Friday, August 7, 2009

Just as hard at the back.... odds and ends

Cool video of life at the other end of the race.

Thanks to DYKC for passing it on to me!

This is an odd one. Ugly Beauty or just Ugly?

Embrocation has stepped up their website. A couple good articles. Check it.
The Boston Globe has been running tons of pro cycling articles(as in "in favor of" not pro like Cipollini) lately. Then this. It has ignited a firestorm in the comments section. I will close with my favorite quote from the article.
“We have aggressive road conditions,’’ observed Nicole Freedman, the city’s director of bicycle programs, .... “The bikers are bad, the pedestrians are bad, and so are the drivers.’’

Monday, August 3, 2009

the tubular experience part one

I decided to take the plunge on tubulars for cross this spring. Took me til summer to pull the trigger. Williams came out with an affordable alloy tubular and it was cheap enough to leave money for tires-something that carbon tubulars were not gonna do. And seriously, a super rookie on carbon hoops? Sounds like a middle-age crisis to me.
I figured, I would be rolling on Challenges or Vittorias, but thanks to the interweb, got my hands on some FMBs. FMBs!!!! Talk about pearls before swine, but how can you say no. It was only about 3 years ago that I saw FMBs for the first time(had no idea what was up with the tires and the funky screen job on the sidewall.) and there is one person responsible for singing their praises and making this purchase happen(stealth shot of him in action early am december 08)

Who wouldn't take this guys advice seriously?
So 2 weeks after the frenzy of internet purchases, I have a mini Xmas in the garage. Boxes arrived

and were unpacked

and inspected

This is when the joy of consumerism ended and the cold, hard reality of a rite of passage began. The plan was to do it myself. I have read all the conflicting methods. Asked all the relevant experts. Now was the time to make it happen. There are many milestones you need to pass in life and gluing tubulars is one to be taken seriously.
First comes stretching the tire on the rim. How hard can that be? Having never done it-way harder than I guessed. I alternated between fear of ripping the tire and fear of being to feeble to actually be able to stretch it. Youtube videos made it look simple-even for triatheletes. Frustration caused me to stop one night and I actually let them sit while I went on vacation. First night back, despite working up an embarrassing sweat, I was able to get it done.

If stretching them was this hard, I can't wait for gluing. I'll save that for part two...... For now just fear my quiver of ancient rubber.........

Sunday, August 2, 2009

21 days til first CX race of the year!!!!

The next few weeks should have plenty of moments to experience the patented Brad "burp-puke" training/riding technique
7 days til Tokeneke
13 days til Deerfield
21 days til Cross

Definitely need to get a time-share in the pain cave.

Vacation is over.