Monday, March 1, 2010

Deja Vu and the Onset of Responsibility

Look Familiar? For most I would assume not. For those in the Intro and D Fields during the 2008 Season you may have recognized it as the bike under that guy (see Noob who lacked athletic ability) that got spit of the back instantaneously and/or ended up on the pavement. See Exhibit A:

Heyoooo! Flash back! Some sweet D Zebra Action during the 08 Beanpot Road Race. I would guess about 3 minutes later I was picking gravel out of my elbows.

Nostalgia aside, the point of this blog: I'm racing old school this season. My Orbea Opal, the piece of art that was my steed last year cracked in the most unceremonious of ways. I mean, no one WANTS to crack a frame, but if you do, it needs to be glorious.

The word from Orbea HQ: No dice. Sucks to be you.

After removing a 4lb crank and bottom bracket combo, and putting on a light set of wheels, I have a surprisingly fun bike for this season. The Felt came in just a hair under 19lbs (THANK YOU SRAM AND MAVIC!). As one ex racer put it to me, "There was a time not too long ago when that was absurdly light."

After some bike soul searching and many prayers to the cycling gods, I have decided to fight the urge to drain my bank account and get a Tarmac (one day I will have you!) and order an aluminum bike. I need a workhorse racer, something I can knock around on for the next few years until I get one of those job thingys. CAAD 9 is at the top of the list.

This brings me to another subject. Why has aluminum become such a bad word in cycling? Almost everyone I have talked to (excluding my local Cannondale dealer of course!) acted like aluminum meant I wanted a low end bike. It wasn't too long ago that the CAAD 9 and Cervelo S1/Soloist were TDF machines.

Bike Drama aside, the team is doing great! The team is shaping up into a strong unit. Even got one of our new guys to do a practice criterium last weekend. With the first streak of good weather in almost two months, the boys from UD are riding like banshees....behaving as if 20mph winds and 35deg weather constitute balmy training days.

Many have asked the question why have we gotten so much snow this winter? The so called snowmaggedon. Global warming? A decrease in solar flares?

Nay. Hubris is the answer. For years Delaware as bragged about its ability to ride year round (while the rest of you suckers are snowed in). In a world ruled by irony, we have recieved our come-uppins.

See you all in a few days. I'm looking forward to it and I know you are too.



  1. Hey Man,

    Caad 9 4 is the way to go. I think the retail is 17 so it is 'reasonable' The kit that is on it (straight rival except the force cranks) is killer sweet. The only reason the bike isn't 16 pounds in because of the tank shimano 105 wheels they put on it. Fastest bike at the least dollars.

  2. good on you arthur...

    love to get together for a ride sometime.
    let me know when you guys head out...

    best to you.
    c/o 1994