Okay, I guess we're well on our way to the winter riding season. It is, indeed, getting cool out there. Hope everyone has been enjoying the weather and looking forward to the remaining warm weather and coming holidays.
The next big cycling event is the Turkey Day Ride (Thanksgiving Day). The most notable one around here for most is the Kennedy Trail Climb that somehow has a kegger of beer at the top along with all kinds of food. I haven't done this one in many years but it is quite a fun event...if you can make it to the top.
The Kennedy Trail climb is pretty harsh but only about 4 miles, ending in a pretty steep but short step to the summit. I don't have any personal power or Strava data on that one, but here's a posted Strava segment. I can assure you it's a harsh climb and only fun if you're fairly fit. I tend to opt for a flatter and longer off-road ride with close friends on T-day these days.
So the shot here is an old 1950's rig that likely served mostly as a newspaper route bike. Ran across this rig last week at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, OR. They actually had quite a few restored vintage bikes, which makes you really appreciate the stuff we all get to ride these days.
The shot to the left is just another Sunday off-road mission through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park along the tracks paralleling Highway 9. I know, I ride here a lot. However, it is one the best areas for off-road riding in the Bay Area. Sadly, the State or private parties are trying to restrict access to a particular area that contains some of the best single-track.
We're not sure what is going but they are shredding the vegetation and cutting down perfectly healthy trees and shrubs to block access to these trails. Very strange behavior if by the Government, but given the current climate, I'm not surprised. If anybody knows more, please share. The area is not part of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, but is zoned and labeled as "Vacant State Land." Pretty much not useable for anything but hiking and cycling so not sure what the problem is.
I've been doing a lot of local exploring on the road bike and rediscovering roads and routes I haven't done in a while. Friday I parked the car in Los Gatos and just meandered around LG and Monte Sereno. I ran across a bunch of roads I'd never been on. Most were climbs to nowhere but some turned into pretty good routes. In fact, further scouting is in order. I ran out of time but the Strava maps show some interesting loops in this area. A couple of the climbs were pretty harsh but the views from the top pretty spectacular. Strava
Sunday's off-road mission was mostly the usual as we explored more of the trail closures in Henry Cowell and then scouted some new trail possibilities between Wilder Ranch and Moore Creek Upland Open Space, which is City land but appears to be only accessible from Highway 1 and surrounded by private land. So that was a bust. However, we climbed back through UCSC and decided to go back to Felton via the notorious "Dead Campers Trail." This is an awesome technical descent. A very technical, narrow, lots of off-camber, and very rocky single-track with a number of short burst climbs. There were a couple of sections we opted to walk over. To brake is to admit defeat, to walk is just plain wimpy. Okay, I'm a wimp. Pretty much a trail where one of those 35-lb Enduro rigs would be better suited. Still, the drop down Dead Campers made my day. Strava
MyTeamCar.net mobile services will be unavailable starting Wednesday, November 6 through Wednesday, November 13. I'll be out and about tomorrow, Tuesday Nov 5. If you need anything I can fix without taking your bike, please let me know ASAP.
Didn't get much feedback on the new site features but I'm still working on the following additional improvements.
All of these new site features will be continually developed and improved over time. The following are planned and/or in the works:
- Emergency service requests and problem reporting
- Improved Service Scheduling
- Event Information and Archive
Next up is work on a better communications channel for reporting problems after service. Many of you are just too nice and don't report problems to me promptly. As I always stress: if there is anything at all wrong with your bike after a service, please let me know immediately! I will drop what I'm doing and get to you ASAP. That said, I need a mechanism on the site to facilitate reporting both major issues and less critical things that I need to know about. If you're not completely satisfied and confident in my service, then I'm not doing my job and I need to know about it.
I'm placing orders again next Wednesday afternoon. Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via Parts Express.
Well, Cyclocross and Low-Key hillclimbs mostly. For me, maybe some road riding in Colorado. Pretty cool there so we'll see how that plan goes.
Here's the NCNCA schedule. Good luck to all you racing or participating in the coming weekend's events.
Race Results: NCNCA, Blog Coverage
Wahoo!! Just a reminder that MyTeamCar.net is an authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Those of you looking for the latest in indoor trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR is amazing.
