21 February 2010

"Riding a Tall-Bike"

riding next to you today, out of the corner of my eye I kept thinking you were a guy riding a tall-bike.
Nick Bikes
Today started the "OH SHIT, racing session starts in 2 weeks" training regiment. Not as bad as I wound have thought that it would be. Clearly not in the shape that I need to be in to make it to number one, but I should be able to make to the end of the race, which was my goal.

Basically today's session was spent on the Points Race (need to do that race this week) course working on the basics of racing: pace lines, turning and plotting to knock Tim off his bike. Felt pretty comfortable with every thing. Need to work on the whole rotating through the pace line. Some how at the front, accelerate and when dropping to the back a large gap appears with me straining to close it. I partly blame the fact that I forgot to charge my GPS unit and  had no idea how fast I was really going, but I feel that with more experience, a natural feeling for the line will develop. Also, I think that my turns are a bit wide, but no one has said any thing yet.

The exciting event of the day was the dawning of the new Drexel Kits. Made by Vomax, I can't comment on the quality of them as I didn't even own a kit before these. They are nice, new and bright white to the point I do not want to wear them for fear of getting them dirty. Also to note, there is a massive amount of yellow that is associated with them. The arm and leg warmers are pure bright yellow. There will be some augmenting of them with other assorted warmers to reduce the feeling of being a sun as I ride down the street, let alone match better with my bike.

In other news, the Philly Phlyer is starting to solidify more and more. Need to yell at the venues in the next couple of days, but all should be good. To add a bit of excitement that should be build for the race, there will be low flying airplanes over the crit course during the race. Should be exciting.

Note on the quote at the top of the posting. Nick is on the cycling team with me and posted that on my Facebook will after our ride to day. It just reassured me that I had picked a good name for the blog.

'til next time: don't be lazy like me and spend time making race flyers. Use that time and race or just ride.

16 February 2010

The Start

Hello all!

This is my first season for racing with the ECCC. I'm quite excited. It should be an exciting time. While I wouldn't be able to make it to all the races, there are many that I'm going to and really looking forward to.

I hope to use this blog to share my experiences with cycling over the next couple of months in relation to racing, and any thing else that I do that is cycling related.

Just to give every one some background knowledge on the name of this blog. I'm 6'7". A pure giant. My bike, Clifford, is just to small for me. It is a 63cm Cannondale CAAD 4. It is a pretty bike. Based on my size, I need a 69cm frame. There are two that are sitting in my kitchen. So, there you have it I'm just to big for my bike.

Other Exciting Things
Here are some other things that are currently happening in my world of cycling.

The Philly Phlyer
Even though this is my first year racing, I have seemed to have found myself helping to plan this year's race. It has been a challenge to plan, and make sure that everything will go off with out a hitch. There are going to be thing that will be new this year. Things that will almost the same as previous years. Things that will just be plain awesome.

There will be another posting after every thing has been finalized. It is just going to be plain cool.

The Commuter
Some how I have crack my frame on my commuter bike. It's a 69cm Raleigh. Awesome bike. I think that I have replaced every thing on it, and it has been the bike that I learned a lot of my knowledge on in terms of bike mechanics.

The frame is cracked on the left drop out. My house mate says that I shouldn't ride it, but that isn't going to stop me. It adds a bit of excitement to commute to campus, along with the ice and snow.

If any one has any idea what to do about me breaking bikes and bike parts, please please chime in.

The Training
Ha. Where is the time for that?

Mountain Biking
With all of this snow on the ground, I have taken an interest in taking an attempt at mountain biking. Fixed gears with road slicks provide for a certain level of ... excitement ... while riding, but a mountain bike would be awesome to have. So with that, I have started the search for a mountain bike. Really need to do more reading up on it in terms of sizing but I think that I will be able to find on at some point.