Have I mentioned I have poor impulse control?
I watched Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, the whole 6 hours of it. Right at the start, I saw clever mechanics using these stupid little portable inflators to air up tires.
With so many bikes, I have a problem keeping them all fitting the same. #firstworldproblems, eh? This will also serve as a reference for the bikes I’m currently building 😉
Salsa Colossal (130mm stem)
Soma ES (120 mm stem)
Soma DC Ergo Trainer (120mm stem)
Soma Grand Randonneur (130mm stem)
It’s amazing what you can do with stems, isn’t it? The Colossal has a 130mm 0 deg. stem, the ES a 120mm -10 deg stem, and the DC has a 120mm 0 deg. stem, and all bikes, except the Grand Randonneur, hover within 1 cm of saddle to bar drop (which is low because I’m old and fat).
In the four years I have owned my 2013 MY Salsa Colossal, everything except for the frame and fork has been changed/updated. Oh, the seat collar and the brake calipers are still stock 😉
My original intent was a one-bike quiver, sadly it didn’t fulfill that. If I had any meaningful criticism of the original Colossal, it would be the wheels/tire clearance. The original Sun Attack wheels were exceptionally mediocre, and my optimism that I could stuff a 32mm tire in there was misplaced due to the tight Enve fork. Both of these criticisms were corrected in the 2nd Generation of the Salsa Colossal. Like many bikes, and in particular the Colossal, a nice pair of modern tubeless road disc wheels, such as the Velocity Aileron wheels I have upgraded to, really bring the bike alive. For a rider of my weight (102 kg/230 lbs), tubeless is an attractive option to pinch flats on a bike that can only take a 28mm tire.
That said, it has long been a bike I love to ride, and I think that shows in my commitment to evolving this bike as I discover more.
The latest iteration benefits from Salsa’s excellent Cowbell 2 handlebars, Thompson stem, SRAM Rival 22 groupset, Wickwerks chain rings, Speedplay Pave pedals, a Brooks C13 saddle, and a Specialized CG-R carbon seat post.
3T had a sweet booth at Land Run 100. Then, I found these on sale stupid cheap ($360) at chainreactioncycles.com.
I popped a 28mm Clément Strada LGG on one and it instantly plumped out to 31mm @ 100 psi. 1800’ish grams. I think the wheels will support tubeless, although they don’t appear to be specifically tubeless compatible.
I love spending money on bike shit. Jesus, If I rode a mike for every dollar I spent, it would be a phenominal amount of miles.
So, when Paul crushed me, among other things that occured to me (lose weight, htfu, buy aero wheels), was that I’d been eager to try Wickwërks chainrings.
I ordered the 50/34 set for my 5-arm SRAM Force crankset, only to find out they didn’t fit! The chain keeper pin was too long, argh!
So, I did want anyone else who just spent $170 on a set of custom-machined chainrings would do: I got out the file and went to work.
Finally, here is some press on the Teravail Lickskillet. Setup took some work, same as the Galena, the tires were hard to get mounted around the valve. Once I applied a little Irish, they popped nicely. Two layers of Stan’s tape, and an oz of Orange Seal later, and they hold air.
Measures 30mm wide at 80 psi on a 25mm wide Velocity Aileron.
Not the easiest tubeless tire to set up on a Velocity A23 with two turns of Stan’s tape. They went on too easily, and required quite a bit of the irish (remove stem cores and slam them with a shop compressor) to get the beads seated.
Each tire has 30 ml of Orange Seal and the sidewalls seem to be pretty porous, as evidenced by the soapy bubbles ;).
Originally, these were intended to be on my 2nd gen Salsa Colossal, but at a reliable 34mm measured width on both a HED C2+ and a Velocity A23, they wouldn’t comfortably fit. Now, they will ride on my Campagnolo-equipped Soma ES road+ bike, which has a bit more room.