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I bought a TA Specialties 52t 1/8" 144 bcd track chainring for my track bike; felt like I was a little under geared for sprint laps at the SDVA (333m outdoor concrete). Previously 51/15t

Also I'm volunteering for the early shift at the Veloswap at the track on Sunday. Hopefully I can find a deal on some carbon track wheels. Been riding some unknown/unbranded alloy tubulars w dura ace hubs and vittoria corsas for a while, which roll fast, but aero tho!
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Gale force winds on the way to work today. Luckily I was riding with them. Felt bad for the people going the other way!
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I bought a TA Specialties 52t 1/8" 144 bcd track chainring for my track bike; felt like I was a little under geared for sprint laps at the SDVA (333m outdoor concrete). Previously 51/15t

Also I'm volunteering for the early shift at the Veloswap at the track on Sunday. Hopefully I can find a deal on some carbon track wheels. Been riding some unknown/unbranded alloy tubulars w dura ace hubs and vittoria corsas for a while, which roll fast, but aero tho!
How does 52/15 feel? Too big for commuting? I wanna' go to 16t in the rear and atleast 50t in the front. Currently 48/15.
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Dunno, haven't tried it yet. That's a racing gear, way too big for commuting IMO. But I like to spin high rpms so there's also that on the flip side. I commute on a 42/17 sometimes.
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How does 52/15 feel? Too big for commuting? I wanna' go to 16t in the rear and atleast 50t in the front. Currently 48/15.
Depends on whether you stop for intersections.
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Depends on whether you stop for intersections.
That I do not.
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Dunno, haven't tried it yet. That's a racing gear, way too big for commuting IMO. But I like to spin high rpms so there's also that on the flip side. I commute on a 42/17 sometimes.
That's so small. I hate spinning out.
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yeah, to each his/her own. I personally hate mashing low rpm's if I don't have to, just my style.
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Today I mashed 54 miles @ 18.7 MPH on a 48x16 fixed gear.


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Today I wanted to go long, but I was just tired from getting up at 5 to volunteer two days in a row, today at the veloswap and yesterday at a race, that went very well for me, more on that later. Submitting my cat 2 upgrade now, I got the points!

Instead I just went for 2 (hrs) and hit 2x4' anaerobic and 2x10' aerobic threshold intervals. Had modest targets in mind knowing I was tired and finished each one nice and strong. I gues I still had more in there to squeeze out after yesterday!
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I also didn't mash once, but I did produce a lot of power during the 4 minute ones . For me at least. Also I'm reliably clocking in at 145 lbs for the first time since college (2010 grad). Sweet.
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Today I violated Jobst's Rule #1 and put some oil (Chain-L) on my FG's chain without stripping it to clean dry metal first. I was going to see how long the factory lube would stay smooth and quiet on its own, and I gave in before the 200 mile mark. Cleaning it seemed pointless because we have another week of rain ahead of us.
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Today I violated Jobst's Rule #1 and put some oil (Chain-L) on my FG's chain without stripping it to clean dry metal first. I was going to see how long the factory lube would stay smooth and quiet on its own, and I gave in before the 200 mile mark. Cleaning it seemed pointless because we have another week of rain ahead of us.
Jobst, Sheldon et al were engineers who rarely let limitations imposed by the real world interfere with how things should be done on paper.


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Got some new kit in the mail and realized the Castelli bibs I bought on sale are Team Sky bibs. That'll be a fun throwback pretty soon. Also went for a 25 mile FG ride to try them out -- good shorts.
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Today I finished building my mother's first road bike since the 80s.

My mother expressed some interest in doing longer rides and having more speed than she feels like she can get by riding the hybrid she bought at REI several years ago. I gathered the spare parts I had and ordered a few new items while I kept an eye out for a frame. I kept an eye out for complete bikes but I wanted to build it myself.
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Yer a good son, @hairnet. Keep us posted on how she likes it.
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+1 very cool.
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Thanks! I forgot to point out that this frame is double butted chromoly and has pretty generous tire clearance because it comes with fenders as a complete bike. 28c tires pop in no problem. I'm kind of jealous that it can't be my bike
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Barrio Logan GP cat 3/4, 4th/50+.

Placed fourth out of a breakaway (of 6) that I started half-way through. By my math, this puts me at 30 points, enough for me to upgrade so that I can race at the next level (cat 2). I'm so happy!

I had sort of penciled this weekend (and this race specifically) as when I wanted to have everything wrapped up. I've been very dedicated this season and I'm ready to take a step back from spending so much energy on training and racing. With marriage and family on my radar now, I see my time and availability for bike racing beginning to wane soon, so I took my preparation more seriously and as a result I'm stronger and lighter than ever. I've proven to myself that I can be a strong, fast breakaway rider and that I'm ready for a higher level of speed and tactics in my racing for next year.

I'm ready to travel, backpack, camp and just ride for fun for a few months! It's so great that everything came together and that I was able to plan and execute my season just how I wanted. The season has been a bit of a ride with ups and downs and I'm just so happy it all came together for me by earning my final points in my home race!

Full race report here if you're interested.



this is all 6 of the break (my break) - we were about 1/2 lap up by the finish (~45 s)
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Oh - and ride my Wabi more! I've been neglecting that thing
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Placed fourth out of a breakaway (of 6) that I started half-way through. By my math, this puts me at 30 points, enough for me to upgrade so that I can race at the next level (cat 2). I'm so happy!
Congrats! You're all fast and stuff now, soon you'll be the cool dad on a sw8 fixie.



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(yesterday) I rode my bike during daylight hours wearing short(s)/sleeves and everything. @$^%@#$% finally.
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