Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gravel Tour Tomorrow.

All's good to go for the tour. We are on to leave Dennison at 10 am. Come if you can and enjoy the day with us!

Plan again is for a 50 mile total ride. Lunch will be served in between with a light dinner and beverages afterward at Milltown Cycles.


New Tape

What color do you want?

Friday, October 30, 2009


It's done. That is all.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gravel Tour

Everything is on for Sunday. We will plan to leave Dennison MN at 10 am. This is a tentative leaving time, meaning a 10 am roll out. Please be there and ready to go by 10, don't show up at 10 and make guys wait.

People have emailed and asked what to bring for the ride. We will have a lunch, and probably dinner afterward for food. There will be water fill ups half way through the ride, but not before. Basically, if you show up as you would for a non supported club ride you'll be well fed and in good shape. Things like riding snacks and water should be brought, but there will be food for meals provided.

I am needing a head count to get an idea of what to prepare for food. If you are coming or know people who are, please let me know here or in an email. This will help us avoid running out of food or being surprised. Remember, it's Sunday, so an accurate count for purchasing an appropriate number of adult beverages is needed as well.

I hope we have a large turn out. The weather looks to be good, the roads are in great shape, and the colors are still on a lot of the trees. If it all goes like it should, this should be a great little ride! Take care, please let me know of any questions you might have. See you on the dirt!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pinwheel of Death

Pinwheel of Death and course vid. Cheers all. Hope to see you come out.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

St Olaf CX Race

Jake and I are putting on the St Olaf Back to School cross race again this year with the St Olaf Cycling team. The date is November 8th, and it's going to be another good one. Notable features such as the Sledding Hill run up, and the infamous Pinwheel of Death will be making their triumphant return to MN CX racing. Come on out to race or watch, this is going to be good!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Trek and Fisher Demo Weekend

It's that time of year again, fall Demo season. Trek and Fisher will be holding demos this weekend at Lebanon Hills and Murphy Hanrehan parks. They will be out at Leb on Saturday 10-3 and Murph from 10-3 on Sunday. For those of you south of us, Friday 1-6 Trek will be having a demo in Lacrosse at the Human Powered Trails. Happy Monday.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Tom's Madone.

Tom picked up his gorgeous new Project One Madone yesterday. Colored in simple black with red decals, it's really sharp. The decals seem to jump off of the frame, and the depth of the black is impressive. The red is picked up as a detail on the Bontrager parts, making for a really balanced looking bike. The bike is speced with full SRAM Red components, Bontrager ACC 5.0 carbon wheels, and Bontrager Blade carbon bars. Weight as pictured is 16.1 lbs. With no weight limit or riding restriction on any part, this is a race level bike that Tom can easily enjoy for years to come. Let us know if we can build one of these for you. If you have any questions about it the Project One series of bikes, check out Trek's Project One Website, or give us a call. We'd love to help you get into one of these beauties. Have a great weekend, and enjoy the weather if you're around here! It may make it to 60 deg tomorrow, time to hit the gravel. Cheers.

Friday, October 16, 2009

36er SS W/Truss Fork Sold

It's time to sell one of these. Much as I like this bike, I want to build another, and I don't need three of them. I hope to find her a good home. The Price is $2100 shipped Con US, and shipping will be expensive, so it's really about $1900 for the bike. Pick up is certainly welcome for less.

This bike has been talked about pretty extensively, but let me know if you have any questions. It's for sale exactly as is appears. Cheers.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Comment Moderation

Yup, it's here to stay. Sorry about the few bad comments lately, it won't happen again.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Ride Announcement

Our Fall Gravel Ride Will be held on November 1st. Leaving from Dennison MN at 10 am. The ride will be around 60 miles, and there will be a 35 mile option for those with time constraints. Jim and I are putting together maps and que sheets, and there will be food during and post ride along with refreshments. More later this week, we hope to see you all there. Again, the ride will be a tour, so it'll be long, but nice and slow. The plan is for a ride of scenery and fellowship. It should be a blast!

Hope you all have a good week. Take care.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Jim's & Mike's Wisconsin Ride

Jim sent me these pics for a Friday Photo post a week or so ago. With all that was happening, I'm a bit behind in getting them up.

He and Mike spent a great sunny day over in south western Wisconsin. Both bikes are set up as normal position road bikes, but are running 35c tires. I love fat road tires, and both Jim and Mike said they were the perfect set up for the paved albeit rough roads and mixed gravel. The trade off of 60 grams per tire is a pittance in exchange for the ride quality and comfort afforded by these larger tires.

If only a bike existed designed around modern performance road geometry with clearance for 35's...

Here are the pics. Bring on the fall gravel!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Brandon Represents.

Our former shop wrench Brandon has been working out at NASA for some time now. He's made a lot of achievements for someone relatively young and has been doing very well out there. He email me this yesterday.

