Friday, May 29, 2009

No Beer and no TV makes Homer go something something

Well, I have no internet at home, and the electricity and gas were supposed to be cut off today, but they weren't, so I'm not complaining.
I have shipped the bike to Calgary Cycle today.
One hurdle over, but now I'm worried about it getting damaged, either because of the shippers, or my own crappy packaging. Good news though I'm getting a new BB while it's in the shop.
Now I have to move out of my place on Monday.
Then fly out on the 9th.
Updates will be sporadic if at all.
I have all my gear squared away. I might carry two bib shorts, maybe.

I'm a little worried about the race, hopefully when I get there, my competitive spirit will take over and I'll be able to kick ass.

Matthew(the race organizer) is giving me a SPOT GPS thing so I can be tracked. I'll post more on that when I know about it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gear List

The Bike:
2006 Gary Fisher Ziggurat Al/Carbon(factory replacement)
Sram X.0 rear derailleur
X.0 twist shifters
Sram chain
Sram Cassette
Bontrager XXX Race Lite crank
Giga X-pipe BB(creaky!)
Avid Juicy 7 front and rear
Cane Creek Thudbuster LT
WTB Rocket V
Fox F100 RL
Maxxis Crossmark UST
Stans sealant
Stans ZTR Flow
Cris King Hubs
DT Swiss spokes/nipples
Richey handle bar(not the WCS :( )
Ergon grips with barends, not the ones I wanted, but I'll settle
Profile Designs aero bars
Protege 9.0 computer

All are from Eric Parsons at Epic Designs Alaska
Frame Bag
Gas Tank
Handlebar System
Mountain Standard saddle bag

Osprey Talon 11L
20L sil-nylon bag
100oz Camelbak bladder
bottom half of 1L Gatorade to scoop water
dropper of bleech
Vitamin I
Stan's syringe
spare batteries
breathe right strips
two Fenix flashlights
cateye headlight
spare computer mount
spare wireless computer(might ditch, but my only option is another computer that's been dunked twice)
MSR 6L dromedary
journal, passport, id, money, debit card, insurance card, memory card, calling card
Not Pictured: Sony SRF: M37W

Originally uploaded by sluttyduck

Handlebar system:
Prolite 4 3/4 length pad
Go Lite down quilt
Tigoat Ptarmigan bivy
Stiff Kiss knive(might ditch for small swiss army)
Chamois Butter
Maps and custom queue sheets
the days maps and queue sheets

Frame Bag:
old pump

Saddle Bag:
2 tubes
Crank Bros multitool
2 tire levers
surly singlerator
two patch kits
two spare valve stems
spare valve core
zip ties
few rubber bands
2 pair brake pads
few chain links
mini pliers
rope for bear bag if needed

silnylon bag
leg warmers
shemag(ear warmers, face warmer, sunblock, dust shield)
bellweather jacket

On Person:
Tomato Head/Tennessee Valley Bicycle kit
Giro Atmos

not pictured:
dr bronners
duct tape

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Oh Snap!

I guess it's good this happened on a shake down ride.
Fortunatly I have another set, and they're not Ti.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Final Form?

Still tweaking, and I ordered the wrong grips.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Switching to the Tour Divide

I will be racing in the Tour Divide instead of the Great Divide Race.
Not sure about the mix up. I'm pretty sure the GDR was going to start on the 11th in Canada this year, but they must have just changed that.

Not sure about all the drama between the two groups, but I want to do the whole Great Divide Mountain Bike Route so I'll be racing in the TD.

Almost setup

This is not quite the final setup.
I need my new handlebars and a few bits.
I've spent the better part of four days in Cincinnati, looking for a place. I've found several, but never heard back from the owner etc. I did finally find a suitable place seven miles from work. I'm sure the paperwork will be fine, but stranger things have happened.
Now I have to focus on training, map stuff, a wedding(not mine), moving, buying a ticket, and shipping off the bike.
Lots to do.