Upgrades Complete (For Now)


I installed a sweet 39t 105 chainring purchased just today from the good folks at Monkey Wrench Cycles here in Lincoln, NE.  I took the rig for a spin and knew right away this was the correct choice: just big enough, when paired with my 17t freewheel, to not spin out on the flats.


I’ll save the Challenge tires for actual racing season next year.  For now, the Kenda Small Block 8’s that came on it will work just fine.


Kenda Kommando





Listed as 32mm, measure out to 28mm on 15mm wide Shimano R501 wheels. It offers two directions of rotation, depending on course conditions (hard vs. soft). I bought them on a whim, after seeing them on sale for $25/ea. at Joyride bicycles.

San Jose build started


I started the San Jose build today. First off: Installing the fork crown race on my $99 Carver carbon fiber fork:

20131124-180025.jpgNotice the highly sophisticated crown race installer.

Once installed, I tackled the unbelievably frustrating task of removing the stock 48T chainring from my SRAM Courier crankset so that I could install a more CX appropriate 39T ring.
Motherf***ing SRAM installs 8mm bolts into a single crank with liberal loctite! Really guys?

20131124-180529.jpg After breaking the Park Tool that Seniõr Cornelius loaned me, I lost my cool and turned to the die grinder to get them f***ers out. After grinding deep slots, I was able to use a screwdriver and ratchet to break the loctite.

20131124-180710.jpgNOT HAPPY, SRAM!

Finally, I liberally treated the frame tubes with Boeshield T9.

What did you do today?

What to wear riding when it’s really f***ing cold.


19 degrees is stupid cold, but ride-wise it’s do-able, despite looking like a member of a hi-viz special ops team.


  • fleece balaclava
  • ski goggles (critical)
  • underarmour cold gear compression base layer top
  • Specialized thermal soft shell jersey
  • Specialized windproof shell
  • Specialized Lobster gloves
  • Padded thermal bib tights
  • Saucony Nomad windproof pants
  • injinji toe socks
  • smartwool wool socks
  • Bontrager Mountain Race shoes
  • Pearl Izumi toe covers
  • Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier 3mm neoprene shoe covers

The rest o’ the Chainsuck crew; Yukon Cornelius and The Welshman, enjoying a respite. This was before my phone froze and died, and all picture taking stopped.