Happy New Year! I'm hearing it's going to be a wetter winter than last year but so far it's been pretty good. Yea, pretty cool at times and I guess that trend will continue through March.
The big news is I finally got my Chbobber Project rolling. Yea, a crazy build from scratch but something I've been wanting to do for a while. The shot here is after a few test rides to evaluate frame stiffness and drive train issues. I was trying to get to a 18-speed drive train but it barely works with a 14-speed setup. More work to do on drive train issues but this one may end up a 5-speed.
The rear wheel is a WM9 motorcycle rim laced to a Velocity 145mm tandem hub with bicycle spokes and nips. You can get a pretty severe chain line to work on 10 and 11-speed systems but 9-speed just isn't as flexible. Consequently, I had to remove cassette cogs and space the cassette outboard by about 15mm. Using tandem chain tubes I was able to get it to work but back pedaling is still a problem in lower gears.
It rides kinda cool but sure isn't much of a climbing rig and may have to build a new rear wheel using one of those new 170mm Fat Bike hubs, we'll see. Stay tuned for more updates on the Chbobber Project
As for riding, I see on Strava many of you are in the groove and building up for another great season of riding and racing. I've been slacking off quite a bit on that front lately. Don't race anymore so no need to go out and brave the cold and wetness that much. I have done a few cool rides but mostly in places I'm not supposed to be.
The shot here is the southern most bridge that once was part of the town of Lexington, which, along with the town of Alma, was buried under water when Lexington Reservoir was built in 1952. You have to look for this one but you can see it from Old Santa Cruz Hwy if you're looking closely.
Many of you haven't scheduled service in quite a while so I hope you're getting that taken care of somehow and not training your butts off only to enter events with worn-out and inefficient drive trains or worse.
My standard Service Course
checks all bearings for smoothness, including R&R of the bottom bracket system to inspect for excessive wear and power transfer efficiency. Schedule a service pickup
today and make sure everything is in good working order for the rest of the winter riding.
Speaking of maintenance, I haven't had many of you update your profile information on my site or register with the My Strava
tool I hacked together last summer. It not only provides you with good information on your Strava activity and bikes, but also allows me to keep track of usage/miles between services. It greatly depends on you regularly using Strava but I think you'll find it handy in terms of keeping track of component wear and tear and just a good summary of your riding and service activity. You'll need to create an account on the site before you can use the My Strava tool or update your profile info. A lot more work to do on the whole experience but it'll at least allow me to keep better track of your maintenance needs and parts & acc needs. Login or create a profile here
If you ever have any issues with your bike after I service it, please call/text/or email me ASAP. I'll find you and get it fixed as quickly as possible. Stuff happens. Part of the value of my service is that you don't have to return your bike or wheels to a shop. I will come to you, no-charge of course.
Oh, I've been listing a bunch of stuff on eBay lately. 10% off to any MyTeamCar.net customer if you buy any listed item directly thru me (no eBay transaction). My Collection
I'm placing my usual supplier orders Wednesday afternoon. Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via Parts Express
. I have many items on-hand
and I can deliver very quickly. I tend to carry tubes, tires, chains, cassettes, bar tape, bearings, brake pads, and other common consumable items in my vehicles. So that kind of stuff is always available extremely quickly. Just let me know what you need and I'll get it to you ASAP.Wahoo!
Just a reminder that MyTeamCar.net is also an authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Those of you looking for the latest in indoor trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR
Again, don't forget about my Spot Tune-up Service
. This is a cheap and convenient way to keep your bike rolling smoothly and efficiently. I find you and dial-in brake and shift cables and take care of any minor issues that can be resolved onsite. Only $30 and extremely convenient.
PLEASE NOTE: MyTeamCar.net customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices are not necessarily what you'll pay. If you know that the price is higher than your local dealer or favorite online retailer, just shoot me the link or let me know. I will match any reputable price out there. I can usually get just about anything. If you need things quickly, just mention the specifics. I can get most things in my hands overnight, next-day, or two-day, it just costs more for shipping. And, yes, you will receive tracking info as soon as I receive it. Okay, shut-up and ride!