Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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
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
Sunday, August 25, 2013
another edition of gravel worlds has passed and all i can say is that i finally completed the whole dang thing. i started in the dark.. and finished in the dark. tatiana did really well. she was all smiles at the start... and the next morning when we met up for breakfast. tat is tuff.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
i've been working on my latest project, an old '82 bianchi super corsa frame that i'm cleaning up for a single speed/fixed around town bike. when i got it it looked pretty beat up and there was a lot of rust on the chrome lugs. over the years i've used steel wool, brass wool, brasso, noxon, and a few other concoctions to remove the rust, then i had heard that using aluminum foil with water works better. i was skeptical... but tonight i tried it and low and behold it works! within a few minutes of light polishing most of the rust was gone. props to reynolds wrap!