back to the threadless future

nice cold day.


Gallery from Sprint your Stache off Goldsprints for Beard and Mustache fest 2011

great night. Not all of these are mine, Kenshi and Josh are co-photographers.

Stokage. Total stoke.

So, after a long wait due to funemployment and carlessness, I finally got a chance to hit some slopes with my 09/10 Penguin Collective Maysis DB boots.


First of all, the enjoyment didn’t come from the boots.  They were comfortable and responsive and I got them dialed in nicely, yes.  The enjoyment instead came from being on the mountain with some great friends and a couple cold ones, and a whole lot of that NW fluffy stuff.  Some cats that I usually ride bikes with were shredding the gnar with me Monday and it was a whole ton of fun.

I’m starting to consider spring end of season passes once they get stupid cheap.  It was that much fun.  I came home and after a few hours went straight out to a goldsprint put on by GOmeansGo, so my legs got a big day in.  Miraculously, I don’t feel that beat up. Tired, but not sore anywhere but my neck.

I got a great feel for my board(too short and stiff in the wrong places and a little heavy for me… that’s what she said), bindings(great generally, but stupid-heavy and could be a little better at transfer on the highbacks) and riding on Snoqualmie Summit. I can’t wait to go back.

Also, the Caad4nondale is coming together slowly with a king headset and red stem.  The race fork is beastly and I can’t wait to put some real miles on it.

I am going to build some wheels for it but need some hubs and spokes and nipples first.

Which brings us to the other debacle of the weekend… I bought some cxp22s(mavic but nothing terribly high quality, just nice cheap and durable) in black at Recycled and was happy until I started realizing the other parts I needed and that these would be my only road wheels.

The thing is, my current road set is a paired spoke bontrager set. It’s not really a set actually, there’s a front race lite with bladed spokes and a rear select with butted spokes.  The problem is that the paired spokes have not faired too well here on the streets of Seattle and my front nipples, or a good majority thereof, are splitting in two and some completely round or separated.  Riding on this wheelset is just plain dangerous.

What I could do is use my dp18 wheelset, but it’s got a 7speed rear hub which won’t fit the 9speed 6500 gears on the bike. I’d have to take the 12 off and trim the derailleur in, and then my commuter/rack/fender nashbar X would be without wheels.

I could also put on the tubulars, but again, massive drawbacks to that idea.

So I bought these CXP-22’s and thought, Okay, I’ll build them up. Well, at 50 bucks a pop that got real expensive real quick, so I took them back on a Sunday to get a refund.  My plan was return, ride to a different bike shop, and get cheap pre-built wheels.

So I returned the black CXP-22s and headed to Speedy Reedy, where I immediately noticed some nice sidewalk sale clearance items that had either been installed and not ridden or just were being cleared out.  Triathletes are great sources of slightly used parts, because they’re not on their bikes very often and when they are, they’re so tired from swimming they don’t ride the bike all that hard(joke.).

I find a zoncolan saddle for 40 bucks and … what’s this? silver cxp-22s for half what recycled had charged me. Cha-ching! Wheelbuild plan back in action! Swipe the card and…


Wait a minute.


Why does my return receipt not have a negative sign on the card slip?

Balls. They charged me twice for shit I returned to them. Rather, they returned it in their system and then through a slip of the fingertip, charged me again for it instead of putting the money back on my card.

Well shit. I get some more money for the zoncolan and hoops, then ride back to Recycled on a mission. I know they didn’t mean to do it, so I’m pretty cool about it, but I am the only one at the register and get it addressed right away. The experienced staff member sees what’s up and shakes his head, muttering about the new guy that rang me up wrong, and puts the money back on my card. All 219 of it. Problem is, it takes up to 5 business days to get it back so now I’m having to put the wheel parts on hold.

Which gives me lots of time to overthink things.

Like what I should do with these CXP-22s.

Now, I bought them for the road bike. But the silver would look far better on the green and silver track bike… so I’m thinking of getting these laced up to the silver hubs with green nipples and maybe doing a hybrid crowsfoot pattern or other weird pattern. But wait, what about the bronze CXP-30’s on the track bike now?

Well, I feel like those would look awesome on the road bike or the cross bike, and I wouldn’t necessarily mind getting rid of either one’s current set.

