Neenah- Menasha Fire Rescue: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7125/7544751226_dc86e9af80_b.jpg
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jul 11 17:13:00 2012
Thanks, Christine! :)
Al Yard Wed Jul 11 17:07:00 2012
Hot and dry here in the east. Mornings are very pleasant temperatures; hot and sticky in the afternoons. I just keep pedaling in fairly low, comfortable gears. Not a lot of speed up the hills, but it works. Enjoy the rides, everyone.
Christine Salvatore Wed Jul 11 15:13:00 2012
Fingers crossed for great news, Jenny!
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jul 11 13:50:00 2012
Dr appt tomorrow morning, hopefully will be back out there making up for lost time! HeHe I was thinking yesterday that if I am allowed to return to work without restrictions, then why can't I ride my bike?!?
charles starnes Wed Jul 11 12:00:00 2012
No rain here in Indiana but we mite get some later in the week. Got out this morning with son and did a 29 mile ride. 10mph wind slowed me down on the way out but a good push on the way back home.
Ian McNamara Wed Jul 11 11:39:00 2012
David, I don't know if you can configure two different commute distances, but you could simply report that each leg is 1/2 of the round trip distance. It would be accurate over the course of a day at least.
M Wegenka Wed Jul 11 11:38:00 2012
@David H: Just enter the total miles and enter as 2 trips
Randy Ivey Wed Jul 11 11:01:00 2012
@Savanni and @Thomas, same issue here in NC. Rain / Thunder storms yesterday and today. But, I did manage a quick 10 miles last night, in between the storms.
david hill Wed Jul 11 10:28:00 2012
does anyone else hate having to adjust the stupid commute mileage each time you enter your numbers! I have two different mileages to and from work. Is there something simple Im missing?
Thomas Timmons Wed Jul 11 09:56:00 2012
@Savanni, I have the same issue. The rain storms are rolling in here in South Florida and I got caught last night on the way home from work. Ordered a new rain jacket this morning from Amazon.com, the stuff in my panniers just had to go into the drier when I got home. I didn't ride today as I could see it rolling in on the radar before I left for work this morning and didn't want to get wet a second day in a row.
Savanni D'Gerinel Wed Jul 11 08:50:00 2012
As much as we need rain here in Texas, it is keeping me off my bike and making me sad.

Oh well. My panniers aren't waterproof, but I'll order the waterproof liners today. And they'll arrive just as the rain stops and we go into drought. ;)

John Tyson Wed Jul 11 07:25:00 2012
@Timothy, Sounds like me when I am skiing moguls, screaming like an eagle, falling like a rock.
John Tyson Wed Jul 11 07:19:00 2012
There's nothing like a cool morning ride with the deer and rabbits and seeing the sun rise to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature.
dameon plagens Wed Jul 11 00:16:00 2012
mm u got good thoughts just drop the 50lbs of sugar and i am in
Martin Malin Tue Jul 10 23:45:00 2012
@Gregg & @Dameon - I like the delivery bikes the way they are - just insulate them, and fill them with Ice Cream!
Dave Bushey Tue Jul 10 22:27:00 2012
@Gregg - aw, you rode with Cranked tonight? I with I'd known, I'd have tried to find you and introduce myself - I was the short, fat guy in the Ommegang jersey if that rings a bell. If you come next week, I'm busting out the hammer and sickle (you'll know it if you see it).
dameon plagens Tue Jul 10 22:13:00 2012
gregg might work better w/ a tadpole and trailer?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Tue Jul 10 22:04:00 2012
Thats the spirit David P!
David "Billy the Fish" Powling Tue Jul 10 21:48:00 2012
End July in Brussels and plan to use Villo (http://www.brussels.be/artdet.cfm/4359) to get my miles. Next stop is back home to the UK in time for the Olympic Road Race which passes only 25miles from where we will stay so hope to get over to see the riders stream by. Have got reasonable bike access for 2 weeks in UK so should be able to keep the Freeloader scoreboard ticking over - would not be doing this if NBC did not exist! Then it’s back to Wisconsin.
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 10 21:48:00 2012
These are the UPS delivery bikes that they will be using during the Olympics: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/ups-cycling-deliveries.pdf
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 10 21:38:00 2012
Over 60 riders tonight at Cranked Bike Studio in Neenah.
Timothy M Walsh Tue Jul 10 20:38:00 2012
Back in the saddle today after my crash last week. Flew like Superman, unfortunately didn't land like him. :)
Charlie L Tue Jul 10 20:32:00 2012
@ EM and Gregg, If he volunteered for the London duty I bet he would have trouble being on the wrong side of the road (or whatever it is called in English). lol How would one signal for turns? So many changes. Then when he returns he would probably go the wrong way around the lake to work the first morning!!
Janine Hegeman Tue Jul 10 19:49:00 2012
Smoke has cleared and it is time to ride!
E M Matteson Tue Jul 10 19:15:00 2012
Hi all, out this morning and it was even better than yesterday, 72 degrees when I started. A lot of other people felt the same way, about a dozen riders compared to yesterday's three.
Welcome to all the new riders. Remember you can enter miles from previous rides manually if you have them recorded somewhere.
@ Heather, glad you got the light replaced. Enjoy your night riding!
@ Ann glad to hear signs of life from Omaha.
@ Gregg, you should volunteer to take your bike to London & help out with the deliveries. LOL!!
@ Melissa, sorry to hear about the Michigan tragedy. Our thoughts go out to the family & students. RIDE SAFE EVERYONE.
Kathy Griffey Tue Jul 10 16:45:00 2012
Love this app!!!!!!!!!
Chuck Allison Tue Jul 10 16:41:00 2012
Melissa my prayers are going out for the family and Ray good luck in the challenge
Jacque Burgin Tue Jul 10 16:37:00 2012
Just peeeeedaling in the rain....just peeeeedaling in the rain.....what a glorious feeling with never a complain.......just had to do it...got caught in a most quiet, slow rain the last 3 miles...it was awesome!!!
Jared Brodjeski Tue Jul 10 16:32:00 2012
Just updated the app on my android phone...it looks so cool now!
Ray Pringle Tue Jul 10 15:17:00 2012
Just joined the Challenge, ok lets ride.
Melissa Rost Tue Jul 10 14:55:00 2012
School teacher and a cyclist from Howell, MI struck by a vehicle yesterday and died. Very sad! <http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article;nclick_check=1>. Ride safe everyone.
dameon plagens Tue Jul 10 14:53:00 2012
nbc'ers next mo. burning man will be here in n. nevada. last year almost 54.000 people attended with many, many, many riding bikes. we [sparks nv kiwanis bike program] will provide 6 to 8 hundred of those. Close to where this event will take place is a ranch known to a few as FLY GEYSER . iMPORTANTANCE , Privt. owned seldom even a plane flying over . look it up on web, because soon the crush of this once a year event may invade this seldon disturded gem as sponsors of burning man are trying to purchuse this land . enough of my ev. rage 4 today go out and beat up some pavement- Dameon
Josh Blanchette Tue Jul 10 14:24:00 2012
I have to leave for work at 7:10 every morning, but if I get up at 5:45 I can get 3-5 miles in real fast to get my daily points! Then Saturday mornings are great to do 20+ mile trips! Keep up all the great adventures everyone!
Jacque Burgin Tue Jul 10 13:46:00 2012
@Melinda - hang in there...I know what you mean...I got a bee sting on my lower back and really don't feel like riding, but....remember your personal goals!
Jacque Burgin Tue Jul 10 13:41:00 2012
@ Troy - thanks for the extra points! ha ha, that would be nice! @ Heather and Chuck-thanks for your encouragement as well. Hang in there everyone...we are getting closer! Enjoy the ride!
Melinda Hollis Tue Jul 10 13:26:00 2012
Very frustrated. I can't seem to get out on my bike this week. Urgh!
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 10 13:19:00 2012
While UPS surely will be busy with Olympic logistical support, it must also attend to its normal London deliveries. With increased congestion in the traffic forecast, UPS will be employing alternatives, such as pedal-powered delivery bikes and delivery on foot.
Burklee Green Tue Jul 10 11:59:00 2012
@Ann - I don't know about that "too cool to be gross" line. Ick. Yesterday, it looked like a peregrine had gotten a pigeon, and left some pigeon bits out in front of the State Office Building here in Lincoln. They're as bad as our teenagers about picking up after themselves!
Ann Gentle Tue Jul 10 11:29:00 2012
Riding through downtown Omaha early this morning, I wasn't the only one thinking of breakfast... saw a great big peregrine falcon snacking on a juicy rat... right on the sidewalk, 16th & Howard. It was too cool to be gross.
Michael on Bicycle Tue Jul 10 09:43:00 2012
Yay to Kerry and others starting to cyclommute... that's fantastic!

Stay safe:
1) Ride with lights, front and back (both flashing during the day)
2) Don't sit too close to median line, ride 16"-24" from the line. Otherwise motorist get the impression they can use the full lane to pass... dangerous!
3) Use a backpack, even if not necessary, motorists respect cyclommuters more than recreational riders.
4) The more you ride the same route at the same time the safer it is. You'll find more motorists will watch for and even expect you to be there.

Lastly, ride predictably, for example don't follow the shoulder during right turn lanes... stay in your position in the through lane. From the motorist's perspective it can appear that you are weaving around when sitting in the shoulder.

Put all this together and it means... RIDE LIKE YOU BELONG!
Congratulations to all the new cyclommuters!
Miguel Lopez Tue Jul 10 03:51:00 2012
@ troy; yup but im not doing 500 miles in a week..yet :D im on a single speed cruiser in the valley of the sun.
Troy Wanker Tue Jul 10 02:17:00 2012
@miguel, your miles start back over on sunday. each week it zeroes out, you should have a "monthly total" next to your weekly.
Miguel Lopez Mon Jul 9 23:48:00 2012
odd that my miles are fluctuating. thought i had hit 500 miles on sunday but appears not.
Heather April Mon Jul 9 23:36:00 2012
@Gene, good luck RAAM is awesome!! @Bruce, feel better soon. Leg infections suck. @bruce and EM- I took the light back today and they were really fair at the cycle shop, did an even trade and made sure the second one worked before I left. :)
Bruce C. Oestreich Mon Jul 9 22:45:00 2012
@ Heather I know what you mean about quality.I strive to buy quality products.If I cant find them I make them or have ppl I know make them.That includes machinery I use in my shop.
Bruce C. Oestreich Mon Jul 9 22:42:00 2012
was 60 degrees when I went riding early this AM ,,still worked up a sweat but not like the past several days
Bruce C. Oestreich Mon Jul 9 22:41:00 2012
got an infection in my leg so had to slow down a bit ...Hope to get better soon.
Chuck Allison Mon Jul 9 22:26:00 2012
@ E M he was upset becasue your ride is better than his, along with that you were enjoying yourself at the same time.
Christopher Tunnell Mon Jul 9 22:12:00 2012
@GeneConnor, my hat off to you to Ride Across America!! Keep it up and I wish you good luck, nice weather & great ride conditions.
Charlie L Mon Jul 9 22:02:00 2012
Subaru's don't break down very often and there are lots in Vermont so maybe Wisconsin has a chance?
Ken Heffron Mon Jul 9 22:02:00 2012
I think its going to be a great deer season this fall. Im seeing bucks on every evening ride in the Wausau area....some with sizable racks. I couldn't figure out why this one field always had huge bucks in it until I saw the game farm sign barely visible through the brush.
Gene Connor Mon Jul 9 21:39:00 2012
Hello Everyone! I'm 1/4 of the way across the country in my Ride Across America to benefit Sunrise Day Camp. I'm currently in Pagosa Springs, CO and I leave for Del Norte, CO on Wednesday (which means I'll be climbing Wolf Creek Pass) - do any of you Colorado natives have any words of advice about the climb up 160? You can read about my cross country journey at www.connorsarmy.blogspot.com!
Wally Olson Mon Jul 9 21:35:00 2012
Congratulations WI, we should crack 1 1/2 million miles yet tonight or first thing tomorrow.
Martin Malin Mon Jul 9 19:54:00 2012
@Brandi - I forget to mention - Jeff told me in strict confidence about how he was going to pass you in points, so let's just keep the fact that I told you just between you an I, OK?
Martin Malin Mon Jul 9 19:53:00 2012
@Brandi - That is how your dad passed you up in points. (By the way, nice 100 miler!)
Martin Malin Mon Jul 9 19:49:00 2012
@Bruce - I hope your car gets fixed quickly. (Good wishes from everyone in Wisconsin!)
E M Matteson Mon Jul 9 19:49:00 2012
Hi all, out this morning in balmy 77 degree weather. Such a relief after the 90+ temps. Not many other riders out there. Experienced courtesy as one driver let me into the center of the lane and slowed down so I could make a left turn. Later I had a BLAH moment when I was climbing the steep hill near my home. A driver rolled down his window, letting out both cold and hot air as he said "Try the sidewalk". Like Dave and Chuck I was happy not to be in a cage..
BTW: I found Jeff's Thermos Nissan 2465 18-Ounce Stainless-Steel Hydration Bottle at Target. They also had a similar 16 oz bottle.
Congrats on the commute Kerry!
RIDE ON ALL!
Chuck Allison Mon Jul 9 19:09:00 2012
I agree with you David I would much rather be on my bike than my car.
Chuck Allison Mon Jul 9 19:06:00 2012
Great Job Kerry keep it up. My wife and me are at three weeks of commuteing to work each day and we love. We are now adding an extra 10 miles to our ride.
Brandi Weiss Encarnacion Mon Jul 9 17:53:00 2012
@Brad -- Thanks so much for making that so clear!! Very much appreciated!
Bob Avery Mon Jul 9 16:46:00 2012
Thanks, Brad!
David Spranger Mon Jul 9 16:40:00 2012
Riding home from work on my bicycle in 90 degree+ sunshine, humidity in 90s, sunscreen melting into my eyes, stinging, I can't help but feel sorry for all those poor people in their metal, glass and plastic cages with whom I share the road.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Mon Jul 9 16:13:00 2012
Bob Avery - You get 20 points for each day you ride and then 1 point per mile in addition to that. 56 points would account for your ride July 1 (20+36 miles = 56) Going off of your workout calander you have 252 miles in July and you rode 6 days, you should have a total of 372 points (20 x 6days + 252). Did you just recently enter in a bunch of rides? Sometimes it takes awhile for the leaderboard to update. If it's been more than a day I would contact Endomondo support.
Bob Avery Mon Jul 9 15:45:00 2012
Anyone have any idea how the points are accumulated?!? I only have 56 pts this month, but about 215 miles logged. Confused.
Bob Avery Mon Jul 9 15:40:00 2012
Great suggestion, Dean. Wish I woulda thought of it Sunday. Tho it wouldn't have helped - going uphill on a corner and out of the saddle when they came out. Fortunately, they didn't get closer than a foot or so.
Bruce Tichenor Mon Jul 9 14:38:00 2012
What a gorgeous VT morning, cruising along the East slope of Mt Mansfield on RT 100 South. It's probably a blessing that my Suby is in the shop as I'm now committed to a 25 mile work commute until it gets fixed. Great way to add 50 miles on days like this to the Vermont total mileage cause.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 9 12:53:00 2012
Christine, I am with you! I am SO into withdrawal!
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Last winter, I think I had a slower process of reducing my bike riding because of the increase in darkness, colder temps, etc. and so I weaned from it at a slower pace. But, I did find myself riding again in February! Many guys out there were riding all winter long, so they didn't have to go through it.
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But I have basically not been on my bike for 2 weeks (except one day, and my doctor quickly told me not to do that again until he said I could). It is literally driving me crazy! I see people riding all the time, even in the extreme heat. I see cars transporting multiple bikes, and I am always wishing that it was me!
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I hope that you are feeling better, and that you are riding again very soon (I am also hoping to be back out there soon)!!
Christine Salvatore Mon Jul 9 12:31:00 2012
Between the heat and having some lesions removed from my back, I haven't been riding much. I feel so bad, in so many ways! No one warned me that you got withdrawals from bike riding when you stop! What the heck do you guys do every winter when you can't ride???
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 9 11:52:00 2012
All well and good as long as the dog gives you some warning! The one that got me 2 weeks ago did not give me any warning at all. But, I think my schrill scream was the reason that it let go of my leg.
Dean Trout Mon Jul 9 10:30:00 2012
Squirt the dog with your water bottle, while you get one foot unclipped just in case. Happens every now and then on country roads.
Joe Holda Mon Jul 9 09:27:00 2012
I have found whistling at the dog seems to confuse and make them pause enough to let me ride away so far.
kerry olson Mon Jul 9 08:35:00 2012
First commute to work today! 6 miles, felt great!
Rick Nelson Mon Jul 9 06:54:00 2012
i have had a st. bernard come off their property at me. i yelled "BAD DOG" and kept riding and it gave up, but it does seem that "STAY or SIT" might be more effective.
Susan Gray Sun Jul 8 23:00:00 2012
I had a dog come after me today too! I almost hit him as he ran out after me, then he was running next to me barking and growling. I thought for sure he was going to bite my leg! I kept yelling NO to him and was about ready to deploy my pepper spray but then he relented and ran away. I always carry pepper spray but have not had to use it yet!
Deb Moe Sun Jul 8 22:13:00 2012
I got a taste of the wonderful roads in Trempeauleau County on Friday while camping at Perrot State Park. It was wonderful, even in the heat. I had to walk up a few hills - I'm not used to 16% grades but the ride down was a blast!
David Hayes Sun Jul 8 21:18:00 2012
Your first defense against an aggressive dog is to yell -- with as much authority as you can muster -- "STAY!"... "SIT!." These are words that domesticated dogs have heard often and understand. It will usually give even the most aggressive dog pause and allow you to ride off. The next defense is to stop, dismount, and place your bike between the dog and yourself. If you can scrounge an object from the ground (a substantial rock is good), lob it at the dog while continuing your commands. Lacking a good object to throw, brandish a pump or fist. The mutt will shy away, which will let you gain some distance, remount, and continue your ride. If you have repeated encounters with the same animal, do call the county Sheriff and report the incidents. With luck, a deputy will pay a visit to the address and "suggest" that the owner better control his dog.
I've been riding country roads for forty years, and all of the above have worked for me. Good luck, ride safe!
charles starnes Sun Jul 8 20:59:00 2012
@ John about bees stings. Go to drug store and look for a thing that looks like a pen and is called AFTERBITE and will take the pain right out of a sting or bite quick.
Amanda Bronk Sun Jul 8 19:57:00 2012
What would you do? - This morning we were out on a ride from Waupaca through Amherst, Iola, and Scandinavia back to Waupaca and about half way through the ride a large (60lb) dog comes out of a wooded area looking like it may just cross the road to go home and then all of a sudden it flipped out and started running after us.

The property it seemed to "belong" to was in Portage County and I'm just wondering what we should do. Drive over to that home and speak with the home owner, call the Sheriff's office or bring an item of self defense (ie pepper spray or hand gun)?

We don't want to change our route because we love the diversity of the ride but I feel we should do something to protect ourselves.

