Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
On some bikes it is imperative to have silver parts. It has been incresingly difficult to find them and obtain them. Nitto has been making parts for a long time and I was able to locate the Dynamic post and a beautiful silver stem that landed on my Gunnar. Silver parts make a bike look classy and light. I recognize that a carbon bike with carbon wheels will look better with all black. Black to me looks cheap and heavy.
Just a thought, just an opinion.
Monday, April 14, 2008
I thought that it would be a little warm outside to do some equipment testing. As usual I was wrong. I installed my new Crank Bros Acid pedals along with my Lake mtb shoes. I had to get new shoes because when you are loaded with a size 15 shoe they don't last as long. Must be the weight and leverage that make the soles flex like my wife's flip flops.
I had some creaking in the bb area and I suspect it is the interface of the pedals with the cranks. I also tested out the Cateye el410 mounted on the helmet. It was a treat to have a light that you can point and shooot with. I still don't did the wish, swooshy noice of the water in the camelbak. I feel like I am drowning. Any thoughts??
I rode with a cotton t-shirt, cotton socks, no booties, My whitey-tightey undies with tights and cargo cotton shorts.
Do yourself a favor: Don't wear cotton when it is cold. I thanked my Merino Wool sweater for the warmness.
I left the house before 10 and got back before midnight. I don't mind the darness. Lots of interesting things going on.
I hope it warms up a bit soon.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
The holes are for the Porteur Rack
Limited Edition Cap 2008
I installed the headset and also received the Chris King Cross version hubs. They will be laced to silver mavic a719 rims in a 36 hole drilling. I also found a Campagnolo seat binder bolt that fit just perfect.
Been really busy at the shop and it makes me happy. Will be getting some good help next week from Chris Pelvic and Mad dog Brad. I can't wait to start working with dem two Bozos. Off to put all the tools away.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Riding into a headwind for 40 miles
All the Gravel you could ever wish for
I left this morning with the intention of making it to the Rock river in Oregon,IL. I had a nice tailwind head out all the way. I took the long route and ended up making the 33 mile distance to over 40 miles. I took a quick break at the gas station and headed back. I had a monumental task of battling the wind for over 3 hours. I drank all my gatorade, water, and luckily I had packed a monster power bar with protein in it and covered in dark chocolate. That is what got me home. I really was so sick of the headwind. The sun was warm but the air riding over the fields was cold. I had wind tights, wool socks (with cold feet), wool undershirt, jersey and a Hincapie windproof jacket. Balaclava and hat. I did many an intervals when I got chased by dogs. It kinda sucked riding solo since I could not draft off anyone. My total mileage for the day was 85 miles. I burned 5300 calories.