Monday, November 29, 2010

My and the 'SnowMachine'

Took the big fat Snow Machine out for it's first real ride yesterday. The first thing I noticed was how great control the bike had. I could stop perpendicular with front tire against the curb, track stand then pedal ride over the curb with the big soft tires. The very low gearing and very wide tire base allowed me to maneuver bike through my neighbors' back yards with great control.

I rode bike off road, over snow mobile trails waiting for snow, on bicycle trails, and through the woods. One hill I climbed was to steep to ride down with the grass wet and slippery.

I went on some motor cross trails, but with the weather warming up the frost was coming out of the ground and the mud slimy and slick. My tires filled up with packed mud and I was sliding all over the place. I got a good workout in.

This is going to be a great fun bike to ride. I've thought about buying a 4" tire snow bike for the last three winters. First the Pugsley, then the Mukluk, and then I pulled the trigger and ordered the FatBack. I am glad I waited until the aluminium version of the TI FatBack came out, this year and I now own one before I bought one of the previous mentioned bikes. This bike is made in America, Alaska to be exact at the Speedway bike shop. I talked and corresponded with Greg the owner several times to get the right combination for me. He is a great guy, and great to work with. I whole heartedly recommend.

Even my 86 year old papa likes the beast.

I'm tired today, probably an accumulation of everything I've been doing. I could tell it takes some different muscles to pedal the 'snowmachine' with my upper back and feet being sore today. Was dark and pouring rain after work tonight, made it easier to take a rest day. It's hard for to accept at times, but sometimes the best training is to rest. Tomorrow, my plans are to ride a couple of hours in the dark through the trail paths. Which will make great training.

Triple D race is coming up this Jan 16th, traditionally only 14% of the bicyclist have finished this race, and these are well seasoned veterans of the frozen tundra. So that being said to go anywhere in that race night riding, alone, on snow trail paths is a must needed skill.

Ok time to go forage for food,


tainterturtles said...

Your papa is a fine looking man!

OMG I love your snow bike....I want one! You are going to have so much fun this winter Dave. I'm excited for you.

Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...

Sounds like it's a blast to ride.
Lisa is so nice, I'm just plain jealous.

Clive Chapman said...

Cracking bike mate! Love it!

Oh, and by the way, resting is training! Just ask any sports coach.

mrbill said...

All that mud on that tire looks like "Little Fun", I like the bike, Dad's looking good.

Steph said...

Your family ages nicely- 86 !?!?

Have fun on the bike. I know ya can't wait for some fluffy snow!

MrDaveyGie said...

Yes, Steph, papa is 86. He has always excersised, can walk for miles, continues to do strength workouts.
Works two days a week, and has a very active life style. Good go'n papa.

Courtney said...

Way to go Dave! I'm looking next year at the 4" tire thing. I'm waiting to here your reviews of it.