Thursday, December 21, 2006
I learned that the Portland cyclocross scene is pretty badass. That the competition is super stiff and fast. That singlespeed racing is tough but that it is fun. And wondering what gearing to use is pretty much over when the gun goes off---its just slog it out and go time. That "go time" means something different in Portland than it does in Sacramento. That training like a few hours a week on a base of little training doesnt equal a very good placing or very strong legs.
I learned that being on a team is fun and that teammates cheering can often push you harder than you might have pushed yourself. That beer and cyclocross really do together like peanut butter and chocolate as well as mud and cyclocross. Getting lapped sucks, but getting lapped twice in the same race by the same guy blows. That steel is real.
That I have to enter the next season in better shape to slog it out with the Portland masses.
at 8:35 PM
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I've always like the look of the BMC Cross machine. Its got those now classic BMC Seat Tube "lugs". Thanks for sending this one in Jim!
BMC Cross Machine CX01
Easton EC90 Fork
Ritchey WCS Carbon Headset
FSA SLK Compact Megaexo 36/46 Cranks & BB
Crank Brothers Egg Beater Pedals
Dura Ace Front and Rear Derailleurs
Dura Ace Chain
Dura Ace 12-25 Cassette
Dura Ace Levers/Shifters
Spooky Brakes w/Ritchey Pads
Mavic Ksyrium ES Rims & Hubs
Maxxis Mimo Larsen Tires
Easton EC 90 Equipe Carbon Bars
Tune (Gold) Stem
Tune (Gold) Seat Post
Selle Italia SLR/XC Saddle
I am not a racer, but enjoy fast recreational rides and never know what type of terrain I am going to ride depending on my mood. So last year I bought my first crosser, an entry level bike from a major manufacturer and while the bike was a blast to ride I wanted something better. After much searching and talking to racers and other riders I decided to purchase the Cross Machine and build it up.
I have been quite impressed with the snappy and lively ride. The bike draws attention from fellow cyclists wherever I go with it as there are not many BMC’s around these parts and the frame design certainly stands apart from anything else out there.
I hope you enjoy my pictures and want you to know that your site was a great help in deciding how to build this bike up. Keep up the great work!!!!
Thanks again Jim! If anyone out there has a sick Cross bike send it to me at plusonelap @ gmail dot com.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Another lightweight Ridley cyclocross bike for the gallery. I like the looks of these things.
Hey Jeremy, here’s my Ridley. This build came in at 16.55lbs. The other pic is with back up wheels . Helium Tubies with Challenge grifo 34’s. Look forward to seeing my ride on PlusOne.
Ridley Crosswind 2007
FSA integrated headset
Ritchey WCS stem 110
Ritchey BIOMax 44cm
Dura Ace 7700 shifter/brake levers
Dura Ace Rear/Front der.
Dura Ace 12-27 cassette
FSA Carbon Compact Cranks 50/42
Eggbeater 3Ti pedals
American Classic BB 108
Bontrager XXX Carbon seatpost
Specialized Toupe 143 saddle
4ZA seat collar
4ZA Python Carbon fork
Spooky brakes / SwissStop yellow pads
Zipp 303 wheels Sapim spokes / CX ray Tufo Flexus 32’s
Backup wheels: Helium Tubies with Challenge Grifo 34’s
Tufo Flexus 32
Thanks Tony, if any readers have a sub 18lb rig or a custom made cyclocross bike send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeah, so Ive been absent. What with a new job and a school schedule thats kept me busy as well, I haven't had much time for all that is cross. But I am still here, nothing's catastrophically happened to me, I just needed to shift some of my time to other endeavors. I got some stuff to post on +1lap in the near future though, so come back.
at 7:56 AM