Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1.Start a Bucket list

I just finished an item from my bucket list.

1.Start a Bucket list
2. Complete a ride across America

The inspiration is below.  I don't have to do the race to check off the item.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

1985 60cm Serotta Nova Special frame and fork

This is a classic American built ride from the origins of Ben Serotta's NY workshop.
60cm c-c, seen in 1986 catalogs. Columbus SLX and SPX tubing.
Brand new silver powder coat for frame and fork
   •Cinelli - Made in Italy, cast BB shell
   •Campagnolo dropouts and fork ends, 126mm rear spacing
   •Sloping crown fork, numbers matching
   •Cable routing is on top of the BB shell

Serial number 51001. 5-1985, 10-October, 001- first bike produced.
I also have an assortment of components to build the bike that are available separately, so contact me if you are interested.

Pics and way to many details available at http://brazencycleworks.blogspot.com/search?q=serotta

Head Tube angle 73.5
Seat Tube angle 73
Top Tube 580mm
Chain Stay 420mm
Fork Rake 45mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 70mm

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cycling Memories

I have been a lot of places on bicycles and wanted to make a point of recording some of the memorable rides I have taken.

In 2002 I took a 1 day tour, 80k from Empalme to Quepos. It was largely what we would call fire roads, but I got to see half of the country as we finished on the Pacific.

It was about $40 for the organized bus that picked us up at 5am and got us back home around 2am. I don't know the local organizer as this was in 2002. Costa Rica has some stunning forests and vistas, and I have never experienced large rain drops than the ones there.
I rode a borrowed early rigid Specialized Stumpjumper that was one size too small.  I even borrowed shorts and used flat pedals and running shoes.  The equipment didn't matter, as it was a once in lifetime chance to ride with locals, ticos, and see the real 'Costa Rica'.   I headed to work at 6am the next day after 2 hours of rest with the biggest smile on my face and satisfaction in my heart.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

El Tour de Tucson history for me and brother

The results from are available from 1997.  I have no idea how to find early 90s finishes.
1997 111 mile route with 156 riders finishing under 5 hours

1998 111 mile route with 151 riders finishing under 5 hours
1999 111 mile route with 204 riders finishing under 5 hours

2000 111 mile route with 127 riders finishing under 5 hours
178  ERIC BRANDT M 30 5:12:37 21.3 GILBERT, AZ
488  MARTIN BRANDT M 26 6:01:37 18.4 TUCSON, AZ
2001 113 mile route with 208 riders finishing under 5 hours
249  ERIC XX BRANDT M 31 5:05:08 21.8 GILBERT, AZ

2002 109 mile route with 332 riders finishing under 5 hours
362  MARTIN BRANDT M 28 5:06:43 TUCSON, AZ

2003 109 mile route with 281 riders finishing under 5 hours
742  MARTIN BRANDT M 28 5:42:09 19.1 TUCSON, AZ

2004 111 mile route with 359 riders finishing under 5 hours
922  MARTIN BRANDT  M 30 05:49:03  19.0 TUCSON, AZ 
2005 109 mile route with 420 riders finishing under 5 hours
2006 109 mile route with 383 riders finishing under 5 hours
2007 109 mile route with 453 riders finishing under 5 hours
2008 109 mile route with 438 riders finishing under 5 hours

2009 108 mile route with 423 riders finishing under 5 hours
764 MARTIN BRANDT  M 35  05:29:01 19.6 TUCSON, AZ  
I am 40.  I am dealing with it.  I raced a triathlon in October and got 4th in my Age Group.  Honestly, I wanted to race and finish in the top ten overall, I finished 21st.  My time was 1:11 and my goal was 1:09.  I realize I have some work to do to hold the aging at bay.

When training for the 2006 Arizona Ironman, I was focused, driven and very happy.  My body weight was in 180s not the current 200s. I am registered to run the 20+ Ragnar Relay in 2011, but that is it.

Not anymore.  I am dedicating my self to super fitness in 2011.  An that means chasing a goal I have had for over 18 years.  The Tour de Tucson is one of the country's largest century rides and I intend to capture their highest award, the Platnium award.

I first did this ride in 1989.   It was on a mountain bike with a group of guys from the Cochise dorm. We were self supported, and riding together took 9:45.  The following year I used a road bike and fell in love with the event and road racing.  I have finished every time I have toed the starting line, but have never finished under 5 hours and earned the highest award.