Ronald Williams Sun Jul 8 18:25:00 2012
Yeah 7 millions miles riden so far !!!
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 8 17:53:00 2012
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." --Albert Einstein
Wayne D. Munoz Sun Jul 8 17:12:00 2012
Did a fun 12 mile bicycle poker ride on the Hoddlebug trail in Homer city Pa. this morning. My poker hand was awful but I met some really nice people and had a great time. Rode another 10 miles after then stoppped at the festival the community was having. Music, crafts, food and good people. Got to love these small communities and the people who make this country great. God bless America!
E M Matteson Sun Jul 8 16:48:00 2012
HI all, out again this morning and it was a little cooler thanks to yesterday's storm. I got a mile from home and realized I forgot my water bottle, so I had to backtrack. Lots of people out riding and several cyclists at the outdoor cafe where we had breakfast.
@ Heather thanks, I keep rolling but have limited the miles a little because of the heat. I am lucky to have a great support team here at home and through the NBC site, and that I have been able to borrow my daughter's bike while mine is waiting for parts.
RE: your headlamp: I hope the store will replace it for an even trade with the receipt. If they do, check the next one before you leave the store. It is frustrating to buy something and find out it doesn't work and even worse when you need it and can't get a replacement right away. I heard that there is a company that will make things on a 3-D printer. You send them a model and picture and measurements of what is broken and they will print you a new one. Somebody supposedly got a stroller part that was cheaper than the factory replacement and the 3-D copy was made from a stronger material. So maybe that is where things are going. But of course that would still involve WAITING>>>>. BTW, congrats on making almost 20 miles!!
Keep rollin' everyone !
John Wasko Sun Jul 8 14:01:00 2012
This is the type of morning I love riding in the Oregon countryside. Sunny and 70. Rode past grass, wheat, oats, and crimson fields. Mint, blue berries, cane berries, corn, and green beans. Cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and deer. Only bad thing, bees. Got stung within the first 5 minutes of the ride. Oh well, the pain went away quick enough.
john henry schweitzer Sun Jul 8 13:59:00 2012
I just started tracking rides with Strava.I was wondering if any one knows how to delete rides I saved,my storage is getting full.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 8 13:52:00 2012
@ Jenny Glad you are healing so you can ride again.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 8 13:43:00 2012
Back to work this week and then vacation again next week. I still have my pop up camper set up on my camp site because why bother folding it up for just 5 days? I'm on vacation more than I work this month. lol I love blowing 3 weeks vacation in 6 weeks, but I'm not getting much commute miles to work. I'm thinking about sleeping all week in the camper and commuting to Oshkosh from Omro every day. but I'd have to get up 1 1/2 hours earlier every morning.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 8 13:41:00 2012
Getting close to 7 million miles Nice!
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 8 13:39:00 2012
Cooler temps are heavenly this weekend, but looks like it will start heating up again by the middle of this week.
Leonard Wright Sun Jul 8 12:40:00 2012
Great ride Heather, you are getting better and better - you will be able to get your 20 mile ride in very soon. Definitely do not want to run out of water in this heat. I typically carry 3 water bottles with me and usually stop at least twice on longer rides to refill them. I am well known at many of the convenience stores with 50 miles of home. (Frequently the c-stores will allow you to fill your bottles with ice from their fountain service machine, I always ask and I also buy something to snack on while I'm there.)
Randy Ivey Sun Jul 8 12:22:00 2012
@Heather April - congrats on the long ride, that is awesome!!!
I know the feeling of running out of water. Did it a few days ago. About 5 miles (25 minutes) from the house and the temps were crazy hot. Nothing between there and home.
Be careful in the heat everyone!!!
Heather April Sun Jul 8 12:10:00 2012
I went out early today and rode 16.5 miles (my longest ride ever). I was trying for 20 but the heat index hit 100 and I ran out of water. I was maxed out. On the way home, I was looking for a store I could buy Gatorade at and I passed a guy out watering a garden. I asked him for water from his garden hose and he actually went and got me a cup of ice water. What a dear. If I am going to be riding that long, I need to get some electrolyte replacement tabs or gels. Great to be back on my bike though!! PS I wore my new Bontrager Jersey for the first time. It's nice!
Ronald Williams Sun Jul 8 12:01:00 2012
I think of what the bikes were like 40 plus years ago.. heavy and not much options as to components but people rode for the fun of it and didn't really care to much about what brand or company made it. As long as the bike was sound and got down the road, the adventure is still the same... Heck my first bike was a Murray 24 inch single speed and to me that was like the best thing... I road everywhere i could on roads, dirt trails, even to school everyday 5 miles one way.. So to have a bike today with all its engineering marvel and technology is cool but the the journey is still the same....Pedal one revolution at a time and get down the road.. Good riding everyone !!!
John Jay Mcnall Sun Jul 8 11:43:00 2012
@jason Yeah and short of higher end components all bikes over 2 grand are about the same.
Jason Yach Sun Jul 8 09:40:00 2012
John, so true. Isn't it true that pretty much all bikes under $2000 are all about the same.
John Jay Mcnall Sun Jul 8 06:15:00 2012
@Heather I think quality left in all things manufactered when society as a whole quit complaing and all our big corporations and now smaller companies went overseas. Sad because I dont think we can get enough people to make a stand to make a true difference. Could be wrong though.
Chuck Allison Sat Jul 7 22:40:00 2012
Great job Jacque on helping your neighbor in her new adventures of cycling. It sounds like she really enjoyed your help. Great Job and I agree with Troy you should get extra points for helping a new cyclist.
Heather April Sat Jul 7 22:39:00 2012
@ Jacque, that is awesome!! @EM, you are a great role model. You never quit! I was planning on a couple of night rides next week, so I checked my new treck head lamp I paid $22 for a couple of weeks ago...broken. Not even used once. I wish I knew why quality items can't be produced anymore. I need to go return it but the shop isn't open until Monday. I hope they don't give me any trouble.
E M Matteson Sat Jul 7 20:13:00 2012
Hi all, out this morning in the 80 degree heat. Over 70 other riders out there! Had breakfast mid-ride, strawberry smoothie, YUM!
At the risk of sounding like an echo chamber: Congrats to Josh on the new bike and to Melinda on the long ride. Also 1000 brownie points to Jacque for bringing in another rider.
Here's crossing my fingers in the hopes that our little thunderstorm & rain will bring a break in the heat! GO BIKE!
Troy Stentz Sat Jul 7 15:44:00 2012
@Jacque-I've personally awarded you 100 bonus points for paying it forward and creating another potential enthusiast. Way to do your part!
Jacque Burgin Sat Jul 7 15:16:00 2012
Logging only 2.68 miles today in not my usual...but I helped my neighbor start biking today. She was excited to do almost 3 miles!! It's a great feeling to 'pay it forward' for others wanting to get healthier by cycling!! GET UP & RIDE!!
Melinda Hollis Sat Jul 7 15:03:00 2012
@Randy. Thanks. I've come along way from the 2 and 3 miles I was logging mid-May.
@Josh. Three words. Padded Bike Shorts. :D
Leonard Wright Sat Jul 7 13:43:00 2012
@ Dean, You're welcome, the Michelins should work just fine - I really believe the secret is having the thorn resistant tubes.
Randy Ivey Sat Jul 7 12:37:00 2012
@Melinda, congrats on your longest road ride...
@ Josh, congrats on your new bike!! I've got an 06 Fuji Roubaix... And I love it...
Randy Ivey Sat Jul 7 12:29:00 2012
@Bruce, I would love to do RAGBRAI one of these years. Sounds like so much fun. I've heard that it has turned into a real PARTY!! for the whole week.
It's on my list of things to do..
I did the CNC (Cycle North Carolina), my states version of Iowa's. It was a lot of fun... I think I'll do it again this year...(1st week of Oct)
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jul 7 12:16:00 2012
Swelling and redness has improved dramatically from yesterday, looking good for me to get back on my bike soon!
Josh Blanchette Sat Jul 7 11:41:00 2012
23 miles nice! I just got my first nice bike which is a 2012 Fuji Cross 3, went 9 miles last night, and another 21 this morning. My butt and wrists are gonna be pretty sore, time to lounge around in the pool!
Melinda Hollis Sat Jul 7 09:39:00 2012
I don't know when, but oh look! I got gold! And I did my longest road ride today at 23 miles. :D
Dean Barnaby Sat Jul 7 02:59:00 2012
@Daly, @Charlie and @E M, thank you for your input. Now just to make a final plunge.
@Leonard, I tried to get Bontrager hardcase tires, but ended up with Michelin Tracker with Bontrager Thorn resistant/self sealing tubes. If the Michelins don't hold up I'll special order the Bontragers. Thank you.
Brad Sippel Sat Jul 7 00:25:00 2012
I joined the platinum club with today's commute.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 6 22:11:00 2012
Gregg, you should stop at Milty Wilty for a cool treat!
Bruce C. Oestreich Fri Jul 6 21:51:00 2012
many of you in other parts of the country may not hasve heard of RAGBRAI .Its a trek across Iowa every year taking different routes.My town will be hosting an over night for bikers this year.I know each year there are at least 20 k bikers.A couple years ago when I lived in Dubuque Iowa which is a town of many hills they hosted between 18k and 20k bikes who were thoroughly exhausted.I might try a leg this year but I cant go all the way because I cant breathe farm chemicals etc although hog manure doesnt bother me lol.Any way this RABRAI is a lot of fun.
Bruce C. Oestreich Fri Jul 6 21:48:00 2012
hey Chuck you know what it takes so keep up the good work.Bad habits are hard to break but.....not impossible.always look to the other side!!!!!!
Chuck Allison Fri Jul 6 21:47:00 2012
Just wanted to thank everyone for the comments and support. I will post every few days to let everyone know how I am doing. Again thanks
Laurie Bries Fri Jul 6 21:37:00 2012
Looking forward to an early morning ride tomorow. Choosing a route that runs north/south along the woods = SHADE.
E M Matteson Fri Jul 6 18:51:00 2012
Chuck, the slow and steady approach works better than fast & furious, so you are doing this the right way and we are all cheering for you!
vonn roberts Fri Jul 6 18:17:00 2012
Chuck , keep it. It will provide years of benefit to you and those who care about you.
H. Joan Davies Fri Jul 6 17:48:00 2012
@ Chuck- you go! Decide...commit...succeed. Keep the commitment. You've got all of us behind you!!!!
Kim Skinner Fri Jul 6 17:39:00 2012
111 degrees ... the average temperature reading on my bike computer on my way home from work today! (at 3:30 pm)
David "Billy the Fish" Powling Fri Jul 6 17:08:00 2012
5 days of cold/flu - doh!
Have managed to get out for some very gentle rides in the massive heat and am now looking forward to breaking through the 2000pt barrier in the morning with an early morning ride on the trails with my buddy the Rocket Dog!
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 6 15:11:00 2012
It's too hot and dry here for camp fires. A little spark will put the whole campground in flames.
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 6 15:08:00 2012
The campground had no hot water on Thursday. I said that is fine with me. A cold shower will be just fine.
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 6 15:06:00 2012
Time to leave Mc Donalds and go swimming again. The water is beginning to feel like bath water and not cooling my body much any more.
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 6 15:02:00 2012
It will be a nice break this weekend from the heat, but it looks like the heat is coming back by the middle of next week. The only thing you can do outdoors this afternoon in Wautoma is swim. The heat is really getting very intense here and there is an excessive heat warning until 10 pm tonight, when the high temps will begin to moderate, so I am enjoying a little break at Mc Donalds. lol. I did get in a little ride around Silver Lake this morning. But before riding back, I jumped in the lake and did some swimming. I got my tri shorts on, so was good transition training for my next triathlon the first weekend in August.
Joe Holda Fri Jul 6 15:02:00 2012
Greg, Way to be using the most of your time! Stay cool
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 6 15:00:00 2012
It's too hot and dry here for camp fires. A little spark will put the whole campground in flames.
Gregg Warning Fri Jul 6 14:58:00 2012
It will be a nice break this weekend from the heat, but it looks like the heat is coming back by the middle of next week. The only thing you can do outdoors this afternoon in Wautoma is swim. The heat is really getting very intense here and there is an excessive heat warning until 10 pm tonight, so I am enjoying a little break at Mc Donalds. lol. I did get in a little ride around Silver Lake this morning, but before heading back to camp, I jumped in and cooled off in the lake. I got my tri shorts on, so was good transition training for triathlon.
Chuck Allison Fri Jul 6 14:31:00 2012
Thanks Jenny
Chuck Allison Fri Jul 6 14:24:00 2012
Thanks Jacque for the support and I hope you reach your 500 mile goal and then some. Like you I am a beginner/intermediate and I'm really enjoying my new life style. Keep on riding.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 6 14:09:00 2012
Chuck, nice job on your weight loss! Keep it going!
Phil Wandrey Fri Jul 6 12:48:00 2012
Toasty 51 miler today to end my vacation! Nothing better about riding in Nebraska than sweating profusely, drinking Chia Fresca and Goo, feeling a little tired...and then, BAM, a fully loaded cattle or hog truck flies by and provides the sweet aroma to wake you back up!
Jacque Burgin Fri Jul 6 12:11:00 2012
@Chuck....yes, it was a great ride this morning for me also!! Good for you on your journey - keep going!! My goal is to document at least 500 miles for this campaign! I'm a little more than half way there!! These rollers are a real kicker but a good challenge for me as a beginner/intermediate rider!! RIDE ON Y'ALL!!
Leonard Wright Fri Jul 6 12:10:00 2012
@ E M, Thank you for being so considerate of my distaste for a certain four letter word. I realize people must have jobs and I do appreciate your sensitivity for my feelings. :-)
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Fri Jul 6 12:05:00 2012
Hello Fox Cities riders - looks like we are in for a break from the heat soon. Wanted to let you know we are having the 1st Appleton Community Bike Ride coming up at 10:30 am Saturday July 21 in downtown Appleton (corner of College and Durkee) during the Farmers Market. Hope you can join us - more details at http://www.facebook.com/events/249921835112632/
Chuck Allison Fri Jul 6 11:40:00 2012
Good morning all just finish with a 20 mile rile today and although the temp is 90 with a heat index of 100 I had a good time. I do ament that I wanted to stop a time or two but kept pushing through the negative thoughts. I know the only way for me to lase the weight is to keep at it day in and day out. I started at the weight of 354 pounds there weeks ago and as of today I'm down to 334 pounds. I still have a long ways to go ,but I am taking it one day at a time.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 6 11:29:00 2012
We have lots of bats out here, too. The bugs are spotty, I believe they were much thicker a few weeks ago. We still have mosquitos, but not really too bad. Maybe the bats have already gotten their fill!
E M Matteson Fri Jul 6 11:25:00 2012
Hi all, Out this morning at 7 and by the time I got done at 8:45 the temps. were already hovering around 90. Eventuallly they are supposed to reach 109 with a heat index of 115. Its a good day to sit in my basement office and w**k (no offense Leonard).
@ Dean, I use a Garmin edge 800. Not cheap but I love all the features (temp, time, speed, direction, distance, calories, elevation, ascent, descent). I also love the guy on the bike. You can set a speed and it will tell you if you are going faster or slower than that. But beware: all the extras cost extra. You can add a heart monitor, you can buy a more detailed map, etc. One nice feature is that it lasts all day on a single charge and you can recharge it from your computer, so no expensive batteries.
Nyla, didn't you watch the "Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle" movie? They travel through the internet and come out in 3D. Surely bike parts can manage the same feat!
KEEP 'EM ROLLIN'
Craig Weinhold Fri Jul 6 10:59:00 2012
Indeed, the best way to beat the heat is to ride early or late. I did 36 miles last night, including about 10 with just the moonlight. Great firefly displays, plenty of deer, one fox and assorted other critters. A bat flew into my torso, but he seemed to fly away fine.

And... virtually no bugs. I passed several marshes where normally I'd get a good coating of gnats, but not this year. It's nice for us, but the bats and swallows must really be suffering.

Yvette Woerishofer Fri Jul 6 10:54:00 2012
Had a fantastic ride with my husband very early this morning. Did 20 miles and watched the sun rise!
Charlie L Fri Jul 6 10:35:00 2012
I like my Garmin 800, was on sale last fall so I made the plunge. It works well. I have replaced the heart sensor twice in the first year. I am disappointed in the mapping features of Garmin when compared to the Endomondo app on my phone. So, when I get lost I often use my phone to pick the best route home. It is amazing that a GPS company is outdone by the free app. Overall, the Garmin is a solid unit that I am pleased with most of the time. I rode all winter with it as well so it seems to handle the weather well.
Martin Malin Fri Jul 6 06:50:00 2012
@Nyla - Perhaps you could get a replacement from either the Time Tunnel or Time Machine?
@Leonard - It seemed a lot more real back then. That might be why I didn't do so well in History classes.
Leonard Wright Fri Jul 6 01:46:00 2012
@ Martin, Thanks for the memories, I haven't thought about Mr. Peabody and Sherman for years. Always enjoyed their adventures with the WABAC machine.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jul 6 01:24:00 2012
Martin, at this point they have not said that any tendons were damaged, but I do believe that the injury was so close to a few tendons that the inflammation is definitely affecting them. Still having trouble with my range of motion in my ankle. I think biking would help it! I guess doc just doesn't want the biking to increase the size of the laceration.
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Kevin, you are right I probably would not be riding in the oppressive heat like today. I probably would have ridden yesterday, though, as it did not seem as humid on Wed evening. And, sounds like tomorrow and the weekend are shaping up, so this is a downer for me.
Nyla Greenberg Fri Jul 6 01:06:00 2012
But Martin, Surely theirs would be two-dimensional?
Jared Brodjeski Fri Jul 6 00:22:00 2012
Got out and rode in the evening air. Did 28+ miles and got to enjoy seeing a few deer plus a fawn. I really do love the sun sets these days. I like to think that I'm the only one that gets to see them because I'm the only one that's on my bike that time of day.
Martin Malin Thu Jul 5 23:27:00 2012
@Nyla - Good luck in your quest for parts. You never know unless you try. I can offer one suggestion, but you probably won't like it (No, its not that you should get a new bike - I have a bike from 1982 that I consider family): Try contacting Mr. Peabody & Sherman, (I don't have their number). They might be able to find one with their WABAC machine.
Hello Daly Thu Jul 5 23:11:00 2012
@Dean: I use a Garmin 500 for my rides and I like it because it's small. If you also run, you may want to consider one of the Garmin watches (I have the Garmin 405CX) which works with the heart rate strap, cadence sensor on the bike and foot pod on your running shoes.
Gregg Warning Thu Jul 5 22:28:00 2012
The heat has made me shift gears and I have been spending most of my vacation boating and swimming. The temp soared to 111 degrees this afternoon in the Dells, but felt good in the water. Even the spring fed lake here at Camp Philipp isn't even cold any more. I have never seen the water this warm before and heard those sizzle bugs tonight (Cicada's), which ususally do not come out until August. Does this mean we are going to have cooler September temps in August?
Dave Bushey Thu Jul 5 21:56:00 2012
@Joe - yeah, I spent some quality time with my nice cool floor and water bottle. I will definitely admit that it was an ill-advised decision. But hey, currently ranked 18th in the state in the challenge! Woot!
Joe Holda Thu Jul 5 21:53:00 2012
Welcome Rick, good to see Wisconsin is still growing on endomondo.
Joe Holda Thu Jul 5 21:51:00 2012
@Dave - Nice ride . . ehem . . . I mean insane ride today given the heat! Thats what I love about wisconsinites always up for a great challenge. Hope you were able to veg out this afternoon and soak up some much needed H2O.
Dave Bushey Thu Jul 5 21:33:00 2012
As far as the heat - I took a spin around Lake Winnebago today; it started REALLY heating up at about 11:30 and it got MISERABLE.
Dave Bushey Thu Jul 5 21:32:00 2012
Welcome Rick!
E M Matteson Thu Jul 5 21:25:00 2012
Hi all, out in the heat today (upper 80s) to get my miles in. Back to the regular route with one car cutting it close but otherwise a good ride. Temps reached over 100 later in the day. WHEW!
@ Nyla, I've also got an old bike in the shop at the moment. I told them just to replace the gears with as close as they could come to the orginal. I don't know what you have in your area but down here there is a place called Recycled Cycles: http://www.recycledcycles.net that specializes in fixing up old bikes. Another idea is to type in the exact name and model of your bike, including the year in Google and see what you come up with. GOOD LUCK.
RIDE ON, slowly and carefully in the regular riding direction...
Rick Diermeier Thu Jul 5 20:41:00 2012
Charlie, thanks for suggesting that I join!
Dean Barnaby Thu Jul 5 20:09:00 2012
I'm looking to get a gps unit with heart monitor, cadence, etc. at a reasonable price. Leaning towards a Garmin 500. Any suggestions or what do you use?
Nyla Greenberg Thu Jul 5 20:02:00 2012
Took my much loved, long obsolete Azuki 10 speed (17th birthday gift in 1972 (-:) )for a tune-up this week at superlative Sammy’s Bikes in St. Charles, IL. Amid their dazzling array of beautiful, pricey, high-tech bikes and equipment, delightful Sammy and his team of similarly splendid cycling souls welcome my modest elderly bike with enthusiasm, and treat it with great care and respect. Beloved, newly tuned bike is now rolling along swiftly, smoothly and quietly. Unfortunately, due to an entrenched decades-long preference for pedaling in my highest gear, the smallest gear on the rear cassette is badly worn, and the chain slips in that favorite gear. I can replace the rear cassette and chain, but modern available parts would not match the current gear ratio. I love my bike just as it is, so now I’m on a mission to find matching original replacement parts…..convinced this is not an impossible task in our internet-connected find- Anything- Somewhere world…just wondering if anyone out there knows of a good resource for OLD bicycle parts?
Charlie L Thu Jul 5 19:38:00 2012
Welcome to new challenge rider Rick D supporting our community and Wisconsin too. We have been going back and forth today with Nebraska on the leaderboard.
Julie Kramer Thu Jul 5 19:19:00 2012
This gosh darn heat and humidity is putting a hamper on my biking goals!
Kevin L Mackey Thu Jul 5 16:32:00 2012
@ Jenny I am not sure you want to be riding in this heat anyway. I am dreading the ride home from work but plant to take it slow.
Jeff Wendt Thu Jul 5 15:51:00 2012
II have sung their praises before.. get a couple ‘Thermos Nissan 2465 18-Ounce Stainless-Steel Hydration Bottle’ from amazon. I continue to be amazed at how well these things stand up in the constant 100 degree heat of Austin.