" So NASA had a chili cook off and Ashley and I decided to make our own recipe and enter, on Wednesday night we made 9 gallons of chili in our small apartment for the cook off on Thursday. Most of the teams knew what they were doing and had done this before. We were rookies, rookies who dominated. Ashley and I did all the cooking and a couple interns helped us run the booth. This just reaffirms my belief that I can bend the universe to my will, I mean who ever thought I'd be in a chili cook off much less win the best five alarm chili award."

Ha! Well put sir. Congrats!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Superfly built

Here she is, nice parts, sharp looking, and relatively affordable. 20.7 lbs as she sits. $3600. Cheers.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Parting out the road bike.

With a new bike on the horizon, (not telling yet,) time for the "old" stuff to go away.

All parts have about 500 miles on them. Let me know if you have any questions.

2009 SRAM Rival Group.
175mm, 53-39 cranks
1070 cassette 11-26
SRAM 10spd chain
Front and Rear Ders.

$500 shipped Con US

Alpha Q CS10 carbon fork
OX Platinum steer tube
Generous steer tube length

$170 shipped Con US

White Industries H1 wheels
Velocity Escape Tubulars
Competition rear spokes
Revolution fronts
Alloy Nips
Continental Gatorskin tires
Bontrager Ti Skewers


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Wednesday Night Social

19 lb ham and a fridge full of drinkables. Bring the family, this is going to be a big one! Ha!

The Superfly should be ready today and a few special guests should be here as well.

They're be plenty here to eat and talk about. The Twins game will also be showing for those who don't want to miss out!

Hope to see you all here tonight. Happy hump day, you're halfway there.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Rainy Day Walk

With trails sodden beyond responsible riding, and bearing in mind my strong dislike for being cold and wet on the bike, I've been walking lately. You're forced to take things in when you're walking. Really you don't have much of a choice, you can look at stuff or be bored. It's been really nice time to think things over.

Thistle in bloom next to the dog park
Nice gravel scene.
Old graveyard in Dundas. Many of the gravestones date to the early 1800's, nice and peaceful here.
Clouds coming in over lines new and old.
They sure don't make play grounds like they used too. Neat looking though.

It's a nice little route. Clocking in at about 7 miles, it's actually a good workout too. With the rain coming down as hard as before, looks like I'll be walking again tonight. No shop ride tonight. Tomorrow looks to bring a 60 deg day with a break in the weather though. I'm looking forward to getting out then. Happy Tuesday.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Superly Building.

It's still raining, and I'm bored. Saturdays are a bit dangerous in the off season. With only Car Talk and coffee on my plate this morning, my mind has a tendency to wander. The shop purchased a Superfly SS this fall for shop stock. Out of the box from Trek it comes with a stem, headset, frame and fork. Not a bad place to start, but for most people a frame up build can be a little intimidating. At the roughly $1900 price point, the bike offers pretty reasonable performance for the dollar. With wheels and tires in stock and ready to go, I've decided to flesh out the rest of it. The build will be in keeping with the overall theme of nice serviceable parts that don't cost an arm and a leg.

Given the chassis we're starting with, the bike should end up pretty light. Wheels, tires and contact points will be from Bontrager. Crank and brakes will be Shimano XT. Add a Spot chainring and ring guard, we'll be done. All sensible parts at reasonable prices, fairly light weight, and should give reliable performance for many years. Here's a preview picture, I should have it together by Tuesday afternoon. Happy Saturday.

Friday, October 02, 2009

In Memorium

We were sad to hear Thursday of a fatal bike accident that happened Wednesday in Faribault. According to the Faribault Daily News, 12 year old Curtis Holter was trying to cross the street at one of the busier intersections in town and pulled out in front of a truck. Witnesses said that the truck had no chance to swerve or stop. Curtis was not wearing a helmet. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Ride safe out there.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Bon Anniversaire!

It's 48 deg with driving wind and rain, fall in MN has arrived. After a trip to Denmark in February years ago, my wife and I decided to make Denmark an adjective. It's Denmark out today. These are the kind of slow days in the shop that I look forward too during those crazy weeks of work mid summer. It's laid back, with enough work still to keep busy. These are the days that good coffee and NPR are usually a guy's best friend.

It was a day not unlike this that 5 years ago I first unlocked the door as owner of Milltown Cycles. The old cliche of "it seems like yesterday" is entirely applicable. It's been a long road in some ways, but time's gone by really quickly. Over the years we've had our share of trials and tribulations, but in general it's been quite literally the formative experience of my life thus far. In five years I've learned invaluable lessons and have gained many good friends.

A lot has happened in the last few weeks. It's been a time both for reflection and looking forward to new opportunities and challenges. It's the time you thank people who have helped me get here and to celebrate all that we've overcome together. I'd like to especially thank my wife and parents, without whom I could never have gotten this far. Here's to another five years and hopefully many beyond!

Thank you all who have made this possible, it's been a great adventure!