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This blog has moved…

After three years or so with this website, I am finally moving on to something new. So what does that mean for this one? Basically, I am keeping it online for a while. All of the posts will remain here, and nothing new will be added. That said, all of the posts were also imported to my new site, and new posts will continue there. So what is the site?

Head on over to Outside Cincinnati, which essentially is the exact same blog that I am doing now, with a fresh new look and a new address. That is about it. Why the change you might ask?

When I started this blog, I had no idea really what I was doing. I picked a few topics that I liked, and tried to stay within those topics. For a little over the last year though, I have been branching out to different subjects, and I just felt that a name change was in order. Thats all. I am still going to be writing about bikes, beer, birds maybe, but adding other topics like running, hiking, backpacking, etc. Hopefully that makes sense.

Thanks for reading with me this far, head on over to the new land to keep it current.

Just keep spinning…

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Times they are a changing…

So after a long run with this website, I have decided to move on to something new. This blog has been a great outlet for me to express myself, and to also share my opinions and adventures with the few folks who decide to read it. But, don’t fret, this site will stay online. I have started the annoying process of exporting/importing/changing domain names etc. and I plan on having the new site up this week, but this site will continue on as it is, almost like a reference of sorts. Reference of what? Good question. But a reference of something I suppose.

The new and improved blog will be focusing on a few different outdoor adventures, also sprinkled with some beer reviews in there as well, and also some other reviews too. It should be a little more representative of what I am doing with myself.

Thanks for reading this far, and hopefully you will continue during the switch.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… New Bike!

Some days, it just happens to be your day. Every thing is going smoothly, and things effortlessly fall into place. Today was that day. After randomly searching Craigslist for bikes, which I have not done in a while, I stumbled onto a bike posting that got my attention. After a few emails, I ended the day with this:

This is a first generation Kona Ute cargo bike. You might be thinking, “Didn’t you just sell an Xtracycle cargo bike kit this year?” Yes. I moved the Xtracycle, and regretted it after it was gone. That thought, paired with the idea of a different cargo bike to haul the kiddos around, ended up with this strange twist of fate of finding this bike at complete random. Timing is everything right?

This bike is from 2008 I believe, and it has the newer style Ute cargo bags that are super large, and very heavy duty. Drivetrain is set up as a 2×8, which is surprisingly low geared. After a little tweaking this afternoon, and a small ride around the neighborhood, this bike is going to be in the stable for some time. Or at least a year or so…

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Back in the saddle.

After taking a break from my blog for a bit, and a break from cycling, today was the day to get out and about for a quick ride through Indian Hill. I have been contemplating as to what to do with this site, but interrupted that thought process for a much needed mind clearing, and leg burning ride. It was exactly what I needed…

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… DIY Coaster Bike.

Now that my daughter is rolling along on her training wheels, I have been thinking of the next step in her cycling career. Instead of simply pulling off her training wheels and letting her fend off the balance wolves, I finally decided to move forward with a balance bike. The only problem for me, with my frugal ways, is that balance bikes are extremely overpriced. Instead of buying a $100 bike that will get limited use, I came up with this simple solution:

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I wrote about this bike a year or so ago, basically it started it’s life as an X Games motocross style bicycle. After pulling off all of the plastic garbage, it looked more like a normal bicycle. My next step for this beast was to remove the crankset, and voila! Instant balance bike!

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At first, my daughter was a little hesitant riding this bike, but after one trip around the block she had already started coasting. Now, after about a week, she is trying more and more to keep her feet off of the ground, and she is looking for every single section of the sidewalk that points downhill. I feel that this is going to make her transition to riding a bicycle without training wheels that much easier, and making her enjoy cycling that much more!

If you are thinking of a balance bike for your kiddos, keep this option in mind. Sure you could spend $100 on a Strider, which would be a great brand to buy, or you could scope out your local Craigslist for a cheaper alternative. Kids bikes are all over Craigslist, and they are a dime a dozen. For this bike, I have $0 in it, and about 15 minutes of time. Not too bad in my book.

Just keep spinning, or in this case, coasting…


Just Riding Along… Sneak Peek…

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Here is a sneak peak at a new bike build that I have going on at the moment. Without going into too much detail, this is going to be a budget build, single speed road bike. Or, at least my version of a road bike. Still a ways to go, but progress nonetheless.

And in case you are wondering, those are Big Apple 26×2.35, and they fit in the frame just fine.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Mitchell Memorial evening ride.

Another trail down on the list, I finally made it back to Mitchell Memorial after around 4 years of not being there. When I first rode it, it was only a 3.9 mile loop that was interesting, but definitely not worth the 40 minute drive. My how 4 years can change a trail…

My friend Eric and I started out on the “A” loop, which is the part of the trail that I remembered. Very flowy, tight, well groomed single track is what awaits you with the “A” trail, but at 3.9 miles it leaves you wanting more. That is where the “B” trail comes in. At just a little over 4 miles, this section of the trail was quite impressive, and still relatively new. The trail splits into an upper and lower section, that still connects, so we started on the higher road.

The upper section was a little bit of climbing, but overall nothing too impressive. Once we started to head down the hill however, things got a little interesting. Rocks were everywhere on the lower trail. And by rocks, I am not talking gravel, but huge sections of pizza box sized boulders that make this trail absolutely amazing. Lots of off-camber rocky sections that you would normally not find in Ohio, that keep you on your toes. It was an absolute pleasure to ride a trail like this again. Well done CORA for putting this one together!

The sun dropped a little quicker than we had anticipated this evening, so we pushed the pace a bit to make it back to the car before it was completely dark. Well worth the ride, and even worth the drive from the eastside of the Cincinnati region. I highly recommend this trail!

Just keep spinning…