Thursday, April 28, 2011

Top tube repairs on a S-Works....

Last week Maria was out on a ride, while clipping in, bam....slipped out of her pedal and her lady parts landed right on top of the already fragile top tube of her Specialized Ruby. Cracked.
Ive been working with carbon fiber recently, and it looked like a super simple and quick repair. The tube wasn't seperated, but there was a healthy crack right across the tube.

I sanded it done for further inspection and then wrapped some 12k tow in a 45 degree lay-up base layer,  extending a couple inches on either side of the crack.
 Ready to wrap

 I laid the top layer of carbon in a tighter pattern to fill voids.
 Bam! Two days later! Done! Too bad the carbon doesnt match the rest of the frame, but hey, at least its ridable again!
Have a broken frame that is out of warranty? Ill do carbon repairs for dirt cheap (Think about a tenth of the price that Calfee charges) I fully stand behind all my work, but I cant guarantee anything and you are fully responsible for yourself. I can sure save your frame from heading to the dumpster if you don't want to shell out the cash for Calfee.
-Ride on

Friday, April 22, 2011

A visit to Standard Byke Company

Made another visit to Standard today to talk about some new projects...
Getting some final work done on my 29R, as well as a cyclocross frame for this season. Also talked about my brothers DJ frame and gave Rick and Steve some frame drawings. Some pretty sweet frames will be coming out of Standard here pretty soon! They are killing it down there and constantly raising the bar on custom frames. Spent a couple hours down there today BS'ing and while we were at it I shot some photos. Enjoy!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bone Bender 2011!!!

Well this past weekend was Bone Bender. What a great time.
We left early Saturday morning to head down to Lawrence, Kansas. We left Ames in some real shitty weather, and it was cloudy and cold all the way until we got into Kansas (Apparently known as the Florida of the midwest). We got there around one or so, checked into the hotel, had some beers, stopped at an awesome sandwich shop then hit the trail.
We rode the entire race loop and under first impression it was rocky as hell. The first 15 minutes of the trail was rougher than shit on my rigid and there werent too many good lines. Oh well! The rest of the course was awesome. Perfect singletrack, cool techy rock sections, downhills, not too many uphills, creek crossings and so on. The last section of the trail was some pretty techy rock uphill stuff, so I usually just walked it. When riding a single speed, you realize that sometimes running hills is faster than trying to pedal them.

After the ride, we went to the packet pickup at 23rd st. brewery, Good food, and great beer. They had a delicious House Porter and a pretty darn good Pale. After the food, we went back to the hotel and we started having a couple drinks and did some last minute tune-ups on maria and amys bikes. Brass Monkey was the choice of drink for me that night, and might have been the source of my problem that I will later discuss.

Race Report:
Woke up nice and early Sunday morning to get prepared for the race. Got the tent set up next to our buddies at Geoffs bike and ski, and the dudes from Rassmussen bike shop. Hell, partying with those guys during the race sounded more fun the riding for six hours!

Anyway, the race was a Le Mans start which was awesome. They started us on the bottom of a big gravel hill, had to run up, grab our bike and ride about a half mile before we dipped into the single track. I knew there was going to be a huge bottle neck, even with the Le Mans start, So I got the whole shot and was the first on my bike.

I spun my ass off down the road but quickly got passed by all the geared fast people. On the first hill in the single track, I had to dismount but I quickly got up the hill. The ladies were telling me towards the back of the pack there was a ten minute wait to even get into the single track. Bummer! I was getting past a lot, but stayed on the tail of Aaron from Geoff's, for awhile at least. Lap number one came in a 52 minutes and it felt great. My legs felt better than even and the rocks werent bothering me too much. I dont think I drank nearly enough water so on lap two I grabbed a new bottle and made it my job to stay hydrated. Lap 2 was about 53 minutes and I was still feeling top notch. I was pacing myself with my heart rate probably never getting above 150.

Lap three is where it all fell apart. I stayed in the lead all the way until the last 10 min of the lap. I cramped. Bad.  I seriously thought i was out of the race. I sucked down a full bottle of cytomax, had three gu packets, 3 electrolyte pills and a energy bar hoping to solve my cramping legs. But I was going to finish, Every couple miles I ate some nutrition and drank water and my legs seemed to loosen up. Cool. Lap three was 1:03hr. Ten minutes slower. Lap four started. Even worse. It was to the point if I stood up to climb, or dismounted to walk a rocky hill, my legs would lock up. Quads first, then calfs then hip flexors.  I limped my way on lap 4, ending with a 1:13hr lap. I wasnt the only one cramping out there either, I went back and forth with a couple people with each of us stopping to clench our legs in agony. Lap five my body hated me. In addition to my legs cramping, my fingers, hands, triceps, and neck were all starting to cramp up. Damn, maybe the amount of alcohol I consumed the day prior wasnt such a good idea. Hydrate kids!!!!!!! Lap five I put the pain behind me because I knew I wanted to finish the race. I was not backing out. The last two laps were 1:08 then 1:06. Got past by another SS dude on the fifth lap which ment I came out in 3rd place. Not bad for how terrible I felt. Overall it was a a pretty damn good race aside from cramping. Ill for sure be back next year to do it again and hopefully finish on top of the podium!

Racing bone bender rigid was a big mistake. The amount of rocks on the trail killed my hands and arms, next year I will have front suspension for sure. I thought the course was awesome on the SS and had no complaints there!

After the race I was wiped, but It was great getting to hang out with the folks from Iowa City and Des Moines. Kim, Amy, Maria and Heather came down with me and they made the weekend a blast! Who new racing with a bunch of women could be so fun... Ha!