Getting High

Today I was looking for a ride between 1.5 and 2 hrs. I am In Julian and wanted something near by. I decided to start near Camp Cuyamaca Youth Camp and do part of the Cuyamaca Grand Loop. After the grind up Green Valley Single track I had a ton of fun on the LA CIMA hiking and biking trail. I then headed over to Paso Picacho campground to attempt climbing Cuyamaca Peak.

La Cima trail

La Cima trail

Cuyamaca Peak was a challenge.  Thankfully it was paved because it was pretty steep.  45-50 minutes later and I was at the top.  I am glad I climbed it, a short 2.4 miles with 1600ft of climbing.

Top of Cuyamaca PeakCuyamaca North

After a short break I went down the mountain and turned south onto West Mesa fire road and blazed down to my car.    Five miles of downhill later, my ride ended where I began 2 hours and 45 minutes earlier.   Legs felt awesome, I felt tired, and I was pumped that I had an awesome ride today. Strava for proof!

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Soma Doublecross Alfine Di2 Project overview

Soma Headbadge

A couple months ago I thought to myself, “I just don’t have enough bikes, I need something slightly odd.”  What I ended up with was a cool Alfine Di2 project built on a Soma Doublecross frame.  I wanted the simplicity of a non shifting chain and internal hub gears.

After looking at many options and discussing with some fatbike guys (The Locust primarily) I ended up with an Alfine hub over some of the other options.  Rohloff would have been nice, but I swear that hub costs more than the complete bike I just built.  I also wanted a drop bar style bike.  I initially wanted to go Fatbike or Drop bar mountain bike.  But, after remembering how much fun I had on my old Lemond Poprad, I decided to build a Cyclocross style bike.

The Lemond was a high quality steal frame so I looked around and tried to find something similar.  I called Soma and they let me buy one of their frames to experiment on.  The Soma Doublecross is Tange Prestige Cromoly steel, for slightly lighter weight than other CrMo frames and all  the suppleness of steel.

Soma Frame side on

Noteworthy parts:

  • Alfine 11spd Di2 hub
  • Alfine Di2 Shifters
  • Soma Doublecross Disc frame + Tange Prestige Lugged CX Frk both in black
  • Alfine Dynamo Front Hub
  • WTB Chriscross rims  435grams!
  • Exposure Revo Dynamo light and Red Eye tail light (crazy bright)
  • Salsa Cowbell 2 Handlebar for that little flare in the drops
  • Shimano BR CX77 disc brakes with icetech centerlock rotors.
  • Ritchey WCS seatpost with internal Di2 battery mount.
  • Selle Anatomica Titanico NSX saddle in black TruLeather

I’ll go into more detail later as I sort my thoughts.

Special thanks to Merrysales and Somafab for letting me buy the bike. And Ibex Sports/Exposure lights for the Revo/Red Eye.  And Shimano for the nifty hub and amazing Di2

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The Wretched (The Sufferfest) three week progress report

Talk to any of my friends about my preferred method of interval training and they will tell you it’s indoors amd on a trainer.  This is true.  I am easily distracted and tend to lose focus when I try Intervals during a ride. 

Three weeks ago I started a training plan by The Sufferfest.  I chose the Intermediate road plan.  I have a decent endurance base just no power currently.  Three weeks in and I already feel better while riding, this weekend I will try my favorite hill and we’ll see if I have improved at all.

The Wretched is the video I did today.  It starts with a warmup, then you do a 35 minute race similation.  With the changing music and “motivational” saying I was able to “enjoy” myself while suffering.  And boy did I suffer.  This is the first time I felt a quad cramp start to creep up.  Thankfully it got scared and went away.  Brutal, tough workout.

I have done many different videos in the past from Spinervals and Carmichael Training Systems.  They are fantastic workouts. But both of those have the same problem, outdated and boring generic music. Plus a monotone coach telling you what to do.  The Sufferfest gets rid of the coach and replaces it with actual pro tour footage overlaid with the information you need for effort amd cadence.  I find it far more entertaining, especially because the music varies so much and seams to match up with any of the styles I enjoy.

P.s.   really need to cut down on food consumption…

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Pain and suffering shall make me stronger! TheSufferfest Training Program

Please note: This message below is being sent to you from 10 weeks in the
FUTURE.

The Minions and I were speaking about you the other day.
It
was one of those nostalgic talks – one of those ‘we knew you when’ kind of
chats.
Leaning back and rocking in our chair, we thought of you way back
when.
Those early days when you started riding.
Even then, it was clear
that you were taking those first, tentative steps toward greatness.

We
recalled the first time you hung onto the back of the pack for the entire
ride.
The first time you took a pull.
That time you went to the front,
attacked, got 10 meters, promptly blew up in a complete and miserable ball of
Suffering never to be seen again until the next week when you showed up,
unbowed, for yet another battering.
That time you went to the front,
attacked, got 10 meters, then 20, then 30 and then exploded in such a glorious
ball of Suffering that the photo one of the Minions took of the blaze was
awarded a pulitzer for showing agony in its purest form.
And that time you
made that attack stick.
That first group ride when the others got nervous
when you showed up.

And then we remember you from only – what was it? –
just ten weeks ago.
You were strong, you were determined. But not like
now.
Now. Now you’re different. Now you’re confident.
Fast. Powerful.
Better looking.
Perhaps a bit more charming. Certainly more
badass.

