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  • Richard 6:08 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink |  

    Great Western Trail 

    The Great Western Trail parallels Route 64 from Sycamore to St. Charles.  The trail connects to the Prairie Path and Fox River Trails.  It is a great local resource which is overlooked by most locals. The section east of Route 47 has more usage as surburbanites venture westward into the wilds of rural Kane County. The section from the trail head in Sycamore to Route 47 is lightly traveled.  And this is where we rode last evening.


    I have been looking forward to riding the 29’ers on the Rat Ride for about a week.  I am finding the single speed experience to be much different than geared – more focus on cadence and pedal stroke to find efficiences.  Derailleurs and multiple cogs are  beginning to seem like a distraction now. Though it will be awhile until I can grind out some serious distance in a single speed set up.  This is the only pic from the ride because the camera chose not to work.  Too bad because four fellow denizens of the night made it for the ride.  Ari, Jay and Evan went to St Charles. I made it 15 miles and Tobie accompanied me on the return leg.  


    Surly single speed spacer kit on the XT hub. These wheels will eventually end up on a Rawland Drakkar.

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    • flandriavelosport 8:58 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I really enjoy the fact that we finally got things rolling to have some group rides. What is up with that?? Anyway, I will be up for a real long day on the saddle on a singlespeed. I cannot wait for you to get the Rawland. I think it will be a great machine. Once I get the Salsa La Cruz going and figured out I will be building wheels for the 1×1 so I can have disc brakes. My new Olympus is ready to fire up some night shots. Maybe ride on Sunday. Hang out on Saturday and drink coffee at the shop. Pastries??

    • Richard 8:58 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sunday 7:30. Saturday unsure however I want pastries. By the way of smell of toasted sourdough bread is tripping me out.

  • Richard 7:56 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink |  

    Slender Fungus Indian Summer 

    Sunday’s Slender Fungus riders were given the warmest weekend in over a month. A ride to Lake Shabbona was in order as the wind was coming out of the south. And lucky we did ride in that direction because there is a lot to see; wind turbines, harvest, combines, fishermen, forest preserve/future casino, hillbillies and tall winged creatures. It was a complete morning.

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    Lake Shabbona – we rode across the dam and checked out the spillway which slightly resembled a canyon.

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    There’s a tall bird in picture. An Egret?

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    Here’s the route. Cue sheets can be provided upon request.

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    I picked up the Salsa Casseroll a month ago and only have great things to say about it’s ride qualities. Nitto Randonneur  handlebars, Ostrich front and rear (not attached today) bags, Brooks B17, Thomson seatpost, Shimano Dyno Hub and a Busch and Muller headlamp.

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  • Richard 7:38 am on November 2, 2009 Permalink |  


    A Sunday group ride is a rare occasion in these parts which cannot be missed. So we decided to go all out and ride some serious miles.


    91 miles with temps in the high 30’s at departure and upper 40’s at finish. The return leg was a slog into headwinds.

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    Garden Prairie Grain Elevator

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    Haircuts for the Modern Man

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    Poplar Grove Grain Elevator

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    Long Prairie Trail

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