1. There are soo many good classic flavors out there.

     
  2. 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.

     
  3. Just built this up yesterday and got hit durring my test ride. Surprisingly the bike seems okay. Its got a few scuffs, broke a pedal and had to re-tension the rear wheel. I put it together from parts i already had around. Lucked out to have a ratio that worked on this frame’s vertical dropouts. I miss my steel fixie, but in my situation this should work out just fine. 

     
  4. Mean muggin’ After a Regular Ordinary Tennessee Bike Ride. 1200 ft of climb in 12.2mi right out the front door. Average 15.1mph, Max grade 14%. Max speed 42.2mph. IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!!!!! BIEEETCHEES!!!

     
  5. Finally got the ol’ Paramount ready for Viers to level up. The wheels/tires/bars/stem change saved some weight, but more importantly diminished significant rolling resistance, fits him much better, and added much needed stiffer wheel response for attacking those climbs we love to ride so much. Clinch Mountain is next in the crosshairs but i hear he is setting goals for the Mountain Empire Pink Ribbon Century this year. Clinch is about 3000ft of climbs, but MEPRS is 12,000+ and that means its TOUGH….. i should know. Cody is in on it too and i feel there may be more of my pack harboring the same ambitions. Id love to see PT and his Bridgestone cresting the bigger climbs with us. Tipton , im sure, is down for the suffer-fest. Our rag-tag bunch is going to have to spend more saddle time in these Great Smokeys training this year. I’m looking forward to it!!!!!

     
  6. Another ride leaves the nest. Tange 2 Focus road touring bike. Tasty original build + tasty 27” tires + my own little touches = one seriously fab rando. All that was once matt tarnished metals now shines bright.

     
  7. 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.

     
  8. Winding narrow streets make my day. Thanks to Justin sourthernvelo.org for snapping this pic.

     
  9. 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.