|Wolf Tooth Seat Collar|
Wednesday Wolf Tooth made an announcement concerning a new component that they were going to add to their line. A seat collar. Just a seat collar.........
But, this one comes in PURPLE!
Okay, so back in June I ordered a bunch of parts for my new Black Mountain Cycles MCD which, as everyone knows now, is pink. I wanted a purple seat collar and I had a really hard time tracking one down. Salsa used to make them, but I could not find anything in a small enough size that would work on the BMC frame which is steel, of course.
I tracked down a possibility but it was just too big, and so I went with the stock one that came with the frame. I'd pretty much given up hope that I'd ever track one down. But this news that came on Wednesday was well received here. I definitely will be getting one, and in a bonus- it is from the same company my head set is from.
Of course, they make all the other cool anodized colors as well in several different sizes. You can go HERE to see the webpage on Wolf Tooth's site. MSRP is $24.95
|The Mississippi Gravel Cup flyer|
There is this thing called "preconceived notions" that can lead you astray. I know I have been led astray by these notions I have had about different things in the past. Sometimes we don't acknowledge these notions because it makes us seem "weak", "wrong", or whatever. I know sometimes people like to only talk about the aftermath of their preconceived notions getting torn down by saying "mind blown!", or by using some other clever, socially current phrase. Me? I'm just going to tell you right up front.
I was dead wrong about Mississippi.
Jason Sheerer, a resident of Mississippi, came to ride in Trans Iowa last spring. He finished well, and afterward he said something to the effect that "Iowa is boring. Nothing but empty corn and soybean fields. But the race was great!" That bothered me a bit, and I thought to myself, "Yeah, but Mississippi isn't all that great. Probably nothing but cotton fields."
And that was that. Jason went home and I went on with my business. Then this whole deal with interviewing he and his wife came about for a "Featured Event" post for RidingGravel.com. (That should post this weekend, by the way) As I was speaking with them, I was getting a completely different picture of Mississippi painted for me. One of beautiful National Forests, winding gravel roads, and fun people to ride with. Their words made me excited to go ride there.
Then they sent me some pictures.
Let's just say that I am seriously considering making the trip down to take in one of their events. Check out their site here.
|The Bubblegum Princess with 650B wheels|
So, this whole 650B wheeled thing has been around here at Guitar Ted Laboratories for a couple years, maybe three now. Anyway, I've given them the good ol' "college try". I have compared and contrasted them with 700c wheels on three different bikes and with a few different tires and wheel sets. I think I've come to some good conclusions.
While the 650B wheels and tires do some things pretty well, the most impressed I ever was with them was when I rode on pavement. They just can be so pillowy-smooth that it is incredibly fun. On gravel it was a mixed bag. The best tires I ever used were Terrene Elwoods or WTB Byways. In either case, I could make an argument to always run 650B. However, when it comes to good, 700c X 42-45mm wheel and tires, hands down the ride and performance is better on gravel. It's almost as nice on pavement many times, and it is neck and neck with 650B on dirt and sand.
So, unless I am testing 650B tires, I am reverting back to 700c wheels and tires 24-7. It's just better all day, every day. At least it is for me. Now, like I said, if I was doing a road tour, I would seriously consider the 650B X 47mm Horizons or Byways. Fully bagged out, self-supported road touring would make sense, to me, on wheels like that. But out on the plains, on gravel, on Level B roads, in Kansas, in Nebraska, in Minnesota, I'm running 700c wheels without question.
In May of 2019 I will be entering my 15th year of blogging. (!!!!) So, I was thinking about doing something special to celebrate that fact and I had a few questions for you as readers of the blog to ponder. Basically, I am searching for feedback, and if you'd be so kind as to respond via commenting here or by e-mail, that would be awesome.
I have a few ideas I wanted to run by y'all. In no particular order.....
- I've been thinking about a t-shirt. I could use the logo seen here, which I've used even before I started blogging, by the way. I also have the "OG" sketch for this logo which is a tiny bit different, but I've always liked it. Basically it is what you see here with a smoking skull on top of the cube. ha! Jeff Kerkove didn't like it back when he digitized this image for me. So that wasn't ever published. Anyway, a bit of blog history there. Let me know if a t-shirt would be something you'd like to see and purchase.
- A New Series Idea: I can tell you right now that the most popular thing I am doing here, by far, is the "Touring Series" posts. Those posts are drawing twice the views most of my other stuff is. Obviously you folks like the series! The thing is, after January, the series will be over. So, I have room for some other regularly appearing series to take its place. My mind has settled on doing Trans Iowa stories. One of my readers has suggested I write a book about Trans Iowa. Well, this could be the beginning drafts of that. You could be a part of the process. I'm not sure how it will look, but I can cross that bridge later if y'all want to see me do this.
- Don't Change A Thing!: I could also do nothing special. I could just keep chugging along as I always have. By the way, this year figures to be #2 on post count all time. So, yeah.......I'm keepin' busy here!
- Change Something! Maybe you do want to see something I haven't mentioned done. Something you've always thought I should cover, talk about, or do. This is your chance to steer the ship. Say it now or forever hold yer peace!
That's enough for this edition of "FN&V" Have a great weekend and I'll be out riding. Will you?