I was as close as 5 minute sfrom my goal.  In that year course was re-routed an extra 4 miles to a 113 miles. My speed of 21.8 would have yielded a platnium award on any route that was 109 miles.   My plan is to use my blog to chart my training to conquer the course.  Last year 423 riders of the 3630 entrants in the 109 mile event earned their platnium. 

Now, it is my turn.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Open Letter to all my supporters,

I thank you for your generous contributions this year. It has been about 10 years since I first rode the charity ride, Fat Tire Ride, from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon, and every time is a special time for me. ‘Special’ in that the ride itself was started by accident by friends inviting friends riding and donating extra proceeds from ride to local charity. Then the ride was built into a partnership with local Marines. Over the years the event grew with volunteers gathering, riders fundraising, and organizers creating a one-of-kind event.

I have so many positive memories from participating in this event. Memories like collecting donations for all the worthy causes, riding to complete fatigue, and the anticipation of riding with friends again the next year. This year was no different, and the challenges were large and persistent.

We started early, under overcast skies and heavy anticipation of eventual rain. It wasn’t more than 20 minutes into the ride when the first drops fell. They gathered in strength and we were soon in a downpour. At time the rains seem to lighten, but would quickly return to a solid drenching, until everyone was completely wet, through and through. Distant rumbles, turned to alarming crackles and I witnessed a lightening strike 100 ft from the trail. We followed lightening safety protocol, but soon decided that getting off the high ridge was more prudent. As we passed the struck tree, the smoke and smell from the burned pine filled the air.

Having survived that, it seemed like nothing else would challenge us more that day than Mother Nature, herself. The rain continued and puddles formed, and grew to overtake most of the trail. Meadering paths became treacherous and slippery as mud became the feature du jour, to be overcome. Mud seemed to add a curious element as control on downhills was limited, and progress across flat area dulled, and uphill riding near impossible.
The rain continued and we continued through the trials and tribulations of the muddy forest to finally reach the first pit stop at 26 miles. The marathon had taken it toll with broken bicycles, and near broken riders, many shivering from being cold and wet for hours. Event organizers stopped the riders as the rescue and warm up commenced and it was deemed too risky to attempt the remainder of the ride as conditions continued to deteriorate.

In essence the ride had completed. The donations had been raised, the adventure had played out in dramatic fashion, and the volunteers did their part to make it happen. We only missed the party that normally follows the ride when survival stories are recounted and embellished. The greater good was achieved and we all look forward to making a difference in the years to come.

Your support is what makes this a great event, you have my sincere gratitude and thanks.

Happy Trails, 

Photos are a courtesy of a very wet photographer, Scott Picquet.

Dirty Girls

Monday, July 19, 2010

Travesity sur la porte de Balès

SRAM now dictating use of SRAM Red's Special Edition Yellow components at TdF.  After tiring of Andy Schleck's parade in the yellow jersey, SRAM installed a triple front derailleur on Andy's bike without the requisite triple crank.  Andy was unaware of the change on Stage 15, until 2km to go on the critical summit of Porte de Balès.  Andy drops his chain due to component mis-match and Alberto, who had been seemingly tipped off by the SRAM goon squad, attacked to distance himself from Andy.  The effect was Alberto gained back enough time to go ahead of Andy on General Classification and will start stage 16 with SRAM Red's Special Edition Yellow components.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

As has been widely reported, today before stage 5 Alberto Contador delivered Lance a watch as an appreciation gift for his 2009 Tour victory. This is an exclusive picture of the personal note and watch that was delivered. Alberto is a classy guy and learned much from the patron of the peleton.

Thanks for your support in my 2009 TdF victory.  I got you a watch and have already set it to show your current gap to me.  All the Best. 
Hasta!  Berto

Friday, July 02, 2010

5 days of bicycle commuting in a row

Not bad at all with very little rain and covered indoor parking. I
even had two people give me a genuine greeting. NICE!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Testing Results are in ...

The real world testing results for impact/side loads on carbon front wheels has completed. The conclusion is that Zipp's front wheel outerperforms HED in this specific analysis.


Friday, April 30, 2010

Share the Joy of Cycling!

I would love to win a free bike and you can help me!  It is with gratitude I realize cycling has given back to me more than I have invested.  Cyclists benefit by getting healthier, finding friends and making memories.  My "Share the Joy of Cycling!" campaign is a fundraising effort to share this excitement and hope with as many kids as I can.  I want to take what you see in my 3 year old son and multiply it.  I can do it, through Toys for Tots and your support matters.  Lets make a difference, a positive spark that brings hope to kids that need it.