I only had one for a ride the other day and used it with 5 ice cubes. I also took a normal water bottle completely full of ice and I couldn’t stand the normal bottle after 30 or 40 minutes. The thermos was plenty cold two hours later.

Michael on Bicycle Thu Jul 5 15:40:00 2012
Here in Central Florida, completely frozen insulated bottles provide under 30 minutes of cold water! Bummer, cold water for less than half of my cyclommute home...
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jul 5 15:29:00 2012
Getting ready for a hot 98 Deg F ride in Appleton, WI. Oh the simple pleasures of 2 insulated water bottles filled with ice water!
Martin Malin Thu Jul 5 15:02:00 2012
@Jenny - You can't help but be frustrated with the healing process, especially since you want to do something good for yourself. Mend quickly! Did the Doc say if any tendons were affected?
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jul 5 14:29:00 2012
Overall healing up very well. Still quite a hole on my leg just above the ankle, doc does not want me riding my bike yet, so I am NOT happy!
Michael on Bicycle Thu Jul 5 14:07:00 2012
@Heather... got a chance to read some old posts and really like your advocacy posts.

Thanks for letting NBCers know about the next step and attending City Council, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) meetings. Most don't understand that local government wants to improve the situation and just need citizens to come out to discuss concerns and support cycling/pedestrian efforts.
Heather April Thu Jul 5 10:08:00 2012
@ Mike, it's a "HEY, I GOT A REAL JOB" photo. hehe Welcome back!
Randy Bentley Thu Jul 5 09:29:00 2012
Great morning ride. Lots of wildlife and perfect sunrise. And I even got 26 miles in by 6:15!!!!!!!
Jeff Wendt Thu Jul 5 09:18:00 2012
I used to load UPS trucks in WI (Oak Creek). I recall the summer loading was hot and miserable, but not as bad as the long winter of frozen feet in the steel toed boots. I really enjoyed the upgrade to sorter, but I think that job is automated now, isn’t it?
Michael on Bicycle Thu Jul 5 09:10:00 2012
Hi Heather, I like the graduation photo! LOL
Heather April Thu Jul 5 06:52:00 2012
Ho! I hope everyone had a fantastic fourth. I was manning a bike information table at our fireworks celebration. We saw many families on bikes which was pretty awesome! Can you believe this heat in the US? It's going to be 104 Saturday in MD, but down in the 80's next week. Sounds like I can plan to continue to work my way towards Platinum!
E M Matteson Wed Jul 4 22:12:00 2012
@ Bruce the goal is to get out as many days as you can. Once I almost overheated on a ride and had to sit under a bridge to cool off and get rescued by car. Not heat stroke, but closer than I ever care to come to it. So I learned my lesson, now I go slower in the heat and am more careful about drinking and taking a break now and then and not pushing the mileage. This is not a race and it's not about mega miles. It's about being out there and making cyclists visible with good cycling habits. So you are doing it right and can feel proud of what you have accomplished. Please take it easy out there everyone!
Bruce C. Oestreich Wed Jul 4 20:50:00 2012
cant do as many miles as before cause of my lungs but havent missed a day since I joined 18 May.ust have to slow down ans save my energy by going economy.
Gahlord Dewald Wed Jul 4 20:19:00 2012
That's the spirit!
E M Matteson Wed Jul 4 20:09:00 2012
HI all, my husband & I got out on the Katy Trail this morning about 8 and finished just before 11 am. According to my Garmin the temps were in the low 80s when we started and about 98 in the shade & 102 in the sun by the time we finished our ride. This was dusty fun because we met so many other riders including a couple of guys who were just completing a cross Missouri ride. They had started in Kansas City and today they were on their way to trails end in St. Charles. We saw a family of Asian people who just looked soo happy out on their ride, that it made me feel great. Wildlife sightings included an indigo bunting and a large turtle. The turtle was right out on the trail, being carefully guarded by a couple of bikers. Cyclists are just that kind of people!!! We also spotted a couple of guys on recumbents that looked like large spiders crawling along the ground. They were headed in opposite directions. What were the chances they would pass each other on the trail right in front of us? EVERYONE KNOWS THAT A BIKE MAKES EVERY DAY INDEPENDENCE DAY! Keep cool and enjoy!!
Thomas E. Piette Wed Jul 4 18:31:00 2012
I sure miss the tailwinds we had a couple of weeks ago!
Dave Bushey Wed Jul 4 16:16:00 2012
Looking at that pic Gregg posted of me, I should be feeling disappointed someone else has adopted the "Fat Cyclist" handle.
Shelly H Mann Wed Jul 4 15:33:00 2012
Had a rockin Shady Lane 4th of July ride with the Colorado Springs Cycling Club in Colorado Springs today. Great in the shade,but hot in the sun with tempratures approaching 96 degrees. Hooray for the USA!!
Troy Stentz Wed Jul 4 15:00:00 2012
@Gregg-I can't believe UPS is loading trailers by candlelight!
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Jul 4 14:49:00 2012
PS - I think we just caught Gregg at a low moment during our recent long stretch of high heat and humidity here in Wisconsin. He is one of our best cheerleaders in the NBC!
Kevin L Mackey Wed Jul 4 14:46:00 2012
Should have read. MOTOBECANE. Cant type well on this tablet.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Jul 4 14:45:00 2012
Hi Gahlord and all Vermont residents. Speaking on behalf of all Wisconsin participants, with the possible exception of Gregg ;), "We shall go on to the end. We shall fight on the bike lanes of Milwaukee, we shall fight along Lake Mendota and the Wisconsin River, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength on the trails of the Northwoods, we shall defend our state, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the Elroy-Sparta, we shall fight along the fields and in the streets of the Fox Cities, we shall fight in the hills of the Southwest; we shall never surrender"
Ruth E. Dixon Wed Jul 4 14:13:00 2012
A steamy 50 miler this morning, but I wasn't alone. I saw so many bikes on Hwy A from Neenah to Oshkosh I thought maybe there was an organized ride. Happy 4th everyone!
Steave Scott Wed Jul 4 12:40:00 2012
Thanks to everyone who comiserated! The power is still out at home, and the family fun wagon is still at the garage, which also has no power. (This morning's paper reported that our neighborhood should be back up by Friday, and the garage's on Saturday. The bus drivers are still on strike, too, but at least I don't have to play "bus tag" or smell diesel exhaust - even the hybrid buses smell bad.) Nevertheless, I got on the bike these last three days for my usual 22 mile round trip: mornings have been great, but the afternoon trip home has been VERY sweaty. I've been quite strict with my hydration routine, believe me!
Congratulations to everyone who got prizes!
Sal LaPuma Wed Jul 4 12:17:00 2012
Sometimes you ride the bike. Sometimes the bike rides you. And on very rare occasions, you are one with the bike and it becomes an extension of you. Welcome "rare occasion"!
Gahlord Dewald Wed Jul 4 12:09:00 2012
Greg, that's not the right attitude at all. Sure, many of us in Vermont have been enjoying giving our cheese nemesis a good trouncing in the NBC, but if you give in then it's not as much fun. VT is small, loves outdoor activity and is decently organized to activate riders -- we're competing with each other as much as at the national level. Plus, the center of our ridership is also our largest population center. Many of our riders are 1-5 miles per day commuter/fun riders. But the NBC really rewards that kind of consistency. --- Are there any groups you can tap into in Milwaukee to get involved/activated etc? Look for a good cross section of geeks (logging miles is really the hardest part of this challenge), alt-culture (hippies, bicycle rights, local pride) and fun lovers. Identify a few leaders to form some teams and keep them focused on competing against each other in the monthly leaderboard. You'll get back in the game I'm sure of it. ---Keep at it! From a friend in VT.
Kevin L Mackey Wed Jul 4 10:34:00 2012
12 miles in 48 min on my 1974 Motebane Grand Touring 10 speed. Brought back memories of riding around Seattle and the U of Washington while I was younger. Need to fix the saddle as it kept tilting back and I think the chain needs more lubrication.
Pete Beers Wed Jul 4 10:14:00 2012
Okay! Something happened this morning! I just looked at my total points and they actually DO include the 200 that I earned on Saturday. Someone went out and fixed that. The monthly totaly is off, but that's as it should be. :D Thanks to the folks at National Bike Challenge for figuring this out. :D
Pete Beers Wed Jul 4 10:07:00 2012
Thanks y'all for trying to solve this. It isn't a big deal. It was just a shame to have a big ride not count because of the strom. I know that this challenge is about much more than 1 ride. :D
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 09:19:00 2012
We will never catch up to Vermont. :(
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 09:10:00 2012
I got pics of the Cranked Group ride last night. Check them out here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/sets/72157630000522147/ There was a smaller group last night because of the heat and also holiday. Many firework shows are being canceled because of extremely dry conditions and the heat. One spark can easily start grass fires.
Dave Bushey Wed Jul 4 09:08:00 2012
@Gregg - noice. We were out in Wautoma for their "Freedom Fest" last yr the weekend before the 4th; it was fun, but driving out the thermometer in our car just kept ticking higher...higher...higher. It was about 90 here and just shy of 100 out there.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 09:03:00 2012
Early mornings are best times to ride in this heat. But tomorrow is going to be the worst with actual temps where I am camping in Wauotma, WI of 104. Heat indexes will be around 115 and dewpoints over 70 with a heat warning in effect. But Saturday and Sunday look much better with temps in the low 80's. But the cooler air is not going to last with the heat building again by the middle of next week. I drank 64 oz of water at work yesterday and was like hell inside the UPS trailers, but it is even hotter on the twilight shift after the heat of the day builds in the trailers. The trailers have a coating to prevent interior heat, but it still gets hot--hot enough to melt candles and has to be around 120 degrees.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 08:33:00 2012
@ Dave Your pic is now posted on the Cranked facebook page under "Heat Makes Cyclists Insane" haha
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 07:59:00 2012
@ Dave I did get a good shot of you in this pic haha: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8002/7500650462_5f78f395d7_b.jpg
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 07:50:00 2012
My highest speed on the bike ever was in the Green Bay Tri and averaged 21.7 mph. I was in one of the last waves and passed a lot of riders.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 07:43:00 2012
They had wet suit strippers at High Cliff and I didn't know how they do this before, but they put a tarp on the hill and everyone just lays on the tarp on their back and put their legs up and 2 people pull your wet suit off in just seconds. I wondered how they get it off you over your timing chip on your ankle, but most had no problems. Green Bay was my first triathlon and really had fun there and was really shocked when I saw my name as the 2nd place finish in my age group.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 07:35:00 2012
I'd love to do the ride around Winnebago Thursday, but Thursday is going to be the hottest day and I will be in Wautoma. I'm going to get up at the crack of dawn and ride over there I think. But the afternoon is going to be unbearable to bike and I will keep cool swimming in the cold spring fed water in Whitet River Mill Pond. It's like a half mile across the lake and I'm going to swim across the lake to train for my Oshkosh Triathlon at Lake Winneconne Park the first Sunday in August. This is better training temps for swimming than biking. :) I won 2nd place in my age group in Green Bay, so maybe I can win an award in Oshkosh, too, but that will be harder than in Green Bay, which was a shallow man made lake that had no waves. I watched the swim leg at High Cliff because was thinking of maybe doing that one next year. I left the park before the swim finished because we left that day for vacation, too, and an ambulance was coming into the park. I was shocked when I got home from vacation and heard about the drowning because he had a heart attack.
Gregg Warning Wed Jul 4 07:14:00 2012
@Dave Yeah, that was me. I rode my bike to the corner of Park and Bayview and then realized I didn't have my media card in the camera, so I had to bike back home. Then I thought I was going to miss you guys, so I drove to County A and it didn't look like you had got there yet, so went up to Park Ave. and saw you guys coming down Park. haha I have a couple other shots. Maybe you are in those. I had some packing to do last night because we are leaving today to go camping for the weekend in Wautoma. Otherwise, I would have rode and could have surivived the heat. But in Wautoma tomorrow the actual temp is suppose to be 104. Wautoma is always warmer and that's because their soil is more sandy and creates more heat.
Al Yard Tue Jul 3 22:43:00 2012
Kathy, it seems like he should be able to do it from the NBC page, too.
Charlie L Tue Jul 3 22:39:00 2012
@Kathy, With some coaching I wrote up a formal request including sample data and suggestions today for the Challenge team to consider. It included some alternative data rules that would allow rides like Pete's to count towards the "entire period" as a minimum. Even if rides don't count for the monthly drawings they should count for the "entire period". I am optimistic that after some time we will have these rides counted in the challenge. It is already in Endomondo so once they decide how to handle we could see their point total change.
Al Yard Tue Jul 3 22:29:00 2012
@Kathy: Have Pete try going to his profile on the main Endomondo site. Click on "Workouts," and then "Enter New Workout." I think you can put it in there manually, either with or without a route. If you go manually, you can put in the date, distance, time, etc. From what I've read, the workouts put in there will automatically copy over to the National Bike Challenge.
Martin Malin Tue Jul 3 22:19:00 2012
@Charlie - I wouldn't worry about Nebraska just yet. They are just barely ahead of us for July. When we get some better weather, that should take care of it. We are still over 15% ahead of them for the 2+ months, so they have a long way to catch up. And once their corn crop starts coming in later this month, they'll be too busy husking it to ride a bike.
Dave Bushey Tue Jul 3 22:15:00 2012
Welcome Chris!

And one more note - plans are for a ride around Winnebago leaving from Neenah 6:30-7 am on Thursday, should be a fairly relaxed 17-20 mph pace. I'll check in here Thurs night and post the starting point if anyone is interested.

Dave Bushey Tue Jul 3 22:13:00 2012
You missed me - I think I'm the guy in the last photo between the dude with the unzipped jersey and the guy in the hivis jersey - look for the orange shoulder and black helmet. ;)

Also, it's a great ride - Pratter (owner of Cranked) is a superb guy, and after the ride you can have beer and bourbon, if that's how you roll.

Dave Bushey Tue Jul 3 22:12:00 2012
That was you? Cool, though we were disappointed, we thought we were going to be in the paper under "Heat makes people insane"
Ken Heffron Tue Jul 3 22:09:00 2012
Fireworks! Finally found a cooler time of day to ride and am rewarded with fireworks at the end of my ride. Sweet.
Kathy Lewis Tue Jul 3 22:08:00 2012
Pete Beers rode 178 documented and witnessed miles in near 100 degree heat on Saturday, June 30, but was unable to log them that evening due to widespread power outages in the DC area. I and many others on his and other local teams are very disappointed that The Challenge has not to date made it possible for him to get these hard earned miles logged for the Challenge, either for June or July. Please do something about this.
Martin Malin Tue Jul 3 22:06:00 2012
@Al - You will definitely make Platinum. As of July 4th, we will have 9% reach Platinum, and by the end, maybe 21-22% will be there. (One big help to being in the top 10 for a month is to ride every day, even if it is only a little.)
Al Yard Tue Jul 3 21:36:00 2012
Congrats Phil and everyone who made platinum so far. As I struggle to stay in the top 10%---and usually don't by the end of the month--it occurs to me that a lot more than the top 10% are on course to make platinum by the end of this thing. Now I've probably motivated enough people with this so that I have no hope of being in the top 10% by the end of July! God bless, keep rolling, and let's have fun while we're at it!
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 3 21:35:00 2012
Welcome Chris, glad to have you join us.
Gregg Warning Tue Jul 3 21:05:00 2012
I didn't go on the Cranked Bike Studio Group ride tonight because I had packing to do for vacation and it was still 90 degrees at 6 pm. But I did get some nice pics of the group riding on Park Ave. in Neenah tonight. It is about a 28 mile ride:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/sets/72157630000522147/

