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I went ahead and purchased a new front wheel. I read an article about a Zipp carbon fiber front wheel that failed catasrophically after being “fixed” with carbon epoxy. Basically what can happen is that the crack will deepen underneath the epoxy and you won’t be able to tell because it’s hidden by the epoxy.
I went with a Neuvation tubular carbon fiber 50mm wheel. Even though this has been my best season ever (and I’m quite happy with it – although it’s not over yet!), I haven’t quite had the monetary success to be able to afford a $1000 Zipp wheel or $600 American Classic. The Neuvation will weigh about 100-125 grams heavier than the American classic that it is replacing at a cost of just $279. As long as it is stiff, corners well, and rolls smoothly that shouldn’t be a problem. I will definitely report back on how it goes!
Also, I replaced my rear training tire today. I got a good deal on the Forte Pro DC tire, and I got about 4500 miles on them before the rear one started to shred. The front one is still going strong – probably another 2500 miles left in it.
Also, with my Polar power meter purchase, I got a gift certificate for a free Road ID. It’s very handy, comfortable, and I’m not sure why but it reassures my wife about my riding and training. I know from how badly my eyes burn during workouts that my sweat is pretty caustic. After only 3 weeks, the lettering on the ID is starting to fade. Fortunately it’s a lifetime warranty so it looks like I’ll probably be sending it back in for warranty replacement before the end of the year!
First, let me start with a question. If this was your expensive carbon front wheel, what would you do? This happened during a crit when I heard a loud pop and thought I had blown a tire. I was able to finish the race with no apparent problems, but the clicking I heard during braking was the outer layers of carbon fiber getting caught on the brakes. The crack is only to the outermost layer of the carbon, and it is peeling off like layers of an onion. I am planning on taking it by Cahaba Cycles later today to get a recommendation, but I am wondering if anybody out there has had a similar problem.
Also, I’ve been meaning to post these pics for a while, but I recently had to update some equipment on my bike. First, my speedplay x-series pedals were wearing out, and I was wanting to move to something with a little less float so I used my store credit at Cahaba Cycles (thanks guys!) to purchase a new set of Speedplay Zeros. These pedals allow you to adjust how much float you have, and they are awesome! Finally, after 15 months and at least a thousand (maybe two thousand) miles of hard racing, I had to replace the tubular tire on my rear American Classic racing wheel.
Well, it’s been a few weeks now, but the next few weeks I am racing in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee starting this weekend with the Cuba-Meridian Challenge in Meridian, Mississippi and Cuba, Alabama. Next weekend is the River Gorge Omnium in Chattanooga, Tennessee followed by a few weeks off before our hometown race – the Pepper Place crit in downtown Birmingham. Stay tuned for more details!
Well, I’ll admit that I just got Olympic fever in the past day. Last night, I watched the opening ceremonies with Analise after putting Josiah down for bed while Kristine was having a rare night out. It was cool to watch the “show”, but my favorite part is definitely the parade of athletes. When Kristine made it home, we watched the rest of the parade and then the lighting of the torch. About that time, I realized that in real time, the Olympic road race was probably about to start! So I looked it up and sure enough, it had just started and you could watch it live online at nbcolympics.com. I watched for just a little bit and then realized that the main excitement would be towards the end of the race. So I decided to set my alarm for 3:30 in the morning and catch the end of the race. I got to watch the last 30km LIVE via the Internet. It was awesome! I was a little disappointed Levi and Vande Velde didn’t make the final selection, but I got goose bumps when I could see from the video feed a rider bridging the gap which could only be Cancellara. I won’t give any more away, but the finish was awesome!
Update: You can watch the ENTIRE road race (all 6+ hours of it) via archived video on nbcolympics.com. How cool is that! On the page linked below, click on “Men’s Road Race” and then click on “Enhanced Player” and then scroll to 5 hours 50 minutes into the race and you can watch the last 30k! http://www.nbcolympics.com/cycling/video/
Anybody want a heart rate monitor? I have two available – one from 1995 and another from 2007! Why am I selling these? Well, I’ve upgraded to the Polar CS600 which supports wireless power measurement at 1s intervals (the Polar S725x only records at 5s intervals).