New bar tape for my road bike…

22 08 2011

I just couldn’t take it anymore. The black tape I used when I replaced the original handlebars was soooooo boring. I had to get back to white.

We also got a little bit fancy with the electrical tape we used to finish it off. We figured hey, we have it, why not use it?

I really like the look of white handlebar tape. Of course, the big problem with using it is keeping it clean. This time I used Fizik Microtek tape, which is supposed to shed dirt all by itself – Hah – but is also easy to clean. We’ll see…

I think it looks very cool, don’t you?

Damn, what a gorgeous bicycle…again!

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2011 Bianchi Oltre…

29 04 2011

Here are the two newest, top-of-the-line road bikes from Bianchi, The Oltre Super Record and the Oltre Dura Ace (for those on a budget).

Bianchi Oltre Super Record…$10,999.
Bianchi Oltre Dura Ace…$8,999.

My dreams of the ultimate road bike do not reach quite this far, but they sure are fun to look at.

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Over at MHCG…

21 04 2011

I’m really proud of this single speed conversion I just finished yesterday. It’s my first one…

What do you think?

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New wheels for my road bike…

9 04 2011

I got a new set of wheels for the Fuji today. I ordered them on Tuesday, the 5th, and FedEx showed up with them this morning. Needless to say, it took me about two minutes to get to our little shop in the garage and begin installing them.

New Vuelta Corsa HD wheels on the Fuji, April 9, 2011.

Inspecting them right out of the box, they were perfectly true, spoke tension was good, and they looked gorgeous. I knew right away, and when I ordered them, they would look great on the Fuji, because of the graphics on the bike.

First of course, I had to clean the packing gunk off them. Next, I had to remove the old wheels, from which I had to remove the tires, tubes, and cassette, which I then installed on the new wheels. I figured, while I was at it, I’d clean the cassette before installing it on the new wheels so, about an hour later, I had ’em on the bike.

Vuelta Corsa HD rear wheel.
Wow, these babies really spin. With just a flick of the wrist they would spin for more than a minute. Even though I had recently cleaned and repacked the hubs on the original wheels of the Fuji, they don’t spin as smoothly or as long as these wheels do. Plus, I’d recently been having trouble with broken spokes on the original wheels, having broken two in two weeks about a month ago. Since we don’t do wheels yet, that meant 20 bucks to fix ’em every time I broke one. Talk about frustrating…

Vuelta Corsa HD front wheel.

These are the hand-built Vuelta Corsa HD wheel set featured exclusively at Bike Nashbar, a great cycling website. The “HD” stands for Heavy Duty, meaning they have 36 stainless steel spokes per wheel. This makes them a bit heavy by most road bike wheel set standards, about a pound heavier than most in my price range actually, which tend to have 20 spokes up front with 24 in the rear; but at my size and weight that doesn’t really matter. What I was looking for was a wheel set which would not break down on me. I think I’ve found it.

Of course, once I had them installed, it was time for a ride. A relatively quick ten miles later, I couldn’t be happier. I did some pretty good climbing with some fun descents, plus I rode into and out of the wind on some flat ground as well. I also hit some rather rough streets, to test the smoothness of the ride. The trails and streets I used for my first test ride are very familiar to me, as I wanted to test these wheel’s performance against what I am used to riding. They already feel smoother and faster, not to mention stronger, than the original wheels.

Granted, ten miles is not much of a test, but I’ll be putting many more miles on them soon, I’m sure. Plus, it is, and has been, very windy here lately and I wanted to save some energy for the ride I know is coming when Darryl gets home from his Saturday job this evening.

I’ll be posting a review of the wheels at www.milehicycleguy.com once I’ve put more miles on them. I’ll also review them at www.nashbar.com soon, as well.

I also have some new tires coming, black and white, which I ordered for a rebuild I’m doing. Now however, I’m thinking about tossing them on the new wheels, which will really add to the already cool look I’ve got going. We’ll see…

Oh, by the way, did I mention they look gorgeous on my bike?

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Euro Bike Porn…

5 03 2011

Cube AMS Super Race--FS

Having spent a week-and-a-half immersed in the world of Euro bikes, writing content for a new UK bike website, I found some beautiful new models to share with you. I’ve even come to appreciate some of the mountain bikes they build over there; including a couple of full suspension bikes.

I usually don’t like to even look at FS bikes. They tend to make me think of UFO’s, what with the way the rear triangle is connected to the frame–or barely so. But, I discovered a couple of really cool bikes during my research and thought I’d bring them to you here.

Cube XMS--FS

Cube Elite Hardtail

And, last but not least, a gorgeous road bike from Danish builder Cube…

Cube Litening

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Oh, well…

13 02 2011

We missed the group we were supposed to meet up with this morning. Couldn’t find the meeting place, even though we would have been early had we known exactly where we were going (I take the blame for that). So, instead, we did a little bike shopping for Darryl, then hit the Cherry Creek trail on the way back.

We did eleven miles…and it was nice. Sorry so few pics, we were too busy riding.

A small price to pay...

 She’s my Valentine…To ride her, is to love her!

...to be able to ride her.

 Gotta’ do some scrubbin’ tomorrow.

But…Darryl saw some cool, COOL, COOL bikes. The Giant Defy 3 is an awesome looking bike, but so is the Cannondale Synapse 5. Due to the snow-melt in the parking lots, he was unable to test ride anything today, but during the week he’ll be working near the two shops we stopped in today. He’s going to try to take a test ride tomorrow at lunch.

If you like road bikes, I suggest you check these out. They are very cool designs, a little more relaxed geometry than a true “racing” design; which means the rider does not have to maintain such an aggressive, uncomfortable riding position. The combination of aluminum frame and carbon fork, plus the high quality of the components on these bikes, make them a dream to ride.

Anyway, it was nice to finally hit the road again after being housebound by the weather for so long, in spite of the fact that I had some more cramping issues today, as well as the bits of slush and snow-pack here and there. The trail was fairly busy today too. With the forecast for the week looking so good, I’m hopeful that I’ll do a bunch of miles this week.

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