E M Matteson Tue Jul 3 18:47:00 2012
Hi all, out on a different trail today. Not too crowded on a weekday. It was in the 80s when I managed to ride. Right now its 99 degrees.
@ John, you are indeed lucky!
@ Burklee & Phil, YEAH, GO NEBRASKA! BTW, Burklee, I fogot to tell you that I saw a turkey crossing the road when I was riding on Sunday. However, it was not attacking anyone, just minding its own business.
@ Heather, a thousand brownie points for making good use of your time!!
Keep rolling YA'All & happy 4th of July tomorrow!!
Leonard Wright Tue Jul 3 18:13:00 2012
@ Ray, I didn't even see the typo till you mentioned it - even then I had to reread the comment 3 times before catching it. I think that's called a "Freudian slip". (And yes, I did enjoy my job for over 30 years - I've been retired 17 years now and still remember a lot of very interesting projects that I was involved in.)
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jul 3 16:49:00 2012
Wish I could help! Just wait till I get back on my bike, I will be pedaling to make up for all this lost time.
Charlie L Tue Jul 3 15:28:00 2012
Wisconsin has slipped to third. We can't let that stand for long. Go for a ride this evening. Bound to be relatively cool compared to mid-day.
Burklee Green Tue Jul 3 15:07:00 2012
@Phil - Way to go! I'm in Lincoln, and yeah, it's just gross outside. I must be getting fairly acclimated because I went for a 4 mile jaunt around Near South last evening around 7, and it really wasn't that bad. Go Nebraska!
Chris Semrow Tue Jul 3 15:04:00 2012
Hey, anyone in Northern WiI that can help me out? I'm wondering if there is a trail or bike-friendly road from Tomahawk to Rhinelander? I've done the Tomahawk to Minocqua route; Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Christine Salvatore Tue Jul 3 15:03:00 2012
Welcome, Chris! Join in the fun! Wally, we sure cold use some rain around here. Not even a drop in more than 3 weeks. I feel like I'm in AZ again between the dry and the heat! Thanks, Jim! I'm having more fun than should be legal!
Phil Wandrey Tue Jul 3 14:52:00 2012
Reached Platinum status today, with a very hot and humid 40 miler, here in Omaha, NE. Even early to mid mornings is so sticky, but we ride for our health! Looking to 3,000 points by contest end!
Ralph Martin Woolf Tue Jul 3 14:42:00 2012
Cheshire is not as flat as you think, when you seek out hills like Rough low at utkinton, its a little monkey , come and try it out with me sometime , and i will supply the oxygen after it phew
Heather April Tue Jul 3 13:44:00 2012
@Kate Powlison-Congrats for being on the top of the board! I have good news. While I haven't been cycling, I've been continuing my advocacy. Twenty cyclist of all varieties showed up last night to our city council meeting and helped get a bike lane ordinance passed that has been in discussion since...get this....2005. Yes, we have trouble with grassroots efforts here. But, things are looking up and we continue the fight. We have a group ride planned later in July to show off the first part of a larger bike route plan and we are excited at this small victory. Ride on, friends!
Ray Swanson Tue Jul 3 13:16:00 2012
@Leonard, you clearly miss the job, since you "accidentally" used that 4 letter word in place of the word you meant. It is too coincidental to be considered a typo ;)
Burklee Green Tue Jul 3 13:15:00 2012
@John - That makes you a lucky man, in my opinion.
Burklee Green Tue Jul 3 13:08:00 2012
@Leonard - My humblest and most abject apologies for the use of that word. Had I but known it would cause such anxiety, I would never have mentioned it. Sleep well, dear Leonard, and ride an extra 20 for me. :)
Leonard Wright Tue Jul 3 11:51:00 2012
@ Burklee, I hope you realize this is supposed to be a family oriented site and yet you are using a four letter work that some of us may find offensive - OK, maybe it's only me but do you have to use words like w#%k, it beings back memories that can result in sleepless nights and I know you don't want to be responsible for causing an old man to lose sleep. If you must mention such things, I find "job" to be a much more acceptable wording. :-)
Leonard Wright Tue Jul 3 11:47:00 2012
@ Thomas T, I've heard rumors about a recumbent being in the neighborhood but I haven't even see it yet. He has had it out a few times, I just haven't been around when he's been riding it.
John Jay Mcnall Tue Jul 3 11:38:00 2012
@burkley I am still wanted and needed that much at bhome also
Burklee Green Tue Jul 3 09:35:00 2012
@Bruce & @John - It'd be kinda nice to have the time/ability to just ride and ride, wouldn't it? Work is always getting in the way. I've got a sweetie at home who seems to like me enough to want me around a lot. There are 8-ish hours of volunteering at the Bike Kitchen to be done and chores that never end. And then, there are cats at home to whom I must be a loyal subject. Sometimes it's surprising that I can get out of the house for a ride. It's awfully nice to be wanted, though. :)
Steven Lindemann Tue Jul 3 08:59:00 2012
Glad to hear you're improving Jenny! Hope you're back on the bike soon!! But on the bright side, just think of all the heat exhaustion conditions you're missing!!!! :)
Chris Semrow Tue Jul 3 08:32:00 2012
Hi guys! Brand new here. But not new to biking. Just found this place through Endomondo. Been biking to work with rec rides on the weekends. Nice to see so many folks who enjoy it as much as I do.
Wally Olson Tue Jul 3 08:18:00 2012
All I can say is WOW!! I got just a little wet on the ride this morning. Started out okay then with about 20 miles in and still 6 miles from home the skies just opened up and it poured. Cars were pulling over to the side of the road and motorcycles were hiding under the overpasses. Then there's the crazy guy on his bike just peddling through it. It was another one of those "might as well keep going, I can't get any wetter" mornings. Made it home, grabbed my backpack and continued on to work. Can't wait to see what the rest of the day will bring.
John Jay Mcnall Tue Jul 3 07:55:00 2012
@bruce Yeah it seems like some just keep riding I am stay at home dad and cant even find that much time to ride.
Thomas Timmons Tue Jul 3 07:47:00 2012
@Leonard...I thought that looked like you with Red in those photos on F'book! Great time to ride with kids that want to learn to ride correctly and well. Have you tried Red's new (old) recumbent yet? I'm on mine every day now that I have new/better tires, and loving the commute to work here at Florida Forest Service...
Leonard Wright Tue Jul 3 04:35:00 2012
Thanks to everyone that congratulated me on winning one of the prizes. I received an email from the prize committee yesterday and am looking forward to receiving more information about the Better World Club. I would also like to thank them for offering prizes to the riders in the NBC. Their participation in this program adds a bit of excitement to the challenge.
Leonard Wright Tue Jul 3 04:29:00 2012
Thanks for the complement Paul, I've been having some very enjoyable rides the last few days with one of my friends and his grandkids. Not far, not fast but a lot of fun - feels good just to get out and be able to do some fun, relaxed rides with no pressure (self induced) to keep going and going and going.......
Michael Lemuel Tue Jul 3 00:42:00 2012
Bruce, I'm not riding 24 hours a day. Just any minute I'm not sleeping, eating, or spending with my daughter (since she hasn't figured out pedals yet). I'm about to turn her bike into a fix gear so she's not using the coaster brake as a foot rest.
Paul Jeffries Tue Jul 3 00:26:00 2012
Way to go, Kate Powlison! It's great to see a woman rider at the top of the monthly leader board! Keep up the great work. Here's hoping you stay there for a good long time.
Paul Jeffries Tue Jul 3 00:20:00 2012
I'm within a point (mile) of Lenard Wright! I consider that an honor. Lenard must be doing some slacking. ;-) My temporary "success" must be because we are getting FL like weather up here in WI. At one point on my ride this afternoon, my computer gave me a reading of 101!?! Glad I had lots of water, but the riding was hard.
ryan stachurski Mon Jul 2 23:21:00 2012
Every day.
Bruce C. Oestreich Mon Jul 2 22:34:00 2012
wow some of these guys sure must ride like the 24 hours of lemans...just keep going and going and???????
Bruce C. Oestreich Mon Jul 2 22:32:00 2012
went out riding despite my chronic respiratory prob.Didnt go far but it was nice to get out a bit...even if is hot.
E M Matteson Mon Jul 2 22:15:00 2012
@ Nyla, there was a farily large piece of watermelon in our fridge yesterday, which disappeared today after my ride!
E M Matteson Mon Jul 2 21:50:00 2012
HI all, Was out in the actual heat (90+ degrees) about 10 am this morning. Rode on the trail with a lot of other people. At least the trail has a few trees. Good thing it's a relatively flat trail because my daughter's bike was staging a protest: limited shifting only. I believe I have resolved the conflict and will attempt my regular route tomorrow.
@ Steave, wow what bad luck. I believe that if you have three pieces of bad luck you are due for three pieces of good luck, so you are totally entitled to some good luck. Hope your power is back on soon. In the meantime seek out the nearest swimming pool, library, or someplace you can cool down. Chill & roll everyone!
Len (Red 5) Irving Mon Jul 2 21:22:00 2012
@ Pete ~ You uploaded your miles from June 30th, on January 1st? I think you mean July 1st, and they should update. I had mine update for me before, not at the end of the month, but when I didn't put in a 62 miler until the next day.
Pete Beers Mon Jul 2 21:03:00 2012
Just out of curiosity. Due to the power outages in the DC area, I wasn't able to enter my June 30 miles until January 1 in the evening. Totally understand that I missed the prize drawing, that is cool with me. I'm not in this for the prizes. I'm curious if my points will be updated at some point though. I rode 178 miles on Saturday, and it would be a shame for those to not get counted. :D Thanks!
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 2 18:37:00 2012
Saw doc today, starting to see some improvement. Will see again Thursday and Maybe get back to riding again.
Jenny Stelzner Mon Jul 2 18:36:00 2012
Yay, Nyla!
Troy Stentz Mon Jul 2 18:26:00 2012
@Steave-Keep your great attitude! These trials and tribulations are just evolution's way of weeding out the weak. You are strong along with about 28, 272 others on here (give or take a few thousand that seem to think the only challenge is to simply register for the NBC). I hope your power comes back on soon. A cool home would at least make it easier to relax when you need to take a break from fighting the good fight.
Burklee Green Mon Jul 2 18:07:00 2012
@Steave - That all officially adds up to, in technical terms, a total bummer, Dude. Sorry things are rough right now. It'll get better. Eventually.
John Jay Mcnall Mon Jul 2 18:01:00 2012
@ Steve Scott, that sucks! I hope it quickly gets better and warmer for you!!!
Steave Scott Mon Jul 2 17:37:00 2012
Well, I was hoping to post a nice, "let's begin the third month of the Chalenge on a hapy note," but the elements have ben most uncooperative. First, we had a fearsome storm on friday with 80+mph. winds. My house still has no electricity. Then, after icing down the frezer, etc. My wife's car quit, yesterday. My bike is now the only working vehicle the household can call its own - and the city's bus drivers are on strike as of today. This morning, though on my way to work my rear derailleur decided that I realy needed
yet another high gear, and jamed the chain betwen the casete and the frame - at speed. This ort of thing makes life interesting.
I realy have enjoyed the Chalenge so far, and I'm sure I'll enjoy the second half just as much. It's ben intersting to se that just my ordinary utility cycling routine puts me firmly in the 97th percentile of the participants - in points. Keep pedalling, al!l!
Jim Franzen Mon Jul 2 17:33:00 2012
@Christine, congrats on moving up a notch. My goal was to be second at my place for work which I hit. The first place guy has a huge commute and I don't think I could ever catch him without giving up sleep. he must be single. LOL
Burklee Green Mon Jul 2 16:28:00 2012
@Joan - Platinum prizes are drawn for once, at the end of the Challenge. The Platinum prizes are a bike trip through CA wine country or a White Rim bike trip. Airfare not included. :( If you click Prizes, you can get a list.
H. Joan Davies Mon Jul 2 16:18:00 2012
Maybe a silly question--- but are there prizes for platinum level (other than the satisfaction of making platinum and getting more fit as the summer goes on- which is great in and of itself)? I saw the bronze, silver, and gold winners (congratulations!) but none for platinum. Just curious. Keep riding everyone!
Lloyd Lemons Mon Jul 2 16:13:00 2012
My June cycling mileage was hurt by two out-of-town trips and crazy amounts of rain from a hurricane and a tropical storm. July should be much better. All I have to be concerned about now is 100+ degree days and 80-90% humidity. But I'm ready to roll!
Nyla Greenberg Mon Jul 2 15:37:00 2012
Another day of scorching heat and broiling sunshine turning timid headwinds and familiar, minor inclines into torturous, interminable “Are We THERE Yet?!” tests of will. Surely both 1 and 9 are better suited as initial digits in phone numbers rather than temperatures? I seek inspiration for my continuing, Quixotic “Copper Triangle” quest by reminding myself that Lance Armstrong used to drag bricks behind his bike (uphill of course) to train for mountain riding. On the other hand, Lance Armstrong also speaks almost fondly of pain and suffering as an integral part of his world class level of riding, (Mark Lucas must take a similar view?) whereas I strive to avoid actual physical pain when possible (my particular form of masochism being limited to an occasional perversely satisfying wallow in emotional angst (-;) To everyone out rolling in the relentless heat: Stay safe, hydrated and take frequent, replenishing breaks. (I recommend copious quantities of watermelon and ice cream (-:)
Michael Lemuel Mon Jul 2 14:04:00 2012
Karen, I was notified by e-mail because they needed a shipping address.
Dan Donahue Mon Jul 2 13:23:00 2012
@ "el embajador"-nice research on that cycling monster, Mark L. What a brut, I was sure he had committed a double entry error. Can you imagine cycling 210 miles in the high heat and humidity of the East Coast? Well I guess Christopher W. will have to be happy competing for the number one spot of his home state. Both you guys enjoy the ride.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Mon Jul 2 13:01:00 2012
@ Christopher W - Not everyone in the Challenge has access to a GPS. I did a quick check on Mark Lucas and it appears he is a legitimate rider from Connecticut. 10 years ago he was riding 15,000 to 21,000 miles per year. http://articles.courant.com/2002-06-12/news/0206120614_1_enthusiast-cycling-miles
Dan Donahue Mon Jul 2 12:49:00 2012
Hey Christopher W., if you rode 900 miles in 24 hrs you would need to average 37.5 mph for the whole day! The Endomondo police will chase down that guys double entry. They caught one of my teammates, who incorrectly made a double entry of a metric century he had ridden. Why not contact Mark L. to get his side of things, perhaps he's not aware of his apparent double entry mistake. Thanks for keeping them honest. Crank it up for that 900 mi. day-LOL!
Ernest @eghtown Gonzalez Mon Jul 2 12:12:00 2012
A friend handed me a Bianchi Cromor, i think that's the model name. It needs new paint and over haul of components. Though I'd like to keep most of the original parts. I'm hoping to have her complete by August for my first charity ride in Sept. Follow me on twitter or Instagram (@eghtown) as i put pix of all my efforts to bring this vehicle back to life!
Have a great ride everyone!
Christopher W. Mon Jul 2 12:05:00 2012
Love the current leaders data (Mark Lucas). Can we see your GPS data from Friday's ride? Two 105 mile rides? Anything is possible with a manual entry. I think I'll ride 900 miles today :)
Laurie Bries Mon Jul 2 12:00:01 2012
Hannah, Thanks for the response. Just to be clear, we are talking about the Get Up and Ride Challlenge?
Laurie Bries Mon Jul 2 11:54:01 2012
Thanks Christine. Just to be clear, are we talking about the Get up and Ride Challenge?
Christine Salvatore Mon Jul 2 11:46:00 2012
Despite having fewer points in June than May, I attained my goal by finishing 11th rather than 12th in Lake/Kenosha County Community. Now, to be in the top 10 for July! I'd better get riding.
Christine Salvatore Mon Jul 2 11:22:00 2012
Yay, Nyla! How exciting! I *know* one of the winners! WooHoo!
Randy Ivey Mon Jul 2 11:19:00 2012
Heard all the good things about Gatorskins. So a year ago bought a pair because the brand I was using I couldn't find on sale. Put them on and in the 400 miles I had them on the bike, I had 5-6 flats. So frustrating. Previous brand was getting 5000 miles with maybe a flat... So, took them off and went a different direction. Just wore out the brand I had on the bike... so replaced them this weekend after about 5000 miles.
Mon Jul 2 10:38:00 2012
Check http://www.endomondo.com/campaign/national/winners to see if you are a winner. Excellent progress, more than 6 milion miles at the halfway point. Good luck to everyone in July.
Ronald Williams Mon Jul 2 10:21:00 2012
Gatorskins here too ... So far so good ....500 mile and counting and no flats !!!!
Karen Loewen Mon Jul 2 10:08:00 2012
Does anyone know if we have to actually check the list or will they notify us that we won something? I didn't see my name in a quick glance but if they don't send you notification I'll look closer. :*)
Hannah Daniels Mon Jul 2 10:04:00 2012
@Laurie, Gregg is correct. My team leader looked into this last week and Endomondo confirmed that indoor biking does not count towards the challenge.
David Warren Mon Jul 2 09:59:00 2012
Gatorskins are on all my bikes and have been very pleased with their performance. Not a single flat in 4 years!
Kathy Griffey Mon Jul 2 09:45:00 2012
very interested bike ride on Sat AM in Eagle River. Saw a car parked on side of road and a bike in front of it! I thought the worst! Hear to find out a bird was hit and they were trying to help it! Shortly after that I saw a big black bear and then the biggest buck I ever saw! A great morning for a bike ride! Very interested and exciting!
Thomas Timmons Mon Jul 2 09:37:00 2012
Went to some 'Gatorskin' tires for my Bacchetta Giro commuter bike over the weekend. They seem to roll easier than the cheap tires I had on there before, and are supposed to be a lot more resistant to flats. Hoping that last statement is true as I'm getting really tired of fixing flats on the roadside on the way home from work....
Ronald Williams Mon Jul 2 07:57:00 2012
@ Congrats Leonard on the Membership Win ...Awesome !!!
Ronald Williams Mon Jul 2 07:50:00 2012
@ Michael I noticed 75% of his rides are transport , Maybe he doesnt want anyone to know his work routes . And he probably has those set to private.
Laurie Bries Mon Jul 2 07:48:00 2012
Greg, Oh, I thought indoor biking did count. Are there rules somewhere on this site? I'm still finding my way around. All my miles are road miles. I have to agree with all of you; riding in nature is one of the best parts of biking. As a matter of fact, I am not an "exercise/workout" type of person, but I do enjoy a good ride through the countryside, or even in town. Kind of helps that I live near Devil's Lake.
Brian Kunding Mon Jul 2 04:42:00 2012
Michael, this is probably because you are only seeing the public workouts of this guy.
Michael Lemuel Mon Jul 2 01:27:00 2012
I'm lost!!! I Just put in another 13 miles to beat the #2 guy (for July), but then I looked at his workouts and he hasn't riden since June 26th, and his workouts are sparatic and only a few miles at a time. Is this some weird glitch?
Gregg Warning Mon Jul 2 00:40:00 2012
Hey Nyla, you won a specialized water bottle for the June drawing.
Martin Malin Sun Jul 1 23:33:00 2012
@Jenny - I'm glad I didn't bet you. The guy who was in first added 5 more miles later in the day, and lost 419 positions, and counting. And the guy who was in second with 21 points, doubled his mileage for the day, and lost just over 500 places.
We're all cheering you on in your recovery. May it be quick, speedy, fast, and full. And if you are at the top of the leader board on August 1st @ 12:24 a.m., I will report it right here, and you will be immortalized..
dameon plagens Sun Jul 1 22:56:00 2012
hello fellow nbc 'ers maLady now rides my first bent and after fxin a flat I took her for a spin and remembered why I got all bent up in the first place. Its a bike- e w/ 16" f and 20" rear tyres,, add a 3 speed internal hub, a rans style seat w/cane creek shock and your heart will melt ! So heather remember THE BEST BIKE IS THE ONE You WILL RIDE. Ride safe- Same road, same rules. dameon
Kevin L Mackey Sun Jul 1 22:12:00 2012
Saw 2 fawns on the Fox River trail this afternoon near DePere.
Ken Heffron Sun Jul 1 22:06:00 2012
One of the best parts of biking is the nature I see. Lots of critters big and small. Had a woodchuck gopher thing come right up to me during one of my many water breaks this afternoon. For all the good things my nature rides bring me I am grateful. But I could do without the sudden blast of pungent death air that tells me that the bunch of crows by the side of the road are there for a reason.
Heather April Sun Jul 1 20:59:00 2012
@leonard congrats as well! @travis I think many of us are hoping to win a bike.
Christine Salvatore Sun Jul 1 20:35:00 2012
Just had to print out the page for Lake County IL/Kenosha County WI community: I'm in third place! I doubt that will last, or ever happen again! LOL! Gotta take what you can, when you can! Woo hoo!
Christine Salvatore Sun Jul 1 20:31:00 2012
Jim Franzen, you go! Off bp med and soon to be off diabetes med is a wonderful side effect of riding! You should be very proud of yourself! Keep up the great work!

Jenny, sorry for the set back. Take it slow and easy so you don't lose more time, k? Get back to the joy quicker by taking care now!!

