15 October 2010

Waltworks Cyclocross Bike- DONE!

After many weeks and a warranty shifter the Walt is done. Today was my maiden voyage which was a mix of road, fire road and some single track.



The bike has a solid ride feel and has quick handling. The steel soaks up the bumps and gives an overall smooth ride.



So far I am please with my pick of parts and I am loving the Salsa Bell Lap bars. It does take a little to get use to, but I and no issues with my hands hurting.





The gearing is a little high but I figure that's going to help me in the long run..
I will have to play with tire pressure to have a smoother ride on the single track.

12 October 2010

Hard on the Equipment

I forgot to post this picture from the cross race on Sunday.



A good day of racing was a bad day for this bike. The racer did finish the race. The guy had only had the bike for 6 weeks.

10 October 2010

Altius Festival of Cross

This past weekend was the Altius Festival of Cross.I was only able to get out and see the racing on Sunday at Chimborazo Park. My wife had to work so my daughter and I left mom at home. I figured anytime that I can get my daughter out to see other girls or women doing off-beat sports such as bike racing the better! Luck had it when we got there the women where racing.

Chimborazo Park was the first place that I raced cross in 1998 or 1999. It's been a while so I do not remember the year. But it is a great palce to watch it because you can stand up on the hill and see all of the course. Not only did we get to see the race but we also got to see Statue of Liberty and there is also the National Park Headquarters which is in the building that was the Chimborazo Hospital during the Civil War.

This clip is just after the start
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Run up on the lower level of the park. From this point I am only about 50 ft from where I took the first video.
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My daughter and I sat at the barriers during the race and had lunch. What a great place to catch the action. Now there where two racers that I remember that I would like to share with you. One was a guy that I called him old school and he seem to like that. The dude was racing on an old Trek 620 with downtube shifters and basketball shorts. Check him out! Got to love it...



Next was this guy riding for ALAN. This dude was fast. the first clip is a group of guys I think in the same race at the barriers.

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Now this is how it is done
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While I was on my way back to the car I found this cool bike up on top of the car with "Old Schhol's" bike.



Now I not going to miss this next year!

04 October 2010

Broken!

This is what you do with old broken spokes



That's right, make flags so the yard crew do not run over the sprinkler heads.But that is not what this post is about. I had to take the cross bike down to the LBS to do some adjustments to the new bike for me. Got a call from the shop to tell me that something was wrong with the shifter and that Sram was sending a new one for replacement. Great! Another couple of days before I get to ride it!!!

Want to thank Rowlett's for checking out the problem and getting the warranty taken care of for me!

I guess I will be watching the cross races in Richmond from the sidelines this weekend!