Monday, January 14, 2019

January 10 & 12, 2019 Bike rides...


Here are some pictures from a couple TCBC (Twin Cities Bicycling Club) group rides on January 10 and 12, 2019.

On, Thursday, 01-10-19, Chuck showed up to my Coffee Thursday bike ride from Champlin, MN. This was a 47 mile bike ride mostly in Anoka County. 

There was about 3 to 4 days of very warm weather before this ride where lots of snow melted causing more ice to form on the roads and trails when the temperature dropped again.

The higher use roads were fine to ride, but we found some of the lower use roads and trails to have large areas of ice. We ended up walking around some of these sections of bad ice.

There were several section of fairly smooth ice and many areas that was rough and rutted from the snow, rain, snow, then melting from the winter storm over the holiday's.  


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On Saturday, 01-12-19, Chuck, Liesa, Rick and I rode my, Back to the Box, bike ride. Chuck, Liesa and I rode the 53 mile loop while Rick finished the day with 33 miles.

I changed up my planned route after all the ice I encountered last Thursday.  We took our break in Oak Grove at the Bridge Street Coffee Box. Its one of my favorite spots to stop when I ride to the north of Champlin. Great coffee and I usually get a bagel/breakfast sandwich which also taste great!

While we rode it looks like everyone has an ice skating rink in their yard or fields this year. :)
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Chuck Ryan

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Early January 2019 Bike Rides...


Here are some pictures and a video from some bike rides in early January 2019.

On the first day of the year I rode my fat bike around Elm Creek and did a little bit of single track. I did a little over 11 miles.

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01-02-19: Again, I rode my fat bike around the trails of Elm Creek and some roads for a total of 22 miles for the day.

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01-03-19: Greg and Chuck showed up on my TCBC ride, Fat Bike Meander. The temperatures were in the mid 20's when we started, but it was going to get very warm quickly. We headed off to get some single track in before it got too warm. Then we rode some different trails in and around Elm Creek. Today's mileage was 20 miles. By the time I got home from this ride I saw that the single track had already been closed.
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01-05-19: This was my TCBC, One Way or Another...Fat or Not bike ride. When I put the ride in I wasn't sure if I would be riding my fat bike or my Seven EvergreeN SL, but with the two very warm January days before the ride it was time to get back on the Evergreen. This was a 55 mile ride. We took out break at the Dunn Brothers in St. Michael. Paul, Scott, Chuck, Liesa and I rode the ride.



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01-05-19...image by Scott Larson. I must have been going too fast!
On 01-07-19 I took out my Seven Evergreen for a 17 mile ride. It was another warm day and very cloudy.

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Chuck Ryan





Monday, December 31, 2018

December 2018 Bike Rides...

Here are some pictures and videos from some of my rides in the month of December 2018.



On Saturday, 12-01-18, I led my ride, A Ride of Two Cities, from the Dunn Brothers in Minneapolis on Lake St.  This was a 41 mile ride around the Twin Cities.
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Here is Chuck showing up for my ride. I believe this was the first time he showed up on one of my rides from Minneapolis...12-01-18


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On 12-02-18 I took my fat bike around Elm Creek Park. This was an almost 17 mile ride.
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I stopped briefly on the trail and look who showed up behind me... Chuck. He had already been out for a while, but we rode together for another hour or so...12-02-18
On 12-04-18 Catherine, Paul, Joe and I rode my Going Somewhere ride which ended up being 55 miles long.
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On 12-06-18 Paul, Joe and I rode my Coffee Box ride. We took our break at the Bridge Street Coffee Box in Oak Grove. The ride was 49 miles long.
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On 12-08-18 Joe, Paul, Catherine, Andrei and I rode my Winter Sampler ride from Dunn Brothers in Minneapolis. We took our break at Carma Coffee in NE Minneapolis. The ride was 37 miles. Andrei broke off from the group about a half mile from the end to complete 31 miles. The rest of us continued on to do the slightly longer loop of 37 miles. Catherine didn't stop for break and continued on to complete the 37 mile loop on her own.
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On 12-9-18 I took my fat bike back out to Elm Creek Park for a 14 mile ride.

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On 12-11-18 Joe, Catherine, Paul and I rode 58 miles on my ride I called, Blackwater Coffee Revisited. The break was at the Blackwater Coffee in Maple Plain. 
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On 12-12-18 Joe led one of his Credit River Ramble rides from Lakeville, MN. The break was at BlueNose Coffee in Farmington, MN. This was a 41 mile ride.
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We saw a rafter of turkeys, but they were running to the backyard by the time I got my phone out...12-12-18
On 12-13-18 Catherine led her Lake Elmo Spin ride from Nina's Coffee in St. Paul, MN.
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That's my nearly frozen water bottle...12-13-18
On 12-15-15 it was my 46 mile Coffee Run ride from Dunn Brothers.
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Catherine put her front fender back on her bike the night before and today it was rattling a little. She's just flipping her bike back upright after fixing the problem....12-15-18

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On 12-17-18 Catherine, Chuck, Paul and I rode my ride, Back to the Box, a 53 mile ride. We stopped back to one of our favorite places to take a break the  Bridge Street Coffee Box.
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On 12-19-18 it was my 51 mile Going Somewhere Wednesday ride. Just Catherine, Paul and I rode the route.
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On 12-22-18 it was back to the Dunn Brothers in Minneapolis where we would start my ride... Another Coffee Run. This time we took our break at The Depot Coffee Shop in Hopkins. Liesa also wanted us to check out the Coldwater Springhouse, since we would be riding right by it. We had to walk our bikes a short distance due to the rough solid ice trail leading to the spring.

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The Depot Coffee House....12-22-18

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On 12-23-18 Catherine and I took our fat bikes to Elm Creek Park. We rode a little over 13 miles while giving Catherine's dog, Griffin, a workout. Griffin loves to go fat biking!




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We decided to check the progress of the new bridge that's had the road closed for 3 weeks. During the winter I use this road often when I ride to the west of Champlin...12-23-18

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On 12-25-18, Christmas Day, Catherine, Paul and I did Catherine's 55 mile route that she called Nina's Coffee Spin- Winter Holidaze. We started at Nina's in St. Paul and rode in a westerly direction to Plymouth. We weren't sure what would be open other than the planned stop at the Kwik Trip in Plymouth, MN so we stopped there briefly. Catherine checked her phone to see what coffee shops were nearby and found a Starbucks about a mile away. She called them and they said they were open until 4 pm. Back on our bikes we go...

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On 12-26-18 I took a short 17 mile ride on the Seven Evergreen.
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On 12-30-18 I took the fat bike out around Elm Creek. This was a 13.6 mile ride.


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 The last day of 2018 I took the fat bike out again. I stayed around the Elm Ceek area. This was a 3 hour ride of 17 miles. There was a light snow falling for the last hour that I rode making the woods very quiet.


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                              Well, that was the last ride of 2018. It was a good year of biking...

Chuck Ryan