Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Onward to the slaughter fields of the state of Iowa

Giggles and I have made it to Big Bend Indiana and are overnighting. Even here the temps are in the low 40;s with a stiff wind coming off the nw. We are hoping to make it to checkpoint one because the rain will subside and we then stand a chance of moving foward. Until next time,

Heading out to Trans Iowa Today

 Iowa is going to be brutal. Getting ready

Thanks to all who make this possible. The most important person in this being my dear wife. She has put up with all the this and has supported me the whole way. I am very fortunate for that and will be thinking of her while I am out there dealing with another dose of cold, rain and mud. The Slender Fungus will congregate in the wonderous state of Iowa  and commence the race on Saturday at 4 a.m.  Dr. Giggless, Cookie and I will be racing. Others members of the Slender Fungus as in T.J and Gumby will be there for support and rescue. I bid a thank you to all who organized and were part of the greatest Spring Classic in North America. Good luck you all because you are going to need it.


Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Whatever Whatever Whatever

Plastic, Brave Soldier, Ziploc bags, Wool for warmth and just effing bring it on.

Forecast for Trans Iowa Weekend

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Friday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57.
Saturday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

For all Trans Iowa racers and support crew

Read this post so your poor ass don't get lost out there. When you are lost and it is dark you will forever roam in fear


just saying saying you know,


Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday training ride.

This is MR. Beaver going for a swim

New York Cattle

Rt 20 is where the long steep hills are.

Lake in Jamesville, N.Y.

Sunday I rode without a helmet, Protected by the Paul Visor.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Greatest Spring Classic of all time is approaching.

Never mind those classics with the carbon wheels, radiosets and assisting cars. The USA is producing some real Spring Classics and the Grand one is coming up soon at the end of the month. Trans Iowa is set to commence on the last Saturday of April and will end on Sunday at 2 pm. This is a race that has kept many of the riders awake at night. The endless training, the equipment preparation, the mental aspect, the weather. It is so hard to put it all in perspective and to engrasp it all. The movie will premiere soon and that will give people an inside view of what goes on. I have started training for this event back in october and have ridden all through the winter. I only hope to finish.
I have prepared 3 bicycles for this event:
I modified my Chili con Crosso and it now sports Thomson stem and noodle bars. Dura ace road levers, 9 speed barends, A shimano 105 external crank with a Chris Kringle Bottom bracket. My chainrings are 34x45 and my rear will most likely be 11x34. Low gears are good for the last 300 miles of hills. I have also gone with the switch from the San Marco Rolls (over 25 years of loyalty) to the All City Gonzo, my absolute favorite.

On my Black Mountain Cycles I got rid of the Ragley Luxy bars for the Salsa Cowbells. I also added a new favorite tape as in Zipp. This bike runs triple up front with 26x36x46 with 11x34 in back. I built a White Industries Tracker rear hub on a Gold velocity Fusion rim and up front and old skool XTR on Fusion. Also running the All City Gonzo saddle. This bike has better clearance and the triple. We will see what I pick last minute. It will depend on some testing I will do on some hills and see how fresh my legs stay.

My intention this year is to go super light and not carry a whole cupboard full of food. I will have enough supplies on me and rely on the gas stations for nourishment. Most of my clothing will be wool, and maybe I Clubride shirt if It arrives. CEP is supposed to send me compression leg sleeves since my veins are starting to get damaged from the 9 hours I spend standing every day at the shop.,

For Tires I am thinking:
#1 Scwalbe Extremes, folding in 35c
#2 Michelin Jets in 700x30 if it is bone dry out there
#3 I toyed with the idea of KEnda Happy Medium but have no resources to buy them.

I am over my attempt at singlespeeding the thing. I lost a lot of training due to a very hectic bike shop schedule thanks to a lack of winter and a very mild period in March. I will ride with more experience and spirit than with fitness.

I know I can finish Trans Iowa because I was able to finish Dirty Kanza last year and that was no ride in the park.

Done with my rambling,,

Watch Ben Shockey's videos, they are great.

Today I rode morning and afternoon and clocked a decent 70 miles


Monday, April 2, 2012