Category Archives: Bikes and components

Tour of the Ozarks Part One

It’s 8:53 PM, nearly dark and I’m careening down an incredibly steep highway following two blinking red lights in the distance.  I chance a short glance at my Garmin and see the speed is registering 42 mph.  I’m going 42 … Continue reading

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Shimano 105 5800 Upgrade

I’ve been running a 10 speed component group for awhile and while its worked well it never seemed to work exactly right.  I could replace the cables and adjust them all day but there always seemed to be a few … Continue reading

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First Century of the Year

Luke, Ryan and I rode what would be my first century of the year yesterday and as you might expect I have a few points to make.  First Luke and I drove to Mitchelsville to meet Ryan.  We pulled and … Continue reading

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Nashbar Touring Rebuild

I built up a super cheap Nashbar Touring Bike about 5 years ago, then dismantled it a couple years ago to build up a Jake the Snake.  I’ve recently built back up the Nashbar and have been riding it in … Continue reading

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I Can’t Help Myself

I have two road bikes that are fully functional and much nicer than I really need.  I have a cross bike that may not be exactly nice, but if definitely works.  I’ve been complaining to myself that I need to … Continue reading

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Finding Some Form

Yesterday I had the pleasure of riding 47 hilly miles with my pal Ryan.  This is awesome because here in the Heartland we’ve been dealing with rain almost every day.  This weekend is sunny and warm.  Well kind of warm. … Continue reading

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Repairing Aluminum Frame With Carbon

Back in early 2014 I fixed a crack in my Ksyrium Elite rear wheel by wrapping it in carbon.  3 years later I still ride those wheels and probably have put at least a couple thousand on them though they … Continue reading

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