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: 

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**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