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Equipment update

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.

Forte Pro tire after 4500 miles

My Forte Pro tire after 4500 miles

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!

Road ID wearing out after three weeks

Road ID lettering starting to fade after three weeks

September 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm 2 comments

Equipment update and question

American Classic wheel problem

American Classic wheel problem

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.

Speedpay Zero pedals

Speedpay Zero pedals

Rear tire problem - finally need to replace

Rear tire problem - finally need to replace

Polar Power meter

Polar Power meter

August 30, 2008 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

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