What happened to you?
We detected a change when you became
more purposeful in your riding.
You knew what you were doing and why you were
doing it.
Some suspect you had bionics installed, but we know the truth: you
merely had discipline.

And now you have strength.
Combine it with
courage.
HONOR GLORY AND VICTORY shall surely be yours.
And when it is, we
will say again that we knew you when.
Don’t forget us, eh?

David
McQuillen and The Minions
The Sufferlandrian Ministry of Nostalgia
theminions@thesufferfest.com
How about
some Sufferlandrian kit, flags, decals and caps? http://www.thesufferfest.com/gear
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesufferfest
Twitter:
@thesufferfest

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Trek World 2014

I am excited for the new products coming out of Trek this year, as well as other refinements to the product range.

More new Mountain Wheels.  Also, I think a CX wheel for their new cross bike.

For me as a builder and a guy who struggles to sell, simplification of the hardtail naming.  Sadly, the Marlin, Wahoo, Mamba names are beings dropped.  BUT, the Xcaliber name lives on in numbered form.  Much easier to remember that a Xcaliber 9 is better than a 7, instead of a Mamba being higher than a Wahoo.  I will miss the names…

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Fatbikes

Trek Farley 2014.  Aluminum
Fat Bike. 170Mm rear hub, 135mm Front hub.  Alu fork.  And front/rear racks mounts!

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MTBR, Craigslist, PROBikeSwap, and Ebay

As a person who buys and uses a ton of bike parts, I often find myself with a glut of parts.  Lately I have been swamped with 29er wheels.  I don’t really know how, but in the last year or so I have accumulated 4 extra wheel sets.  Yes, that is 8 spare wheels.

I keep trying Craigslist.  Not sure why I do, it seems to me the only people who shop there want trades for tattoo work.  And if they don’t want tattoo work, they want the product for near free.

ProBikeSwap.  The newcomer to the game.  Nice layout, great people that run it.  Free listing. Only issue is traffic, just not enough of it yet.

MTBR.com. Mountain Bike Review.com. 95% of the MT bike parts I have sold are through here. 50% of the items I have listed, have sold in the first 3-4hours of posting. Just today I sold a fork in less than 5mins after listing.
huge classified section. Tons and tons of traffic. $2 listing fee. 9 pictures. Did I mention the traffic?

Ebay. Well, if you don’t know ebay, not sure how you missed it. I list less and less stuff here. Partly because of the success i have had with MTBR. Partly because their fees keep going up. Combined with Paypal fees, I end up loosing about 9-11%.

I’ll continue to list everywhere, but for now MTBR is most likely where it will actually sell.

P.s. roadbikereview.com has a near identical version of mtbr classifieds.

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risk, mortality and what we do

Today the San Diego Bike community lost an athlete.  Jackie Price Dunn had similar story to me.  Was unhappy about where she was weight wise and got hooked on competition, then later cycling. Tragically she died this morning after crashing on the San Diego Velodrome last night.

I never knew her, or even heard of her until today.  But, here I am at a computer balling my eyes out at the loss of her life.  Without risking something we can never find the edge of our limits to expand them further.  But what is the price if we fail.  I’ve been lucky, I’ve only broken a collar bone and bruised some ribs.  But a few inches here or there and who knows.  

Will I stop riding, no.  It’s what I love to do.  

Jackie Dunn – Ride in Peace

 

http://www.crankcycling.com/featured-athlete/jackie-dunn/

 

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Time, Shimano, Crankbrothers pedals. Time to go back…

My first clipless pedal was a Shimano.  I used it for a while until I wanted a different style engagement.

I became a huge Time fan.  Slightly more float, and I liked the clamping force.

Then, for some reason I bought Crank Brothers.  And I kept buying them.  Not because I liked them, but because they were the lightest pedals available.  Yeah, silly.
Lets see, broke a spring on an eggbeater. Rebuilt all of them many times, twice a year sometimes.  Sure it was easy, but enough is enough.
The last straw was the new style Candy 11.  Expensive, check.  Crazy light, check.  Promised more durable than previous bushing design, NOPE! Wore the needle bearings out in 10rides.

Going back to Time for the time being.  Loved the ATAC XS pedals that i bought oh so long ago.  Wish I had never gone weightweenie.  Time to dig them and the ATAC Z dh pedals out of the drawer and reinstall them.

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Time, Shimano, Crankbrothers pedals.

My first clipless pedal was a Shimano.  I used it for a while until I want a different atyle engagement. 

I became a huge Time fan.  Slightly more float, and I liked the clamping force.

Then, for some reason I bought Crank Brothers.  And I kept buying them.  Not because I liked them, but because they were the lightest pedals available.  Yeah, silly. 
Lets see, broke a spring on an eggbeater. Rebuilt all of them many times, twice a year sometimes.  Sure it was easy, but enough is enough.
The last straw was the new style Candy 11.  Expensive, check.  Crazy light, check.  Promised more durable than previous bushing design, NOPE! Wore the needle bearings out in 10rides.

Going back to Time for the time being.  Loved the ATAC XS pedals that i bought oh so long ago.  Wish I had never go weightweenie.  Time to dig them and the ATAC Z dh pedals out of the drawer and reinstall them.

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