Friday, January 28, 2011
Frame: 58cm (slightly sloping top tube)
Fork: Reynolds Ouzo carbon, with carbon steer tube
Headset: Cane Creek
Stem: Bontrager carbon
Brakeset: Campagnolo Record titanium
Derailleurs: Campagnolo Record, front and rear
Crankset: Campagnolo Chorus Carbon Ultra Torque
Chain: Campagnolo Record
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Centaur Ergo, 10-speed
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece Elite
Saddle: Bontrager Inform RXL
Wheelset: Spinergy carbon clinchers with PBO spokes
Tires: Specialized All-Condition
The frame has seen about 3,000–3,500 miles of use, the derailleurs about 5,000-6,000 miles, and the crankset about 2,000 miles. The wheelset has been used only 500-600 miles and the shift levers and chain are essentially unused. This is going to be a great deal for somebody!
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 7:10 PM
Monday, January 24, 2011
|Jonathan Vaughters (L) and Matt White|
I applauded Rabobank when it removed Michael Rasmussen from the 2007 Tour de France. Remember why the team took that action? Rasmussen didn’t test positive for any banned substance; his “crime” was that he had failed to provide a complete and accurate account of his whereabouts while training before the Tour. Rasmussen appeared to be avoiding out-of-competition doping controls, and that appearance of impropriety cost him the maillot jaune, his job and his reputation.
Perhaps there was nothing nefarious in White’s recommendation of Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral to rider Trent Lowe—and, as the incident happened way back in April 2009, the trail is cold—but I say it’s better to be safe than sorry. White is at least guilty of violating the terms of his employment. The doctor may be guilty of considerably more. Cycling needs to wake up to something our mothers have been telling us since we were little: you’re known by the company you keep.
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 11:11 PM
Saturday, January 22, 2011
|Tom Leezer and Jos Van Emden try their best not to take the intermediate sprint points.|
Tonight's live stream at Versus.com won't be the only one this season, and tomorrow's rebroadcast won't be the last cable/satellite coverage. Check out the full Versus cycling schedule here.
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 11:30 PM
Sunday, January 16, 2011
|“Neat, but will it work with my SPD pedals?”|
It will be many more weeks before I get my Team Pedal Moraine kit, but this week I plan to order some Bontrager bib tights that I hope I’ll have in time for the first outdoor ride of the new year. With both orders completed, I should be set on clothing for a little while.
I have been a good soldier with my training so far in 2011, logging more time on the bike trainer and staying diligent with my upper body strength program. I’ve been a lot more restrictive with my diet in recent weeks but so far that hasn’t paid dividends on the bathroom scale. At least I haven’t gained any weight this month. I hope to shed several pounds when the trainer workouts get more structured and difficult. For now, hiking is still part of the cross-training plan. Today I hiked through the snow at Royal Oaks Park and Lac Lawrann Conservancy. But starting on Tuesday, Feb. 8, it’s all about the bike trainer for the remainder of the winter.
And just what am I training for, exactly? That’s still unclear. I have a long list of competitive events that interest me. Some are familiar and some are not. I intend to try mountain bike racing but I don’t know the WORS courses, so I have been doing a little reconnaissance by watching YouTube videos of old races. Obviously there’s only so much information I can obtain that way; it’s not meant as a substitute for actual riding. But ideally I’d like to cut my teeth on races that don’t ask too much of my technical riding skills. I’m not sure how far I can develop those before the racing season starts on May 1.
Today after I came in from the cold I watched the Versus coverage of the Tour Down Under. Versus will broadcast highlights all week long, a nice distraction from the frigid temperatures and additional snow that are coming our way.
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 5:52 PM
Sunday, January 9, 2011
We don't really have cobbled roads in southeastern Wisconsin, but you can get a little taste of Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen on April 17 by joining me for Cheesehead Roubaix. If you rode the 2010 edition of this event, then you'll recognize much of the route. But for 2011 the route has been redrawn to include even more unpaved sectors! It should be a great test of fitness early in the season. Everyone is welcome, but please understand that there's no support: all riders are on their own. Are you tough enough?
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 12:55 PM
Saturday, January 8, 2011
|John and Jimmy watch The Flying Scotsman while they pedal.|
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 7:36 PM
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Washington County Bicycle Club's Annual Business Meeting
Monday, January 3, 2011 @ 6 p.m.
On the agenda: the 2011 ride schedule (date and route selection), membership dues, a new ride leader incentive program and more.
On the menu: Monday is 50-cent chicken wings night. The price is right!
Posted by Dave Hanrahan at 3:40 PM