Hello and am introducing myself. Former racer who after a 13 year break (took up golf lol) is back at it.
I "officially" joined a while ago but this like I said is my first post. Im' pretty good at conditioning, fit advice but I am so freaking lost in technology so I will be asking lots of questions which you guys seem awesome at providing answers without being rude like some other forums I have checked out. This place seems like a very cool hangout.
I Raced a lot in So Cal during the late 80s to early 2000s. Road for a handfull of local teams (Starting with Montrose CC ending in Shaklee Masters) won some (mostly lost some..lol) Cyclocross seemed to be best results (Bronze in a 30-35 State Event) . I live in Bend, Oregon now. Occupation. Co-own a small graphic design business vertcreative.com
Finally getting off my butt and giving the bikes a makeover and feel worthy of making a post. Will post pics progress pics, sorry none at present... but will get on it!
Road bike (only one left now)
Lightpeed Vortex, The Story - I originally had Levi's hand me down from Health Net, but got run over by a car during a training ride, I was fine the bike, not so much. Lightspeed replaced it with a newer one. I believe it's a 99, whatever the first year they went to the brushed finish. I love the bike, it's the one I couldn't part with.
I will be updating the components but right now I am still on Dura Ace 9speed. Wheels rotate with my cross bikes but I have a set of Zipp 303s and 404s and some Kysriums for rough road training. I want to go to 10 shortly. I might be adding a TT setup this summer. I don't have plans to update my cross bikes, just too much coin considering other activities here. Anybody that knows Bend... you have a Winter quiver of sports goodies too lol.
The group is Dura Ace with Sweet Wings cranks. I was friends with the owner(s) back then and they sort of sponsored me in exchange for some promotion. On the fence keeping the set vs putting it on my cross pit bike. They still feel as stiff and light as anything newer I have tried of late. You guys can help me here though I am sure. I might be completely nuts in that thinking. Considering staying with Shimano for the drivetrain upgrade. Any help there is great.
Indy Fab. Group is also Dura Ace 9speed with Sweet Wings. My dry race wheels are an early set of tubular Zipps, I don't know the model exactly (circa 98). I was given them. They are deeper than 303s and have that rougher braking surface. They are reasonably light considering they cross specific I believe are 28/32 spokes. Amazing they have held up so well. Tires are Tufo Elites.
Pit Bike (also prefer it on tight courses) Prototype Haro. I don't think they ever made it to full production. Another hookup back then. Group is also Dura Ace. I use the 404s with Specialized 2013 Captain Cross for muddier courses.
Mountain Bike (torn apart for SS conversion)
GT Xizang. Components to be determined but am keeping the Chris King hubs. I want this to as light as possible and will for sure ask some advice along the way. I raced a bit in expert class there too and want to race again but only SS.
Anyway I thought I would introduce myself and hopefully can make some new online friends here. I am a ain't broke don't fix it mentality.. but I am sure you guys can do some good enabling
A late Happy Thanksgiving!
I'll dig up some pics soon.