Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Hours

In case folks look here to find out my hours around Christmas time, I'll be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  Maybe Sunday too.  Back for sure on Tuesday.  

Merry Christmas all.

(What's playing:  The Who I'm Free)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

New Jerseys/Kit Arrival Day

After eight years, I finally had shop jerseys made.  Hey, it takes a long time to get that image in your head of what you want something to be and when it does, then I'm all in.  I really liked how that first jersey turned out - and a lot of you did too, which makes me happy.  And now, only about 6 months later, I've got a new jersey design inspired by the Merckx inspired graphics on the new road frames that are in production.  After the road frame graphics were put to bed and frames ordered, I had a "what if..." moment and threw down for a new Molteni inspired jersey.  Inspired - not exact.  These are definitely very orange.  Some folks want a jersey that is brighter than a black jersey for better visibility, but don't want that high-pro glow of the retina searing high-vis colors.  This one fits that bill just about perfect.  

Once again, these jerseys and shorts are made by Voler down in Grover Beach, CA and Ken Prosser  of Kenji Designs interpreted my chicken scratch sketches into a perfect representation of what was banging around in my brain.  When I was sketching it out, I knew I wanted "Point Reyes Station, California" and the frog/wheel logo on the pockets, but what to put on the third pocket?  Ah, how about an "Obey The Rules" logo!  But, I don't just want to lift the logo without the Velominati's approval.  An email to Frank Strack, the Keeper of the Cog and approval with logo artwork appeared in my in-box.  

I think they turned out really great.  The current shorts are all black.  The new jersey will also be a coordinate well with the previous shorts that have the blue and orange leg bands.  Wasn't thinking about that until they arrived and I saw them next to each other.  Mix and match!  

FS Pro Race Cut S/S Genesis Jersey - M, L, XL:  $110
Equipe Club Cut S/S Genesis Jersey - M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL:  $90
Equipe Club Cut L/S Genesis Jersey - M, L, XL, 2XL:  $100
Equipe Club Cut L/S GeoTherm Jersey - M, L, XL, 2XL:  $100
Equipe Club Cut Women's S/S Genesis Jersey - SM, M, L, XL:  $90
FS Pro Bib Short w/Comp Pad - S, M, L, XL, 2XL:  $120
Peloton Short w/Apex Pad - S, M, L, XL, 2XL:  $80
Peloton Short w/Apex Pad, Women's - S, M, L, XL:  $80

I'm happy to ship pretty much anywhere it's economically feasible via USPS.  Email or call for details on shipping.  

The Equipe jersey in s/s and l/s has a black zipper that is not hidden.

The FS Pro jersey has a hidden zipper

(What's playing:  Freddie King Ain't No Sunshine)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Confession Time - Clement LGG Review

This post was originally going to be one of the "Things I Like" posts.  It still will be, but first I gotta get this off my chest.  I use used parts.  Specifically, I use your used parts.  It's a fairly common practice that has been going on for years behind the scenes in bike shops.  We bike mechanics are usually a frugal lot.  In many cases, customers are simply proactive in replacing parts exhibiting some wear - better safe than sorry.  Some of these parts still have considerable life on them and that's when we mechanics step in and ensure that part does get to experience a full life with a natural end.  The typical parts that get this life extending treatment are usually tires.  If we can eek out a few more hundred miles or more, we'll readily accept the challenge.  

So, back to the "Things I Like" aspect of this post - Clément Strada LGG road tires.  I sold and installed a lot of these tires before I actually put them on my bike and rode them myself.  I had to wear out what I was riding first, you know.  When I finally did install a set, it was a used set.  A set a customer had me change out as the rear tire had a decent cut and was showing signs of wear.  I suggested a boot, but he wanted a new front and rear set.  Works for me.  He was happy with a new set of tires and I installed his used tires on my road bike (with a boot inside the tire where the cut was). 

About a thousand miles later with a lot of off-road riding, these tires are still holding up well.  The cut is still there, but not through the casing.  After all, a tire named for the Liège airport code (LGG) and the start/end city of the classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège should hold up well to off-piste excursions.  The Strada LGG tires are available in 23, 25, 28 widths and 60tpi or 120tpi.  I pretty much only carry the 120tpi version because it's a better ride quality than the 60tpi for only a few bucks more.  Definitely worth it to go for the 120tpi option.  It also has a dual rubber compound with stickier sides for better road handling in wet or dry conditions and a puncture resistant belt.  The tires also have that great singing sound when motoring along on smooth asphalt.  A sound roadies like.  

The tires I repurposed from my customer are the 28mm version.  Mounted on my Velocity A23 rims, the actual width measurement is a hair over 30mm - nice and plump.  I'm 165 - 170 pounds and I run these tires at 60psi (roughly 4 bar) front and rear.  Maybe a bit less in the front or a bit more in back, but pretty much 60 because I usually don't air my tires up before riding while wearing my glasses, so it's fuzzy close to 60.  I settled on 60 because that felt like the sweet spot of feeling super plush on the road, but still fast rolling and enough air to avoid pinch flats when riding off-road.  Although, I have had a couple pinch flats when I hit sharp/big rocks pretty hard.  That pressure also holds the tire up well when cornering on the road so the tire doesn't squirm.  That is a disconcerting feel - squirming tires on a twisty descent because there's not enough pressure is a confidence drainer.  

Someone's going to ask how much they weigh so I just weighed a new 28 120 tpi at 238g.  A second one weighed 262g.  That averages to 250g - pretty good for a measured 30mm tire.  At 30mm wide, it's doubtful these will fit on a bike with short reach caliper brakes.  If that's your situation, go for the 25 tire and reserve the 28 for a disc brake bike or road bike with longer reach caliper brakes like, oh, a Black Mountain Cycles road bike.

The cut in the rear tire that's not caused a lick of trouble over the past 1,000 miles.  The cut is only through the rubber tread and stops at the belt under the tread.  I have a boot fashioned from an old road tire inside, you know, just in case.

The hot patch logo hasn't fared well with the off-roading I've been doing.

The 28 tire measures 30.08 on a Velocity A23 rim.

Thanks for the tires, Rob.

(What's playing:  Santana No One To Depend On)