Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tomorrow Helmut will do the breaking in and streching of the cables to get this baby ready for the Trans Iowa.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Merino Base layer
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Gettting this bike done. It was 1:30 a.m. before I realized it was late and that I was getting tired. I ordered the wrong clamp diameter on the stem and forgot to buy brake cables and housing. I forgot that only shimano includes them in their brake levers. The Chris King BB cups went in like Butter and I transformed the Mountain Biking XT cranks to trekking by changing to 48x36x26. Little detail was that Shimano decided to go to Torx screws on the chainring bolts. Now we have to also carry a T30 wrench on us too. WTF!
Also if you build a Salsa Fargo with the Trekking chain you will need all 116 links from a Shimano chain. Sram Chains only come with 114 links and that will not suffice if you accidentaly go into the 48x34. I am excited to get this project finished so I can get organized for Trans Iowa. Today I will order the other stem and move along.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
More Flat tire issues
Make that two Flats today
Mowers rd in route to Oregon, IL. Yest at one point the sun did come out.
We got out today with the intent to make it to Oregon and we accomplished that. We had a tailwind going out and we knew that it would cost a price. I had two punctures because of a minute piece of glass that was hiding in the casing. Between all 8 eyes we were able to find the 1mm square of glass and be on our way.
As we rode home the wind became terrible and we decided to take breaks every 10 miles to rest and refuel. The wind became colder and stronger to the point that we resorted to hiding in the ditch out of the wind.
We arrived home demolished but happy to be home. After a while it started to snow and I feel grateful to have missed it. Good training ride. Almost 80 miles on the clicker with an average of 12.3 mph.