Sunday, December 14, 2014

More 2015 Beargrease pictures... you sick of it yet? I'm not!

Tubeless Dillingers

Birds nest

Chain lube

My one complaint about the bike, white grips on an offroad bike.  Thats just silly.

I finally got a long ride in on the new fat bike.  Even better it was in elements that would have been no fun on a 29er.  I put a 110mm stem in place of the 90mm and it made a huge difference, I was surprised at how much better the bike felt with a longer stem.  

I am rethinking my 1x10 idea after todays ride.  There were some steep mud covered hills that had me using the tiny chainring.

I am really looking forward to more time on the beargrease.  

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beargrease Update

I got pretty sick last weekend so I wasn’t able to ride my new Beargrease at all.  It was a big bummer having this awesome brand new bicycle just sitting around, but I didn’t really have a choice in the matter.

Since then I have gotten a couple rides in, enough for a good first impression.  All of my observations of the bike will be comparing it to my 2012 Salsa El Mariachi, which is a 29er hardtail, listed in the Salsa catalog for endurance mtb racing and bike packing. 

The El Mariachi is a 21” frame so I assumed I would need the same on the Beargrease, but Bob from Wheelwerks said no way, that the 21” frame on the beargrease is big.  So we went with the 19” frame.  I roughed out the dimensions on auto cad and turns out Bob knew what he was talking about.  The seat tube is two inches shorter, but the rest of the lengths are very similar.

So far I have noticed that the bike turns FAST, I don’t know which feature of the bike causes this feeling, but it feels much lighter and quicker turning than my Mariachi.  It is a lot of fun in tight switch backs, the extra traction and quick handling make me feel like a hero. 

Part of that feeling may be coming from the short stem and wide bars.  I need a longer stem, but I like the wide bars.  I could see this bike becoming my full time mountain bike, I just wish they put the alternator dropouts on it so I could run single speed when I feel like it.

I have already converted it to tubeless using gorilla tape, and I plan on going to a 1x10 setup instead of the 2x10.  The bike comes with a “clutch type derailleur” so all that is needed to convert to 1x is a Wolf Tooth or Raceface Narrow Wide chain ring.  I am also considering getting some studs for the Dillengers, but I am still deciding on that.

Overall I am thrilled with my new bike, more miles coming this weekend.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Beargrease Photos

Ryan from Wheel Werks getting her ready.

I finally gave in and bought a fat bike.  Not only did I buy one, but I bought a pretty nice one. 

I am so pumped... I went out in 30 degrees dressed in long johns and a t-shirt and was too warm, the woods block the wind and the snow makes you work harder so it is warm.  

I have only spent an hour and a half on the bike so its hard to form solid opinions on it.  All I can say for now is that any other form of cycling today would have been uncomfortable or indoors.  Its winter, I rode my bike outside, and it didn't hurt.  How much better can it get?!

Update 12/14/14:  With more time on the bike I have a couple updates here and here.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyclocross from a year ago

I searched online on how to setup a fat bike tubeless and found this blog.  I looked at some of the other posts and found this picture of me...

The dude takes nice pictures and has a sweet fat bike.  Check it out!

Monday, November 10, 2014


I've been off the bike for a few weeks, but still outside...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WEMS Championship Race

At the end of the year the WEMSeries has a "Championship Race."  It counts for double points for series standings, so if you're into that kind of thing, it is an important race to go to.

I didn't do enough races to qualify for series awards, so I just went to have a good time and hammer down.  I raced the single speed championship, a four hour race, the idea is to do as many laps as possible in four hours.

It was cold and rainy all day and this lead to a poor turnout, which is a shame because the the trails held up to the rain very well.  Alpine Valley has a thick roof top of leaves over the trails and steep hills for the water to run-off.  So standing water and deep mud were never an issue.  

They had a giant campfire to keep spectators warm and the results were ready very quickly after the race.  For winning the SS race I received a coupon with a large discount toward a new Velocity wheelset.  That worked out perfectly, because this season has basically trashed my current wheelset.

So it was a great day on the bike, a challenging course, and sweet prizes.  Hopefully this course is on the schedule again for next year.