Wednesday, September 13, 2006


my new-to-me planet cross is a beaut of a frame, but needed a little this and that - most especially things that go round - wheels, tires, cassette. JRA hooked me w/a set of low-end a-class wheels for a benjamin, price was way right, but they weigh more than the frame. whatevah. the '06 cross season, my first evah, isn't gonna be about winning anything, more about trying to hold a line and not slam the boys on the top tube while rollin' on a 3 beer buzz.

ordered a set of michelin mud 2's, is it just me or are these comp s lights (the shittiest mtbike tires ever made) reincarnated as what folks tell me are the greatest cross tires ever made? 9sp sram 12-27 cassette and chain en route, only thing left to do is replace the cables and brake pads. was thinking about going to a single ring in front vs the 39-53 on there, but that'd cost some cash and after getting reamed on the eBay sale of my Ellsworth, feeling anything but flush. what's the point of all this? i'm gonna have one super-spanking-kick-ass cross bike by the end of the wknd (w/a wheelset akin to a dumptruck). don't know how to ride it, get off it, on it, or carry it - but it'll sure look cool. sweet.

sent usa cycling a love note last night to upgrade my beer-swilling butt to semi-pro. keep-on, keeping-on...


At 9/14/2006 7:10 AM, Blogger rick said...

sweet, my franken-cross bike should be dialed in by next week myself. ordering the rest of the parts today. super cheap stuff but should be cool.

At 9/14/2006 11:16 AM, Blogger Matt DeMeis said...

Ditch that 39-53. If you can push a 53 in a cross isn't a cross race. Spend the extra 50 bucks and get some better suited rings. It will make it way more enjoyable. Go with a 39-48 or 42-46 setup depending on how burley you're feeling. Trust me. Witht that road gearing you're either going to be way under geared or way over. Wearing out the top 2 or bottom 2 cogs. Congrats on the semi-pro decision too! You're a braver man than I. See you at the cross races.

At 9/14/2006 11:29 AM, Blogger jeff said...

sweet advice, thnks.


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