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The Quarry Ridge Two Step

Posted: January 31, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

The Arrowhead 35 is under way, and it just might be the warmest on record, but we had snow this weekend, and the trails were nice, brothers and sisters. Steep climbs, twisty descents, and firm packed trails made for the best weekend of riding in a while. Sunny, 20 degrees, and fat tires in desperate need of a firm talking to. Quarry Ridge is Madison’s escape without having to hump it too far out into the bush.

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Minnesotan Ingenuity!

Posted: January 20, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

My friend, Geoff, sent me this this morning:

“I missed my crank bros pedals but needed some serious cold protection. These boots are rated 150 below Fahrenheit. A couple hours later they have cleats. I will let you know how they work.”

Salsa Cycles talk of full-suspension fatbike!

Posted: January 10, 2012 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

http://http://salsacycles.com/culture/prototype_talk_full-suspension_fatbike/

Prototype Talk: Full-Suspension Fatbike

Tuesday January 10th, 2012 | 1 Comments | Tim

Last Friday afternoon a shipment of prototypes arrived and a bunch of us hurried down to the PD&D shop in anxious anticipation.

We’d like to show you our prototype Full-Suspension Fatbike frames.

The inspiration for this project came from numerous people within our team (in a strangely timely convergence actually) and from the fact that fatbikes are being ridden all year long as opposed to being strictly thought of as snow or winter bikes. There is such tremendous capability within these machines that we wanted to have some full-suspension prototypes built to explore the concept further.

Pete did what Pete does, and took the plans with him on his last trip to Taiwan. Now the frames are here and we can’t get our pulses to drop.

We know there will be questions about these frames so we’re heading off a couple of them right from the start.

1) We have assembled and are cobbling together a small selection of suspension forks that will allow us to build, ride, and test these prototype frames. We hope that a fat-friendly suspension fork will be available someday.

2) These are prototypes. We expect to learn a lot from them. They may or may not eventually become an actual product. That is undecided at this time.

We are quite confident that this probably has some of you fatbike riders pretty fired up, so we’ll start by throwing a couple hypothetical questions out at you:

1) How much front and rear travel would you prefer in a full-suspension fatbike?

2) What tire and rim width would you prefer?

What’s next? Well…we’ve got a bunch of wheels to build and a handful of bikes to assemble. And then…we ride. Stay tuned for some ride reports in the coming months.

…as well as really great beer, maple syrup, and all the winter-wonder-riding you can shake a stick at!  Happy New Year from the Big North Woods!  Ringing it in in true Frick Park Kid regalia, there was fat bike riding and a libation or two involved.  Mercer, WI is about an hour north of Minocqua and wedged between the Turtle Flambeau Flowage lake(where I was camped out) and Highway 51.  Crisp!, clean winter weather, great trail conditions, and all the frozen lakes you’d ever want to ride over, Mercer is definitely a must-do in the book of “Must-Do’s” in the Fat Bikeism arts.  Real twisty single track, snow-covered dirt roads, xc ski touring trails and the odd snow mobile trail make this place shine.  With such a mixed bag, I was happy to have all three chain rings up front, and the average spread of cogs in the back.  Fluctuating between 5 and 10 psi, depending, I was able to get a leg over just about everything from deep snow to ice and hard pack.  Great local bars tucked way back in the woods make for good night-time haunts that are only accessible by skis, fat bike, or snow mobile.  Pugsley Rentals at local bike shops about an hour away also make it easier to get out and give these trails a whirl.  I’d also like to give a shout out to my friend and local tour guide Adam Bramm.  I hope you “find your bike”.  Mercer, WI, get up there and ride.  You’d be stupid not to.

        

Tales from “Up Nort”

Posted: December 28, 2011 by frickparkkid in Fat Photos, Uncategorized, Under Pressure

These are from my friend Geoff who’s up in Minnesota and training for the Arrowhead 135:

“I was out this morning and took these around mile forty. The windchill
was about 4 degrees so yes that is a five inch icicle hanging from my
face mask. Sorry to make you jealous Max but I had to share these
images with some other pugsleyphiles.”

Warm Head = Warm Heart

Posted: December 28, 2011 by frickparkkid in Uncategorized

New to the winter line up this year is the Lowe Alpine Mountain GTX Cap.  For longer than I care to remember I’ve been in hot pursuit of that healthy balance between warmth-comfort-function.  This year I think we’ve got a winner, folks.  The GTX Cap combines stupid-smart design with all the fancy knickknacks you’d expect to find in a high-tech piece of equipment. Using a Gore-Tex outer shell with taped seams and combining it with a fleece lining, Lowe Alpine has hit one out of the park with this hat.  Not too bulky, like some winter hats tend to be; this cap fits nicely under any helmet without obstructing fit.  Harboring a S/M/L/XL line up, they fit to size.  With an adjustable strap, a flexible brim, and water proof outer shell, this little Herbert is the ultimate winter cycling cap!  Hipsters and seasoned veterans alike are goonna be happy.  Now here’s the rub.  Lowe Alpine is in the process of being bought out/changing owners, so this particular model is limited.  They will still continue to make great outdoor apparel as usual, I just don’t know if we’ll see this cap again any time soon, so snatch them up!