Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Atop the Convention Center Madison, Wi.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The newly graded GWT
After the Trans-Iowa I have spent some time catching up with things and trying to plan out
what is going to happen in the next few months with my riding. Working from 10am-7pm and having family commitments has always been difficult for riding. Last night Helmut and I went out riding on our Salsa Chilis. We ended up riding all through the night and that was truly an experience. We came to my place and had a hearty pasta meal and downed some stouts. My belly felt really full but I knew it was packed with fuel.
We took the GWT,Great Western Trail and made it to St.Charles then we ran thru Geneva, warrenville, naperville,lisle, Downers Grove,Clarendon Hills and ended up in Hinsdales. WE got there around 1:30 a.m and had 52 miles in our legs. WE took a break and then headed home with a headwind and to confront the demons. It was easy riding through the wee hours and before we knew it, around 430, the skies started to turn colors. The EPO laced pasta held us until about 530am and then we had some homemade fruit bars, courtesy of lovely wifey. Washed it down with a gu and we were set to make the assault on the last strech of gravel, 17miles.
We arrived to Sycamore around 645am and picked up blueberry muffins for breakfast. We were really tired but happy to have made this epic ride.
7 hrs 21 minutes
max speed 31
av speed 14.5 mph
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
The week of recuperation and taking it easy is over. I had promised myself that today, monday, was going to be back at the saddle time. I commuted to work today and had a busy day at the shop. I finally built up the custom painted Steamroller. A fine man from Malta, IL. did the Powdercoating. I really dig the Mediterranean blue and I also like how the Orange matches up. I ordered a Navy blue King headset,(old logo), with matching spacers. The rear wheel is Phil wood with deep V. the front a campy record high flanger on Sun rim. Tires are Soma Wearever. I took the post and saddle off the fargo to ride it home. Cranks are truvativ elita with 44x18 gearing.
If you are interested in a custom painted Surly let us know at North Central Cylery. We can get any color you want. We then order a sticker kit and have cool hand Eric apply them. We then handwax the frame, chase all threads, Face and then built up a great riding bike
Thursday, May 7, 2009