Friday, after work, I rode with a co-worker who is better equipped, more fit, younger, and 70lbs lighter than I am. 

I rolled out on a 10.5kg steel road bike with a leather saddle, and he rolls out with a BMC Road Machine on HED Stinger wheels. 

You’re killing me, Paul. 

Next ride, I’ll take my Colossal. Not any lighter, but a bit more pro. I’ve been riding this bike on the trainer, in a vain attempt at building some fitness before Land Run 100. Which, naturally, got me to thinking about changes.

Some things, like the lever position on the bars, are things I never got right during the rebuild. Others, like the Wickwerks chainrings, are because SRAM front shifts suck butt. 

Rides I want to do: Amtrak 2 day gravel road rando

Amtrak 2 day gravel road rando

2 nights, 2 days Amtrak Lincoln (LNK) to Holdrege (HLD) ($36.00 one-way) load bicycle on train, arrive in Holdrege at 03:00, nap, have  breakfast, and depart at first light. Ride 81 miles to Twin Oaks Motel in Clay Center, NE on Day 1, ride 88 miles to Lincoln on Day 2.

I’d pop my Salsa Colossal onto the train in Lincoln, and stuff a little gear into a bag, and ride back home on gravel and paved roads.


**update** this wont work, Amtrak loads bicycles as luggage, which is available in Lincoln, but unloading luggage is not available in Holdrege. I had an opportunity to speak with the conductor in Lincoln about this. Damn.

Tire Test: Specialized Roubaix Road tubeless First Impressions

Hard to mount, but easy to setup tubeless. One layer of Stan’s tape on a Pacenti PL-23 18C rim. I needed soapy water and a Kool Stop bead jack to mount them, but once mounted, they could be seated with a floor pump, and held air for 3 days without sealant. The measure 24.5mm wide. 

My first ride, V laps around the cul-de-sac, was at 75f/95r for a 235lb rider on a 90’s vintage hand-built vintage steel  Bianchi. 😉

Tire Test: Specialized Roubaix Road tubeless 23/25

OMG mounting this tire onto a Pacenti PL-23 18-622 rim with a single layer of Stan’s tape was a real bitch. 

Mounted and aired up to 100 psi with a floor pump, they measure 24.5mm wide, a little narrower than I thought they would be. #disappointed. The tires did not give me that harrowing POP that I usually get, so despite soaping the tire before inflating, I’m not super certain. 

At $90/ea., we’ll see how they ride when my other tire gets here in a few days.