Warning: Declaration of TarskiCommentWalker::start_lvl(&$output, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker_Comment::start_lvl(&$output, $depth = 0, $args = Array) in /homepages/6/d309080372/htdocs/amf/wp-content/themes/tarski/library/classes/comment_walker.php on line 109

Warning: Declaration of TarskiCommentWalker::start_el(&$output, $comment, $depth, $args) should be compatible with Walker_Comment::start_el(&$output, $comment, $depth = 0, $args = Array, $id = 0) in /homepages/6/d309080372/htdocs/amf/wp-content/themes/tarski/library/classes/comment_walker.php on line 109
for all my friends · gear

gear

You are currently browsing articles tagged gear.

may_22_2013_hellyer_wednesday_night_track_racing

Took nearly 2 hours to get down to the track this afternoon.  First, there was a police block down Jones.  Then, I was snagged in random traffic the entire way down, when usually there’s not too much traffic at all.  Still made it onto the concrete pad in the middle of the velodrome at 6:30pm though, which is still enough time to get warmed up.  Not like riding around helped too much anyway.  I’ve been easing back into the running, and have opted for stairs until my leg is fully healed.  Definitely out of shape, but this week was even worse for some reason.  Tonight, there were combined categories: 5, 3/4, and p/1/2.  I threw on the shallow front wheel as to avoid getting tagged by the wind like last week.

Scratch: 10 laps.  I forget the details, but I was dropped pretty early on, and just watched the sprint go down.

Tempo: 10 laps.  Dropped again, not surprisingly.  Not quite sure what happened for the rest of the race.  I remember vaguely someone unclipping from their pedals.

Miss and Out: So this one was a bit better.  I rode near the back and sprinted up the track between turn 3 and 4 to pass people from the top.  It worked out pretty well, and soon, there was just Steve, 2 guys, and me, sitting in last.  On that lap, I gave the sprint along the turn 1 last go, but was too far gone to even nudge ahead of the other riders.  I think Steve won…?

Points: 35 laps, points every 5.  A group of 4 guys split off early on, and it was just me, Alex, Steve, and some random junior kid chasing.  Let me rephrase.  Every time the kid was up for a pull, he went through about 5 meters before pulling off, up the ramp.  It was pretty sad, to say the least.  While all these half ass exchanges were happening, the main group was gaining distance around the track on us, and I was sure they’d lap us soon.  Alex was chugging along, but too slowly for me and Steve, so I put in another pull, and they were dropped.  Shortly thereafter, we were swooped up by the 4 guys at the head of the pack.  Kind of held it together for a bit, until the final sprint came around.  We were lapped anyway, so it doesn’t really matter.

Safe night of racing, safe drive back into the city.  Not much else I could ask for.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

New Wheels.

Better photos of the new wheels:

doms_cannondale_optimo_track_carbon_3o

doms_cannondale_optimo_track_carbon_1o

See full specs on Velospace.

Tags: , ,

may_8_2013_hellyer_wednesday_night_track_racing-2

may_8_2013_hellyer_wednesday_night_track_racing-1

I rolled out from the city with my boy J and made it down to San Jose in record time, 1:25.  I forgot that because we were rolling 2 deep, I could cruise in the carpool lane on 85, which cut the time down like crazy.  Anyway, after registering and getting situated, I chilled out in the middle of the velodrome, waiting for Larry Nolan to open up the track for warm up.  They were doing Miss and Out drills, I think.  I probably should’ve done them, just to get the legs going a bit since I hadn’t had any aerobic since last Thursday because of my leg.

After warming up for a bit, riding kind of slow, the first race of the night was starting.  There were only 3 groups racing tonight, juniors were racing with the 5’s, and women rode with the men in their equivalent category.  Our field was 12 deep.  Let’s race.

Scratch: 10 laps, first across the line takes points.  I vaguely remember riding in the back before the pace started ramping up.  Not too much happened in this one, and I pretty much had bad positioning and a mediocre pace.  Ugh.

Win and Out: 7 laps, 3 bell laps, placing for 1st place on the 1st bell, then 2nd place on the 2nd bell, and then 3, 4, and 5 on the final bell lap.  The pace started ramping up pretty soon after the start.  After the juniors were dropped, we started rolling around pretty quick.  I was watching it all happen from the back, yet don’t really recall anything crazy happening.

