I really like my sun sleeves. They’re not sticky, I don’t need to re-apply, and they are rated at UPF 50+. I had a pair from Pearl Izumi, but the elbows stretched out in less than a season. I bought a pair of cheaper Novara sleeves from REI and those have held up for just over a year now.
Also, in colder weather, they help keep your arms a…[Read more]
@amanda: Sorry, I misread the section I quoted. It seems that your one-way to work is about 3.5 miles. I have a local friend who is a long-time RAGBRAIer, and he has a similar problem. What he does is find a longer route home, so that he can pad his 4-ish miles out to 10 or 12.
Much of the time getting out for a ride is spent getting into the…[Read more]
Last week I rode my bike to work which is about 7 miles round trip. At least I am getting some seat time in! So 2 questions. How do other people with a schedule like mine get miles in? And is 7 miles a day considered junk miles that won’t help?
I don’t consider 7 miles “junk miles”. Until a couple of years ago my bike commute was 9 m…[Read more]
Impressive image Juan Medium Moose! Hope everything is getting better for you.
I was sure impressed when I saw it! I had no idea it was in there. Doc says it had probably been growing for 10 years…and I did my first RAGBRAI two years ago on a mountain bike. Healing is slow, but it doesn’t impact my riding…[Read more]
@ppayne1959 I’m in St. Paul, not far from where the Omnium bike shop used to be. I’m busy this weekend as well. Dang kids and their college graduations. 😉 The following weekend I’ll be riding the MS-150 from Duluth to Century College.
I’ve got some other RAGBRAI friends in the area, though, and they can probably pull together a disorganized…[Read more]
I did the Stillwater run with a group of friends this past weekend. Perfect day for it. Once you get to the trails it’s a very smooth ride. Getting through St.Paul can be a bit daunting unless you’re comfortable wrestling for roadspace with cars.
@jwsknk: I can’t say that I know much of anything about that area, but a quick look at the Googlie suggests that you’d want to go north out of Albertville on Labeaux to County Road 39 NE. The latter is at least marked as “bicycle friendly”, and will take you to Monticello.
Jason Ave, NE, will cut the corner and it’s probably the diagonal route…[Read more]
@ppayne1959: I’m based in St. Paul and I did the Stillwater route several times last year. From where I start, it’s about 50 miles round trip. I usually add another loop to bring it up to 62mi (100km).
Much depends on where you are starting and where you want to join the Gateway trail. Once you’re on the Gateway, the trip to Stillwater is a…[Read more]
<b>Brian</b>’s instructions are basically correct, but there are some gotcha’s that have caught me and others off guard.
For example, I linked to a photo on one of those online sites, and then saved my comment as listed above. When I looked, the photo was there. Later, however, I discovered that I was the only one who could see it. It turns…[Read more]
@wnl256: Since I don’t have the right equipment for the gravel loop I will probably go the wrong way down J18 to get to the trail.
I rode the HED loop last year on a road bike. I fishtailed a little, but I managed the whole thing without incident. I had Specialized Armadillo tires on my bike, which I chose for durability on long rides. T…[Read more]