Woo hoo! The Holiday season is here and the T-Day forecast may just shape up for a nice ride before the seasonal carbo-loading begins. Yea, it's not for sure, but I'm staying positive and hoping for even a sunny off-road mission. I'm sure most of you are also planning a fun ride before heading off to all the holiday stuff and/or various football games. Let's keep our fingers crossed for at least a good early part of the day.
The first shot here is up on Loma Prieta Ave just as it turns to dirt before connecting with Mt Bache Rd. The ride was with the Monta Vista Velo (MVV) Club. These folks are awesome. When I'm looking for a good, fast, and long ride, this club delivers the goods. With riders of all sorts of levels and experience, MVV rides are always tough and spirited. They love to climb, the love to paceline, they love sprint, they just plain love to ride their bikes. And, the best thing is, they rarely drop anybody! Well, I guess they've dropped me a few times, but I deserved it.
Anyway, a great club, well organized, all good people, and all exceptional riders. They had two starts for their ride; the long route started at Bicycle Outfitters in Los Altos and the shorter route started on Alma Bridge Road at Lexington Dam. I met up with them at Holy City and we rode up Old Santa Cruz Road, up Summit Road to Loma Prieta Ave, then all the way up Loma Prieta Ave to the gates at the corner of Summit Road and Mt Madonna Road. Not an easy ride by any measure, but then MVV rarely does an easy ride. You simply don't want to ride with these folks if you're not in good form. But, even if you're not, they'll wait for you...unless you're a real slug.
I ended my ride with them at Black Road and Old Skyline Road (Strava). I was pretty hammered after this one but thoroughly enjoyed the ride and camaraderie. The group I ended with were continuing on back to Bicycle Outfitters via Skyline, Hwy 9, Redwood Gulch and Stevens Creek Canyon.
If you're looking for a challenging club ride, joining a MVV ride is the ticket. They permit guest riders and almost always have one or two along every weekend. A great bunch to ride with, for sure. Just prepare for lots of humility.
No off-road action for me last weekend due to my grandson's 4th birthday party. Boy, he sure knows how to throw a party. :)
If anybody is looking for or considering a "dropper" seatpost, I ordered the wrong size for a customer last week and now have a brand-new 2013 KS LEV dropper seatpost. It's a 30.9 seat tube fit and the long version, which is 435mm fully extended with 150mm of travel (drop). Won't work for most unless your inseam is well over 76cm. However, if you have a very short seat tube or an exceptionally long seatpost now, it could very well work out. The KS LEV is one of the more popular out there and retails for roughly $450. If you're interested let me know and we'll work a smoke'n deal. I installed it, but it was never ridden.
Oh, almost forgot. Several customers have asked me about off-road tire selection recently. I posted a short piece on MTB tires with some recommendations and characteristics to look for in off-road tires. Hope it's helpful.
I'm placing orders again late TuesdayParts Express.
Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via
Other than the annual Thursday rides, I guess Cyclocross and Low-Key Hillclimb action again. The weekend weather looks like it might be pretty good so I'm up for some road action on Saturday, maybe even with MVV again, we'll see. My legs still hurt from that one. Hopefully Sunday will be back to the off-road action.
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!