Okay, I think we're finally making the final transition to winter weather. Thanksgiving Day was cool early on, but boy did it turn out to be a wonderful day for riding. I did my usual annual T-Day off-road ride from Felton (Strava). Sadly I didn't return with any shots for some reason but trust me, it was a beautiful T-day.
The pic on the right is actually from an off-road ride on Sunday, which was cooler, but another absolutely gorgeous day for just about anything besides wind surfing. The shot is along the cliffs between Four-Mile Beach and Wilder Ranch. We did the Baldwin Loop (Strava) that day and it was just awesome weather and a nice mellow ride.
The T-Day ride was hampered a bit by a rider puncturing a tubeless setup and then the sealant failing to seal. It was home-brew sealant, but it reminded my why I don't run tubeless on my MTB rig. I've just seen too many tubeless setups fail to seal on both tire damage and punctures.
Tubeless was originally developed for racing applications where a flat pretty much removes you from any hope of a podium finish. Sadly, like other oversold technologies, it was over-marketed and many people rely on the technology for recreational use today. Yea, I tried it for a while, but found that I would either destroy the tires and/or experience sealant failure and end up putting in a tube to finish the ride. Now I just run lighter tires and standard tubes and always carry at least one tube and a patch kit. I've just seen too many tubeless issues on recreational rides to recommend or promote tubeless other than for race applications.
The pic left is from one of last week's road rides in my neck of the woods. This is a dead-end road called Morrell Mill. It's right near the junction of Laurel, Schulties, and Redwood Lodge roads. Goes into private property but was worth a little scouting to find out. Yea, it's dirt, but pretty smooth when it's dry. If you ever go from Los Gatos to Soquel or back, this is an interesting alternate route to take from Summit to San Jose - Soquel Road. Just stay on Old Santa Cruz and take Schulties Road to the junction and then take Redwood Lodge. Beware: the roads really suck for descending. (Strava)
The Winter Solstice Cycling Challenge (Strava) is coming soon. I finally put together some web content and a registration page Monday. Within an hour of spamming the usual suspects, over 18 riders had signed up. No firm date set yet, but it'll likely be December 21 judging from the votes so far. Many of my customers have done this ride. It's certainly not for everyone, but if you're in good enough shape for a century-plus in December, you'll likely enjoy this one. Fully supported with lunch, sag, team cars, spares, and a BBQ at the finish. On its 8th year, this ride has become a Bay Area classic. Get more details or register for the the event here.
Okay, here's my Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or whatever day it is to make you think you're getting a good deal. This deal below is good and really is discounted heavily from its typical retail price. Don't ask me why these things are so darn expensive...I do know that the fastest folks on descents aren't always the brightest bulbs in the pack. :)
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 laying around taking up space. 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 I'll give you a great deal. I installed it, but it was never used.
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 WednesdayParts Express.
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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!