Monday, January 19, 2015

2015 Lake Dabinawa Grinder

What: 4th Annual  Lake Dabinawa Grinder
When: Sunday February 1, 2015, 9:00 am
Where: Lawrence, KS (Lawrence visitor center)
Why: Come enjoy a nice 44 mile tour of North Lawrence.

Jeff Arnaud brings us the 4th Annual Lake Dabinawa Grinder. A very popular ride with a route that all ability levels will enjoy.  This ride will tour North of Lawrence and visit Lake Dabinawa . Meet in the Lawrence visitor center parking lot across from Johnny's Tavern. Cross bike or MTB needed.  For those who want additional miles we can ride a lap or two on the Lawrence River Trails once we get back.  For those who want some post ride food head over to Johnny's Tavern.  My favorite is their pizza.  I will need an entire one after rolling those North Lawrence hills.    

Course map (via Garmin Connect) below: 

Join us on Face Book - 2015 Lake Dabinawa Grinder

**Remember, you are responsible for yourself and you ride at your own risk.  You are totally on your own.  There are no rider services.  There is no support. If you choose to participate, you agree to taking full responsibility for what happens to you out on the course.Always follow all traffic laws and rules. Always choose safety first and be prepared.**

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The 2015 Mullet Ride Recap

A record turnout for the 12 edition of the Baldwin City History Road Ride aka "The Mullet Ride". Well over a 100 riders.

Check out Kim Morris' photos from our ride -

A huge Thank You goes out to Gerard Arantowicz for hosting another great Mullet Ride.
It was great to see some many old friends.  None other than Dave Pitt showed up to put in some miles for the upcoming 1/2 pint at DK in May. 
Roger Harrison looking good as always.  He wins the award for the brightest gear of the day.

It was good to see another tandem.  This couple has been on several adventures on their tandem.  Very cool and we look forward to having many more on ours.

We got a puncture on the first mile of gravel on our tandem.  Still got in around 130 photos. Check them out below and a short movie of the start.

Pictures from the 2015 Mullet Ride.  If you want a high res photo just let us know.

Movie - The 2015 Mullet Movie

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Man Behind the Mullet

Gerald Arantowicz
Born: Ephrata, Pa. “I grew up near Reading, Pennsylvania, from the Monopoly board.”

Family: Arantowicz is a bachelor.

Education: "I have a bachelor’s of science in exercise physiology from Penn State University."

Career: Arantowicz is a director with Mind Matters LLC, a home health agency that provides in-home services for people who have had traumatic head injuries with the goal of maximizing their independence.

Hobbies: Arantowicz is a bicycle enthusiast of more than 30 years. He is on two pool teams, one in Topeka and another in Baldwin City. He also plays Scrabble, tennis and racquet ball. He was formerly a cartoonist for the Signal, and still maintains the website called

Digging deeper: At 10:03 a.m. Saturday, Arantowicz and other off-road bicyclists will leave from Antiques on the Prairie for the 12th-annual Mullet Ride. He first conceived of the ride as an historic bicycle tour. “It follows Quantrill's Trail and the Santa Fe Trail. It connects famous landmarks such as Hickory Point, Dow Cemetery, Signal Oak Lookout, the Black Jack Battlefield, the Brooklyn landmark and the Santa Fe Trail ruts."

The ride is scheduled for mid-January to attract serious bikers. “Races in July are won in January,” he said. “It’s supposed to be nice Saturday, but we like bad weather. We ride in all conditions.”

Re-posted from the Baldwin City Signal

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The 2015 Baldwin City Historic Road Ride

Updated 1/15/15

 Back before "Gravel Grinders" became a household name we still rode gravel, explored the country sides and had a heck of lot of fun.  Gerard's first ride was called the Baldwin City Historic Road Road.  Now we just call it the Mullet ride.

What: Mullet Ride
When: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Where: Baldwin City, Kansas
Why: The Mullet is the reason why gravel grinding is so popular.