Not terribly sure though. Either way, building this set of rims is going to require a lot of time and money for hubs and nipples and spokes and probably a truing stand.  I would really like to have a set of custom wheels, but I’ll have to buy a hubset of some type to build these up and at best would sell one of my current sets(not the bontragers).  The least expensive option is to repair the bontragers, and I may end up doing just that.  I’ll probably paint the bontragers too if i go through the hassle of relacing and replacing nipples.

I think the best thing is to spend the money I would spend on something like the performance Titan wheelset on a truing stand.  That way I can true my and my friends’ wheels, build wheels with confidence, and make custom wheel builds that I feel good about without having to spring for labor.

So yeah. The kilo will get the CXP-22’s, the R2000 will get repaired bontragers, and the cross bike might see some cxp-30s before too long.

However, now I’m wishing I wasn’t tied up in bike parts and could just spend money on a new board and bindings. Like a K2 0 and auto ever bindings…

Taku Jacket and Bike Plans, Again

While riding my cannondale, I have been zipping around town a lot and ever since selling my first ascent softshell, I’d been hoping to find another black hooded shell.

Well I found one. An older REI Elements Taku jacket(with zip off hood and mp3 player pocket) in black, small at Redlight. Redlight usually deals in grungy vintage clothes so I was super surprised to find this REI jacket there… especially when you can simply return whatever you buy at REI and as long as you’re not abusive, get your money back… but I guess this first person had a conscience, or something.

The jacket’s great. It’s so breathable that I haven’t used the pit zips yet(though it has been stupidly cold lately) and it’s still very waterproof even seeing as that its second hand and a few seasons old. It’s not the best fit out there but I like it better than the first ascent because it’s as puffy on the chest as it is in the arms instead of walking some limbo of puff/pull. Plus, it was twenty bucks.
I’m very happy.

I especially love the contoured neck line and removable hood. V. useful on a bike.


What really makes me happy is that after I put the jacket on after taking it home, I reached in the mp3 player pocket and pull out a condom, still in its wrapper, that has an outline of the United States filled in with stars and stripes and is branded “CHAMPION” underneath in a chrome wrapper. Dear god, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Hilarious. Keeping this in my jacket always. You couldn’t pay me to use it.

Speaking of things that haven’t been used…

Also on my mind are plans for bikes. First thing that needs addressing is the road bike. I’m definitely throwing the king headset and ems fork on the cannondale road bike.

That doesn’t need to be done, but I will feel so much better about it after getting it fit right. The stem that’s on there now isn’t right and quills only adjust on one plane. The other project which really is necessary is that I need to build up a new wheelset to cure the cracked nipple problems of my paired spoke bontrager set that I ride now. I’m terrified every time I’m on it. Cracked nipples are a “stop riding immediately” problem in my book, and yet… I love riding it so much I keep finding myself back on it. No more, new wheels or bust. I’m thinking 28 spokes with open pros, and a truing stand.

In track bike news…

Leader is coming out with a new 2011 735tr probably landing abouts junetime.

I’m saving up for one and with my tax return, I feel like I should be able to make it pretty awesome by the time they release them. I’m thinking of getting carbon wheels and making it flat black all over, a la Koshy’s 09 FTP… but on the other hand, all black bikes have been done and done and done. I may try to get this custom painted like my old nishiki: salmon white fade… but that could be bad juju because of my nishiki’s fate sacrificing its life to save mine. Plus, everyone rides pink bikes now, the novelty is gone. I think what I’ll do is see what colors they offer, then either go all black or try to approximate a cannondale track blue but in bassboat metal flake. Love me some multicolor sparkles. Chameleon paint like a Klein? I always loved that purple/orange chameleon paint. Hmm… maybe the real reason everyone likes black bikes is because they’re easy. No tough decisions. I hope leader doesn’t do the “black white or sea foam green” they’ve doomed the 2011 725tr to. So boring, I feel like every one is going to look like all others.

Anyway, yeah. I took the fork off my kilo and put it back to regular. The crappy headset was broken and I decided I was done with threaded faux-retro. I think I’m finally sick of that bike. I loved it, but I’m kind of done. It will now stay in its sad and ugly threadless state until I figure out what I’m doing and if I’m getting that leader or not. Maybe I’ll rebuild the shimano 600 headset from the r2000 and put that on the kilo with the cannondale slice fork, but wrap the fork in stickers it doesn’t have that red to carbon fade that would clash so terribly with the apple green. I don’t know, no big deal.

What is stupid-awesome is that knog sent me a carepackage. Hat, stickers, and skin for my front boomer to match the cannondale. What righteous dudes.

Happy valentine’s day everyone. Love ya.