Wednesday, July 26, 2006

the jay cometh

holy shit i'm getting fired-up for the Jay. this is it. the last big race of the mtb season (for me). with a baby on the way (aug 29!?), it's all about being home and making sure i don't miss anything important after this.

been waiting on hutchinson piranhas all season through the grassroots gig, never got 'em, so finally ponied-up $85 for a set. since seeing the tread pattern at the Sea Ottah i've coveted these tires. pretty light, fast-rollers, small side-knobs for cornering - but tall enough treads to get some bite.

when new rubber arrives (as it did yesterday), i pump 'em up to 45-50psi and go for a spin. as the tires slip on the technical stuff, i'll stop and let a lb or two of air out until i find just the right pressure. what blew me away about the piranhas is that i never stopped to let air out and in 2hrs of technical trail riding, put a foot down only a cpl times. it was dry out, minimal mud, interested to see how they do in the rain - or flying-down jay peak at 40mph. really wanted them for Dalton as a shake-down, but it just didn't work-out. so far this season i've chosen moderately aggressive tires for the enduros, which really wasn't needed. what i needed was a fast rollah - and i got 'em.

squeezed-out 20hrs last wk (as did Andy), capped it off with an 8hr north shore ride, felt surprisingly good all wk - and am enjoying the massive taper this wk. hoping the golden legs make an appearance soon. would help if i kept the hrs down this wk, but just don't want to get off the bike! have gone for a lot of rides this season when i didn't want to, now i want to and i'm supposed to be tapering-down. D'oh!

have set realistic, yet challenging goals for the Jay. the entrant list is a who's-who of New England racers - and one west coast legend - Tinker! that's right - there's a good chance i'll be rubbin' dreads w/Tinker at the starting line. i've been growing my hair out all season, but it's still got a long way to go to match the big man's. of course, once the gun goes off, that'll be the last i see of Tinker's dreads...


At 7/27/2006 9:10 AM, Blogger rick said...

20 hours! holy shite! exclamation point! Thats three good weeks combined for me. Have a blast this weekend. I'll be thinking of you as I'm slogging through all fo the new single tract at bradbury.

At 7/27/2006 1:05 PM, Blogger JB said...

Have agood ride out there! Best of luck.
Are those Pythons tubeless?

Tinker's living in Winter Garden Florida know. His wife's expecting twins!

Keep the rubber down and fingers off the chain rings

At 7/27/2006 1:13 PM, Blogger jeff said...

they're tubeless - i especially like the pic of the little piranha on the outside of the tire - chewin' it up!:

jb, you gonna hook-up some rides with tinker now!?

At 7/27/2006 8:47 PM, Blogger JB said...

My buddies were down there on a winter training camp for a week last January and saw him almost daily riding around Cleremont. A "hilly"
town next to Tinkers home. - A cycling and triathlon training mecca.

I had Tubeless Hutchinson Pythons not Piranhas. They flatted before I even got on the course at Big Bear one year. Actually I was riding down to registration and some sharp fresh gravel sliced right through them I was PI$$ED.

I don't think anyones ever seen Tinker without a helmet or hat on.Certainly there are no pictures of it. See if you can spot him putting his lid on. I bet he has a big bald spot on the top of his dome. Wonder what he wore at the wedding?



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