Sorry I haven’t been posting. I’ve got a fresh rider patrolling the streets. Im helping this guy train for his triathlon season as I am putting on miles to ride a good strong century season. My big thing is staying away from injury this year so i can spend more time in the saddle. I’ll be commuting a lot. I am riding strong right now. Chris, however is a competitor new to cycling. He does monster runs and has developed a good tri swimming technique. He has fairly good nutritional habits and also hits the gym. Now we got him on a bike. Let’s see how he adapts and how far this goes.
This is the only clip i have from the Bike Party. Way to go guys…. it was a good time.
Guess who’s got his steed back on the streets of East Tennessee?!?!? Thats right, so keep an eye out for this dude on your local roads. Should be easy enough to spot him. He’ll be the guy on the flashy Paramount desperately trying to gasp for oxygen while in the middle of telling an absurdly dirty joke or two.
I put the sentiment of the Bridgestone aside as I rode the Pogliaghi in its new configuration today.
*I aligned the dropouts and hanger for the new wheelset. I find that it takes some time for my 80’s steel to settle a bit after spreading or cold-setting frame spacing. The Bridgestone went through a similar period going from a 6 speed hub to an 8. This time i went 7 speeds to 9.
*I’m still on a mid-weight tube set……. sorta. Columbus Matrix steel is what the sticker says. That means its acutually Columbus CroMor (the name was changes shortly after entering production). What does that mean? It means that the grade steel on both bikes is the same. Its double butted chromoly (where my 4130 derrived from). The Japanese steel on the Bridgestone was nice, but the CroMor is Columbus’ highest grade chromoly tube set. These tubes are typically used on light frames with versatile demands that can take a lot of wear and tear. Its the lightest chromoly, and lighter than the heaviest Cyclex steel (highest grade). Its perfect for loaded touring and cyclocross frames. By the way, SL is the stuff ultra frames are made of.
*The Poglighi also has tighter, more traditional Italian racing geometry. It’s all about tucking that back triangle.
*The biggest upgrade one can make on a bike is a personal wheelset. Different wheel builds will have more effect on the overall characteristics of the bike than any other component. This time around im going for a non traditional approach with some PBO (fibre spoke) Spynergy XAERO wheels. They absorb a lot of vibration, which leads to less vibration related fatigue in the long run. Downside is that they flex a bit when im attacking a climb , and i climb a LOT. They are around 225g lighter than the XeroLite XR-1 wheels on the Brigestone which is good for climbs. That may not seem like a lot, but the fact that the weight there is rolling energy multiplies the weights impact by a very significant amount.
So thats pretty much it. Oh and Dura-Ace.
I love working on bikes almost as much as riding them. Its when it all comes together and great mechanisms from times past come back to life, as eager as ever to work together and take the rider out on the road, that i find my satisfaction in the work. When it is a bike of my own that i have given attention to, the satisfaction multiplies. Thats the way i feel about the Bridgestone right now. I gave it the bi-annual overhaul it always gets. As usual the grime cleans away and all the chips in the paint are revealed. Even so, old school gruppos clean up well and add to the vibrance of a well used and well cherished frame. I know its not an SLX tubed, and that some of its gouges leave it a bit more vulnerable to corrosion, and its only ‘kinda light’, but i put most of the nicks in it myself. I wipe the road grime off the bottom of the frame. I brought it back from the dead and accumulated over 7,000mi on it since. When i got this bike it was a gift. I almost died in a crash and my roomate had this bike donated to me from his brother-in-law while i was bedridden and trying to gain the energy to recover. I crashed a Cannondale and hadnt even heard of a Bridgestone bike. It was in bad shape. The rims were shot. Every bolt head was stripped. I had some P.T.S.D. about bikes that haunted me. My brother was diagnosed with cancer at the same time of my crash. He fought that disease head on and lost with valiant effort. He encouraged me to fight through my recovery as well. I don’t know why i recovered and he didnt, and maybe there isnt a resolution to it in this world anyway. What i do know is that the encouragement from mostly him is what i used to drive me to not only sit up on my own again, but to learn from my experience and not be driven back by the fear of it all. Iv’e overcome the P.T.S.D. and the Bridgestone was a valuable tool in it all. The frame was in pretty great shape, but everything else was shot. ( id say a home mechanic didnt own a metric set) At one point i remember having to saw through a Cinelli stem to salvage the 26.4mm clamp bars (that im still riding). When i look at it i think ‘boy that Bridgestone sure has come a long way’ and it reminds me that i personally have to.
So, here’s a toast to that bi-annual reminder.
Goodbye 2010 and good riddence 2010 Rippers. This is a video i showed to SE Racing after a frame failure on a Ripper Fixed. They claimed it as an honest part failure and gave me a 2011 P.K. Ripper fixed under warranty. The new changes seem to make a big difference. The tube diameters, wall thickness, and materials have all been changed and it looks like i should be able to fit a 35c slammed all the way in on the rear, which is more than i can say for the old one. I saw a build riding 38c and i wonder if it would take 40c????? Either way im gonna ride the hell out of it until a nice steel steed falls in my lap. Posts with the 2011 model still to come. Damn aluminum.
Sometimes (most of the time) I’m on my bike because im going somewhere and poor weather has to be waned away with proper gear and a change of clothes. Other times i just let loose. who really cares if im wearing a white shirt with a rooster tail up the back? or if my jeans acquire damp seams? or if the only clean place on my face is where my glasses shielded the road grime? Sometimes i just don’t mind. its part of the experience. i don’t go out of my way to get mucked up, but i surly don’t whine about it when it happens, and boy it sure does happen sometimes. Special thanks to Justin @ Southernvelo. Keep these great shots coming, man.
This is just a crazy, surreal, picture a buddy took of me shortcutting. I have a buddy who used to say to me all the time, “okay, a ride sounds good, but none of that lance armstrong shit” (referring to lance’s off-roading in le’ tour some years ago). I found some 700x30c cyclocross tires that are going to have to be installed for the upcoming cold season. I can’t get enough shenanigans outta my bike experience if i just stick to the shoulders of roads. It keeps things interesting.