Archive for July, 2011

29er ride reviews……..coming soon………..!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2011 by melonp

The Salsa Spearfish ride report………………exciting stuff………..and…..super-geeky comparisons to other bikes!  Wow!  VS Niner sir 9, 26er FS rides and 26er HTs…..

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awesome month of training for Leadville

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

While Travis and Eddie have no doubt been training hard for Leadville, life has somehow conspired against me for my efforts.  This summer was supposed to be full of long days in the saddle and some serious miles, however I have yet to ride more than 25 miles in one ride, nor ride longer than 2.5 hours, since doing the Big Frog 65 in late April.  Not exactly what I would call hard training, and I am starting to get quite worried.

Since converting to tubeless, I have gotten in only two rides where I actually did not pop a flat tire.  Not sure what’s going on, but the tubeless experience just hasn’t been working out for me.  While the sealant usually is able to seal the holes, it hasn’t always fully done the trick.  So far I have at least three punctures in my rear tire, one of which required a tire patch.  One of the other two is still acting up and occasionally splitting open when hitting rough sections of trail.

This past week was fairly typical of my summer: got in a 20-mile road ride at Oak Mtn one day, followed by a 45-minute indoor trainer ride a couple days later.  Then went out for what would have been a 3-hour ride on Saturday morning, only to have the puncture hole reappear in my rear tire after one hour.  I had forgotten to carry a tube and CO2 cartridge, so I ended up walking 5 miles back to my house.  Sunday afternoon allowed me just enough time for a road ride of around 18 miles.  So, all told I probably got in around 4 hours of total ride time for the week….pretty much my norm for the past few months.

12 hours to ride 100 miles at Leadville is looking more and more daunting by the week.  Only 20 more days to go.

preliminary ORAMM results

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

Travis, Eddie, and Joe completed the ORAMM race today….well done guys.

Both TG and ET were under 6:45.

I’ll defer to one of them for a full race report post.

http://www.blueridgeadventures.net/oramm/

team kits are here!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

After two months of waiting, our kits arrived today.  Jerseys and bib shorts look great.

Now everyone needs to go to dinner at Fleming’s and go buy some stuff at Cahaba Cycles to show appreciation for their support as sponsors.

No training today

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

Looks like rain will erase any of today’s planned riding. At least the TdF is on TV.

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tubeless tire impressions

Posted in ride reports with tags , , on July 8, 2011 by 41flyersracing - o'kelley

I converted to tubeless tires a couple of weeks ago and now have several rides on the new setup and can offer some impressions.

The first ride was rather disappointing from a performance standpoint….not only was my loop time not any quicker than with tubes, but it actually took a few minutes longer.  I rode the Oak Mtn loop counterclockwise though, which likely accounted for the time difference considering that has always been my slower route.  But still, I just didn’t “feel it” with the tubeless setup.  After thinking about it, I realized I probably was riding them with too much air pressure…still carrying some fear about being too low.

The next ride was an out-and-back at Oak Mtn and this time I was riding with my rear tire way too low….as in probably 18 psi or so because I totally forgot to air it up and then once on the trail I was too lazy to turn around to do so.  As luck would have it, my tire was so low that I got a flat after romping through a rock garden.  But at least I got to witness first hand how awesome Stan’s sealant is as I watched it seal the hole right in front of my eyes.  I still had to put a little more air into the tire several more times over the next 6 or 7 miles, but by the time the ride was over it seemed to do a decent job of sealing the tire.  My overall impression of tubeless was still not great, but at least I was seeing some benefits and knew that with the right pressure it might actually be something nice.

Fast forward to tonight’s ride….put around 28 psi in the front and 30 in the rear and it rocked the trails.  I could corner better, grip on the downhills better, and definitely was using my brakes a lot less than usual.  I didn’t do my normal 17-mile loop, so I can’t say whether it was much faster or not, but it certainly felt much better than with tubes.  I was able to attack the Lake Trail, Rattlesnake Ridge, and Mr.Toad’s as I did two mini loops.  This ride definitely had me second guessing my recent obsession with buying a full suspension bike.