Wednesday, December 31, 2008
After getting past the red trail and back up onto the white and the blue, things moved really fast. The high sections are smooth and roll fast. I was on the SSCX bike, so having fast sections I could roll on through was definitely an advantage!
This is really what a cyclocross bike oughtta look like!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I spent the whole day with my family. Like everyone else in the world, I spend all my time running around like a chicken with his head cut off. Too much to do, too little time.
Today, I spent time with my little girl and just 'played'. We plinked on her new guitar, she showed me around her dollhouse. Thats the kind of stuff that good times are really made of....
When my daughter and my wife took a nap, I snuck out and got in 15 miles on the road bike. That was nice as well. I even cruised up the toughest hill in my area on the roadbike in the 4th cog. Normally I'd ride half way in Granny and walk nearly the rest. Today was different though. I guess all that SingleSpeed time is paying off.....
Monday, December 22, 2008
So what is new on the bikes?
For the Ritchey and the Labadie/Zeus, I got a set of Eggbeater SL's (set for each bike). I've mounted them and unfortunately, I'm sick, so I've not yet ridden them. Good news is they seem very nice compared to the old Onza's I've ridden for 10+ yrs. They aso took another 2 ozs off each bike.
Next up, for the Quattro Assi roadbike, I got a new saddle. The old Spesh.. Alias just was not cutting it. It was not comfortable and had stitching at seemingly the wrong places. I replaced it with a Toupe Team with ti rails. That saddle took over 5 ozs off the bike!!!! I think with some new tires, I should have the thing sub 15lbs. ;)
Finally, for all around, I got some new cold weather gear. For my legs and arms, I got leg/arm warmers that pull on and tuck under the sleeve/legs. They are very warm and should make a big difference while riding in the cold weather around here.....
I also snagged a new LeZyne multi tool for the seatbag. That thing is really high quality!!!
I was hoping to hit the Martin Luther Cyclocross here in Memphis, but we were on the interstate that whole day. Maybe next year......
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I'm finding that every time I go out on it, I feel stronger and more capable with the singlespeed. It takes a different kind of momentum conservation on a SS vs a geared bike and I think you simply have to learn what that optimum balance is.
Unfortunately, While TDW is dry enough to ride, I'm guessing Stanky and Herbs are absolute slop fests.....
I got some better quality cable hangers for the bike, so I'll install them this weekend and hopefully get a little better braking.....
Monday, December 8, 2008
I managed to get out this weekend and get one measly lap around Herb Parsons this weekend. On a positive note, I dressed warmer (maybe too warm) and managed to keep my feet warm as a result. I've definitely gotta get some bib tights to wear out there on the trail though. My regular tights just won't stay up......
I rode the trail on my singlespeed cross bike. The bike handles very well. Its a good bike on the trail for sure. I gotta say however, I still hate riding drop bars offroad. The brake levers don't fall at all near where they feel like they should, and my hands cramp from all of the time spent trying to get a grip. The gear was just about right, as I spun out over the dam, but was still able to climb every climb.
As for my goal of getting to 180, I lost another pound last week. Currently 209. Long way to go, but at least I'm progressing.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
This year however has been a bit different. I managed to keep my weight even from start to finish. I started the season at 210 and have finished at 210. May not sound like a bunch, but to me this is a big thing.
This whole deal started a little over 2 years ago. I had some health problems and my doctor told me I needed to lose a serious amount of weight. I was just a hair under 240lbs at the time. When that happened, I got out my roadbike and built myself a new one from its parts. I decided on Jan 1 that I wanted to start the MS150 in September at a weight of under 200lbs. I made myself a little wager as well - If I lost that weight, I'd buy myself a set of really nice road wheels for my roadbike.
Well, I met the goal and bought the wheels. : ) I also finished the ride in full and in a better time than I ever had by over 2 hours!!!!
Unfortunately, I stopped riding as soon as the ride was over and ended up gaining 15lbs over the winter..... NOT COOL!!!!.
This year, I only managed to lose 5lbs heading into the MS150, but my time was significantly improved over previous years just by the fact I'd been training.
After the ride, I wanted to not gain any, so I finished out the road season on my roadbike and moved forward to the MTB winter season and began riding mountain. I also built my first real cyclocross bike and raced two races this year.
Flashforward to today- I did 63 offroad miles on my mountain bike in the past 7 days. I think if I can keep this up for the rest of the winter, I might actually come out of winter close to 200 again. Doing that will help me get even closer to my goal of hitting 180 for the MS ride this coming year.
I really think I can do it, and with a little luck, I will.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
One of the things I've noticed about myself over time is that it takes me a lot longer to get warmed up when I want to go for a ride. As far as I can tell, it generally takes me approximately 45 minutes to get warmed up and get my ticker moving at the right speed. From that point on, I'm usually pretty OK, but it definitely takes some time to get there.
To back up that idea, almost every MTN ride I've done out at Herbs was timed by my riding partners. Without fail, the second lap has always been faster than the first.
Maybe if I ever get to race seriously again, I'll have to consider that fact in my preparation.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
On the flying side of things, the Juka design is pushing forward with Fancy Foam. Mike is finishing up the details and it should get into production very quickly now. I'm proud of how that airplane came together and how it flies. I really think people will enjoy it.
Hopefully Thanksgiving week will go well. I'm sure it will go by slower than I'd like however!!!!!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I've had issues with charging my pattern plane batteries. None of my chargers were big enough to handle them. To get around this, I borrowed an Astroflight 109 and bought another. Between the two chargers, I made it through the Nats.
Unfortunately, they were not a great solution because they don't balance charge the packs. It did not make any sense to me to have expensive packs like that and charge them with inadequate chargers.
In the end, I bought the Cellpro 10s. I had borrowed one from my buddy Keith for one contest. The thing is great to use and FMA had an adapter already made for all of my packs. Truly plug and play. This weekend, I've been balancing my packs and getting them up to snuff. I'll take them all down to a storage charge later......
Friday, November 14, 2008
I got a flu shot a bit ago, and it appears I'm getting sick from it now. Spent the whole week coughing up nasty stuff and taking medicine to fight it off. Maybe with a little luck, I'll get over it Saturday.
I was going to head out to the Outdoors Inc. Cyclocross race on Mud Island, but now I'm not so sure. I have my bike setup and ready to go, but I'm afraid the motor is lacking.
On a positive note, I picked up a new saddle for the ride, as well as a new seatpost. I replaced the Kalloy junk post (from my junk stash) with a nice Ritchey post. Then, I replaced the crappy Trek saddle with the peeling cover for a nice Selle San Marco from the Peddler. Those two items took a half pound off my cross bike!!!
Gearing for the race is my question now. I'm thinking I'll end up going with a 39-18 as opposed to the 39-20 I have on there now..... We'll see.....
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Fast forward to today, and I managed to pick up 3 wheels worth of XTR's, and 2 of the sets even came with new Ritchey Pads.
The new brakes are super solid and feel great through the levers. I absolutely cannot believe how flexible the cheaper brakes from the same era are.....
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I'm a middle aged fat guy with too many friggin hobbies.......
I'm a former bicycle racer who is now trying to get back to riding to improve my health.
I'm also an avid model aviation enthusiast. I design, build and fly competition model airplanes. Luckily, I also sell a few of the designs I create and help to fund my hobby........
I don't have a clue why I'm putting up this blog. I guess I just want to.