Saturday, February 24, 2024

Fort Icekatchewan

 Some sketchy moments today as it seemed to be a bit icy and then it transitioned to super sketchy icy as I started in Turner park and made it down the steep hill thinking things would be ok.

It was fine until I got past the new railroad bridge detour. It was a bit icy on the way up but those Dillenger's seemed to do what they were supposed to and I rode up with zero issues. After that all the sun exposed trail sections were pure ice and those areas are in the steeps. 

I awkwardly carried my bike up and down those hills until I found a way up to the paved. I could have stayed on it but I'm old and have a job that relies on me with no broken bones. I felt no shame cradling my bike down some of those sections.

I rode lame paved up to the boat launch and knew the easy side of this trail system would be fine and it was. The ride on that section made the whole paved section that much more worth it. I grew a lot of respect for the Train in Vain section of the trail which I wasn't all that impressed with before. Is it a winter bike thing? better in the winter? 

Will see come summer. I did try to ride most of the new trails dug in on that side over the last five years. I have been avoiding them because I tend to stay in my lane a little too much. 

So you ask… Fort Saskatchewan again? I figured it had the best snow based on my last ride in the south Henday area. 

The fun ended when I returned to the boat launch and wanting to avoid hurting myself rode a fat bike all the way back on the paved. Oooooof… I missed my new gravel bike in those moments today. 

All in all.. Top notch ride kids. 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Sixtysix point Seventy-Four Kilometres

66.74 kms. Five rides. 

Nope. not impressive at all for kms ridden but these would have been at zero with no rides if I was on night shift at now the old job, with nights would come a bad transition on days off switching back to days. 

Nope. not gonna miss that. 

It's 8 hour days now and I am blown away every day at how much day you have working 8 hour days. Hence the second after work ride happened today and this time it was a destination and not lame Beaumont paths featuring the backs of too many houses built way to closely together. 

It was Cameron Heights where I mistakenly and most stupidly took the hill all the way to the bottom of the valley. and at the gate of Epcors Empire. The area seemed very unfriendly. 

So I rode all the way up and remembered the entrance was up top and entered the best thing about Cameron Heights. Bottle Rocket. 

It was patchy mud and lots of sections with still a ton of snow but I was met with mud patches which I did not like. I crossed and did the Staff College climb out and it was greasy but rideable on the grass sides. Not the best thing to do in the world but I wanted to stay out of the mud. 

Go Trail did it for me and I turned around after the steep crossing. The best part about that trail. The exposed climb up was pure mud and thats when I said Im done and turned around. 

It was a boring and kind of a shitty ride due to the conditions but it happened. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Sore Legs and Pure Happiness

 "Fat bikes fucking rule" a guy yelled at me with an ear to ear grin as our fat bikes crossed paths deep in the tight treed singletrack of Fort Saskatchewan. I replied with a "hell yea they do" and I wish I could have that moment back because I would have thrown the dude a high five and I know he would have went for it and that moment would have been awesome. 

What was awesome besides the interaction was the amazing snow conditions. Well I guess if you want to be picky there is loose sugar snow on a lot of the short power climbs. Well either that or I didn't have the power because my legs are quite sore. 

The ride was the best one in a long time with low crowds on another warm Monday. 

Hell yeah fat bikes. hell yeah. 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Smoke Crack and Hail Fat Bikes

Pretty damn fine ride that had lots of internal swirling questions like

* 'Why are there so many white dudes out running in a t shirt and shorts right now? Those silly whites...'

* 'Do I ride this still, its muddy but not?' 

* 'It's probably coming to an end, ride what I can.'

*' Does my wife find my stories of modelling 1/48 scale German Luftwaffe 1940's era aircraft arousing?'

* How is that poor Chiefs player gonna handle the swifte backlash when he and her split up.'

And so on and so on….

Yet I was quite focused and enjoyed the singletrack that I did ride but did avoid a bunch as I do not have a lot of fat bike miles this year and was worried about handling the steep ruts and shitty things like that, crowds are a problem too especially on a warm Sunday like we had yet again. 

This upcoming wildfire season really worries me.

The ride originated at the filming of a new Punjabi rap video which was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. The Science park parking lot took me down into Rundle and back across where I avoided anything hard and rode paved like a chump and took some short singletrack hits here and there and crossed the Capitano foot bridge and ended up on the golf course for some cool riding moments until I decided to just get the hell out of there and walked up the ridge to Ada Boulevard paid homage to my amaze daughter and rode Higher Education downward for a rare change. 

