When Cannondale announced the recall of thousands of their CAADX bikes, I was a little shocked. My bike was one of those recalled, and I needed to bring it in to have the fork and steerer replaced after several people were injured and at least one killed due to failure of those components. Yikes. So, in anticipation of the CAADX being laid up for the cyclocross season, I went to the local hub of cyclocross, Campus Wheelworks to see what they had in stock. I glanced at the Gia
Now that the components, frame geometry, and ride characteristics have been worked on, it is time to get some color scheme ideas on paper. Because of the rounded tubing, I feel like there are a few less choices that can be made. I would like to keep the bike to two colors, as I really do not want to pay extra for more paint. I have just received an all white Gaulzetti Corsa frame, and honestly, it is about as close to perfect as it could get. A single color black, green, pink
This week was the continuation of some warmer weather, and I finally got out to try the Panaracer Competition SX tires in 28mm that I bought last month. I have always liked Panaracer tires, and probably have mounted as many Panaracer tires on my bikes as any other manufacturer. I have used Race A EVO tires many times on the road bikes, and they seldom disappoint. I have used Gravel King 28s on the road bike and always found them to be a nice clincher with a good mix of durabi
Spring calls, and riding outside is becoming a lot more enticing. I cannot wait to get out more and explore. Last year as usually happens after a long Buffalo winter; the roads were awful. Potholes, gravel, salt, and glass were everywhere. The first thing I did was to get out the tubeless set up. It was time to rekindle my love for road tubeless. I had given up the summer prior when I wore out a set of Schwalbe Pro Ones, and they simply would not seal anymore. I was really pi
It was 5:40 am, and I was driving my wife to work as I always do. As we headed down Parkside, the streets were snow covered but traffic was moving along well. It was 5:40 am after all.
Suddenly, the traffic light changed to yellow and I slowly applied the brakes. A loud grating noise emanated from under the car. My wife was startled.
"What the hell was that?” she said. “It’s just snow behind the wheel.” It’s funny how that snowy icy mass builds up in the wheel well.
I announced the work on the book last week, and since then I have been busy doing no blogging! What? The holidays and lots of stuff just got in the way. The weather has been pretty cruddy, so I have just not focused much on the bike life. I did get some cool gifts for Christmas, none of which had anything to do with the bike, but I hope to make some good connections to the bike life with them in the coming months. First off, the Go Pro Hero 7 Black is truly amazing. I had a g
As many of you know, I am a data junkie. I spend an hour on the bike and then 20 minutes looking at the stats that I generated from the ride. I know that I need to get that minutes number to more like 70:10. I'm not saying that the data has ever helped me that much or that it always makes sense, but it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. And that is a good thing. I have had several fitness trackers over the past few years including the Withings (now Nokia) Steel and the
I guess maybe I am losing it, buying another helmet, but I really love the Suomy Gun Wind helmet that I bought this spring. I have so many helmets that just don't quite fit right, but the Gun Wind was perfect. When I saw the cheaper Suomy Sfera aero helmet, I saw it as an easy way to replace lots of helmets that don't quite fit. Okay, let me explain. The Sfera in matte black is a fantastic looking helmet that will go with just about any kit I have, unlike the Gun Wind that I
Congratulations on investing in a good bike and in your own good health. Now that you have a decent road bike, it’s time to consider first steps. Other gear I know you have spent a good amount on your bike, but I will give you a few things you need to pick up in addition. You will need these items to ensure your safety and fun on the bike. I think every cyclist needs to have the following: Helmet Front and rear lights Spare tubes Multi-tool Mini-pump or CO2 head and cannister
Ask yourself “What is best suited for what is right outside my door?” I worked for years in a guitar shop, and I recall many parents who came in and asked where the cheapest guitars were. I am a little ashamed to say that we sold a lot of junkie guitars, and the kids probably struggled to push down on those strings that were half an inch off the guitar’s neck. I hated to know what happened months later when their kids quit because of the crappy instrument they started on. Sty