Put a fork with too much travel on the Pisgah... and in the process, gave it a mullet.
Dropped some grams by upgrading to Look Keo Max pedals then added half a pound by switching to gatorskins on my training wheelset..
Eagerly awaiting my delivery of Mad Alchemy to bring some heat to these chicken legs
Snapped my fingers and turned this -
Into this -
This all started with a proper fitting that revealed that the fuji was too big for me (hence the wonky position of the shifters on the bars and the shorty stem in the first pic.) And, of course, these things snowball - theres 5 more packages of parts arriving this week. Love the carbon frame, stiffer under power but absorbs rough road surfaces way better than the fuji. Really happy for $300.
Expose your cracks and love will fill them.
I picked up a couple of trashed mountain bikes from my boss this 2 nights ago, and finally got them unloaded last night. Stripped one down last night to just the frame (Its an old Shimano) and started sanding. About half the frame is down to bare metal now, hopefully Ill get the rest of the paint off tonight.
This is my first build since last summer when I bult my dream BMX bike from when I was little, so Im pretty stoked. Ill post some pics when Im done with the sanding, but cleaning the garage comes first tonight
Got it to work again. Took it out on 12/31/10 and the roads were just wet enough that they resulted in a spray, but, not wet enough that the spray ran off the bikes. It was basically like a paste of dirt and sand
Sat like this until some time in February and I got it out this week. When I first tried to free everything up, the rear deraileur would just swing then lock the chain-it had no movement to it at all.
I then pressure washed it and it looked like I washed off an off road truck in the wash bay it was so grimey. Rides SO much better with all the dirt off and the chain lubed up
Bought a new pair of glasses while in Italy, for the total price of about $20 brand new. I only wanted them for the yellow and clear lenses, but actually they're not bad overall at all. The brand is B-Twin, which is the in-house cycling part of the Decathlon stores (think Euro version of Sports Authority etc). They had tons of dirt cheap bibs, rain jackets and lots of Campy 10 speed bikes, but the glasses were the main thing that caught my in-for-a-bargain eye
| œ Orchid Euro Importation œ |
Currently driving or working on too many cars...
| '93 Fox 16v - PVW | '99 Greenland Polo Diesel | '89 Rallye Golf | '83 Golf GTi RHD | '75 Swallowtail |
| '82 Caddy 1.9D | '85 VW LT Car Transporter | Mk2 Jetta Limo | '90 Jetta 8V | '96 VW LT35D | '03 SpintLT35 | '02 GTI 337 | '03 GTI 20v |
| '09 Aprilia RS125 | '81 Kawasaki AR80 | '59 NSU Quickly | '64 Honda Cub C65 + '65 C105 | Trek Emonda SLR9 | Trek Crockett 9 |
I swapped the old WTB Prowler SL 29 tires for some Ignitor 2.1s on the Kona 29er. In the process, I also removed a link form the chain (the Kona is a SS with sliding dropouts) and shortened up the wheelbase quite nicely. The new Ignitors also cut about 200g off my rotating weight.
Overall, the changes were transformative. I don't know if the 1" shorter chain stay/wheelbase or the Ignitors made the difference, but either way I'm very happy.
I took the Kona out to Fox Creek and had a unplanned riding buddy for the entire 1.5 hour ride. He kept cutting the switch-backs so I couldn't always keep up, but I did pass him on the downhills.
More impressions of the Ignitors: Maxxis Ignitor Tyres
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Step one of build complete: Receive frame.
Rock Lobster Team Scandium w/bb30 I'll be sure to post pics when its done.
New wheels- Edge 2.68/DT 240 laced by joe young, vittoria evo cx 23mm
new kmc sl10-gold of course
new s-wrap bar tape