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Old 05-25-13, 12:43 PM   #1
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May has become the month of PRs

My wife surprised me with my Salsa Vaya 2 in January and I've put a lot of miles on it (and hours) since then.

I sat down and looked at my numbers and was pretty surprised.

Mileage for 2013 (so far): 1751.
May mileage (not including next week) 511. This is a huge increase from the 300ish miles I put on the other four months so far. But my weight is finally coming back down quickly again (Hashimoto's disease means weight fluctuations are normal in my life).
My weight is finally passing below 225 again.
I also did my longest commute to date, which was 40 miles one way. The rest of the day I survived on iced coffee and was grateful I didn't have to do anything but sit at my desk and build the newspaper - but it was a blast.

Next month I finally will get rid of the CLEMENT USH 40c in favor of a set of Panaracer T Serv Protect 32c.

On an odd side note, those CLEMENT tires have killed me because even though they clearly indicate that 55-90PSI is the recommended inflation, if I push them over 60PSI they blow out the tubes. There is nothing cutting them on the inside of the DT Swiss rim, so I haven't got a clue what the issue is with them. But having the higher tire pressure should mean that my commute will improve pretty significantly through June.
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Old 05-25-13, 08:52 PM   #2
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Wow. I have to hand it to you. 700x40 tires @60 psi for 500 miles this month so far is a heck of a lot of riding on not the most efficient setup. You're going to really cruise on the new set of skinnier tires! The blowout situation is interesting. Have you tried different brands of tubes? Maybe you're using tubes out of a bad batch from the factory? I went with Michelin Airstops and haven't looked back. The presta Valve is smooth and doesn't eat up the o-rings in the pump head like every other tube I've ever used.
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Check or replace your rim strips.
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Check or replace your rim strips.
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Remove tires/tubes/rim strips, then gently pull a large cotton ball through the rim channel.

Repeat with cotton ball inside tire.

If there is a sharp point on the rim from spoke hole drilling or the rim joint, or a thorn or wire imbedded in the tire, then fibers will snag on it and show you the potential source of your recurring flats.

Rim strips can be distorted by tube inflation/riding so that they are not fully covering spoke holes. Try some Velox or Velocity plastic plugs.

Congrats on your riding, and enjoy the new bike. Try setting and meeting monthly mileage goals, and slowly increasing.
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Old 05-26-13, 02:25 PM   #5
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Running more than 60psi in 40c tires won't make you any faster though. It will make the ride worse.
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