Saturday, August 25, 2007

Lake Mountain

Eight bucks per bike to pass the gate 10km from the summit, so we went exploring.

Eventually made it.

Yep, it's snow.


Jimmy tests the temp, cold was the verdict.

Dropping a few psi was in order, Jimmy was down to 15!

Still smiling? Any time now! The mandatory auto timer shot.

Snow everywhere.

And what a day for it.

Jimmy attempted a snow man. If you can't see it then you get the point, supposedly the snow wasn't suited to snowman sculpturing, it wasn't great.

Oh yeah, got the Ti seatpost for the roadie, and am retesting the SLR, quite liking it.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It's all about the bike!

Lance was wrong. A few bike setup tweaks and it's pain free sailing, or should that be riding. Throughout winter the single speed was a surprisingly comfortable and capable bike, so in a stroke of genius I decided to change the roadie and duallie to the same measurements and saddle, what a change!

Wednesday night, Fatties ride. Last week I felt I was riding a tractor, this week a race car. Ok the engine wasn't there, but the handling was. Managed to stick to the wheels of the freaks up front (you know who you are), until I got too close, didn't see a rut, lost a tyre in it and did my best to flatten a tree hip'n'shoulder style. 'Twas a big tree and I ended up sitting in the shrubs, on the other side of the track, facing the wrong way with my bike sprawled across the track, wheel still spinning and I9 hub still purring. Things that hurt checklist; left shoulder - tick, right lower back - tick, right forearm - tick, right hip - tick, left ankle - tick. Fair to say the rest of the night was a bit slower for me.

So Thursday, what better way to really test what hurts than to give the new setup on the roadie a run. A quick spin to the top of the 'nongs and back, new setup = no knee pain. Either that or everything else that hurt overshadowed it. I'm guessing the former though, as the new setup also had me in the 16's, 1.51 faster up the 1in20 than last Saturday. Yes, one minute and fifty-one seconds! May have to attribute some of that time drop to the incentive provided by the Rasmussen look-a-like and his bobbing buddy that tried to follow my wheel all the way up, staying put until the last k and a half.

Weekend riding, Ash says hell ride, Jimmy says MTBing in the snow. Sorry Ash, you're on your own.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Time = K's = Pain

With a new rotation came a new timetable, so some frequency to riding has been possible. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday all with some ride time every week for five weeks. A somewhat effective program can be made from that, mostly lone K's. Wednesday was Fatties ride where the Middleburn magic shone for the first time, but other than that it's been lone roadie time.

However, a quick hour and a half spin today gave me flashbacks to Scotty's blog, feeling some anterior patella pain. Too many hills straight up I guess so perhaps some boring beach k's will be in store. Oh yeah, that's why I haven't been hell riding...



...and repeat. Just look at it, beats the hell out of...flat, red light, chase like hell to catch bunch...and repeat doesn't it. So hell ride this week, see you there, if I wake up in time.

Finally, in answer to a query about the Middleburn Duo setup and chainline. I haven't used the RS-8 cranks with a CD spider so can't compare exacts, but the duo with a 113mm spindle sees the little ring line up with the 5th cog, and the big ring line up with the 7th cog. I've got 110 and 107 mm bb's hanging around so will fiddle when I get a chance. Click here for chainline pictures in every gear combination. Starts with little ring and runs through cassette big to small, then repeats for big ring. No problems riding in any combo last wednesday, but think it could be even better with a narrower chainline.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Eight grand anyone?

A spot of bike couriering over the weekend brought a few experiences. With my ebay garage sale of last week, 20 items, I had a few packages to deliver so I loaded up and boarded the 'dale for some urban adventures. Three hours later I'd offloaded everything and found myself on Victoria Street playing with the taxi's.

Seriously, how do more people not die when Taxi drivers are out there, driving in total ignorance of lanes, mirrors or indicators while on the phone? Managed to leave some cleat marks and a very nearly broken window after one decided to cut me off while merging lanes. No damage to me or the bike but had to let him know I wasn't happy. I eventually arrived at what has to be close to the most 'blinged' store in Melbourne, The Rouleur in Johnston Street Abbotsford. Website sucks, but that's understandable with the amount of drooling time they must do with the quality of their showroom. Anyone know another store that has a Parlee, 4 BMC's, a couple of Time's, a Merckx, a about 6 Kuota's on their floor? Not to mention these.

LEW VT-1 - 867 grams, the PAIR!

If you've got a spare 8g's burning a hole in your pocket you can get yourself onto a pair of these. Pictured are the demo pair if you're keen. No they didn't want to let me 'demo' them at Uni Games. I think I'd be scared to actually use them anyway.

Triple flange on the rear...and yes. Carbon hubs, rims and spokes!

They did ask me to do a couple of hours of mechanicing though so left with a bit of cash. Ended up with close to 4 hours in the legs as well so not a bad day, especially accompanied by the brilliance from Sweden that is Basshunter loaded on the 'Pod. Unfortunately it wasn't backed up today due to a combo of getting home at 4am (good night) and work.

Wednesday night ride this week is the first run for that Middleburn prettiness shown previously. See you all there, and there's soon to be another midweek training option. I'm jumping on the 'cross wagon with Sam Bach trying to get together Tuesday night CX riding. Now to find myself a 'skinny-and-knobby-in-one' bike, more details when it happens.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

2 down, 1 to go

Today saw the end of my second rotation of clinics, and with it hopefully the end of little sleep and no riding (hence, no blogging). Just in time, after another postage hiccup, to help mark the occasion is my little piece of CNCed UK art.

The brilliant Middleburn RS8 Duo (three links people, genius in all of them). I now have a geared MTB running again so bring on the dry(er, no drought thanks) weather please.

For the gear weenie's among us
-175mm arms
-the everlasting square taper interface
-29/42 slickshift, hardcoat rings
-aluminium chainring bolts
-titanium crank bolts (not pictured)
-576 grams for the lot
-makes for a 720 gram complete crankset! xtr, pfft! to get them in Australia - pickup some I9 wheels and Formula brakes while you're at it. Still impressed by both whenever I ride, undecided which I like more.