Sunday, March 4, 2012
Got out for a long one. 50 miles of Erie Canal trail. Massive tailwind out and massive headwind with snow all the way home. 1 gel and 1 bag of gu chomps. Got a flat tire middle point and froze to death changing it. I was happy with my 13.2 average despite the soft conditions. The Trail got really soft and difficult past Canastota.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Salsa Cowbell 2, 9spd barends, shimano brake levers, Thomson stem, Zipp tape. Cateye Enduro, Mafac Cantilevers, Chris King headset. Some of my favorite bits on a bike.
I also changed out the Ragley Luxy bars for some Salsa Cycles cowbell 2's. These are narrower than the Luxy and very comfortable. I did like the Ragleys at Dirty Kanza since I rode in a more aggresive terrain and they offered better control because of their wider stance. I did not like the fact that my Barend shifters stuck out at an angle and were so vulnerable if I would happen to crash. I also slapped on some new Zipp tape which is manufactured by the Lizard Skin guys and is fantastic. I shortened my shifter cables and that part of the bike is now dialed.
I have a White Industries Tracker Hub which is going to become my race wheel one I pair it up with a Dt Swiss Trekking rim in 32 hole configuration. I will use dt swiss spokes and on BK's recommendation I will try some Brass Pro lock nipples.
I am leaning towards some Kenda Happy mediums in 700x40c for tires but that is not fully decided. I will stick to my wired computer since it does not get funky when I use my lights. In ther rear I will go with a lighter blinkers. I am also looking to get some new cages that will perform better with my tangle bag.
So that is running through my head. The shop has seen some extensive remodeling and we are set for a record year. The vibe is good, the laughs hard and we are just waiting for the gun to go off.