E M Matteson Sun Jul 1 20:23:00 2012
HI all, Out early with a plan to get it about 30+ miles. Only made it to 24 because my front shifter went funky on me. So called home & ended up having breakfast in Kirkwood. Bike is now in the shop for a few days waiting for parts. Will have to try riding my daughter's bike tomorrow.
It is dry here like everywhere else so fireworks have been cancelled by some neighborhoods. Heat is scheduled to continue and there are fire warnings everywhere, only we don't get the cool Smokey the Bear ones like they have in Wisc. & MN.
Congrats to Nyla & Leonard on your prizes. You are both part of my prize for participating in this challenge.
@ Bruce way to overcome a challege!
@ Heather, the water is a great choice in this weather!
Stay hydrated, keep cool everyone, & roll when you can!
travis montross Sun Jul 1 20:20:00 2012
I wish i could win a bike. i have to save all my money for college now...going to college in key west is going to be expensive!
Nyla Greenberg Sun Jul 1 20:05:00 2012
Heather, thanks for the heads-up (-:….it hadn’t yet occurred to me to check. I can always use another water bottle (like to keep a couple partly filled and frozen for hot days). I’m tickled to win anything…and bicycling has been very good to me in that regard. Outside of bike related ventures, my lifetime “winnings” consist of a quarter for creating the funniest Halloween place mat in fourth grade, a set of long-handled barbecue tools in the seventies, and a table decoration from a conference several years ago. Biking has upset my every-¬ other- decade winning average (-; I won a tune up, water bottle and hat at an employee health fair in 2010, and a fine set of tires in last year’s challenge (delight only slightly mitigated by the fact that the splendid 700x28 tires don’t fit the 27 inch wheels on my bike (-;)…I think of them as aspirational tires for the bike in my future)
Congratulations to ever-inspiring Leonard Wright, and all the other winners!…which, when I consider the most enduring and valuable prizes of this challenge, includes EVERYONE participating (-:
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 1 20:04:00 2012
JIm, I agree totally about the joy of riding. My one ride yesterday did wonders for my soul, and will hopefully carry me through until I ride again.
Heather April Sun Jul 1 19:44:00 2012
@Nyla, check the challenge prize list yet? ;)
Heather April Sun Jul 1 19:36:00 2012
@gregg, I'll admit the heat is killing me. I really can't ride much. The over 100 heat indexes and high humidity fire my asthma up. I hate that it does but I'm tired of stressing out about it. I had 60 miles less in June than May, as the heat rose. I plan to just do what I can. This fall, I'm buying a road bike and will be able to get lots of miles in then as the heat eases off. I'm also in the process of buying a kayak and gear, so this fall will be especially fun!
Nyla Greenberg Sun Jul 1 19:20:00 2012
Last Year’s challenge didn’t finalize totals for preceding month for several days. I regret the change this year…as there must be a number of people each month unable for various reasons (computer glitch, power outage, vacation out of internet range etc. ) to log all miles by midnight. It seems the previous system was more supportive of cycling efforts and more in line with stated intent of the challenge. There should be at least a brief window of opportunity for late entries, and new riders enthusiastic to discover the Challenge (Welcome Wayne Munoz!) should have the opportunity to get credit for June rides.
Frequently traveled route rendered grueling today by heat, humidity and dropping blood pressure. Familiar winding one mile incline required 3 rest stops! Much better after lengthy replenishing midpoint break. Blessing for return journey is that my unincorporated town occupies a lower elevation than most surrounding destinations, so although roads ripple in any direction (I envision traversing the vastly magnified surface of a potato chip) the net effect is generally downhill toward home (-; Roll on cautiously in record-setting heat!
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 1 19:04:00 2012
Be careful with the heat. About half of the country, 23 states are in triple digits. It did hit 100 in Wisconsin Dells today and dehydration is the most common health issues. It is so dry here that many counties have burning bans--no open fires , camp fires, burning etc. It is also illegal to ignite fireworks in many places throughout the state. There is very little chance of any rain this week The drought is really getting very serious in much of Wisconsin and prayers in church were offered. Governor Walker already has applied for federal aid for the floods in Superior and a loss of 80% of the cherry crop, which bloomed early and froze this spring and there is also quite a loss of most fruit trees and also maple syrup. And now the drought on other crops is realy taking a toll. The crops in much of the state is really looking horrible at this points and the heat is suppose to continue all week. Very dry here, but Wisconsin Dells area looked really bad. It was really busy and crowded in Wisconsin Dells with traffic and people seeking relief in the all the water parks in the area.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 1 18:35:00 2012
@Laurie Yes, it did have an exercise room with bikes, but indoor bicycling does not count for this challenge, but it would have helped burn all the calories I consumed. But at Stand Rock where we went to see a German Shepherd jump across rock ledges, we had to climb lots of stairs and walk up hills, so that burned a lot. :)
Bill Miller Sun Jul 1 18:34:00 2012
Congratulations to anyone who logged any miles in June. Just get out there and do it! I enjoyed every mile I rode.
Pamela Murray Sun Jul 1 17:47:00 2012
I use a cyclometer to track my miles. My battery never dies and I always know my mileage.

It's over 100 degrees here so I only rode 11 miles today. Tomorrow I'll ride at night when it's cooler.

Rod Smith Sun Jul 1 17:26:00 2012
How many of us got short changed because we couldn't log miles from 6/30 before the end of the month because of power outage? I would have 73 more points if I had power last night.
Gahlord Dewald Sun Jul 1 16:18:00 2012
Wayne: location apps that pull in GPS (like Endomondo) drain batteries fast regardless of device--iPhone, Droid whatever. For long rides getting a spare battery case as another commenter suggests or getting a dedicated GPS computer for your bike and then using Endo's upload feature will work better than switching your phone. ...unless you're looking for a good excuse to get a new phone. ;)
Gahlord Dewald Sun Jul 1 16:16:00 2012
Richard: if they have an open team and an open slot (teams max out at ten riders) there's a join button. Otherwise the team leader will have to invite you.
RICHARD STROBEL Sun Jul 1 16:10:00 2012
How do iIjoin an already existing group if I am set up as a single rider?
Jim Franzen Sun Jul 1 15:25:00 2012
451 miles in June for me. I missed one day of bicycle riding. I wish everyone could know the joy I get from riding and experience the feeling for themselves. I love seeing more and more riders, and I don't even get annoyed anymore by people who offer to throw my bike in their trunk and give me a ride home.
Timothy M Walsh Sun Jul 1 14:49:00 2012
I use an external battery pack built into a case for my iPhone. I don't think it is going to survive my first century. Been looking at the 1 on woot today for $20, think I'll pick it up so I have a spare for the ride.
Timothy M Walsh Sun Jul 1 14:43:00 2012
So, I rode 64 miles today, so if my math is correct that should equal 84 points, 64 + 20 bonus points. So why does my point total only equal 75. Timing of the update perhaps?
Wayne D. Munoz Sun Jul 1 11:01:00 2012
Glad I saw this challenge today. I'm currently training for my first century on Aug 11th with the great folks of "Try All by Fire" and what better time to join a challenge like this. I've logged a 72 mile and a 88 mile ride along with my mid week 20 plus rides this month. The only problem is the battery on my phone that I use this great app on doesn't make it as long as I do. I got to check into another source if I continue to do these longer rides. I'm using a droid right now which works great other than the battery issue. Any suggestions? BTW reat job Endomondo, love the job your doing.
Jenny Stelzner Sun Jul 1 10:53:00 2012
Thanks, Gregg.
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Funny, Martin! I bet things spread out a bit more as the day goes on! Hey--I think I will take a midnight ride in August just so I can see my name on top of the leaderboard for once! I am all for contributing to the 3 million mile goal, just need to get mended up here first. I am still planning on a long ride at the end of the month, hopefully I will be back in the saddle long before then.
H. Joan Davies Sun Jul 1 09:42:00 2012
@ Burklee G: Welcome to PLATINUM!!! Way to go!
Laurie Bries Sun Jul 1 08:23:00 2012
Hey Greg, Doesn't that luxury hotel have a fitness room with bikes? ;-)
Michael Lemuel Sun Jul 1 07:32:00 2012
I'd like to know who would be interested in a wheel and pedal reader that could be transmitted to your smart phone to verify distance & read cadence. If you had access to this information in conjunction with/ or in replacement of your GPS data what would you want improved or added to the Endomodo application? If you also spin, or setup your bike for stationary use, how could it help you, or what would you need from the application or hardware? I figure the hardware will need to read rear wheels for stationary setup bikes.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 1 06:53:00 2012
I did get a quick ride in yesterday before we had to leave to attend a family reunion at
Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI which is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Neenah. I am only 6 points short of 3,000 points, but plan to exceed that this evening after we get back to Neenah. I was not able to take my bike with me in my mini van because my mother and dad rode with us and with coolers and luggage, there was no room to put the bike in and I don't have a bike carrier. But my mother and dad treated my wife, daughter, and I to a private room and deluxe stay last night at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Baraboo for taking them to Devil's Lake, so I am not lacking any comfort. It is a 5 star luxury hotel that I would have had to work a whole week to pay for myself, so we are enjoying our weekend here. It was very nice to see my older brother from Fox Lake, IL near Chicago who celebrated his 60th birthday on June 29th this year. I don't get to see him and his family much, so it was really nice seeing him yesterday. I have 1 sister, 2 brothers, and my mother and dad will be celebrating 62 years of marriage on August 19, the day that I will be racing in Race the Lake in Fond du Lac, WI, which is a 90 mile bike race around Lake Winnebago and is the largest inland lake in Wisconsin and the race is the largest all citizen timed bike race in the US that travels through 4 different counties. The halfway point is High Cliff State Park with a challenging hill to climb, but I have climbed the hill several times before, so I don't expect to have a heart attack. Our visit in Wisconsin Dells this weekend has been a luxury stay. There is no water park here in the hotel, but a nice indoor pool and hot tub on the 4th floor and a deluxe gourmet complimentary continental breakfast in the Glacier Rock Restaurant. I am going to have to ride a century to burn all the calories I consumed this weekend. We are attending church at 7:30 am at St. John's Lutheran Church in Baraboo and then later this morning, we are taking my mother and dad to see the Witches Gulch on the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River. It is very hot here in the mid 90's, but there is no lack of water with literally billions of gallons of water flowing both naturally and artificially in this water park capital of the world. I think there are more tourists in this little city of 2,000 people right now than in the entire state of Wisconsin. It's nice and cool at the Witch's Gulch because it is like a cave on all the narrow passageways that take you among some interesting and spooky rock formations on the Upper Dells of the Wisconsin River. It's quite an interesting story about the guy who first explored this area and discovered what is now known as the Witch's Gulch.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 1 06:43:00 2012
I did get a quick ride in yesterday before we had to leave to attend a family reunion at
Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, which is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Neenah. I am only 6 points short of 3,000 points, but plan to exceed that this evening after we get back to Neenah. I was not able to take my bike with me in my mini van because my mother and dad rode with us and with coolers and luggage, there was no room to put the bike in and I don't have a bike carrier. But my mother and dad treated my wife, daughter, and I to a private room and deluxe stay last night at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Baraboo for taking them to Devil's Lake, so I am not lacking any comfort. It is a 5 star luxury hotel that I would have had to work a whole week to pay for myself, so we are enjoying our weekend here. It was very nice to see my brother from Illinois that I don't get to see very much. There is no water park here in the hotel, but a nice indoor pool and hot tub on the 4th floor and a deluxe gourmet complimentary continental breakfast in the Glacier Rock Restaurant. I am going to have to ride a century to burn all the calories I consumed this weekend. We are attending church at 7:30 am at St. John's Lutheran Church in Baraboo and then later this morning, we are taking my mother and dad to see the Witches Gulch on the Upper Dells. It's nice and cool there like in a cave on all the narrow passageways that take you among some interesting and spooky rock formations on the Upper Dells. It's quite a story about the guy who first explored this area and discovered what is now known as the Witch's Gulch.
Gregg Warning Sun Jul 1 06:05:00 2012
@Jenny Sorry you are on the injured list again. Hope you heal soon. It sounds like you have gone through quite an ordeal that has not been fun.
Martin Malin Sun Jul 1 01:24:00 2012
24 minutes into the new month, Ryan Devine is in the lead with 22 points, followed by Nick Templeton a point behind, and Dan Hinrichs in third with 20. Then 5,755 riders are all tied with zero.
Michael Lemuel Sun Jul 1 01:07:00 2012
Yeah, it's the international lead time. People who have done there workouts hours ago, but they are just now showing up because it was in July their time and we just entered July.
Martin Malin Sun Jul 1 01:06:00 2012
@Nyla - 3,000,000 miles is definitely a good goal! We ended up with 1,357,476 for the first two months, so would need 1,642,524 for July and August. (We averaged 22,254 miles per day, and with the extra day we would need to average 26,492/day, which is 19% more.) If we can do that, it will at least help us look better against Vermont.
Martin Malin Sun Jul 1 01:02:00 2012
It is 12:01 Central, and Ivailo Karamanolev is leading all 28,196 other riders for July.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 30 23:23:00 2012
Well, maybe it was a premature ride. Now an abscess has formed, had to go to the clinic, and I won't describe what happened after that for those with soft stomachs. Bottom line, wound is packed and I am sidelined again.
Rosetta Chandler Sat Jun 30 22:47:00 2012
How do meet a challenge ? TEAM-Work! Babes where are you?
Ray Swanson Sat Jun 30 22:33:00 2012
I just finished the month with a metric century, plus a little, 63.11 miles when I rolled back into my driveway. I took a couple short breaks to cool off a little, as much as one can cool down when it is 90 degrees in the shade. I did see a lot of other cyclists, but there were places where I had the trail to myself for miles at a time. I did stop and snap a picture of this little fella. He (or maybe she) let me ride by the first time, but must have been camera shy because he ran away after I went back to take a picture. https://sites.google.com/site/btd819423fsavr98ddea5/r_IMG_0267.jpg
Janis Heifner Sat Jun 30 22:33:00 2012
Great morning of mountain biking at Reforestation Camp in Green Bay.
Nice to be in the woods in the shade!
Gahlord Dewald Sat Jun 30 22:09:00 2012
Way to beat a slump Bruce!
Bruce C. Oestreich Sat Jun 30 21:43:00 2012
I didnt feel good this AM .Respiratory probs have plagued me for 40 years.I was sitting feeling Whoa is me,then I thought NO get out and ride ....about 3 hours later than I normally do.It was great biking ... very little wind and I had the best avg yet .It felt great!!!!!
Joanne Pendleton Sat Jun 30 20:47:00 2012
@Emily I'm not even on a mission, just riding cross country for vacation, and I count all my miles as transport because I'm biking to transport myself on vacation, to the store, to the campground, to the city park - even to the shower:) Sounds like commuting to me (well, maybe not the shower part).
Wally Olson Sat Jun 30 20:02:00 2012
Cruel irony. I hardly use my truck these days, but I was not able to get out for a long ride today because I had to replace the starter which took longer than expected due to rust and a stripped bolt.
Wally Olson Sat Jun 30 19:58:00 2012
Jenny, Glad to hear you are back in the saddle. Go get your Platinum.
Andrew Lewis Sat Jun 30 18:59:00 2012
Just hit Gold today!!!!!
travis montross Sat Jun 30 18:34:00 2012
made platinum today!!!
E M Matteson Sat Jun 30 16:21:00 2012
Burklee, congrats and welcome to the platinum club. I feel like we should be issued platinum cards good for a free t-shirt or something.
E M Matteson Sat Jun 30 16:07:00 2012
Hi all, got started before 6am to get more miles today and beat the heat. It was in the 70s already and right now its about 102. I know what you mean about the numbers game, sometimes I get back to my neighborhood and think, if I ride up and down a couple of dead end streets I can add two or three more miles. Then I get to my street and go around in circles a few times to round off that last mile. Its kind of silly but fun!!
Had breakfast at a nice cafe in Kirkwood. I have passed it several times before. There is often a bicycle out in front, so I was trying to figure out whose bike it is. Decided it must belong to someone who works there.
@ Emily, you are on a mission, I would count the miles as commuting, esp. if its your only transportation for the entire trip. How far have you gone? What part of the country are you in now? Are you going east to west, or vice versa? If you come through St. Louis let me know, could offer a meal or shelter or something...
Burklee Green Sat Jun 30 16:04:00 2012
@Travis - Ouch! Good luck on getting platinum today.
@H. Joan - Way to go! I can only dream of a near century.

And speaking of platinum... I MADE PLATINUM TODAY!!!! Platinum before July...gooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll!!!!

