Wednesday, April 19, 2006


1130pm, night before we leave for cohutta. everything's ready. bags packed, gear lined-up. jenn made baked goods for the trip. we'll definitely have maximized our "glycogen stores" by the time we get there.

quick wheel fix at the bike shop.
thought it was fixed, then realized it wasn't.
had to freak-out for a minute.
billy solved the problem, but home late.

the new steel deluxe is pimp.
can't wait to take it for it's maiden voyage.
shake-down rides don't count.
only races or epics count.
cohutta should be an epic race, even better.

what am i doing?
bugging-out about what ust tire to run.
happens everytime.
hutchinson python lites?
630grams, but still blame them for crash/dnf at solo world's in 2004.
haven't ridden 'em since.
schwalbe racing ralph 2.1's?
over 700 grams, but have done me right.
irc serac 1.95's?
too narrow, aggressive, could be good for front, though...
kenda kharma 1.95's?
did me right at the ottah...
i'm feeling the python's.
time to give 'em a second chance?
lightest i got.
course is dry and easy.

1210, back upstairs.
one of the pythons had a piece of patch on it.
don't want to use it, can even remember the thorn that did it now...
while re-mounting one of the schwalbe's noticed a couple decent tears in sidewall, luckily not all the way threw.
two pieces of patch on that tire now.
mounted it anyway.
which patched tire to use?
could go wild w/a bit of sealant...
decisions. decisions.

this writing had the intended effect.
finally tired.


At 4/20/2006 1:42 AM, Anonymous .n. said...

Ah the age old question of which tire to run...hopefully you made the right selection. Good luck down south...

At 4/20/2006 7:21 AM, Blogger Jason said...

I can't make up MY mind on which bike. The course I'm racing is just the op. Rocky, mmuddy. Do I go with plush (El Santo) or with simple and lighter (Dos Niner)?? At least I can swap bikes. Tires -I'm going with all I got, so that's an easy one.

Good luck! Bike looks freaking AMAZING. Let me know how that SID is.


At 4/20/2006 10:05 AM, Blogger JB said...

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At 4/20/2006 10:06 AM, Blogger JB said...

Kenda Karma's great mud shedders and in (small) rocky places. Fast rolling tires. But you knew that. I think Kenda Kharismas roll faster and ride lighter than there listed 750 grams. Not good at all when its wet.

Lemme guess - Your CrossMax bearings were loose, some play from side to side. Happens once a year. Gotta get lock tight on the threads.

Best of luck down there. I van't spell!

At 4/20/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger jeff said...

first thought it was freebody, then the pawls, then on 3rd try saw that it hadn't been cleaned thoroughly, dark crap came out when compressed air blasted it. glad it's fixed, action is 100times better now.

always obsessed w/tire choice, right-up till the starting line...

At 4/24/2006 5:14 PM, Blogger namrita o'dea said...

hey jeff! email me at namritak at gmail dot com and i will send you that pic.

p.s. cool, another blog to check out :)

good luck with the rest of your season!

At 4/24/2006 6:32 PM, Blogger Jason said...

need a race report stat! ha.
Hope you did well.


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