Monday, April 27, 2009

The 50 minute challange

Today, my good friend Aaron called to tell be that his first ride of the year netted him 11 miles and it only took him 50 minutes. Ok, very good. I can do that easy. I couldn't wait for my ride today. 95 degrees no problem. I managed to go 11 miles in 47 minutes. I was very thirsty by now and took a drink of my water. It was quite warm. I was now now about 8 miles from home, another drink and it felt like bath water. I didn't want any more water. Total for the day 19 miles 1 hour 30 minutes. Your move..AP

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Road Muse Unobtainable

This is my 4 wheel muse. A gulf blue 2008 Vantage.

Monday, April 20, 2009

That's my indoor bike

While the Seven is relegated to the floor, I have been out riding the Specialized Sirrus. The Sirrus has one year of Dalmac experience. I like the Sirrus, and it does everything I need. The Seven has not been forgotten and has received a few new accessory's this week. A Fi'zi:k seat bag, and a carbon water bottle cage.

Friday, April 3, 2009

When to Ti and when not to Ti

Can you guess which bolt is made from titanium in this photo? The bolt on the right is Ti. When is it right to use a Ti Bolt? I have developed a formula over the years. W(weight in grams) x L (lenght in mm) = X. When I was a kid I had no Idea what titanium was, I just wanted to go fast. My first bits of titanium were for my cherished Klein. A 118 bar from Bontrager, and some Titanium crank bolts.

Actually, there is no formula... and in most cases an aluminum bolt is lighter and less expensive. I will use titanium for bolts over 20mm and when soft aluminum threads are not strong enough. I needed a solution to allow me to use my Reynolds Ouzo Pro seat post. I went from a M5x30 Stainless bolt to a M5X35 Ti bolt to solve my thick carbon-fiber seat rail issue. The titanium saved me 5 grams at a cost of $15. You can make your own formula to figure out if titanium is worth the cost.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Saddle #1

The Fi'zi:k Alante Carbon Twin Flex saddle with carbon rails is not for the faint of hart. My first seat post did not fit the Fi'zi:k's carbon rails. My second seat post needs longer seat clamp bolts. The extra thick rails require an extra 5mm of bolt length. This seat is a light 190 grams and $249 in your local bike shop. Comfort is yet to be determined..