Andy Nowak Sat Jun 30 16:04:00 2012
Garmin EDGE 200 GPS? Any opinions or review of the GPS trackers. I ride 3 different bikes and it would be nice to have a total miles on all the bikes on one tracker. I am considering the EDGE200, since reasonable priced and only the basics. I do not feel I will need a lot of unnecessary options. Thanks for any feedback.
Emily Ponti Sat Jun 30 15:52:00 2012
I'm riding my bike across the country to raise money for my cousin with cancer. Should I be logging my miles as commuting or leisure?
Charlie L Sat Jun 30 15:35:00 2012
Richard, Wally described everything correctly. I might add some more things I have noticed. The person you want to send a pep talk to has to have options in their settings to allow pep talks. Also, if you have a smartphone you can send the pep talk from your smartphone to theirs. They will hear the message. It is fun to play with!! If I hear it I am usually surprised when my pocket starts talking to me out in the middle of now where.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Sat Jun 30 14:58:00 2012
Way to go Jaime!
Chuck Bryan Sat Jun 30 14:36:00 2012
I rode my bike at another Patriot Guard Riders event today; one biker among many others, but theirs are motorcycles. Forget buying a motorcycle for being in that (great) group - I like being the only traditional biker ( no motor on mine.)
Nyla Greenberg Sat Jun 30 13:08:00 2012
Jenny: so glad to hear you are rolling along again! Your dog-delayed Platinum status awaits (-:
Ernest @eghtown Gonzalez Sat Jun 30 13:06:00 2012
So I participated on Critical Mass (Houston, TX) last night. I wish i had an image of our first take off. The crowd of cyclist covered over 5 city blocks and all the lanes. Any single car must of felt overwhelmed by the sea of cyclist. Hundreds of people were out in great spirits. It was an amazing experience seeing "strength in numbers" at its true form.
Have a great ride everyone!
Jim Franzen Sat Jun 30 12:24:00 2012
I will hit over 125 miles biked this month and 2000 points today once I ride to summerfest. Since the last day in April I have only taken my car to work once and that was because I had a doctor appointment in the middle of the day. Thanks to bike riding I am off my BP medicine and I hope to be off my diabetes medicine in September. GET ON YOUR BIKES AND RIDE!
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Sat Jun 30 12:23:00 2012
Glad things are looking up Jenny.
Jenny Stelzner Sat Jun 30 12:06:00 2012
First ride since the dog bite. Was worried that it would be tough on my ankle. Surprisingly not. Was hard to start and stop, Seems like that leg is my usual lead off leg. Hard to climb hills. But just happy to get back out!
Jaime Richard Ogas Sat Jun 30 12:00:00 2012
The way this challenge is set up, I don't see how anyone could not get anything less than 600 points in any given month. All you have to do is sit on your bike and ride at least around the block to claim 20 points each day. In July I'll try to do just that and get at least 620 points. I'll probably end up with enough miles to claim platinum.
Wally Olson Sat Jun 30 09:37:00 2012
Richard, Your friend has to have the Endomondo App on their smart phone. When they are out riding it will show up on your Endo web page. There will be a "pep talk" option under their info. Click on pep talk and type in a message. Their smart phone will read them the text while they are exercising. Good luck. Hope this helps.
richard wirsbinski Sat Jun 30 09:29:00 2012
K.. thanks guys
Ronald Williams Sat Jun 30 09:25:00 2012
@ travis I will loan you my son's hockey suit if that will help ;)!!!!
Tami McNall Sat Jun 30 09:25:00 2012
yeah it's while they are cycling either on your home home page under where it says the person it out cycling will be the link to peptalk - just clck it and a windo will open that lets you type your message. OR if you look at the workout as it is happening on the map part top left will be a small peptalk link same thing, click it and enter your message.
Ronald Williams Sat Jun 30 09:24:00 2012
@ richard send a pep talk to your friend ...lol!!!! when they are out riding and it has peptalk on there status just click that!!!
richard wirsbinski Sat Jun 30 08:20:00 2012
Could some one please let me know how to send a pep talk to a friend?
richard wirsbinski Sat Jun 30 08:17:00 2012
Could some one please inform me on how to send a pep talk to a friend?
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Sat Jun 30 07:38:00 2012
Jerry Bengtson - I think we can agree that each person has different nutritional requirements. The important thing is to listen to your body - it will tell you what it needs.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Sat Jun 30 07:22:00 2012
Getting caught up in even numbers can be such a head game. I think it's a human foible that we are all suseptible to. On the plus side perhaps thats one of the things that pushes us to go just a little bit further. But regardless; excellent accomplishment Joan!
travis montross Sat Jun 30 01:14:00 2012
@Ronald im thinking full downhill gear now!
Michael Lemuel Sat Jun 30 00:58:00 2012
I'm beginning to think mispronouncing and misspending my name in the media is s conspiracy. LAB just fix their misspelling when the newscaster pronounced it as if French in origin for "the mute" (le-mule). The correct spelling and pronunciation is Lemuel (lem-U-el). Say lemming.. say Emanuel..say Lemuel. A rose by any other name may still be a rose, but if you call it a nose, somebody's going to look at you weird for smelling them. a;)
Ronald Williams Sat Jun 30 00:12:00 2012
Crach pads for Travis !!! :))
Ronald Williams Sat Jun 30 00:12:00 2012
@ John where did this happen so I can avoid the area ....
travis montross Fri Jun 29 23:00:00 2012
to add to my last post i get into alot of crashes too lol
travis montross Fri Jun 29 22:45:00 2012
im going for platinum tommorrow even after a really nasty crash mtn biking today. i was catapulted from my bike and slammed my lower back into a tree it was really violent knocked the wind out of me for a few seconds too. its the worst crash ive been in a long time not looking forward to how its gonna feel in the morning. Tomorrows ride is only going to be on the road for sure.
dameon plagens Fri Jun 29 21:48:00 2012
H.Joan Davies a 92 bordeaux thats pedal-lite-ful sleep well tonight D
E M Matteson Fri Jun 29 21:09:00 2012
Hi all, out again this morning about 6:30. Heat rose quickly from 60s to upper 70s. Spotted a dozen other riders including a guy with a crate attached to the rack on the back of his bicycle. (Suppose he was reading this blog??) Later, while it was 105 outside, I took my bike in to get a new cable. The shop confessed that they messed up adjustments when putting in the cable last time and gave me a free cable. But they also decided I needed a new chain: A NEW CHAIN, like I just got one a couple of months ago. The mechanic was suttly trashing the fact that I was riding an old bike. All kinds of complaints like not wrapping my brake cables inside the handlebar tape. Then he gave me a hard time for making minor adjustments myself. Like, I'm gonna stop in the middle of a ride and head for the nearest bike shop to get help. NOOOOOOO
As for miles counted, recreation or not, the most important thing is that we are out there making bicyclists more visible, getting healthy, accomplishing missions, and having a good time. I would totally ride a new bike in the house!!.
@ Joan congrats on the metric century/almost miles century. I think I'm gonna wait for any century attempts until the weather gets a little cooler.
We know we are having more fun than those people at the gym. RIDE ON YA'LL!
Jeanie West Fri Jun 29 20:25:00 2012
@H. Joan - WOW. Great ride!
Randy Ivey Fri Jun 29 19:37:00 2012
@H. Joan Davies - that's awesome.... congrats!! Being that close to 100miles, I would of rolled out the few extra to get that century!!
Nyla Greenberg Fri Jun 29 19:13:00 2012
Hmmm…..Over 1.3 million miles before the end of June…two months to go…Shouldn’t we aim for 3 million?
John Jay Mcnall Fri Jun 29 18:19:00 2012
Amazing had a car make a right turn in front of me. Followed him to his drive and he asked what was wrong with that. I told him it was against the law. He ntold me his dad was a cop and said there was nothing wrong with it and chased me down the street. I called 911. The cop showed up and said unless he hit me there was nothing wrong with it unless I could prove it was done with malicious intent. If i would of hit him it would of just been an accident. If i want to change it I have to go to city council for this county county over FDOT. I guess there is no end to the garbage going on these days and i will have to keep my eye out for him. He is the one that would be malicious and run me over given the chance.
H. Joan Davies Fri Jun 29 18:09:00 2012
Just finished my longest ride ever... 92.80.... Whoo Hoo. @ Brad W: Now I need to find some bordeaux cherry chocolate chunk ice cream-- LOTS of it!!!! .lol :-)
Jerry Bengtson Fri Jun 29 18:06:00 2012
@Brad. Sorry Brad. Wrong ice cream. It needs to be Vanilla Swiss Almond. Much healthier. At least two containers worth so you get the full benefit.
Jerrel Lee Wallace Jr. Fri Jun 29 17:32:00 2012
As long as you hydrate and listen to your body, riding in hot weather is not a major issue. It is just not as much fun and riding in cool weather.
Heather April Fri Jun 29 15:37:00 2012
Michael Lemeux - you ROCK. I love that you are a part of this challenge. Your such a star! I'm off my bike today and tomorrow as our heat is over 100F. I hope to be back on it Sunday. Have a great weekend everyone and good luck next week (prize drawings)!
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 29 15:31:00 2012
I was just 74 points shy of platinum before the dog bite. I would have easily achieved it this past week had I not been sidelined. I will put that on my list of "pain and suffering" items.
Jenny Stelzner Fri Jun 29 15:26:00 2012
Thanks, John!
I seem to now be turning the corner, things seem a bit better today. Probably won't be good enough for the Gear Up Green Lake ride tomorrow that I was signed up for. They asked me if I wanted my fee returned. I really want to wait and see if the next 24 hours makes a difference, perhaps I could still ride a short route. Either way, I want my t-shirt! I may hang out for awhile at the CHN Wellness table, so if anyone is riding in this event, you may find me there. I will be the one with my leg propped up on a pillow.
Chris Olsen Fri Jun 29 15:23:00 2012
In regards to Vermont - we are destroying them in total mileage aren't we?
Chris Olsen Fri Jun 29 15:14:00 2012
Thanks for the info. The trail closure was at about 7:30 this morning, where they are building a new access point right near the fairgrounds. I was coming from the west and jumped onto main, then bluemound because as mentioned by someone else it was blocked with sandbags all the way across with a sign in front. I didn't try to get back on the trail so I don't know how much was closed. Glad to hear it's not still like that - I prefer not to ride bluemound/main, etc on my way home.
George F Denys Fri Jun 29 14:59:00 2012
Great idea Brad I've never tried that flover.
Burklee Green Fri Jun 29 14:55:00 2012
@BradLPK - I am SO with you, man.
Jerry J Fri Jun 29 14:40:00 2012
there are bike racks at both the main gate and the south gate. the main gate is at Chicago Ave. The south gate is at Polk St. I used the racks at the South Gate Wed. they were pretty full, but I managed to find an open spot. Upon leaving at 8PMish there were plenty of bikes locked to the fence next to the racks. There was a security guard standing near the racks when I left, but I don't remeber seeing one when I got there around 4:30 PM.
You have to bring your own lock, and they claim no responsibility.
They also have a bag checking service inside the south gate (I'm pretty sure they offer checking service at all gates.) It costs $2, but I left my saddle bags with helmet attached while inside.
George F Denys Fri Jun 29 14:33:00 2012
Had a great ride this morning, went out just after 6 am the wind was low and it was nice and cool.Got back just before 9am and rode a nice 35 miles First time been able to ride all week because of the heavy rain and wind.Most of the time it's great living in Flordia.
Gregg Warning Fri Jun 29 14:10:00 2012
If you do walking, swimming , running, and other workouts like this, on endomondo, you can enter all your workouts for all sports, not just biking and all your biking miles will automatically get entered into the NBC, too. In the Endomondo site, you can print out a statistical graph and chart or list by year, month, or week for any sport and for all sports and I can also see how many miles I biked for transporation compared to sport. For example my statistical chart and graph on Endomondo shows that currently i n 2012 I have rode a total of 3,245 miles. 2,004 were for transport and 1,241 were sport or recreation. And I can also print out a mileage graph that shows my mileage count for sport and transport for each month and even for each week. I really like the Endomndo site because it includes all sports, not just biking. This is a link to my current Endomondo 2012 cycling statistical graph, comparing mileage for transport and sport by month: http://www.flickr.com/photos/greggmichaelphotography/7467924630/
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Fri Jun 29 13:46:00 2012
As a health precaution everyone should eat lots of bordeaux cherry chocolate chunk ice cream.
Jim Franzen Fri Jun 29 13:45:00 2012
AT Gregg. There is bike racks at road to main gate to Summerfest. As you come in look at North side of road and there is a big CPS sign and I guy sitting on a chair watching the gate. It is a little weird as you have to get behind the pedestrian fence with your bike but I have used the lot for the past two days with no issues.
Gregg Warning Fri Jun 29 13:34:00 2012
@Martin Malin. Even if you enter your miles manually, you can enter the time of your ride to get calories burned and average speed of your ride by clicking "new work out" on the endomondo site directly. The miles will automatically get entered into the bike challenge as well. I just use my bike computer to track miles and time and works great for me. There are certain routes I do regularly (work, grocery store, gym, pool, parent's apartment, and I have favorite routes I do for recreation and sport and I have these drawn on the Endomondo maps and saved and when I ride any of these routes that I have saved on Endomondo, all I have to do is select the route and it automatically enters the miles and then I enter the time of the ride and I have a record of calories burned and average speed of each ride. I like the statistic link on Endomondo because you can get graphs and charts printed by year, month, week etc. and that is really nice for a complete record of every ride you did.
Gregg Warning Fri Jun 29 13:32:00 2012
It is very easy to dehydrate when the dew points get this high and you won't even know you are dehydrated until it is too late.
Gregg Warning Fri Jun 29 13:23:00 2012
Dogs are my biggest fear when I deliver packages as a driver helper during peak season at Christmas because I often get dropped off on the street and have no place to go for protection, if a dog attacks me. They tell us at work to use the DIAD board as a shield or even hit them in the face with the DIAD board, if we have to to prevent us from getting bit by the dog. The little dogs are the worst.
Gregg Warning Fri Jun 29 13:21:00 2012
Does anyone know, if there are any bike racks at Summerfest?
Dos_ Ruedas Fri Jun 29 13:04:00 2012
Everyone drink lots, ride in the early morning and use extreme caution when riding in this heat and humidity. Very, VERY dangerous.
Martin Malin Fri Jun 29 12:47:00 2012
Here is our chance to catch-up a little to Vermont - On Saturday night at 9 Central, there will be a leap second added to the atomic clocks. If everyone in Wisconsin makes a point of riding their bikes at that precise moment, we could inch a little closer to Vermont.
Leonard Wright Fri Jun 29 12:44:00 2012
@ Michael Lemeux, FANTASTIC interview on the LAB site, great job.

For those that haven't seen the interview, here is the link:

http://blog.bikeleague.org/blog/2012/06/meet-the-1-rider-in-the-national-bike-challenge/comment-page-1/#comment-36531

Martin Malin Fri Jun 29 12:27:00 2012
Burklee - Now that sounds like work. I've been entering my total (exercise) time for a day in a spreadsheet for the last 20+ years. I don't think I want to put down each ride's time just so there can be an innacurate calories burned number for my ride. There are way too many factors that affect calories burned, like stops/starts/bike type/etc... As far as heart rate - I'm not that worried about it, unless I go into defib or it approaches or acheives zero.
Burklee Green Fri Jun 29 12:03:00 2012
@Michael - Wow, really great story on the LAB site. I don't know how you do it, man, but keep doing it! You are amazing. Really.
Jerry J Fri Jun 29 11:54:00 2012
Which section was closed?
Fri Jun 29 11:40:00 2012
Special membership offer for Challenge participants -- join the League of American Bicyclists, and get a Planet Bike tail-light as our way of saying thanks!

http://www.bikeleague.org/join/believe1.php

Nicholas Oberski Fri Jun 29 11:17:00 2012
Crhis,
When I took the Hank Aaron trail this morning at about 6:30, it was closed with sandbags blocking the path. I turned out to Main street and hopped back on right by the fairgrounds where the path crosses the road. Didn't appear to be anything going on but it did say ROAD CLOSED.
Craig Weinhold Fri Jun 29 10:09:00 2012
Android phone battery dead?

The Endomondo "pro" mobile app has "lower power mode". Originally, that mode was less accurate, but the latest version (http://gsfn.us/t/2wr0k) claims to have the same accuracy as normal mode.

The pro app costs just a buck for the next few days (regularly 4 bucks).

Michael Smiley Fri Jun 29 10:07:00 2012
Chris,
I just went down that stretch of the Hank Aaron trail about 45 minutes ago (around 08:20 to 08:25am), and it wasn't closed then. I ride that trail 2 or 3 times a week and it's never been closed, even when there have been events nearby. Must just be a temporary closing.
Ray Swanson Fri Jun 29 09:59:00 2012
My house is small, not enough room to ride, which is why I ran into the door. I was training, trying to adapt to the brakes/shifters on the hoods, yeah, that's what I was doing, nothing worthy of a timeout :D Luckily I didn't bleed all over the white tape on the bars.
Chris Olsen Fri Jun 29 09:55:00 2012
Anyone know if the closing of the Hank Aaron trail in Milwaukee near the fairgrounds is normal for when there is an event there or if it is due to trail construction.

I'm suspecting that I had to be rerouted into traffic becuase they don't want people sneaking into the RV show, but I just wanted to check and see if anyone knows.

Brad (LPK) Waldoch Fri Jun 29 09:34:00 2012
Riding in the house Ray??? Ain't it cool how bikes tend to release the inner child - but better, because now no one can yell at us - well except for spouses and car pilots... But, hey everyone; don't forget to have fun :-D
Burklee Green Fri Jun 29 09:19:00 2012
@Martin - If you go to the Endomondo home page and click "Workouts" at the top, it will show you a calendar with all your rides denoted by bike icons. If you click on one, it will load that ride, then you can go to the right side of the page, click "Edit" and enter your time, and your heart rate, if you've got a monitor. That will calculate your calories for you.
Like you, I am amazed at full gym parking lots on gorgeous days. I would think people would just go outside and play. I don't know, maybe they're all too dignified for that. I personally have never had that problem. :)
@Ray - Riding the bike in the house? Are you looking for a time out, Mister? And, how big is your house??? Glad you're liking the new wheels, man!
@Travis - 59 points in 2 days? No problem. You got this.
Jason R Fri Jun 29 09:16:00 2012
On the subject of GPS, it also has to do with local conditions, interference and the fact that, even if you watch your GPS religiously to see it 'track' that tracking is not really happening. That's the software doing some prediction of your course. Then the next time it checks your position using GPS there will be a correction.

If you need accurate distance measurement, you're probably better off with a bike computer that reads your speed and distance from actual wheel rotations instead of estimating your location based on faint radio signals from objects thousands of miles away.

Martin Malin Fri Jun 29 08:48:00 2012
@Michael-Noone should be worried about which category miles should be logged into. The numbers above for calories burned, and carbon dioxide and money saved are just approximations. For some of us, they might be somewhat accurate, and for others, they are way off.
I don't have a smart phone, so I enter my miles in manually. When I do that, there is no place to put how long it took me to ride. Because of that, my stats show ZERO calories burned. I'm sure there are many others who don't have a smart phone.
Many (including you) have pointed out ways the dollar saved amount is inaccurate. And I agree. I also think that it wouldn't hurt if they also include some type of savings for sport miles. It would be fair to say that most of us are riding at least partly for our health. To get the same amount of aerobic physical activity, most people would belong to a gym. What about all of the money saved by not belonging to a gym. Or, if they are just concerned with money saved by not driving a car, most who go to gyms drive their cars there. And with many of us with multiple bike rides each day, one should count the savings of not driving to the gym several times a day. (As an aside, I've always been amazed at seeing a gym parking lot full on a 70 degree day, as I either would run or bike past. Sometimes, one can even see someone circling the lot, hoping for a spot closer to the door so they don't have to walk as far to the entrance, so they could go inside and wait for a treadmill or stationary bike to be free, on such a beautiful day.)
Jim Walls Fri Jun 29 08:28:00 2012
Great to be back on the bike. Goodbye Tropical Storm Debby! You were a pain in the arse!!!
Ray Swanson Fri Jun 29 08:04:00 2012
Thanks, E M. Only 37 miles on the bike so far, but I really like it. I haven't pushed myself too hard yet because of the heat, but can really feel the upgrade in performance. It already bit me though, was screwing around and riding it in the house and slammed my hand into a doorknob, oops :D
Al Yard Fri Jun 29 07:50:00 2012
Michael, I believe the dollars we're seeing is the money saved because we rode our bikes instead of driving our cars. Granted, if you would normally take the bus or carpool instead, it is overestimated. In principle, though, it's the cost of the gasoline and vehicle wear that we saved by riding instead of driving.
Michael Lemuel Fri Jun 29 03:48:00 2012
I hate when the phone tries to correct me when I'm right. I DO mean bus FARE not FAIR.
Michael Lemuel Fri Jun 29 03:26:00 2012
I think endomondo probably way overestimates the cost of riding for me. I spent less than $250/yr to transit anywhere I wanted for the 4 years I had my last bike. That cost included the bike, all accesories, maintenance, and emergency bus fair for foul weather. Bus passes would have cost me 4 times that, and not been availible after 6 or on weekends. I won't even start to compare personal vehicle cost. CO2 should be higher for sport than transit anyway. Compare the fuel cost /mi. of a road vehicle (replacement to transit) to that of a atv, dirt bike, or other motorized "sport" vehicle (replacement to sport). If it's NBC that is concerned with which way a mile should be counted, than shouldn't it be NBC to ask clarifications for their records?
Andy Nowak Fri Jun 29 00:48:00 2012
Going to Trikes2Bike in New Frankin tomorrow for pepper spray and other stuff for SAGBRAW ride.
Michael Essig Thu Jun 28 23:19:00 2012
What a great day, just completed our Bike Arlington team meet up and happy hour at Coyote Grille in Fairfax, VA. At least 5 Washington DC area teams were in attendance, great to see so many of my teammates and their families. Congrats Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Bike Arlington, and all who helped to put on this fun event.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jun 28 22:53:00 2012
Christine - congrats on the riding and keep up the good work!
Christine Salvatore Thu Jun 28 22:50:00 2012
LOL! Thank you, Rob! I can be so dense at times! I had no idea I had that many points CTD (Challenge to Date). I may get to Platinum in July! Woo hoo! Not bad for an old fart who just started riding a year ago! Thanks, again, Rob. (blushing furiously and ducking as I skulk off to bed)
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jun 28 22:48:00 2012
Christine - check and see if those are your June points or your points for the Entire Period
David "Billy the Fish" Powling Thu Jun 28 22:44:00 2012
Warm ride home tonight, but a favourable wind made for a decent quick time.
Stopped at the roadside stall for sweet corn,toms and a Canteloupe Melon for supper...
Sweet!
Took out the Rocket Dog for a ride/run later and am seeing a discrepancy on the max speed - according to my trip computer thing-me-jig we were cruisung at 13.9 mph (a pb for the dog) but Endomondo has 11.88mph
Hey ho ...life is good
John Cooper Thu Jun 28 22:42:00 2012
I hope you are quickly back in the saddle, Jenny. You have us all thinking about dogs a lot more now, and I'll be looking for some pepper spray to carry.

On a ride a few weeks ago I was between New London and Fremont on unfamiliar roads, and I stopped to check my map and was standing at the side of the road straddling the bike when I heard a very menacing growl just a few feet away. I jumped to the other side of the bike before I even saw the two dogs. I started moving to the other side of the road with the bike between me and the dogs, and them continually growling and posturing when I heard a third dog start growling from behind a tree on the other side of the road!

I stayed in the middle of the road, backing slowly the way I had come, trying to watch all three dogs, and keeping my bike betwen me and the two that seemed the most agressive. None of them attacked, but after hearing your story I feel VERY fortunate. I know my heart was beating about 30 bpm faster that it had been pedaling into the wind at 17 mph just a few minutes before. Very scary.

