Greetings :Well, we finally got some much needed rain and, of course, it came and went over a weekend, as usual. :(
The weekend riding weather looks awesome and I'm sure we're all anxious to get out for at least one good ride this weekend. Speaking of riding, I managed to squeak out one ride just before the weather went bad (or good depending on your perspective). The storm was almost upon us and the shot here shows it coming over the Santa Cruz mountains looking towards Felton from the top of west-side Summit Road.
Hope some of you got something out of my rant on MTB wheel size options out there last week. Right after I wrote that piece I watched a video (c/o Bike Radar) on YouTube, which covered actual research on the three MTB wheel sizes and which one was the fastest. Of course, it's just one study and one venue, but the research showed that the 29'r was the fastest overall. Makes a bit of sense since the 29'r does travel further and provides slightly better traction per pedal stroke than the others. However, the interesting part of the study illustrated two points: the first being the 26'r was the fastest on the descents and the second being the 27.5'r (650B) the third fastest overall.
It wasn't clear to me how that conclusion was arrived at, but it leads me to believe that more research is needed. If the 29'r was faster than the 26'r overall, then it would make more sense that the 27.5'r would be faster than the 26'r overall. Granted, this study was just a snapshot and was concentrated on a single fixed course, but it does reinforce my belief that the 26'r is faster on typical descents than the other two. Anyway, hope you enjoy the reads. I'm working on a vehicle for comments and such, I'll let you know when I get that done.
The shot here is watching BMC Rider, Rohan Dennis, shatter the world hour record this week. To go that hard for an hour is amazing! Just take your typical FTP test and multiply by three--ouch!
HEADS UP: I've begun a revamp of my Parts Express site content. The goal is to list parts & accessories that I typically have on-hand and that can be delivered to you very quickly. I should have all items loaded by the end of the week. Right now it has tires, tubes and such, as well as frame building raw materials loaded. It currently allows you to order online and pay via PayPal instantly or via an invoice (pay me later).
I know most of you order online or via LBS's for tubes, tires, etc. My hope is to make it easier and cheaper to get that sort of stuff from me. I can also ship to you via USPS. If you want things shipped, don't pay via PayPal and I'll invoice you upon shipment, local Priority Mail is ~$6.00.
Prices shown are retail. When you create an account I'll update your discount level. All customers get a minimum of 5% off prices shown, which will show up after you log in and add items to your shopping cart. Local delivery will be same-day or next day. I also try to carry tubes and other similar items in my vehicles.
The site feature is kinda clunky right now but I if it gains traction I'll improve as necessary. Please give it a look and let me know what you think. Parts Express Some of you already have accounts on the site so just log in or request a password reset if you don't recall. Your user name is the email address you used to create the account. Doing so will also allow you to update your service profile and contact information.
My eBay Collection. Buy any listed item directly through me (no eBay transaction) and save on shipping charges, I'll deliver to you free.
Wahoo KICKR's seem to be back in stock so lead-time is back to normal, about 7 days. I can't justify spending that much money on a trainer, but they are pretty awesome for those who have real jobs and can't get out to ride. You can go buy one locally or online but buying from me gets you a better price and much better support, of course.I'm placing my usual supplier orders Wednesday late 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.
Browse my suppliers:
Cane Creek | Smartbikeparts.com | BTI/USA | Hawley USA | J&B Importers | Hawk Racing | iBike Sports
Velocity Wheels | Easton Cysing Products | Wahoo Fitness | SeaSucker
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 is amazing. REMINDER: 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.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 shown on my site 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 and/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!