Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Camelbak dryer

Stinky bladders, I'm sure theres a joke in that statement but I'll let you fill in the blanks.

Parts needed.

1/2" PVC pipe. 2 One foot sections and 1 18-24" section. Two 6" sections
Two 1/2" PVC Tee's
Two 1/2" 90 degree elbows.

As you can see by not putting glue on the pieces its adjustable and can collapse into a straight line. I made this guy up after having some water leftover and getting a skunky tasting water. Haven't had any trouble since its creation, just pull off the bite valve and slide the long piece into the fill hole and setup an angle, the 1/2 inch long leg keeps the bladder from closing down on itself and sealing the water between the sides of the bladder.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Slop and the 100% humidity

As mentioned in a prior post its rained in Green Bay once or twice this month. So after two days of no rain and 70-85 degree weather I went for a ride, heres a few things I found out on this ride.

1. Where the hell is the bridge? A short 3 footer is gone, not washed down stream but gone.

2. Where in the hell did that bridge come from? Theres a 8 footer in the middle of the creek just hanging out upside down, I can't even remember where a 8 footer crosses anything let alone wrap my head around how it showed up that far down stream.

3. Some rider did tried a new variation of cyclocross, called clipless sledding. I have a feeling it won't catch on, I can't be the only crazy one that doesn't want to slide down a washed out trail or mud and clay 40 feet through brush into the creek.

4. Something needs to be done with the easily washed out areas, I couldn't bring myself to attempt suicide today on the trails but it looks like some people have. I'm not a environmental kook in any way shape or form but theres some things that need a reroute soon to prevent a horrible accident. The accident being someone from the Parks and Recs department planning some hardcore pavement.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Ok its rained daily or close to it for two weeks straight now, and I can't bring myself to hit the trails. Not because I'm afraid of some mud its that I'm afraid I'll ruin some of the washed out areas. Now this isn't a environmental tragedy like the gulf oil spill its still serious enough to make me consider heading out with some lumber to fix some areas. I am in no way trained to do any of this but over the years I've seen areas that were a challenge to ride become unstable and dangerous.

Oh yeah, the city has planned out a paved path through the woods over a former double track section of the Baird Creek Parkway trails. What better way to have people enjoy the outdoors then paving over it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Yesterday was crazy. I always knew there were more trails out there and luckily a kind stranger named Tim showed me a few that blew my mind. I've seen some crazy stuff in magazines but didn't realize there was a little slice of that in my back yard.

I'm glad that I was shown this because I wouldn't have seen it on my own... or rode it alone... or had someone to call 911 when I cracked my helmet if I fell...