1 awesome road bike = ~100 kids bikes

Watch the video and rate it so it gets noticed by the editors of Bicycling.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Panasonic Sport- Mr. Sexy

I haven't converted many bikes in 2009-2010 as they are available everywhere.  But I did like the look of this starry black paint on lugged beauty.  There is nothing faster than carbon fiber 3M wrap and some powdercoated bling cranks.  I sold most of what I had to customize fixed gears at the Tucson swap and eBay, the rest went on this bar hopping build.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

I love the Tucson Bike Swap.

But I fear something is really wrong with my hands and arms.

One of my fixed gear creations walked by but I didn't get a chance to chat with the guy.  It was good to see it again, but it was too clean, so I think it had not been ridden much or maybe it was well taken care of and babied.  Anyway it looked exactly the same.


Monday, April 12, 2010

My Modern Road Ride for 2010

I have revealed my fixie, my vintage steel retro-mod, and the 2007 version of my MTB on this blog.  With this modern road ride added, this is my stable of four bikes.  Largely this is a post for myself.  I want to create a library of the bikes I ride and how they change over the years.

My goal for this bike was to have a modern full carbon race bike, with the revised 2010 Shimano components and lots of carbon.  Here is the spec list:
  • 2008 BH Connect 59cm used frame and fork
  • 2010 Dura Ace 7900 crankset and BB 53-39
  • 2010 Dura Ace 7900 chain
  • 2010 Ultegra 6700 carbon lever STI
  • 2010 Ultegra 6700 calipers to support the new cable pull of 6700 and 7900 levers
  • 2010 Ultegra 6700 derailleurs
  • 2010 Ultegra 6700 cassette 11-28
  • 2010 105 5600 SPD-SL pedals in black
  • 2008 FSA carbon integrated headset
  • 2008 BH stock carbon seatpost
  • 2009 FSA SL-K carbon monocoque compact bars 44cm
  • Cervelo bar wrap in white
  • Velocity Bottle Traps in grey
  • Custom Wet White Powder Coated 100mm 4 bolt stem 31.8
  • Selle San Marco ASPide FX titanium railed saddle white
  • Custom Brazen Cycleworks Wheelset
    • Custom Wet White Powder Coated Shimano 5600 hubset
    • SAPIM Laser 14/17/14g spokes custom powder coated Transparent Blue
    • SAPIM SILS 16mm alloy nipples
    • Velocity Aerohead and Aerohead OC rims in Grey 32/36
    • 2 cross front and 3 cross rear lacing
    • Velocity Veloplugs instead of rim strips 
    • Salsa Flip Off skewers in silver



Friday, April 09, 2010

I got outed for a prank listing on Phx Craigslist when BSNYC included my listing in a Friday Fun quiz.

Here is my Fake POST I placed on Craigslist inspired by BSNYC on Wednesday.


I got this bike shipped to me from my parents, little did they realize I had already bought a folding bike which is much easier to get up the stairs in my apartment.

I assembled it and it is ready to ride fixed speed. Comes with freewheel, but you can install a track cog. Includes brakes, but I doubt you will need them if you have a track cog. Would look cool with Pink Oury grips.

Willing to trade for Calculus or Physics texts that I need for next semester. Whatcha got?

I am also a bit dismayed where fixed gears and ..., gulp, fixed gear culture have gone in the last two years. But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the hell out of riding mine. I also enjoy the Craigslist-Bicycles culture and getting indignant and revealing responses from CL trollers.

Enjoy the responses from my recent CL post of BSNYC's Mongoose Cachet.

Thats a piece of shit walmart bike.
I'll give you $50 for it today. -Ken

Hey just letting you know, that this bike can be bought brand new for $150.. So. You're asking of $300, well is a rip-off. What's the lowest you'll take for it? -Mike

Sorry to break your bubble, but you're currently asking twice the price that this bike is worth new.  Don't think you'll get any buyers at $300  -Teddy

not sure if you're aware, but that bike retails for just $149.99 brand new~  -Andrew

do you still have the bike?  -Ryan

this is that walmart bike right? so its only a single speed?  -James

This bike is $150 new. There's been a lot of buzz about this one and I'm curious about it.  I'll trade you my physics textbooks for it. I have everything for PHY 101 at ASU including the conceptual fundamentals manual.  -Kyle

It isn't the first time I had fun on CL Phoenix.  If you enjoyed the Cachet posting you will enjoy this more. Sometimes it is not easy to sell fixed gear conversion frames as you would think.

CL produces characters, need proof?

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