It had questionable moments of very short lived mud which was barely enough to scare anybody but to think of how bad it will get with warmer temperatures coming soon yet. 

Go fuck yourself El Nino.

The singletrack I rode today was all amazing. Would say ride of the year for 24 so far. 

potty break, off trail of course! 

paying respects to the genius of the family

questionable conditions for sure only to get worse, bummer


Saturday, February 17, 2024

WayyyToo Much Winter Bike For This One

A dusk till darkness ride on the fat bike around the same old song and dance. Telford Lake, Leduc. 

I debated on taking the fat bike cause of the studded tires vs the gravel bike assuming most of the paved would be open but was still not wanting to take chances after the sketchy ice I crossed on a most of all local ride in Beaumont. 

The route was mostly open and the gravel bike would have been fine. Yet the few people who I crossed paths with probably thought I was that cool fat bike dude which is allllll right…. 

Oh dear Lord, things on the Lonebiker keep getting uglier and uglier.

Actual river valley hopefully coming tomorrow… 


Friday, February 16, 2024

Beer Friday. Blind Enthusiasm Brewing, Substantially Complete

 First week complete and it is Friday. A real Friday again unlike all those other fake Fridays if you know what I mean. Big level meetings are being had at Lonebiker headquarters this weekend with the executives  to come up with a schedule of Beer Friday as things have drastically changed. I have a feeling that the reviews will happen whenever the moment is right. There is no chance every Friday we will be reviewing like wayyyyyyy back in the olden days. 

Blind Enthusiasm who are located in Edmonton in the Ritchie area and have been around since I have no idea when. Aargh.. that kind of drives me crazy when they don't put the year of inception on their 'about us' section of their website. 

Is this because they don't have a leg to stand on longevity wise compared to all those European breweries? 

Deep down I am not mad. I'm just upset at all these new breweries. Come on guys… At least they are not exclusively on Facebook or Twitter so I give them props for that.

The pour featured a cork pull after the cap was pulled and I stepped back and took a drag from my tobacco pipe and went "classy." Seriously pretty cool guys. The pour was a nice golden slightly dirty looking one. This one has been fermented for three years and most likely comes with an acquired taste.

Mixed fermentation beers are a mixture of wheats and microbes unlike most beers which are a single strain so I have read on the inter webs. This is the kind of beer that I assume takes a lot of work to produce so maybe that's why they didn't have tine to put the year the brewery opened up on their website. 

It smelled of a very dark fruit kind of beer. I am a bit plugged up so that is all I can give you, the fermentation is definitely there taking whiffs of this one. This one smells like an adventure. It had a shocking first sip but we quickly got into it quickly and a heavy soured and bad beer was going down in the tester lab. Yes it's sour but it is quite nice with notes of grapefruit  and a slight note of McCains heavy garlic curly fries. Definitely dark fruits are in the mix as well. 

This beer gets 4 suds out of 5. 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Almost ten years

It has been almost ten years when some pig bellied alcoholic narcissistic douche factory from St Paul and I parted ways and I was away from the confines (so I thought at the time) of Monday to Friday and figured I would try my way up north and do real Albertan man work and that is what I did and oddly fell in love with it. The camps, the long rotations and having a week or two off every month was pretty sweet. 

Especially after the burnout for working for French Canadian twatwaffles from cousin loving territory the extreme change in the work I was doing and where I was doing it was just what I needed. The shift work was great but it drastically kicked me right in my bike nuts especially coming off a night rotation which I seemed to do a lot of. 

The ride tonight was boring and prompted as I should have been starting nightshift tonight if I was still doing what I was doing for the last (almost) six years. A week of days, then off, a week of nights, then off again and so on and so on… Six years of that wore me the fuck out and have been perpetually tired for the last six years. I do believe the job turned me who is somewhat of a recluse into full recluse mode. So who knows what will happen. 

Long live the Lonebiker Brethren.

Amen brothers and sisters. 

The ride was cold and uneventful. I had my spring tights and should have had the winter ones but I knew the wife was downstairs and I thought I could wiggle my cute butt around and help make her life complete, but I knew it was more skintight and thin fabric was what I needed to send her into lonebiker lust oblivion. 

The ride was boring, cold and short but it fuckin ruled because I know where I would be right now if I didn't make this move.

see my tracks!? see my tracks!? guys, i'm so brave


Fort Icekatchewan

 Some sketchy moments today as it seemed to be a bit icy and then it transitioned to super sketchy icy as I started in Turner park and made ...