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Are you a high-end bicycle rider person?

Yeah, me neither. I like my bike and ride it some. Len is a bike guy 30 years now; he's been out for several long rides already this spring - when it was spring. It's winter again, so not today. 

Our son works for Trek Bikes which is handy. He loves bicycling and he also loves the high-end, high-tech equipment that can make a fast, light bike faster and lighter. Son rides his bike 70-80 miles on a “fun” day. When the weather is reasonable, he rides the 20-mile commute to his job. 

He has these wheels, listed below, that he wants to sell. New, they are $2500.

You can see more photos at:

He is willing to negotiate with potential buyers for this set.  If the price comes in at around $1500, he will include shipping for free.

Used Aeolus 5 wheels

Front and rear Aeolus 5 Carbon Fiber Wheels

Shod in 28mm AW3 Bontrager tires

Set up currently with Tubes, but are Tubeless ready (TLR rimstrips)

Includes an Ultegra 11-28 cassette, Race Level Skewers, and a brand new set of Black Prince carbon specific brake pads.

Used 2 seasons, there is some chipping on the hub, only Cosmetic

Contact him at:

Or communicate with me through my contact stuff, and once again, you WON'T end up on the comments - I will forward your message to my son. Make sure to include your preferred contact info. 

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Four Days Up North

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Missionary Types in the Mississippi Watershed in the 1600’s. Oh yeah.

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Our family gathered for Easter dinner this year, um, the Saturday after Easter. I guess flexibility is one of our survival skills.  Our three kids have in-laws, one baby, two dogs and all three live 1-3 hours away. We are grateful when these kids show up at all, let alone needing them on specific dates.

So. Easter dinner. The kids had given Len a new Weber grill for his birthday – which inspired an Easter menu of kabobs. Some marinated and grilled veggies plus a lot of marinated and grilled meat.

Update on Our Brother

In June I wrote about Our Brother  HERE

Here’s an update:

Our Brother is still working at the same warehouse, full-time, $9/hr.  

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This is a small compendium of photos and observations from a quick trip we took to Detroit last weekend.  

Amazingly, this has taken ALL my time since Wednesday morning. Sheesh, one seldom really sees Giant New Things to Learn as they come down the pike straight at one. 

These photos are from my phone, Len's phone, and our camera. So I got to play with two on-line albums of photos and then, surprise-surprise, the end product was "too big" - so today I got to run all the photos through Photoshop to make them smaller pixel-wise.  

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