Christine Salvatore Thu Jun 28 22:42:00 2012
Is there a calculation problem somewhere? The leader board shows I have 511 points, yet on my medal chart (what do you call that thingy?), it shows I have 1118 points. Anyone able to explain the discrepancy?
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Thu Jun 28 22:28:00 2012
I second the welcome to Susan - the more the merrier. I would love to see Wisconsin beat Vermont for at least 1 month. I guess we'll see what happens in July and August. How come we can pack Lambeau with 72,928 Cheeseheads and we can't get 10,000 riders out for the Challenge?!?
Bruce C. Oestreich Thu Jun 28 22:09:00 2012
@Michael Its good that you can ride all day.Commute ,transport Its all good...you still have to crank the pedals.Im semi retired but have a small biz and a garden plus other obligations but Id just as soon be out all day cruising.I can't go at hot rod speeds due to respiratory probs I got from Nam but I set a good cadence and try for 50 to 60 miles per day.I know I could do a lot more.Keep rolling!!!
Charlie L Thu Jun 28 22:08:00 2012
Another rider joins the ranks logging data to support Wisconsin. Welcome Susan!!
John Kovach Thu Jun 28 21:59:00 2012
you can do eeet (Arnold Voice)
travis montross Thu Jun 28 21:53:00 2012
2 days left for the month and i only need 59 points to platinum. i think i can do it!
josh school Thu Jun 28 21:48:00 2012
Had to join again, I could not remember my user name or pasword.
Randy Bentley Thu Jun 28 20:42:00 2012
Hot ride tonight!!
E M Matteson Thu Jun 28 20:06:00 2012
Hi all, Out at 6:30 again while the temps were still in upper 70s and lower 80s (by the time I got done). Right now its about 105 outside. Saw about a dozen other riders this morning.
@ Ray & Ronald: congrats on the new bikes!
@ Tami & Thomas: being off the bike for a few days means you will enjoy it that much more when you get back on.
@ Ernest: College zone = not anti-cycling, that should tell you something about who is smart!!!
Okay, gotta go make an adjustment on my front derailler cable....
Jenny Stelzner Thu Jun 28 18:59:00 2012
Still swollen and painful, but I think the redness is improving. I am losing Hope that I will be riding on Saturday for Gear Up Green Lake, but will see how it goes next 24 hours.
Charlie L Thu Jun 28 17:30:00 2012
My daily route length using Endo app varies from 13.76 to 13.91, pretty good I think. Using EVO 4G about 1.5 years old.
Martin Malin Thu Jun 28 17:20:00 2012
@Kevin-Most people think that a GPS is 100% accurate. They are not. One of the things I do is measure running courses so their distance can be certified as being accurate. If I'm at the finish line after a race, I will invariably hear comments from Garmin users that the course was long by .xx miles. If several hae different versions of Garmins, they will have different readings. They all think theirs is accurate. They stop thinking their unit is precise when they run 40 laps in the first lane of a track. Looking at the results, they can see how far off GPS sometimes is. The older models were worse, sometimes showing the person in the bleachers for part of their run. GPS is made more innacurate for winding courses, leafed out trees, and with reflections off of skyscrapers.
Mary Anderson Thu Jun 28 16:04:00 2012
@Pamela, you can see that information by clicking on the tems icon, found on the leaderboard page.
Wally Olson Thu Jun 28 15:29:00 2012
Once again, ride defensively and stay safe. I read in the paper this morning that a woman was struck by a car in Wausau. She was on the sidewalk when she was struck. The driver was cited for driving after license revocation and not having insurance. She was transported to the hospital with a head injury.
Pamela Murray Thu Jun 28 15:24:00 2012
The Leaderboard now shows riders by state but I wonder what the Team rankings are by State.
Heather April Thu Jun 28 15:06:00 2012
In case you guys aren't on the email list-the pro version of the tracking app is on sale for $1 right now. :)
John M Thu Jun 28 14:49:00 2012
Speaking of dogs, you may be able to find something at fireworks stands called 'adult poppers'. These are similar to the snaps you throw on the ground but are LOUD. A team member clued me in on these. I've used them twice (throw them at the ground, not the dog) and they've worked both times.

I've tried everything else and have been bitten twice this year. Suffered a pretty serious fall last year when a dog got under my wheel. You definitely don't want this and good luck getting dog owners to take responsibility. The brand of poppers I use are called 'Pop Pops' and are $2 for a box of 20.

Cora Pynenberg Thu Jun 28 13:49:00 2012
@ Michael Lemuel - For me, I think of "cycling, sport" as being any riding that is for sport, or in other words, just for the fun of it. I believe that "cycling, transport" is only appropriate when you are using a bike to get somewhere, in place of other modes of transportation - car, boat, bus, train, plane, etc.
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I do believe there is some cross-over, as I sometimes bike to the park with my son, and when I take a direct route, I call that "transport" - since the ride is about getting me and my son to the park and back - BUT - I probably wouldn't have gone at all if I didn't want to go for a bike ride - so in that sense it's more "sport" - since getting there isn't really the reason for the ride.
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That being said, I don't personally care which way you log your miles, but you will vastly overestimate your dollars and CO2 saved by selecting "transport" over "sport" and I find these statistics to be enjoyable to see (Helps me justify spending the money on the bike and trailer parts when I get an accurate picture of the savings they generate).
Tim Everson Thu Jun 28 12:50:00 2012
Kevin- my daily commute varies between 9.2 and 9.6 miles using the endo app. I take the same route everytime. I don't think I've had the same distance twice.
Kevin L Mackey Thu Jun 28 12:40:00 2012
Has anyone noticed that if you take the same route everyday the Endomono app on your phone doesn't give the same mileage at the end of your ride?
charles starnes Thu Jun 28 12:26:00 2012
@Darla-@Troy- Get a small bottle of pepper spray at the bike shop for dogs and you should not have any more trouble with that dog and also report it to the animal shelter also as state law to keep dogs contained from running loose is a state law. I have sprayed one dog and have had no troubles with it sense and it never come slose to road any more. We have called into out local animal shelter and they have gone out and talked to the folks also. If it happens again they can be charged.
Gregg Warning Thu Jun 28 12:05:00 2012
Too humid to wear any shirt today. The breeze evaporates the sweat.
Cora Pynenberg Thu Jun 28 11:56:00 2012
Between work and school, there was no time for me to ride yesterday, but I take the test I was studying for tonight, so hopefully a nice, long, relaxing ride after...
Gregg Warning Thu Jun 28 11:49:00 2012
@Randy If you log all your transport miles as sport, then none of your transport miles will show any CO2 or dollars saved. I log all my miles in the proper category, so that at the end of the year, I will have an accurate total of how many dollars I have saved by using my bike for transportation. It's one of the major reasons why I bike to work every day because the savings is over $7 per day or about $35/week. The savings from biking to work really adds up over a whole year.
Darla Bennett Thu Jun 28 10:51:00 2012
DOGS AND BIKES... Uphill, on the final stretch home after a 30+mi ride, I must have looked pretty hilarious trying to pedal as hard as I could up that hill with one leg while kicking at that German Shepard with the other.
David Brock Thu Jun 28 10:35:00 2012
@John Nisbet: Hi John, I freestyled my homebrew LED bike light based on stuff I found on the internet, basically others who have done this. Here are a couple:

http://www.instructables.com/id/High-power-LED-bike-head-light-with-integrated-hea/

http://www.ledsupply.com/docs/700-Lumen-LED-Bike-Light.pdf

Good luck!

Troy Stentz Thu Jun 28 10:15:00 2012
@Joe - I've had some real adventures with dogs and bikes, but nothing gets the adrenalin pumpin' like when you've got a large, fast one, with a big mouthful of teeth on your tail and you're going up a steep hill near the end of your ride. Makes me feel so alive!!!
Joe Sacco Thu Jun 28 09:41:00 2012
Sure fire way to wake up on your early morning pedal???
Getting chased by a dog!!!!
I really really hate that; but in a strange way like it too!?!?
Is that weird?? Lol
Pedal On!!
Peace
Ben Lindorf Thu Jun 28 09:20:00 2012
It makes a difference to the National Bike Challenge! They don't count 'sport" miles and "transportation" miles the same in terms of CO2 emissions, money saved by riding, etc.
Burklee Green Thu Jun 28 09:16:00 2012
@Jenny - Get well soon! Dog bites hurt, poor you.
@Michael - Don't sweat the criticism, man. You got some miles! Shoot, I just thought you were retired, or maybe a bike messenger or delivery guy or something. Some days I just wanna take the day off and ride, (not today - heat index will be 105-110,) and I did a couple weeks ago, for everyone else's safety... but I don't, because I'm a good bear. I kind of envy those of you who can ride and ride most days, both because of your endurance, and because you have the time to do so. Ah, well...
Interesting note - Rumor has it a wild turkey has taken up residence along the creek by the Antelope Valley Trail and Lincoln Children's Zoo, and he or she is having quite a good time scaring the bejeezus out of passing bikers and joggers. I love Lincoln!
Brian Savoie Thu Jun 28 09:12:00 2012
Yes, I am Platinum!
Dennis Mayo Thu Jun 28 07:58:00 2012
The calm after the storm. A beautiful day for riding in Florida today.
Thomas Timmons Thu Jun 28 07:58:00 2012
Finally back on my bike after all most two weeks off. First a minor outpatient procedure that had me off for five days, then problems with my back, and then tropical storm Debbie...this is the first time I have been on the bike since 19 June. Feels great to get in that ride to work as it wakes me up and I'm more productive early in the day after the ride. I was getting a little 'soft' around the middle too, and need to burn the calories.
John Tyson Thu Jun 28 07:42:00 2012
@ Chamayne Ortegon.... Living near the "Big Air Conditioner" known as Lake Superior, you always carry or wear a jacket because when the wind switches, the temperature can drop as much as 30 degrees in 30 minutes or in 2 blocks. I have actually seen the wall of cold air before hitting it. My glasses even fogged-up.
Jason R Thu Jun 28 07:41:00 2012
First ride to work on my new bike. Zoom!
Randy Ivey Thu Jun 28 07:40:00 2012
@Michael Lemuel, I don't think it really matters how you log the miles as long as you are out there. I log all my miles as Sport and I commute to work a lot. I'll admit, I'm just too lazy to change the setting back and forth. So just leave it at sport.
Tami McNall Thu Jun 28 07:26:00 2012
I am on my third " day off of riding" and annoyed by it. Initially it was the weather and when i rode Monday I didnt realize we were under tornado warnings and I shouldn't have. Today though the weather is amazing the wind and humidity is nearly nothing but I have work obligations that is requiring m y vehicle later in the day. What would they do and expect if i got rid of my car as having one is not required for my job on hire. Funny the company even put in a bike rack for me whenI asked which is cool but only proves to frustrate me more today!
Leonard Wright Thu Jun 28 03:59:00 2012
@ Michael Lemuel, I have no problem with you logging everything as transport - I log everything as sport - I figure we balance each other out since probably half my rides involve transport and I figure half your rides are sport (well OK, maybe not quite balanced out since you are riding many more miles than I am but you get the idea.....).

Back at the end of May this very subject came up and I had commented on the LAB blog about how most of my rides have elements of both transportation and sport involved. The main point is, you are out riding and that is the primary objective of this challenge - to get people out on their bike more often.

Leonard Wright Thu Jun 28 03:57:00 2012
@ Bruce, Thanks for a good laugh - I am entitled to laugh because I've been there, done that........
Martin Bienengraeber Thu Jun 28 01:37:00 2012
It's usual pretty simple - transport/commute if it has a purpose aside from cycling (getting somewhere to do something, eg shopping, working, eating, playing, swimming, running, visiting etc), and sport if the purpose is mostly cycling (and its benefits and joys) itself. To my understanding sport does not refer to racing here but mostly to "not transport". Of course sometimes this is not clear cut (going for a joy trip and have some lunch during the ride, going on a bike vacation) - in this case just do whatever you feel right -any cycling is great! For me a bicycle is pretty much exclusively a transportation tool (exception might be a fund raiser, or bike vacation) so most of my miles bring me to some place where I need to be to do something.
Ray Swanson Thu Jun 28 01:20:00 2012
@Michael - I also have no commute (work at home), I log all my miles as sport. Personally, I think transport should be used for rides in place of driving, whether that is going to the office, running an errand or riding to the store. I'm not racing either, but trying to log a bunch of miles in order to move up in the rankings is a sport to me, even though I know I have no chance of competing with those lucky people that get to ride all day. I do agree that there is lack of clarity with only sport and transport though. My 50 mile ride on Sunday replaced what might have been a "Sunday drive" in my car, is that sport or transport? I didn't go anywhere, just took a very long ride from my house back to my house. From the FAQ: "The Challenge is an exciting new program that encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation." Whether you ride to the office or spend half the day on your bike, you're meeting the goal. When I see your miles, it makes me want to call in sick and just spend the day riding. I got my new bike today (well, yesterday), so now it's time to justify that sticker price with many more miles in less time.
Michael Lemuel Thu Jun 28 01:10:00 2012
Opps, correction. I don't feel logging my miles in as sport is appropriate.
Michael Lemuel Thu Jun 28 00:43:00 2012
I'm seeing a rise in complaints that I log in my miles as "transport", and questions about my commute. I DON'T HAVE A COMMUTE! I (un)fortunately can't work
My doctor won't let me. The alternative would be to log my miles as "sport" which I don't feel is appropriate since I'm not a racer at racing speeds, or even with race appropriate equipment. I am however the crazy person who rides all day and leads the nation in miles. So that being said, should I change my miles to "sport" on the sole basis that I don't have to do them and I do more than anybody else?
Ronald Williams Wed Jun 27 23:56:00 2012
Got a chance to break in the new bike and it felt really good I have been riding a Mountain bike on the road and finally into a road bike...Awesome !!!!!
Chamayne Ortegon Wed Jun 27 23:32:00 2012
@ Gregg Warning..... I can only dream of 70 degree days. But I'll be in Wisconsin at the end of July and ya'all can laugh at the girl from Austin wearing a light jacket! :-)
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 23:13:00 2012
The shot on the butt was more towards the hip and there is very little pain at this time! Hoping it will kick down the redness and swelling so I cam get back to riding.
E M Matteson Wed Jun 27 23:05:00 2012
@ Jenny, get well soon.
Steven Lindemann Wed Jun 27 22:39:00 2012
Not trying to be disrespectful, but I'm thinking a shot in the butt might keep me off the bike longer than a bite in the leg!!! :) I'm pretty new to this road bike thing and my "sit bones" are still getting use to that itty bitty seat!!!! And a bruised butt via a shot hurts just thinking about it!!!!
Gregg Warning Wed Jun 27 22:25:00 2012
Record breaking temps for this date and dewpoints exceeding 70 are going to make it feel very sticky tomorrow here in Wisconsin. I'm going to need to drink lots of water at work and also on the bike.
Jason Yach Wed Jun 27 22:24:00 2012
Brian, triple points for runners tomorrow, yes. Bikers, no.
Gregg Warning Wed Jun 27 22:19:00 2012
Record breaking temps for this date and dewpoints exceeding 70 are going to make it feel very sticky tomorrow here in Wisconsin. I'm going to need to drink lots of water at work and also on the bike.
Charlie L Wed Jun 27 22:09:00 2012
Lots of great conversation today. Love it!! Jenny we need you back soon so take good care and heal quickly. Others, if you own a dog be responsible and ALWAYS control your pet. On the bungee topic, be very careful with these devices. I have seen people with very serious life changing injuries when the bungee unexpectedly breaks. Keep being creative and design the bungee out of the solution. Finally, I enjoy asking irate drivers to repeat themselves because I can't hear them. They cool off a little the second time around. However, it usually spoils my day or at least half the day. Ride on!!
Bruce C. Oestreich Wed Jun 27 21:36:00 2012
NOTE TO SELF;Do NOT eat black beans and rice the night before you plan on an early morning long ride.OK go ahead and laugh at my expense.I was on a 25 mile ride this AM and was wheeling along at a pretty good clip thinking all was right with the world when I go about 2 miles from home and suddenly it hit me like a sucker punch to the gut.I drastically slowed my pace until I was like 3 cranks then coast about 300 feet and repeated this slowly agonizing all the way.Well I wheeled in the driveway skidded to a stop ,dismounted faster than I ever have didnt even take off my helmet ,rushed to the bathroom ...fortunately no one was in there. wow close call.lesson learned AMEN.I even made some more miles later...keep on biking folks!!!!Eat beans America needs gas.
travis montross Wed Jun 27 21:35:00 2012
if 200 lumens is enough for you you can get the apex rechargable headlamp for 120-150$ depending on where you get it. http://www.princetontec.com/
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 21:29:00 2012
So, I should be thankful for being alive!
They own a rotweiler, too. My kids are never going to their house again. They understand, they have seen what happens.
E M Matteson Wed Jun 27 21:23:00 2012
Hi all, out early (6:30) but had to rush my ride due to a dentist appointment. Only saw 3 other riders today. Lost a yellow flashing light that was on the back of my bike. GRR. Will replace it with another one but will have to secure it better.
@ Heather, what a grouch that driver was. She was obviously wrong, and as Leonard already pointed out, it is in fact illegal to ride on the sidewalk in some places. It is obvious that driver education is in order here. The Missouri driver's license test book contains an entire page about bicyclists and their rights. I think the problem is that too many drivers haven't read the manual for years. What we need is an advertising blitz to educate drivers: billboards, TV, internet, whatever it takes. Local bicycling organizations and bicycling business need to team up and educate the public. You handled the situation perfectly.
Since we're talking about annoying drivers, I always wave at the ones who honk. My logic is, if they are honking because they are annoyed with a biker, I'm annoying them right back, and if they are honking because they are friendly, well, I'm just being friendly.
As for the turn signals. Nyla is right the old school was to use your left arm and hold it out straight to go left and bend it up to indicate you are turning right. This signalling does in fact go back to the dinosaur days when cars didn't have turn signals or for use in case your turn signal wasn't working. Also the left arm has the advantage that everyone will see it. You can also use your right arm to indicate you are turning right. If you want to make sure they get the message, point your finger in the direction you are turning.
KEEP RIDING EVERYONE
John Nisbet Wed Jun 27 21:15:00 2012
@david Brock. Please post ur flashlight conversion here or on the web. LOTS of us could use an inexpensive alternative to $250 + commercially sold lights.
Jeanie West Wed Jun 27 20:51:00 2012
@Jenny, I sure hope it isn't too serious and you are back on your bike soon.
Michael Hammond Wed Jun 27 20:45:00 2012
Hey Jenny, haven't checked in here for a while so just went back and read the history of what happened. Hang in there you've got lots of people sending positive energy your way!!!
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Wed Jun 27 20:42:00 2012
I had read a few years ago the breed that bites most often is a dalmatian. While this might still hold true I tried to look that up now and all I found was a table for dog attack fatalities; statistics win out Jenny; you got bit by the number one breed responsible for human bite fatalities (Rottweiler is 2nd). http://www.dogsbite.org/pdf/1979-1998-breeds-dogs-involved-in-fatal-human-attacks-us.pdf
Joe Petrowicz Wed Jun 27 20:39:00 2012
I just made platinum yesterday and did 15 more miles today for 60 miles this week so far.
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 20:15:00 2012
I am going crazy sitting here at home with my leg up in the air (got bit by a dog the other day as I was finishing my ride home). I am watching the stats grow, and hope to be back in the saddle as soon as I can!
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 20:14:00 2012
I am overwhelmed by the support and well wishes from everyone! Thank you so much! I will keep you all posted, hopefully my shot in the butt will get me back to my bike soon!
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 20:09:00 2012
Doing some reading, pitbulls often attack without warning, that is what makes them stand out among breeds and makes them good fighters. I will be carrying around pepper spray from now on, although I had always assumed that my mosquito spray would serve the same purpose, given the situation. However, this dog attacked me without any warning. It is very hard to predict when this type of dog will attack. Best defense is to stay away from them.
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jun 27 20:03:00 2012
Jason; I learned the right angle/left arm signal when I first learned to drive (in the dim distant reaches of dusty antiquity, when dinosaurs roamed the earth)l so it has always beens my ":default setting' for a right turn...but most folks now tend to think I'm only waving at them, so I'm trying to remember to just extend my right arm. I suppose the original arm signals were for early vehicle travel when cars didn't have turn signals, and the left arm was the only one that could easily extend outside of the car...
Steve Brengosz Wed Jun 27 19:44:00 2012
I used to get worked up with drivers I'd yell, f bombs, the bird. Now I just smile and blow them a kiss. Life is too short.
They always seem to be in a big hurry to get past you, yet always had time to slow down or actually stop to confront you. WTF?
Justin Uriah Wed Jun 27 18:26:00 2012
2nd broken spoke in 4 weeks.....ugh. $20 a pop at the local bike repair shop is starting to add up. May be time for some new wheels.
Gregg Warning Wed Jun 27 18:25:00 2012
The benefits of cycling as if you weren't already sold on it:

