Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Buying speed

Yesterday, I got my new wheels that I've been waiting about 3 days for. They're pretty much your run of the mill aluminum clincher wheelset, but for me they're a pretty significant upgrade because I seemingly try to find the shittiest, most bombed out wheels I can find to put on my bike. Witness the last two sets I've been racing on, in reverse chronological order:

1. Bontrager Race wheels (~$250 retail) with tires so thick and puncture resistant that you really only need to pump them up to about 20 psi to ride on them...

...which are a lot nicer than...

2. Rear 8 speed 105 hub, front mid 90s (that's 1990s) Deore XT hub with slotted out spoke holes, laced 3x to $40 rims with bladed spokes cut out from a warranteed wheel from work, which I rode for the longest time with a broken axle even though I just thought the front QR was bent which was why it was so hard to get it into the wheel.

There's a pretty big discussion about irony over on bikeportland.org and bikesnobnyc, so I guess I'm liking the idea of being ironic by putting crappy wheels on nice carbon bikes (I should point out that we're talking about Alanis-Morrisette-irony, not Ethan-Hawke-Reality-Bites-irony).

Along with my new wheels, I got something I'm even more excited about: a Dura Ace 10 speed 12-21 straight block cassette. Yeah, that's right, that's 12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20- and 21. I really like how it looks. And since I choose my gearing for the day depending on my mood, I now have proper gearing for both "happy" and "morning mist".

Ok, that's a lot of talk about bikes. I'm also excited to read this book I got today, the Commons by Jonathon Franzen. Mostly because I like the Simpsons episode where Moe goes to a literature conference. Franzoooooooooooooone!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Bloggers win

Let's look at some of the results from this past weekend:
Cirque du Cycling
1. www.supersteveo.com
2. pgroblewski.blogspot.com
3. ???
4. ???
5. raceoregon.blogspot.com (not updated in a really long time)

Oregon state champs
1. ryantrebon.blog.com

See what I mean?

My performance on Saturday was pretty much what I expected for only having done one entry. After a few more weeks of writing (I mean riding) I promise I'll start showing up on the second page of results.


Who's excited for summer?

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I'll do anything these days to procrastinate the ride. Like starting a blog.

Some people may know that I work with Shannon Skerritt, and he had a blog, and he is fast. The secret's out: I did all the writing on his blog. Yeah, sure, I got some ideas from him, but there wasn't a single word on there that he wrote. I was hoping that fake blogging would eventually lead to a job in fake news reporting, but it hasn't yet. Perhaps there's the intermediate step of real blogging? Also, it seems like a lot of fast bike riders out there have blogs. Is that the secret to being a good bike racer? I guess we'll find out.

Today's plan includes a ride (but first I have to fix my bike), then lounging around and hydrating until the Mississippi crit this evening. Then probably some dehydrating after that. The last race I did was on Mt. Tabor this past Wednesday. I only made it halfway through the race before I dropped out. But I didn't have a blog then, so if I make it through more than half the race tonight I'm chalking it up to the blog.