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  • Richard 3:17 pm on December 28, 2008 Permalink |  

    River’s Up 


    The Kishwaukee River reached near flood stage this morning.



    Most of Lions Park underwater and Prairie Park inundated.

    Hillcrest St. Bridge

    Hillcrest St. Bridge

  • Richard 11:21 am on December 27, 2008 Permalink |  

    At Least It’s Not Snowing 


    The snowiest December on record and now this – fog.

  • Richard 11:49 am on December 22, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: $389, fixed gear, Traitor Cycles. Luggernaut   

    $389 Luggernaut Frame??? 

    Traitor Cycles is now offering the Luggernaut frame for only $389! Check it out.


  • Richard 8:03 pm on December 21, 2008 Permalink |  


    “In the United States, the National Weather Service defines a blizzard as sustained 35 mph (56 km/h) winds which lead to blowing snow and cause visibilities of ¼ mile or less, lasting for at least 3 hours. Temperature is not taken into consideration when issuing a blizzard warning, but the nature of these storms is such that cold air is often present when the other criteria are met.[1] . Temperatures are generally below 0 degrees F.”


  • Richard 7:19 pm on December 19, 2008 Permalink |  

    Big Snowfall! Not Really. 

    2 days of build up for the big winter storm of the year. 7 to 11 inches they said. I think the prediction was up to 9 to 12 inches by mid-day Wednesday.  The total for Dekalb? 2.5 inches tops. Friday was a good time to get out and pick up the Nitto Left Bank handle bars which were delivered to NCC.


    Biking in the snow is a learning curve. I have Continental Spike Claw tires with 120 studs (no center stud) which work rather well. Locate the proper under inflation and you can go almost anywhere.


    What are the Nitto’s for?  I’m thinking a Kogswell porteur bike.


  • Richard 9:15 am on December 1, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Long Haul Trucker, , northern Illinois, , trail riding, winter bicycling, winter biking, winter cycling   

    Larson Park 


    Ari, Jay, Tobie and I got out Sunday for a ride to Larson Park in Sycamore.  We made slow progress with the wind blowing from the north. The guys wanted to ride the trail beneath the power lines parallel to Peace Rd.  Ari, erstwhile guerilla conservationist, has been making the trail accessible for riders.  There seems to be a minor local buzz about snow trails as Tobie euphemistically calls them. The section between Pleasant St. and Greenwood Acres Dr. was slow going because of the precipitation. More mud than snow.  Back on the paved part they decided try the section between Barber Greene Rd. and Peace Rd. I opted out and went to the Bethany Rd and Peace Rd intersection. 20 minutes later Tobie emerged from the growth.

    Not Sasquatch

    Not Sasquatch

    Larson Park is hidden gem at the end of North Cross St. Man-made lake with picnic tables, paved and unpaved trails.


    Despite the inclement conditions it was a decent 20 mile trip. Snow became a factor on the return leg but at least the wind was with us.


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