Oh, and if you don't want the iPhone on your handlebar or stem, Wahoo offers a cool little computer called the "RFLKT" (Reflect), much smaller than the Garmin or iBike and displays all the pertinent info wireless from your iPhone.
Wahoo Fitness, located in Atlanta, GA., connects iOS devices and smartphones to your favorite fitness activities-running, biking, and gym going. Wahoo Fitness’ award winning products also include its Wahoo Run/Gym Pack, which adds heart rate training to your iPhone, and its Wahoo Bike Case, which simultaneously protects your phone and connects it to the sensors on your bike. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.wahoofitness.com. The KICKR currently supports the iPhone4S and iPhone 5 using Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ protocols. Though, I'm told there are other options for the iPhone4.
I'll match or beat any reputable offer you can find out there. In addition, I'll stock parts and accessories to provide the industry's best local support for Wahoo products. And, no, you won't find the KICKR on Amazon or eBay.
Some of you have asked about my new monthly services. I've finally posted some details about these new service on my site. These services are intended for the serious "working" cyclist that needs their bike(s) ready for action, all the time.
Using this new service means you won't have to worry about the readiness or mechanical condition of your bike(s). I will keep everything in top working order; rotate tires, perform basic tuning and adjustments, and keep you abreast of the status of all preventative and remedial maintenance that may be required.
The main purpose of the service is to make sure that your bikes are always in good working order and all preventative maintenance occurs--regularly--before expensive remedial maintenance is necessary and you can't ride or fail to finish an important event.
Of course, the fee will only cover service and does not include items like tubes, tires, chains, brake pads, bar tape, etc. No, I don't just replace items at my whim, I replace stuff, if required, based on your service intervals and expected riding activity in between.
The way that I work this service now is with Strava. My current monthly customers log all their activity on Strava and I follow them to see what they are doing on the bike, etc. This allows me to better judge preventative maintenance needs and make sure the bike is always ready when you are.
There's a lot more to this new service than I've highlighted above. Please click here for pricing and details. More to come soon! If this type of service sounds interesting and seems like a good fit for you, please let me know and we'll get a service plan and schedule together for you.
Check out the new FC50T-2. A very versatile aero tubular configuration at a weight low enough to be quite effective even in more hilly events. If you can't afford a complete quiver of wheels, a 50mm set like the FC50T-2 is a great choice. The FC50T-2 provides an extremely lite wheelset (1380kg) with outstanding aerodynamic benefits. And, of course, they're tubular rims, which means comfort and maximum handling confidence.
I'm also in the process of building a couple of test wheels for some planned new products in 2013. I didn't get much interest in the new carbon/alloy rims that are now available. However, I intend to build a front 38mm wheel to evaluate. So look for that wheel on some of the local group rides in the coming weeks. The second test wheel will be a new full carbon clincher rear utilizing Basalt braking surfaces. I'll likely build this test wheel in a 38mm configuration also and test the two together.
A reminder that I stock many items you all use everyday and every week. If you need tires, tubes, sealant, liners, bar tape, cleats, brake pads, etc., please let me know. I will deliver to you at home, workplace, or wherever you are while I'm out and about on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I also attend most of the road race events around here and can deliver product and accessories to you there.
Again, don't forget about my Spot Tune-up Service. This is a cheap and convenient way to keep your bike rolling smoothly and efficiently. I find you and dial-in brake and shift cables and take care of any minor issues that can be resolved onsite. Only $30 and extremely convenient.
REMEMBER: I have many items on-hand and I can deliver very quickly. I tend to carry tubes, tires, chains, cassettes, bar tape, bearings, brake pads, and other common consumable items in my vehicles. So that kind of stuff is always available extremely quickly. Just let me know what you need and I'll get it to you ASAP.
PLEASE NOTE: MyTeamCar.net customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices are not necessarily what you'll pay. If you know that the price is higher than your local dealer or favorite online retailer, just shoot me the link or let me know. I will match any reputable price out there.
I can usually get just about anything. If you need things quickly, just mention the specifics. I can get most things in my hands overnight, next-day, or two-day, it just costs more for shipping. And, yes, you will receive tracking info as soon as I receive it.
Okay, shut-up and ride!