Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Getting ready to replace your ride?

I admire and respect the advice that Lennard Zinn delivers. Reach and Stack are the key industry words that you need to know. For those of you wanting to setup multiple bikes the same way, here is the guide you need.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

2012 Tour of California Time Trial

Will this season be Jens Voigt's last?  I have to say I enjoyed his famous quote about what his internal dialogue is like when racing for the win in a ridiculous break. I just found out he has 6 kids, damn this guy can do it all! Mad props brother!
Is it just me or did Levi's early season crash leave him with a rather large growth on his back?

Do TJ's friends call him Tijuana as a nickname?  If I was I would.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Isn't technology great!

I am in love and totally obessed with STRAVA.  I find that goal oriented riding is driving up my intensity even on short rides and really improving my leg speed and power.  It isn't often I get to ride with friends, so having a social component ia fun way to stay connected and encourage others.

The next step for me is probably a Garmin 500, my current Iphone is a 3GS and it can only handle rides that are 2.5 hours.  I am a bit surprised by my STRAVA obsession as I have never even had a computer or power meter installed on my 2008 BH Connect. 

If you are interested in picking up a screaming deal on a 2010 BH CONNECT, do not wait.  Use the image below and email me pronto.  They are new and I have a very limited supply(54cm, 58cm, 59.5cm)

I can't say enough about mine, but don't take my word for it.  It is comfortable, predictable, efficient, handles like a performance car and light enough to be built into a UCI illegal configuration.  What I like is that I don't feel like I have given anything up.  Some super light carbon bikes flex and wiggle out of control when the hammer is down and you are sprinting or climbing out of the saddle.  For me that is the last time you want to feel like your bike succumbing to your riding inputs.

Just last week, I was hammering through a intersection on a well timed light.  I really was feeling the love and kept dropping gears as I accelerated out of the saddle.  It wasn't until I got home and downloaded STRAVA to see it was a 45 mph crossing of that intersection.  I had some tailwind but it wasn't gusting, I hope it is accurate because I will be trying that sprint again real soon. 

The basics of the story is that even going down to the 12 and 13 and putting out everything I had in a FULL SPRINT the bike tracked like an arrow and I had full confidence to push it to the MAX.  That is what I love about my bike.






Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Is 25c the MAGIC width?

I migrated slowly in 2011 from 23c tires, to the Continental Gran Prix 24c tires and loved them.  The comfort and confidence on rough pavement made them a great choice for El Tour de Tucson.  When it was time to replace them I wondered if even wider would be better.  Michelin Pro Race 3 in 25c went on and I haven't been happier.  I used them in Tour de Mesa and had a great result.  I was descending on Shea at a very high rate of speed when the guy in front of me lead me into a big pot hole.  The impact was violent, and I even sat up momentarily thinking double flats might be possible.  But NOTHING!  Now it looks like the Pros are getting the word too. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Ronde de SanTandria

This ride circumnavigates the San Tan Mountains.  The effort required is not reflected in the mileage.  It was the best I ride I could find to make a Gilbert version of the Tour of Flanders.  It has 4 miles of dirt "road" riding [bring your 25 tires or bigger] which includes 2 gate crossings, 3 deep sand washes, one pissed off Pitbull, a nice sector of 50s era asphalt pave, and no place to refill your water bottles.   Starts and finishes at Focus Cyclery and would probably exactly 50 miles if you take safer roads.  Hands: Numb, Feet: Asleep, Butt: Unhappy, Smile: Unrestrained.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Rode Road Bikes

I always meant this blog to capture the personal history I have had with cycling.  Part of that history are the bikes I have ridden.

In order from Present to Past here is my list.

BH Connect, Club Fuji, Fetish Penna, Serotta Nova, Parkpre Ultralight Prestige Fixed Gear, Specialized Allez Sport in Aluminum, Trek 2000, Specialized Allez in Steel, Nishiki Prestige

Now I have to come up with a decent timeline and try my MTB list.