winter training




so this is the time of year when i fool myself into thinking that i can train all the time and race as a cat 2 all summer. ha! i have been pulling some long shifts in the shop but i will treat myself to a couple 3-4 hour rides during the week to remind myself why i do what i do. also, the winter weather is to a point where i have to ride to make it through this long dark time.

i rode saturday am for a couple hours with evil ryan in the rain. about the time we got rolling, the rain started and didn’t let up the whole ride. argh!

today i met the gentle lover group ride at stumptown on belmont. typical portland style ride with meet at 9 am and drink coffee and socialize for 30 minutes before the clatter of funny shoes to the bikes. good turnout with 9 people. mellow pace, fixed gears and lots of fenders. i love this town sometimes. the whole ride i kept thinking how cool it would be to compile a bunch of pictures of everyone’s winter training bikes. they all seemed to be built up with the used but not used up parts of the top of the line race bike in 1996. you see a lot of zip ties and cut up water bottles used for courtesy flaps off the back fender. some people never clean their bikes while some are anal retentive about keeping their bikes in clean and tidy shape. i tend to fall under the second category. i worked too long as a mechanic to deny the fact that a lot of repairs can be prevented by routine maintenance. there is a certain satisfaction about a soiled bike though. evil ryan never cleans his rain/winter bike, period. the level of filth on his frame could be excavated and examined to find out what gravel road he rode on last winter. my winter trainer is the first frame i ever built and what i used to ride to victory in two trans iowa’s. it is also repaired as a result of getting hit by a car 2 years ago. the top tube and down tube have been replaced and the whole thing repainted in a subtle grey and silver paying homage to the winter clouds in the northwest. i like to run full fenders with extra long extensions and courtesy flaps to keep water off everyone. 9 speed drive train with downtube shifters to make them easy to use with gloves and mittens in the cold. the tires are either continental 4 seasons or swalbe blizzards with kevlar. both are 700 x 25. wheels are old and solid as are the bars and flite saddle. i think it weights in at 25lbs. with pump and tools but it’ll roll all day and all night.

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4 Responses to “winter training”

  1. Eric Says:

    I may have to move where it rains just so I can have an Ira Ryan mudflap!

  2. Naz H. Says:

    That bike is made for all kinds of awesome. I think with training rides in the winter, this is the way to go. On the last training ride with my team, most took out road bikes while I took out my cx rig. No fenders in sight. We got absolutely filthy in Chicago and the surrounding area given melting ice and snow on the ground that I thought it was silly that none of us had fenders.

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