29 September 2010

Surly one-speed off-road drivetrain spew

Despite the thorough instructions that are shipped with every Singleator(TM), it has been called to our attention that not everyone understands exactly how to install one or what to do in the few instances that installation becomes difficult. What's more is that a lot of you are new to the sport and haven't identified the idiosyncrasies of the one-speed drivetrain in general and how to build and maintain a good one. No worries, we love you, but just because one-speeds are simple and pure and beautiful and wonderful and all that doesn't mean you get to slap one together, neglect it and expect everything to work correctly. In the interest of furthering public knowledge and reducing the number of confused-customer-calls we receive, here's some general information about one-speed drivetrains, how to set one up, and what to do if you've bought one of our godforsaken Singleators(TM) and can't make it work.

cyclist's pre-nuptial agreement

A Pre-Nuptial Agreement for the Bicycle Rider

by Anonymous

This agreement acknowledges that the forthcoming marriage is a legal arrangement that accepts the perpetual continuity of a pre-existing relationship between two parties and that a three-way coexistence shall be created consisting of the following participating parties: Spouse A (the loving, non-bicycle rider), hereafter referred to as SA; Spouse B (the loving, bicycle rider), hereafter referred to as SB; and The Bike (the all-beautiful, glorious one), hereafter referred to as TB.

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Redline Conquest Pro


28 September 2010

Fixed Gear – Training

OK, you've built your fixed gear bicycle or you're considering building it and you want to know what it's possibly good for. Fair enough, here are some benefits:

Fixed Gear - Equipment

Here is what you will need to build your own fixed gear bicycle:
  • A frame with horizontal dropouts.
  • A rear wheel with a threaded hub.
  • A single speed cog.

Fixed Gear - Gearing

First, let's talk 'Gear Inches'.

'Gear Inches' is the equivalent diameter of the drive wheel on a high-wheel bicycle. When chain-drive 'safety' bikes came into being, the same system was used, multiplying the drive wheel diameter by the sprocket ratio. The formula is:

Racing Tactics

To start, let's define some terms:

ATTACK
People, an attack is NOT a hard pull... It has to be sudden and strong. The idea is to get away from the other riders, to do so cleanly and not just pick up the pace or string things out. You need to go 100 percent right NOW and then sometimes you need to go 90 percent for a bit longer to discourage any chasers. As a former teammate (and multiple World Masters Champion on the track) once told me, "Sprint like you're going to break your bike in half!" You get the idea.

Training Basics

To start, let's define some terms:


25 September 2010

Magnuson Series

Hours
Sleeping
6 Body
Weight
7:00 AM - 181 Body
Fat
7
Pulse
(waking)
  Pulse
(rising)
  Difference  
Time
of Day
9:30 AM Distance 15 km Power  
Time
(total)
1:07:08 (the race clock had me at just under 1:07 for some reason) Time
(moving)
  Time
(stopped)
 
Speed
(overall)
7:12 min/mile Speed
(moving)
  Speed
(max)
 
Total
Ascent
  Max
Elevation
  Gradient  
Breakfast 6:00 AM – cereal
Lunch  
Dinner  
Workout Food 1 gel and water 15 min before start, half a cup Gatorade after 5 km, half a cup water after 10 km
Injuries right knee
Therapy  
Workout Type  
Weather low to mid 60s, sunny, dry, some wind
Course Magnuson Series
Results 15 km – 5th
official results
Equipment old Brooks road shoes
Clothing shorts, sleeveless active t

20 September 2010

Abici Time Machine

This used to be my time trial bike. Until I sold it to a friend.

13 September 2010

Raleigh Mojave 8.0


Performance Access XCL

Frame Performance Access XCL (Aluminum)
Size 23"
Fork White Brothers Rock Solid (Carbon)
Components daVinci Designs cranks – 180 mm
Time Atac pedals
Gears 34x20
Wheels DT Swiss hubs
Mavic rims
14g butted spokes
aluminum nipples
hand built by me
Weight 22 lb.
Notes FSA carbon bars
Avid X0 disc brakes

volunteering at FareStart

Our cycling team has been riding in the name of FareStart ever since it was founded two years ago. As a result, and for the first time that I can recall, I have been really excited about working with a charity. When the opportunity arose to volunteer in the kitchen I jumped at it. It was a blast.

 

12 September 2010

Northwest Trail Runs–Soaring Eagle Park

Hours
Sleeping
5 Body
Weight
  Body
Fat
 
Pulse
(waking)
  Pulse
(rising)
  Difference  
Time
of Day
9:30 AM Distance 10 miles Power  
Time
(total)
1:19:14 Time
(moving)
  Time
(stopped)
 
Speed
(overall)
7:56 min/mile Speed
(moving)
  Speed
(max)
 
Total
Ascent
  Max
Elevation
  Gradient  
Breakfast 6:15 AM – cereal
Lunch  
Dinner  
Workout Food 1 gel 30 min before start, 1 gel 10 min before start, water
Injuries  
Therapy  
Workout Type  
Weather upper 50s, muggy, dry sky, damp ground, calm, mostly cloudy
Course Soaring Eagle Park
Results 10 mile
4th overall
official results
Equipment Inov-8 Roclite 295, Inov-8 socks
Clothing shorts, short sleeve active t

10 September 2010

Raleigh Rush Hour Pro

Frame Raleigh Rush Hour Pro – Aluminum
Size 60 cm?
Fork Reynolds Ouzo Pro – Carbon
Components Cranks – 175 mm
Gears 49x14 most of the time during the season at Marymoor
50x15 or 51x15 at smaller tracks
Wheels Race – Zipp disk, Zipp 404
Other – hand built rear, Neuvation C50 front
Weight 16.5 lb
Notes

04 September 2010

bicycle racing memories–part 1

A good friend of mine – Alastair Locket – just retired from bicycle racing. He is writing up a collection of memories from his 20 year racing career and it was so much fun to read I thought I would reach back and see if I could pen my own version.

ASIDE – you can read Alastair's memoires at http://www.thumbprintracing.org/

I did not even start riding a bicycle for any purpose other than going off plywood jumps until I was in college which equates to 1982. I guess technically it was the spring of 1983 that I really started because only idiots ride in the winter. During high school I played soccer, rowed crew and skied my brains out. Cycling was not part of anything that I did.