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Gregg Warning Wed Jun 27 18:23:00 2012
It's perfectly acceptable to extend either your right or left arm in the direction you are going. Many motorists don't seem to understand the left arm at a 90 degree angle signal, so I don't do that.
Rob "el embajador" Gusky Wed Jun 27 18:18:00 2012
Jenny - It is great to see all of the support and well wishes from your fellow riders. You got a lot of folks thinking and preparing for this. Hopefully all is better real soon and it will be a good day to hear when you are back in the saddle.
Jason Yach Wed Jun 27 18:16:00 2012
I have a question. What do most people use for the right hand turn signal? I use the left arm at a 90 degree angle signal and most drivers seem to be confused by it.
Wed Jun 27 18:11:00 2012
Keep the good news rolling in. Great work team. We know its getting hot out there in many places, stay hydrated, keep cool and ride on!
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 18:07:00 2012
Got a shot of Rocephin in my butt, now will see what happens in the next day or so.
Steven Lindemann Wed Jun 27 18:07:00 2012
I apologize for the delay, I'm always a day or two behind reading the comments due to work, life, etc. Really sorry to hear about Jenny's attack!! I'm a huge dog lover, have two of my own, but it sure seems like Pit Bulls have an inordinate amount of attacks compared to other breeds. I know I'll tick off some people, but that's been my experience and I have 29 years in Law Enforcement. Especilally when it comes to the severity of the wound/s!! i don't have any easy solution, but pepper spray is a pretty good deterent, if you can deploy it in time!!!!!! Hope you heal quickly!!!!!!!
David Brock Wed Jun 27 17:21:00 2012
@Nyla: in the figure-it-out department of making do: for night commuting, I really wanted a great headlight, but didn't want to pay the $500 or so for one of the super lighting systems. I home-brewed a super high-powered LED headlight: ordered the LED and electrical components, mounted them using a copper pipe fitting inside an aluminum flashlight housing. Came in at less than $100!
Burklee Green Wed Jun 27 16:47:00 2012
With the NBC almost 1/2 over, approximately 3/4 of registered riders have gotten us over 3/5 of the way to our goal. This report courtesy of the Division of Numbers. We now return you to your daily ride.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Wed Jun 27 15:52:00 2012
Nyla, I'm pleased to hear that even bugees with a higher sense of adventure are seeking you out. You'll do them proud.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Wed Jun 27 15:40:00 2012
Travis, fit and feel should be primary - but you gotta love how it looks. I love the Fuji and I'm happy to find a fellow compatriot. And yeah, you're right; you can't edit your comments, but you can delete your own and have a re-do.
Ron Friedel Wed Jun 27 15:25:00 2012
I rode with a friend on 2 x-country trips and ran into lots of dogs. Worst were in Mississippi. Two ambbushed me from in front. Used Halt for the first time. The "stealth" dogs are bad. You are riding along and all of a sudden you hear the clicking of paws on the pavement. Your speed clicks in. I remember once a bunch of dogs were running along a fence paralleling the road. We said, "good dogs." Then we found out that there was no side fence. My partner dropped her Halt. After a while I went back and picked it up. Early on, back about 1980, I was pulling my kid in a trailer up a hill at the end of a 70 mile day. Saw a dog in a garage that had a screened garage door. Thought, "how nice." Then the dog came out through the trap door. Again, got fast quick. Never have been bitten in 38 years of adult cycling and maybe 240,000 mniles. Knock on wood; slower now.
Ray Swanson Wed Jun 27 14:48:00 2012
I really haven't had any issues with aggressive drivers, just the occasional morons that like to make stupid comments. Almost every time I pass a police officer when I'm on the road, I get a friendly wave, makes me feel like they'll be on my side in a fight with a crazed road rager.
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jun 27 14:47:00 2012
Burklee, I applaud your adaptability motto and appreciate your milk-crate hose-clamp strategy for permanency and heavy cargo. Hose clamps are also on my list of favorite items for secure, versatile connections..I keep a box of different sizes in the house, a zip-locked assortment in the car, and ideally at least a couple with my bike tools. I relish the challenge of coming up with inexpensive practical alternatives for much pricier gear.(-: I wonder what other strategies and inventions creative “shoestring” cyclists have utilized in the bungee, hose-clamp, duct-tape and determination- to figure-it-out department.......?
Ernest @eghtown Gonzalez Wed Jun 27 14:08:00 2012
@Heather Carry a boat horn and tune her out next time. Sux that people can be so bitter to others.
Oddly, if I travel in my hood, many are unhappy with a bike on there path of motion. Closer to the universitys and downtown, people give us the right of way. Would be nice if education and awareness of cyclist could be a part of earning a driver's license.
Christine Salvatore Wed Jun 27 13:52:00 2012
You're very smart to get to the doctor! My MIL almost lost the use of her right hand after her own cat attacked her. She just washed it and put an antibiotic ointment on it. Three days later, she had to have surgery to clean it out. MD said if she'd waited much longer, she might have lost the hand or...died. Yikes!
travis montross Wed Jun 27 13:42:00 2012
wish you could edit your own post but @brad i might get the 2.0 its about the same price as the team replica. the team replica looks cooler i like the green on it.
travis montross Wed Jun 27 13:29:00 2012
@ Brad (LPK) thanks ill prob get the altamira whether i get the team replica or the 3.0 depends on what i can find in my size lol
Burklee Green Wed Jun 27 12:54:00 2012
@Cynthia - If you've got a milk crate lying around unused, you can attach that to your rack. I attached mine with 4 hose clamps. The hose clamps are extremely secure. Small ones cost around a dollar each. I clamped one crate on top of my bike rack, but I suspect there may be a way to attach a crate to each side with the clamps, provided it gives you enough heel room. I found the clamps to be far more secure than bungees for this application. When our van wasn't running, I attached one crate to my rack with clamps, then clamped a second crate to the first crate, and was able to haul off the recycling in fewer trips. I just carried empty plastic containers in the second crate, because it wasn't attached to the rack, but the hose clamps held firm. Adapt, improvise, and overcome!!!
Jenny Stelzner Wed Jun 27 12:43:00 2012
THANKS again for the awesome support! I thought things were going well yesterday, seemed like it was better as the day went on. However, today it is more swollen again and much more painful. Will be hobbling to the doctor this afternoon. I am fearing that there is infection breeding. I have been taking antibiotics.
Andy Nowak Wed Jun 27 12:17:00 2012
I am doing more road riding and had a couple encounters with dogs. None got close enough to bike, but it sure gets the heart pounding. Some are more bark than bite. I just never know which one it is going to be. I will be getting some pepper spray.
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jun 27 12:14:00 2012
Cynthia: there are all sorts of splendid panniers available, some conveniently “grocery sack” sized and made to easily lift off for use while shopping. Definitely appealing when affordable, but as a particularly parsimonious pedaler I enjoy bungees also..they work extremely well with some creativity…(versatile as duct tape…thought the watermelon was a significant challenge (-;). Recently I’ve been riding with a simple, open cardboard box about the same length and slighter wider than my rack, bungeed securely for holding groceries and such. It provides more stable transport than the basic bungee-bag-rack combo ...I’ll be checking thrift shops and yard sales for a similarly sized wicker basket. As a bonus, most of the bungees have been rescued from the roadside, having clearly abandoned their previous posts in search of greater adventure (- ;) I often turn a regular reusable grocery bag into an impromptu backpack. (My standard approach for transporting unwieldy impulse purchases from Trader Joe’s (-;) Neither attractive nor aerodynamic, but functional, cheap, lightweight and readily available. (-: Stay hydrated and Enjoy the Ride!
Hello Daly Wed Jun 27 12:13:00 2012
@Heather, I'm sorry to hear of your experience and yes, I think community education on bicycle laws is one of the keys to our safety out on the roads. Where I live (population less than 450,000), I'd say the majority of the drivers are courteous of bicyclists maybe out of empathy because they probably ride or run on the roads or know someone who does. I try to spread my love of cycling because the more people who are out there on two wheels - the better!!
Leonard Wright Wed Jun 27 11:35:00 2012
@ Heather, Sad to hear about your experience with the driver of the car. Unfortunately many of us have had similar experiences, you did a very good job handling it. (Side note: In many areas it is illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk, at least around here.) We need to have some type of MAJOR driver's education program relating to the rights of others on the roads - i.e., cyclists!!!
Nyla Greenberg Wed Jun 27 11:06:00 2012
Jenny: I’m so sorry to hear about your encounter with dangerous dog and clueless, irresponsible owner. I hope the pain and swelling is much less today. I’ve been bitten only once in many years of riding… small bite but dangerous situation with young litter of dogs running loose, chasing in a group down quiet country road…(homeowner’s adult son was raising them) Homeowner very apologetic, but I was concerned that it could easily have been a child riding by. Called the county, and dogs were impounded for two weeks, to make sure none had rabies. Can’t remember the fine involved, but owner was responsible for cost of their care, had to put up fencing before they were returned. Can’t understand why your attacking canine was still able to be out biting after previous attacks. May you be up and riding safely again soon. I will be carrying my pepper spray in the future.
David Brock Wed Jun 27 10:46:00 2012
Hey everybody on the National comment board: Today is Bike-to-Work Day here in the Denver region. (We schedule it later in the year here than the regular "national" one to ensure we're out of the snow.) So, I'm wondering if the Colorado stats will spike today. However, we're in the midst of record heat (all time high temps, and consecutive 100+ day records in Denver), and lots of bad fires all over the state, so I'm guessing we'll have a lower turnout than usual...
David Brock Wed Jun 27 10:42:00 2012
@Heather: yes, very unfortunate. I don't know where you live, but here in Colorado, I believe there is a hotline phone number specifically for reporting aggressive drivers. I don't know what exactly happens when you use it --- but who knows, even getting a phone call from the State Patrol *might* at least set her straight a little...
Christine Salvatore Wed Jun 27 10:12:00 2012
Jenny, may you heal quickly, completely and well! I've been bitten 3 times by dogs that "never bit anyone else before". The first time, I don't remember: I was a child in a stroller. The second time, I was riding my bike to work (before I got my driver's license) and a yappy dog ran out of its yard and attached itself to my right forearm. The third time it was my fiance's family dog. I was just standing there in the garden and it roared up to me and tore a gash in my leg that required umpty-bazillion stitches to close. It seems dogs dislike me in a big way. I give them very wide berth whenever I am able. On a trail, that's not always possible! I get very upset when owners have their dogs off-leash. I had one guy tell me "Oh, he's fine! He wouldn't hurt a flea! Plus he is very obedient." Yeah, right. I refused to ride past till he put the dog back on the leash. He called me a nasty name as I rode by. I shrugged and said, "You never, ever know what your dog will do in any given situation!"
Burklee Green Wed Jun 27 10:05:00 2012
@John - Thanks for the update. It's good to know my options, and what to expect from them. I appreciate the info. Glad you're feeling better.
@Heather - How rude of that woman. Way to keep your head. I suspect it may have been that she was late, and as we all know, poor planning on her part should definitely have been treated as an emergency on your part. *eye roll*
@E M - I think you are absolutely right about our messing up the planet. I really think we've all got to stop being so nearsighted and short term oriented. We all have to do whatever we can, however small, to reduce the damage. Biking to get to work or run errands is one ot those small things. Just like rain drops that make up floods (sorry Florida), little things add up, both to damage and to restore. Now, if we could just get Congress around to think like that...
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Wed Jun 27 09:01:00 2012
Travis, I have had the Altamara 2.0 since last fall and I'm still glad I chose it. I also rode the 3.0 and it's awfully close for less $. I chose the 2.0 for the Ultgra shifting, carbon/alum aero wheels and some component upgrades over the 3.0 - but I could easily live with the 3 without feeling shortchanged at all. I would call it a great value. Incidentally, I like the flat finishes they came out with this year, but I love last years gloss over carbon even more - it really shows off the distinct swirling patterns of the unidirectional carbon. If you get a chance, see if there are any last year models to look at, if so you might even get a good discount. Sorry, I am not familiar with the SST.
John Jay Mcnall Wed Jun 27 08:38:00 2012
@Burkley I havent changed pedals yet either.
John Jay Mcnall Wed Jun 27 08:30:00 2012
@Burkley I havent had any major pain from neuroma since injection. It is smaller as I can actually feel it moving now. Might need one more injection as Doctor also said. It only hurt real bad for about 36 hours after the injection.
Cynthia A Nelson Wed Jun 27 08:13:00 2012
Another beautiful morning commute! My friend joined me today, she is on a mission to lose weight. She has 2 more miles to commute than I do. I encouraged her to join the NBC. I am getting very good a bunjeeing (sp) groceries on my bike, although its a little awkward. Think I need to invest in a pannier or some type of bag that is made for shopping and that will easily attach to my rack. Have a wonderful day out there everyone and happy commuting!!
Cynthia A Nelson Wed Jun 27 08:12:00 2012
@Heather, what a horrible experience. Its so frustrating that there is such a lack of respect.
Paul Bickler Wed Jun 27 08:11:00 2012
Sorry to hear abou the bite. Hang in there. Good thing you went to the ER also. I was bitten for the first time in my life in April of 2011 while running. It was a wiemaraner on a leash no less that the owner wasn't controlling. I was going one way and they were going the other and as I passed the dog leapt up from behind and caught me on my upper left thigh. Two awesome puncture wounds and a huge scrape and a fantastic looking bruise later on. These are dogs that bite too and they had a small child. The mom was more concerned about my swearing in front of her child then the fact their dog bit me!!! I really haven't been the same around dogs since. Way less trust now.
John Jay Mcnall Wed Jun 27 08:05:00 2012
@Heather Yes I agree and the biggest and first rule is that a car is a priveledge to drive a car and not a right. I am not that old and that is what I was taught. Wish I knew what happened to that rule. I have at least one encounter a month like that here. Sad when it happens with a grown up driving and a teen sitting in the passenger seat.
Heather April Wed Jun 27 07:14:00 2012
I had trouble in traffic yesterday afternoon. A woman tried to aggressively pass me on the left in a major intersection when there was no room. I would have been hit or knocked over so I put my arm out like I was turning to secure my space and that pi**ed her off. She barrelled up on me and revved until the next light where she started yelling at me "Get your bike on the sidewalk where it belongs" and "You shouldn't drive in the road if you can't go as fast as a car." The intersections were a block apart. I was not going majorly slow-just following the flow of traffic. I thought she was going to get out and hit me. With things like this happening, it's frustrating. It sure would be a deterrant to a new rider. What if this happened to a rider on thier first or second day out? I can understand why so many people fall into the "interested, but concerned" category as the League of Bicycilsts calls it. Our communities need some real education on the rules of the road.
Brad (LPK) Waldoch Wed Jun 27 06:01:00 2012
Ironic, isn't it? She's crying because she can't stop being a dumbass.
Martin Malin Wed Jun 27 02:35:00 2012
@Travis-I would buy the Fuji.
travis montross Wed Jun 27 01:15:00 2012
I cant decide on a road bike im stuck between a fuji altamira team replica, or a fuji SST 3.0 or a fuji altamira 3.0. Any suggestions?
Ray Swanson Wed Jun 27 00:15:00 2012
If my bike had doors, they would have been blown off earlier. I was riding down a trail when two bikes suddenly appeared in my mirror. There was no courtesy "on your left," (not that I heard at least) they were just there, then beside me, then past me and gone as fast as they appeared. I don't know how fast they were moving, but I was doing 16.5mph at the time and they passed me like I was standing still. The rider in the back had her front tire about an inch from her partner's rear tire. While it was impressive to see them fly by, it was also a little insane. There were 5 or 6 other people in front of me they had to pass too, one of which was weaving all over the trail. The woman in back was on a road bike, couldn't tell what the man in front of her was riding, but his tires were pretty wide. Usually when someone passes me, I try to keep them in sight, but there was no way I was going to keep up with those two. I was at close to 38 miles into a 50 mile run, that's my excuse for not trying :D
Ken Heffron Tue Jun 26 23:45:00 2012
No dogs on my normal route, but the divebombing blackbirds are out in force and seemingly meaner than ever. Luckily the bird rage was offset a moment later by a four point in velvet munching peacefully next to the ditch.
Erik Fuehrer Tue Jun 26 22:10:00 2012
Jenny, sorry to hear about the dog bite. I hope your recovery goes smoothly and you're back on your bike in no time.
If the people who owned the dog also own a house, they likely have homeowners insurance as a requirement of their mortgage. If they are renters, they may have renters insurance, but that is more rare. Take a look at Wisconsin Statute 174.02 and call a good lawyer if these people do not want to make good on the harm they have caused.
Wally Olson Tue Jun 26 22:10:00 2012
I have to agree with Steve. I've dealt with countless dogs/owners on EMS and fire calls. The dog's behavior always reflects the owners attitude. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Steve Brengosz Tue Jun 26 21:47:00 2012
I've found most dog problems are generally really owner problems.
Gregg Warning Tue Jun 26 21:10:00 2012
We sure could use some rain in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin. Everywhere else in the state they get rain and even floods asnd we get nothing. It is so dry and crops are not doing well here.
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 26 21:10:00 2012
LOL Gregg!
Yep, I believe that 3 strikes against the dog is the rule here, too. I don't believe that the owner is very happy right now. She actually went hysteric after the incident. Imagine me sitting in her driveway bleeding, and she is crying because her dog is going to be destroyed.
Gregg Warning Tue Jun 26 21:08:00 2012
Sometimes bears are less of a threat than dogs. :)
Gregg Warning Tue Jun 26 21:01:00 2012
Dog bites are the biggest cause of injury to UPS drivers and cost the company millions of dollars. These incidents are reported to authoirties and a report is made. After a dog has bitten people 3 times, the authorities will come with a warrant to the owner to take the dog into custody to be put to sleep.
Martin Malin Tue Jun 26 20:34:00 2012
@Jenny-Sometimes, dog owners are irresponsible. I love dogs, but that dog shouldbe put down.
I have a runner friend who was training during the winter in Iowa, maybe about 8 years ago now, and two rotweilers attacked her. As they were dragging her along the road, with her in the fetal position, a man in a pick-up saw the two dogs, at first thought they were dragging a bag of trash, (she was wearing a solid blue running suit), but when he realized it was a person, fended off the dogs and carried her into the cab of the pick-up. As he was lifting her in, the dogs almost attacked him. My friend needed over 100 stitches and several weeks in the hospital, plus several follow-up visits.
The dog owner agreed to put down one dog, but refused the judge's ruling on the second dog, claiming that how can they prove it was his dogs that attacked her.
Steve Brengosz Tue Jun 26 20:33:00 2012
Jenny bummer! I've never had trouble in the city with dogs except for leashes across the MUP. Don't know if I'd use this on the dog or the owner!

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travis montross Tue Jun 26 20:30:00 2012
commute to work was windy. i had a strong headwind for the whole 12 mile trip. it only took me about 15 mins longer than usual.
E M Matteson Tue Jun 26 19:45:00 2012
HI all, out a little later this morning but didn't notice much difference in the traffic. I'm getting better at taking the lane to make left turns and when getting out of the right turn lane completely in some spots. Sure don't want to get hit by someone going around me to make a turn. Saw 18 other riders today. Lotsa joggers and dog walkers saying "Hi". Temps. still cool enough today, but the next couple of days we are supposed to hit 100, so I'll try to ride early.
Sorry to hear about all the bad weather around the country. Wish some of that Florida & NW coast rain could fall in Colorado, etc. to put out those terrible fires. I'm convinced we've messed up the planet and it needs all the help we can give it, so KEEP RIDING EVERYONE!!
Jenny Stelzner Tue Jun 26 19:38:00 2012
Thanks everyone for the support!
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I was just getting back on my bike and didn't even realize that the dog was making an aggressive move towards me. I could not have been fast enough to have grabbed pepper spray. At least if it had given me some warning, I could have defended myself.
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