Tuesday, December 06, 2016

9th wheel build

9th wheel build. This one for Christine after she managed to put her foot in between the spokes, breaking 3 of them and the hub of her new bike. This one is a 2 cross lacing pattern with DT Swiss spokes and hub. We managed to save the rim. Her wheel basically just got a upgrade. This hub has cartridge bearings over the cup & cone and the lacing pattern will make the wheel stronger then it's radially spoked predecessor. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bike computers, Strava & overall odometer readings.

So I just picked up a Wahoo Elemnt bike computer. I've been yearning for one of these or a Garmin for some time now. I read that the Elemnt can be used with multiple bikes. REI's website shows a YES under dual bike usage. Turns out, yes, you can use it with multiple bikes but it DOES NOT have a dual/multi profile set up for each bike. In fact, there's a mileage reading but, as far as I can tell, it resets after each workout/ride so there's not really any overall odometer. This is something that I will miss. Staring at my cheap 5 function bike computer on Tanager and seeing the miles tick by. Nearly 21,000 miles recorded on that bike since it's build in 2010.

Ok, granted there is a work around. It won't be the same but ...
Wahoo Elemnt automatically uploads to Strava after a ride. And I can edit which bike I rode, on Strava, afterwards. This will keep track of overall mileage rode. The problem with this is I haven't always recorded EVERY ride on Strava. So Strava only shows 7295.5 miles for that bike when the actual mileage is over 20,000. This means that to find out the overall lifetime mileage for that bike I'll have to forever add 13,642 (Current mileage on old computer 20,938 minus 7295) miles to whatever mileage Strava shows for said bike.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

Commute times

I had good times riding to and from work today so, for my records, I'll post them. Setting the bar for my new Austin commutes.

To work - 30 minutes 8 seconds. I know I can crush this because my ride home was nearly 2 minutes faster with more climbing.
To home - 28 minutes 40 seconds.

Sunday, May 08, 2016


Moved to Austin, TX. Large cycling community here. Both recreational and competitive. I've done both. Thursday night social rides are interesting, slow and always involve beer. Karbach brewing puts on a Brew's Cruise every month with free beer at the end. I've also hooked up with a group on the Meetup app who kicks my ass for about 20-24 miles. At this point I do that one about once a week or two weeks depending on my schedule. Been commuting to work as usual. The front wheel on Tanager needs to be replaced. Hopefully those rims and my drive train will last a lot longer now that I'm out of the wet Pacific Northwest.

New Chain

New Chain. Odo 20,400. Old chain lasted about 1000 miles, only. I wonder if it's because the rest of the drive train is starting to wear or just wet weather in Seattle. Last 200 miles were in Austin.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Crushed my commute time home with an alternate route. - https://www.strava.com/activities/489267792

Official time from the bike computer 29:37.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016