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November 13, 2013 at 4:16 am #95114
Not my cup of tea either, but you can’t deny the skill of the painter!http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auNovember 12, 2013 at 4:51 am #95113
First carbon bike in the current quiver. Just finally finished building my Planet X track frameset for pursuiting duty. Her maiden IP is this Saturday…http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auOctober 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm #95045
Nice to meet you too!
I felt Pikes Peak was the hardest climb for the trip. The top half felt steep, only when I went searching for the climb profile afterwards did I realize how steep. Top section at elevation has a km at 10.6%! It was the first time in my travels where I’ve found 39*29 too small. Normally it has been fine, but studies suggest ~72% sea level FTP at around the 4000m mark made a noticeable difference.
Very happy that after a successful trial in September 2012 that the road management opened up this road to bikes year round. I still need to write a letter thanking them for doing this.http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auOctober 28, 2013 at 7:14 am #94981
Thanks Mike-K. Was a great trip! Totals: 17 days ridden in 21. 1705km, 42,009m elevation gain and over 5,600km driven!
Getting through all the riding I’d scheduled was surprisingly okay, even though weekly totals were nearly double my 2013 weekly average and all climbing! Hardest part of the trip though was the driving. Basically every day I would finish riding and have to drive anywhere from an hour to over 6 hours to the next climb.
Since I wasn’t sure if I’d return (too many amazing places in the world I still haven’t been) I fitted in CO as well as the CA and AZ climbs. If I knew I’d return I think it would be better to spend more time in the one area, keeping CO and CA as separate trips.
Finally got around to posting my last two climbs for the trip. Links below for those interested.http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auOctober 14, 2013 at 10:49 pm #94824October 4, 2013 at 6:09 am #94765
I am just glad I got the answer.
I have been lusting over these wheels as soon as the AX-Lightness SRT-24 wheelset was listed locally for a very nice price… But it would have been an expensive error if I went ahead and bought them since it has been confirmed these cannot be converted from Shimano 10 speed. Though I was even considering whilst waiting for an answer to build a bike with 10 speed SRAM Red just because these wheels are so nice!http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auOctober 4, 2013 at 12:40 am #94762
Got a response from FWB via FB. “That’s an older 150 and cannot be converted into a Campagnolo 11. Only the newer 150 hubs can be easily converted.”
Looks like I’ll have to pass on the wheels…http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auOctober 2, 2013 at 1:15 am #94754
Thanks. Not sure if the axle is 15 or 17mm… The wheelset is at least a couple of years old – right around the time of the change.
Is it a straight swap, or is a redish required?
Hub in question – http://benmanson.com/Photos/ForSale/sep13/5D3_4358.jpghttp://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auOctober 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm #94730
I can’t believe its already been nearly 2 weeks since I returned from my trip. Around Tucson I rode both Mt Graham and Mt Lemmon. They are both brilliant climbs and therefore am glad I made my way via Tucson back to LA.
Also got to drop into FWB headquarters and met the crew – unfortunately most of the bling was on the way to Interbike…http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auAugust 1, 2013 at 4:04 am #94384
I am using an older style square taper bottom bracket SRM crankset – would I really feel a difference going to something else? Or is this just a fun math problem – I do like fun math problems.
Same – SRM on my road bike is also Campag square taper…http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auJuly 30, 2013 at 5:28 am #94379
I only mention this because square taper is still popular with a lot of track cyclists where wattages are higher and events are often decided by very small margins
What about the Octalink BB interface? Would be personally interested how the track SRM would test…http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auJuly 14, 2013 at 11:28 am #94230
Another threepeat of Mt Donna Buang yesterday; getting nearly all three laps before the forecast rain came through… 110km 50.4km climbing 6.4% ave.http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auJuly 8, 2013 at 7:24 am #94216
Just checked your Strava links – you climbed the Gorge du Nan on the 30th. It was the climb starting at the village of Cognin-les-Gorges around 30km into the ride.
I stayed at a half pension in Rencurel – Hotel le Marronnier which caters for cyclists and motorcyclists. An option I would also recommend.http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auJuly 8, 2013 at 12:35 am #94212
The Vercors is a very underrated area IMO. Large concentration of Michelin map 3 Star roads!
Recognise a couple of roads, as I spent three days there at the end of my 2011 trip.
1st photo – ???
2nd photo – pretty village Pont en Royans
3rd photo – Combe Laval? Unfortunately this road was closed for resurfacing when I was there.
4th photo – Gorges de la Bourne?
5th photo – Col de Rousset?
Great photos apexrider! Did you also ride the Gorge du Nan?http://climbinglama.blogspot.com.auJuly 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm #94209
Saturday 100km ~45km climbing
My wife went up the road to the Mt Buller ski resort earlier in the morning for work and I got the call the road was mostly clear other than slushy in the last kilometres to the village. So I decided to ride Mt Buller regardless the weather forecast and the fronts sweeping through.
At the entrance I was waved to the counter and was told I could continue as long as I could answer a question – how do the riders in the tdf go for a toilet stop? She was planning on phoning local Simon’s Gerran’s mum to ask! Made it to 8 1/2 km up where chains had to be fitted – asked the worker if I was allowed to continue. His answer that I can’t stop and fit chains anyway… So onwards into to the slush and rain now falling as snow. If I was only riding uphill and didn’t have to descend I would have gone on. As I had to come down I decided finally to pull the pin and turn around at Andrew’s carpark.
Very tentative descent back to the entrance. Any sane person would have returned to his accommodation and soak in the spa tub, obviously I am not sane…
Wasn’t able to ride a threepeat in the end as I couldn’t get to the village, so instead ended with four slightly shorter repeats; the last three laps turning around a little lower at Box Corner ~11km up the hill. To here was only a couple of kilometers of slush and snow to ride through.
Learn’t the hard way that it really depends on the day and who is working at the entrance if you are allowed on the Mountain. Sunday cars weren’t having to fit chains, weather was looking a little better so was keen on another couple of laps but I was stopped! Reason given is that once the toll opens, VicRoads hand control of the road to the resort and although not mentioned anywhere that bikes are banned we are a hazard with numerous buses and inexperienced drivers making their way up the mountain.
So instead of being passed by cars going under 60km/hr, I turned around and rode to Mansfield return plus a side out and back up towards Tolmie on 100 km/hr roads…
Road to Mansfield
Support for Mansfield raised Simon Gerran’shttp://climbinglama.blogspot.com.au