First off, the Serotta and I have now finally got some good miles in together and I must say I love the ride. The shifting is still settling in as any Campagnolo group typically does. It did it on the Flyte, and things are getting smoother on the Serotta. The paint is beautiful, and tonight, I think I’m going to go home and tenderly clean every inch of the deep red paint of the road grit and grime I picked up between the Hotter’n Hell and the Cotton Patch Classic the last couple weeks. Someone on BikeForums this morning made a new thread stating that “Steel is for Retro Idiots”. Obviously an attempt to stir up an argument, I didn’t take the bait too much, but couldn’t help but respond with my own choice input on the subject. Steel rides wonderfully, any ride over 40mi, and I’m going to be on a steel frame. Till I can afford Ti, or have enough reserve cash to not worry about destroying a carbon, steel is real good for me.
Surgery – yes, it is about time for me to go back in for the rest of it. For those who don’t remember or read about it, I had 4 moles removed back in late April, and now I must go back for the last 3. A mixed blessing, I don’t have any more in my legs that will keep me off the bike completely. However two are in my scalp so I will be unable to wear a helmet for several weeks. This will keep me confined to the trainer indoors till it heals completely. The last one is in my left arm. Usually this would be no real big deal… except I’m left handed. This might actually help me lose weight since it will be real difficult to eat for a few days!
Stiffness – as in stiffness in my back. Something about my position on the bike, how I’m sleeping, something has been causing some very prolonged muscle problems in my back. It has gotten to the point that it is causing some numbness to the surface of my skin in my upper back between my shoulder blades. Last night I went for a professional massage in hopes it would start to relax my back muscles. It seems to have helped, but a little more time will be needed to know if it did the trick, or more will be needed. Till then I might have to limit my bike ride distance and speed some to prevent me from tensing up my back too much for too long. I’m also going to spend some time and money with a bike fitter at a local shop to get the bike(s) set up better for me.
Squeaking! I recently replaced the aged and hardened brake pads on the Gazelle’s Campagnolo Super Record brakes with a new set of KoolStop Salmon pads that fit the original campy holders. Paired with a brand new set of Campagnolo Omega 19 rims these new pads do stop well. But they also squeak like a dying banshee. Sounds that I can barely stand for the few seconds it takes to bring the bike down from 20 mph to a stop. I really must find a solution to this issue as it is more than enough to make me rethink taking the bike out for a ride. I really love the ride of the Gazelle, and certainly don’t want something like this standing between me and riding it.
Summer, is just above over with now. Even here in Texas the temperatures have started to cool considerably already this year. And for the first time in a great number of years, I’m not going back to school this fall. I will be doing some studying, getting some software certifications and such, but I am taking at least a full year away from school. I think it will be good for me, allow me to focus on some other things for a little bit. Hopefully rediscover the enjoyment in learning that I had somehow lost in the last 7-8 years of college.
Stuff, other stuff (ok, I’m running out of ‘S’ words…). Velobase is continuing to grow, though slightly slower than it was at the get-go. There have been new components added and updated every week, as well as new members joining. Looking at the activity of many members I can see they are just signing up to get a look at the Catalog scans, but it is my hope that some of them will return to be part of the VeloBase community. I have been receiving some good feedback on how to make the site better and as time allows I am looking into some of them. By this time next year I hope to be moving on to Phase 2 of the website. But I’ll go into more of that at a later date and time. For now, I’m going to wrap up the afternoon, head for home, and hopefully get out on the bike. Which bike I don’t know…