Stuff in the Hopper

Don’t have a lot of time to post anything really substantial, but here’s a few things that are in the works at the moment:

  • Georgia Rides to the Capitol – Advocacy ride from several locations in Metro Atlanta, converging on the State Capitol tomorrow around noon.  I’m riding with the RAMBO guys out of Roswell, and will meet up with a bunch of folks there and along the way.  Going to show Atlanta what great numbers of cyclists think… Hopefully, we’ll get the “3 Foot Law” passed pretty soon.
  • FredCast Interview – I’ve got an interview with David Bernstein from “The FredCast” lined up for mid-week.  He helped launch the VeloReviews Podcast, and asked me to come on the air with him to discuss some Spring Bike Tune-Up ideas.  Link to be posted when it airs.
  • MS150 Class – Thursday, I’m teaching a basic maintenance/cycling tips class to a group from the Knights of Columbus that is doing the MS150. Several members of the group have already come by the shop to get outfitted for bikes and gear.  It’s always good to educate more cyclists and teach them good maintenance and cycling habits.
  • Beginner Track Class – Taking the Beginner Class at the Dick Lane Velodrome on Saturday and Sunday.  It’s only 3 hours per day, and I know my way around the track (having even officiated races at that track), but… it will be a whole different world riding on the track.  Pray for good weather…

That’s all I’ve got for now.  Gotta get my gear ready for tomorrow’s ride!

I Love New Bikes.

I recently traded my (first) Eddy Merckx in for two new bikes, a road bike and a track bike.  Here they are:

This is my new Specialized Tarmac.  It is the Comp model, with SRAM Rival components, but with upgraded Mavic Ksyrium SL wheels and Continental GP4000S tires (my favorites).  I kept the old wheels (Mavic Aksium Race) as back-up wheels in case of a mechanical at races or if I have to service my Ksyrium SL’s.  I switched out the saddle to a Specialized Romin SL, which I’ve been riding for the last few months, and upgraded to the Look Keo2Max Pedals.  Also added to the bike is a Mavic WinTech Ultimate USB computer/heart rate monitor.  I’m testing it out, and after I run it through the paces, I’ll give it a proper review.

Next up…

… the Jamis Sonik track bike.  It’s not a really huge picture here, but you can still get the basics out of it.  7005 aero aluminum frame, carbon fork/seatpost, American Classic Aero420 track wheels, FSA Carbon Track crankset, and Deda bar and stem.  I put on a Specialized Romin SL saddle, once again, to keep things normal.  It’s a track racing machine… and I’ve never raced on the track before.

I’ve been dying to get on the track since the first time I visited the Dick Lane Velodrome in 2003.  My former boss, Jeff, was calling races down there, so a bunch of us guys from Clemson made our way down to Atlanta to check out the festivities.  Ever since the first night I banged the boards, over six years ago, I’ve been wanting to get myself onto those banked turns.  Heck… I’ve even officiated track races at the velodrome as a USA Cycling Official, but never been on the track myself!  Looks like I’ve got the right bike for the job.  Now, to make use of it…

I’m planning on taking the Beginner’s Class at the velodrome at the end of the month.  My buddy Jeff Hopkins (former World Junior Track Champion and former Jittery Joe’s rider), is the director of operations at the track, so it’ll be good to head down and get some pointers from him as I start racing this discipline.

Stories and pictures to follow…

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