The one and only Mullet Ride (aka the Baldwin City Historic Gravel Road Bike Ride) is next weekend. Gerard's Mullet ride is great for both the experienced gravel grinder and any newbies out there.  Several miles have been added to this years course - 28 and 56 mile (2 laps)  routes are available.  How old is the Mullet ride?  Just check out the below map.  That is old school.

Check out past Mullets (Mullet's N Mud, Mullets in pictures, Mullets on film)

Meet up at the Antiques on the Prairie shop (High St & 6th). We will have a 10:00 am departure time for the 28 mile route.

Join us on Face Book - The Mullet Ride

Map for this years Mullet Ride.  Distance is a little over 28 miles.  Two laps for those who are up the Full Mullet Challenge.  It appears the Garmin site is not allowing us to produce a map.  The below map link is to Map My Ride.   If Garmin starts working again then Tim will also post that route.

2015 Mullet Ride Map - Garmin version by ptooi

 2015 Mullet Ride Map link

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gravel News Shorts - 12/29/14

 In case you missed the photos from the Festivus of Nights here they are - 2014 Festivus of Nights Pictures.

Our next planned ride is the annual LMBC New Years Day Ride which takes place this Thursday over in Lawrence, KS.  Check out the details on their Face Book page - LMBC New Years Day Ride.

Make sure you add the original gravel grinder to your ride calendar. The one and only Mullet Ride is on January 17, 2015.  The official name is the Baldwin City History Gravel Grinder but we all know it as The Mullet Ride.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

5th Annual Festivus of Nights

What: 5th Annual Festivus of Nights Gravel Grinder
When: Tuesday Night, 12/23/14 - Start Time 6:00pm - 6:15pm
Where: Little Blue Trace
Who: Any and all are welcome
Why: To celebrate Festivus , air any grievances you may have,  partake in Feats of Strength and last but not least ride your bike at night on the fun Little Blue Trace Trail.

We meet in the parking lot outside of Nature's Pantry, 19019 E 48th St, Independence, Missouri 64055 . Access to the trail is just yards away.   New this year.  At 6:00 pm we will first head South on the trail and ride down to Lees Summit Road.  We will then return back and head North on the Little Blue Trace Trail following our normal route.  This will allow any riders who arrive late to join in the fun as we pass back by Nature's Pantry.  

What do I need to bring? Besides a working bicycle, you will need lights. Red flashing light on the back and an LED or HID light on the front required. Many decorate there body/bikes, but this is not required.  Special prize for the best light display.

Will we encounter any traffic on the ride? 99 % of this ride is on the Little Blue Trace trail. The trail does cross several roads so please use extreme caution while crossing any roads.

We will meet up after the ride for dinner.  At this time  feel free to lashing out at others and the world about how you have been disappointed in the past year.

Disclaimer for the Festivus of Nights Gravel Grinder :
You are 100% responsible for yourself! You are totally on your own.  There are no rider services.  There is no support. If you choose to participate, you agree to taking full responsibility for what happens to you out on the course.  Please have someone you can call to come get you in the case of emergency, fatigue, freezing weather or bike failure.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Spoke Pony Pictures

A terrific turnout for the 3rd Annual Spoke Pony Gravel Express despite some very inhospitable conditions.   Thank you to Tim Greene for hosting a fun event.  Tim offered 3 different courses so there was a route for everyone.

The Dirty Dogs were out in force today.  Dirty Dogs must love the mud.
The largest turnout for a Spoke Pony event.  We had a good group of riders from all disciplines.   The roadies lead the way as we departed.

Once we hit the gravel Tim and John lead the way.  Mr Pot Pie just loves gravel.
The first 15 miles we stayed together is a nice warm pack.  The winds did not pick up until later in the day.

Out on course we took 100 pictures - 2014 Spoke Pony Gravel Express Photos.