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12' Bicycle Projects: SuperiorLite SL Club - 105 to Force
Posted by Kevin - 03/08/12 12:02PM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

How It Started - I received the bike new in 2011. This is a custom build 53cm 2010 SL Club design from SuperiorLite.  It came equipped as follows and weighted in at just over 19 lbs with pedals.
SL Club 105

Frame 10-11 SuperiorLite SL Club - Custom (53cm) Monocoque UD Carbon with 3k Finish
Shifters/Brake Levers Shimano 105 (5700)
Front Mech. Shimano 105 (5700)
Rear Mech Shimano 105 (5700)
Crankset SuperiorLite Alloy Compact Double w/ SL BB
Cassette Shimano 105 (5700)
Brakes Tektro R741 Red/White
Wheels SLite Race Alloy Wheels (1580 gr)
Tires Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase (700x23)
Seat Post Carbon
Stem Alloy
Handlebar Alloy

 


So, after an entire drive-train and tire and saddle change to Selle Italia Carbonia Flow SL, the bike has lost about 1.5 pounds of carrying weight. Here is how it looks now.  It is currently built up as follows and weighs in at 17.6 lbs with pedals.

Frame 10-11 SuperiorLite SL Club - Custom (53cm) Monocoque UD Carbon with 3k Finish
Shifters/Brake Levers Sram Force
Front Mech. Sram Force
Rear Mech Sram Force
Crankset Sram Force
Cassette Sram PG 1070
Brakes Sram Force
Wheels S-Lite Race Alloy Wheels (1580 gr)
Tires Duro
Seat Post Carbon
Stem Alloy
Handlebar Alloy


12' Bicycle Projects: Specialized Allez - Sora to Rival
Posted by Kevin - 03/04/12 06:39PM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

How It Started - I purchased the bike (like new - stock) in 2009. This was pretty much the most entry level road bike that Specialized made in 06 except for the carbon fork and seat post.  It came equipped as follows and weighted in at just over 23.5 lbs sans pedals.
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Frame 06 Specialized Allez (54cm) A1 Aluminum Frame with Fact Carbon fork
Shifters/Brake Levers Shimano Sora Triple-8 Speed - Flight Deck
Front Mech. Shimano Sora Triple FD
Rear Mech Shimano Tiagra RD
Crankset Sungino Compact Triple
Cassette Shimano Sora 8 Spd (12-27)
Brakes Tektro Road Calipers
Wheels Alex Rims to Specialized Hubs
Tires Specialized Mondo Sport (700x23)
Seat Post Carbon Wrapped
Stem Spesh. Torolie
Handlebar Spesh Alloy Road

 


So, after an entire drive-train and wheel change, the bike has lost about 5 pounds of carrying weight. Here is how it looks now.  It is currently built up as follows and weighs in at 18.4 lbs sans pedals.  I did however upgrade the pedals as well from Shimano A520 SPD pedals to Shimano PD-R540 sicne I changed my cleat style to SPD-SL on the road bikes.

Frame 06 Specialized Allez (54cm) A1 Aluminum Frame with Fact Carbon fork
Shifters/Brake Levers Sram Rival (Carbon)
Front Mech. Sram Rival
Rear Mech Sram Rival
Crankset FSA Gossamer 46/36 CX Double
Cassette Sram PG 1050
Brakes Tektro Road Calipers
Wheels Williams Cycling - Fuzion F1 Wheelset
Tires Forte Pro+ Road Tires
Seat Post Carbon Wrapped
Stem Spesh. Torolie
Handlebar Spesh Alloy Road


The Year of the Dragon – 2012 Goals
Posted by Kevin - 01/12/12 09:23AM - 0 Comments - Backpacking, Cycling, General Fitness, Paddling, Rock Climbing, Running - 1/52/53/54/55/5

Last year, many of my goals were cycling related.  Though I achieved most of them, I feel as though I narrowed myself quite a bit in regards to improving my own life and lifestyle.  The Chinese Zodiac calendar claims two thousand twelve is the year of the ‘Dragon’.  Even though it is technically the year of the ‘Water Dragon’ the theme is basic enough.  Attack all goals with a ferociousness that can only result in success and awaken any of the dormant skills I may have been sitting on.

My cycling goals are pretty standard but increased from previous years and include a wider variety of riding.  I would like to ride well over 3,000 miles for the year an accomplish 1,000 of those miles touring.  In addition, I would like to complete my first road race, and work my way towards Cat4 standings as quickly as possible.  I would also like to participate in at least 5 charity events this year expanding from last years.  However this year I will be adding Cancer rides to the list of priority rides as well as a Pat Ytzma Charity Ride.

Beyond cycling, my goals for 2012 are to complete a sprint triathlon and a ‘Tough Mudder’ race.  Triathlons are great ways to utilize a whole set of cardio and endurance skills but can take quite a bit of training for.  A Sprint Tri is simply a short distanced Triathlon.  The Tough Mudder is a new, fast spreading phenomenon amongst the adventure racers and obstacle oriented people.  Considered to be one of the toughest obstacle races on the planet right now, I would consider this a tremendous opportunity for fun, teamwork and accomplishing something more and more people will soon be interested in.

As usual, I intend to paddle as much as possible and am planning an overnight kayaking trip with some friends this come early summer.  Most likely the trip will include a large section of the Delaware river and camping just along or inside of it.  This would be my first overnighter in my small boats and I am very interested in how they will hold up.

As part of training for the Tough Mudder and Triathlons, naturally running is required.  So this year, I am also starting to run.  Hopefully I will start averaging 5k within the next 2 weeks and keep up the trend every other day that I am not cycling or need a full rest/recovery day.  In high school, I ran Cross Country for two years and though I was not about being a pedigree winner in those days, I did appreciate the mental discipline it instills in you to be able to withstand physical pain and keep going.

Hiking and Climbing are always on the ‘Todo List’ but these are the few things happen much more sporadically and spontaneously than some of the previously mentioned activates. Above and beyond the standard day hikes which will probably be around a dozen or so, I am planning on a 3 day hike up the AT towards the North.

Just like last year and all of the years before this, all of these goals are intended and realistic.  However, if I achieve even most of these over this year, I would have kept a much busier life than last year and far busier than most other people in general.  Once again, the theme for this year is to stay active and hungry year round, and live the life of the dragon for 2012.



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