Tuesday, September 15, 2015

sounds like chuooch part deux

i recently changed the setup on the Ciocc and i'm finding that i ride it a lot more this way.  it started out as a gravel bike but with it's mid 80's sport/touring geometry it didn't seem as quick on the gravel as i wanted so then i turned it into a flat bar commuter with fenders for rainy commutes.  i rode it like that for the last few years but with the flat bars and skinny 28c tires it never felt quite right.  i'm happy to say that i think i finally settled on this new/old configuration.  the cockpit now consists of a nitto 110mm dirt drop stem (in rare anodized black) and nitto b115 bars with cross top brake levers.   with the big Clement LAS tires (offically labelled 33mm, but really measure to 36mm) this old girl now seems perfectly suited for urban bombing the rough streets of Omaha.  old bikes are new again.

Friday, January 02, 2015


a package arrived today... FRAGIIILAY ..."it must be Italian!"  my cat didn't care either way, she was just waiting for me to fill her food bowl.

Monday, December 29, 2014

the old girl likes snow

i obviously didn't check the forecast before my commute this morning, otherwise i'd have grabbed my surly with 42c studded knobbies instead.  oh well, no big deal. the old gal (with 28-29mm parigi roubaix tires) still handles light snow pretty good.

Monday, December 01, 2014

winter schminter

my old Bianchi X4 is still getting daily use until we get real snow.  i've regeared her from 44x16 to 44x19 to deal with the steep hills of midtown Omaha. despite the cold temps the sky sure is pretty.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

days later


another gravel worlds is in the books.   it was a foggy and damp start and it turned out to be perfect (no dust).  i didn't do the full 153, only about 75 before turning back to Lincoln. my 39x16 gear was ok but it still made each steep climb an all out effort again and again. my lower back and hamstrings are still sore days later. the strada tires did alright on the gravel, though i had to stay alert on the loose dirt sections because i came very close to loosing it a few times trying to change lines. by the checkpoint in Garland there was plenty of grit on my bike.  all in all it's a great way to spend a saturday and a fun time was had by all.  i can't wait for next year.

Friday, July 18, 2014

prepping for GW's

gravel worlds is just around the corner, and i'm registered in the SS category like last year.  however this year instead of a cross bike with 30-32c tires i think i'll ride one of my road bikes (a mid 90's merckx in team motorala caloi livery) with 28c tires. i'm just more comfortable on my road bike so that's what factors in the decision.  at least converting a Campy 10speed rear hub to SS is now made easy via the Gusset 66c conversion kit.  let's hope there's no rain this year.    

Friday, September 06, 2013


just testing a new camera app while waiting for the train.