Miss and Out: Last rider gets pulled every lap, when there’s 3 riders left, 1 more neutral lap before a sprint to the line.  Josh motored us along for the majority of the laps, I sat second wheel just waiting to see riders coming over the top.  There was about 7 of us left when guys started pressing the pace, moving forward.  I was 3 riders back from the front, and kept sprinting on the outside to make sure I wasn’t the last one.  After 3 or 4 laps of that, I was pretty burnt out, but one of the remaining riders in the trio, along with Josh and the chick.  Josh peeled off and rode next to me on the bell lap, and I was right behind the chick.  By this time, I was pretty zooted, and told Josh on turn 3 to just gun it for the win.  I came over the top and passed her right before the line, taking 2nd place.  Progress.

Points: 36 laps, points every 6.  This was by far the most grueling endurance event.  Last week it was 25 laps, points every 5.  We kept a pretty mellow pace for the first couple laps, but once the bell lap hit, it was on.  I was off the back but maintained a steady pace and caught back up for the first 2 sprints.  Guys started falling off the back, and by time I looked up, there were only 4 of us at the front, exchanging pulls.  And that’s pretty much how it went for the rest of the time, we were passing guys that had been dropped, and for a while, I was getting confused on who was off the front and who was getting lapped.  I think I was 4th wheel back for the rest of the race, so hopefully I scored some points.  Oh, and halfway through, the chick rolling with us in our group unclipped on turn 1 on accident and threw everyone into a panic for a quick second.  I was last in the pack and somehow rode next to the rail to avoid her.  Damn…scary.

On the drive back, we were driving on the highway, about to exit in San Francisco.  This Mini Cooper half a car ahead of us on the left side started merging about a second after they tapped their blinkers, and started driving right into our car.  I peaked to the right lane just before it started going down, and knew I was in the clear.  When the car started moving over, I flicked the wheel to the right and kept going.  The other car didn’t even get behind to exit, so what the hell was that?  Situational awareness was on point tonight.

Thanks for rolling with, J.

may_8_2013_hellyer_wednesday_night_track_racing-3

New rims on the bike.  Not ideally how I want to debut them, so expect better photos shortly.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

april_24_2013_hellyer_wednesday_night_track_racing-1

april_24_2013_hellyer_wednesday_night_track_racing-2

Al took a spill at the Red Kite crit this past weekend and wasn’t racing.  He brought donuts, though.

The drive down took a bit longer than last week, but I still showed up at around 6:20pm, so I guess it wasn’t horrible.  A tad on the windy side, but it died down a bit as the night went on.

Scratch: 10 laps, first across the line wins.  Everyone seemed a bit squirrelly out there for the first race.  The group split a bit in the middle of the race and I attempted to catch back up to the main group up ahead.  I finished near the back of the pack.

Win and Out: 5 laps, then the first to cross the line on the 6th takes 1st place then they’re out, first to cross on the 7th gets 2nd place then they’re out, and on the 8th, it’s racing for places 3, 4, 5 (I think).  This race was actually pretty neat.  I was riding in an okay spot, but as riders started surging towards the front, other riders were holding a slower pace, blocking a bunch of us in the back.  I kept on racing on, thinking maybe I could still land a spot.  On the 8th and final lap, I was edged out for 4th, and ended up taking 5th place.  Not bad.

Miss and Out: last rider gets pulled every lap, then neutral lap + sprint when there are 3 riders left.  I was pulled after 3 laps.  Nothing else worth mentioning from that one.  Still horrible at racing that.

Points: 15 laps, points ever 5 laps.  This week’s points race was actually really fun.  For a couple laps in the middle, with probably 7 left to go, I was caught off in the middle of 2 packs, trying to catch back onto the front group.  I finished somewhere in the top 8 probably, but didn’t get any points, so it was kind of whatever.

I went back to the car, and as I was pulling something out of my bag, I saw my phone fall out from my pocket and land on the ground, shattering the screen:

april_24_2013_broken_htc_droid_DNA_screen

I spent the majority of the drive back attempting to clear the glass shards off the screen.  I don’t think there’s a warranty for making a stupid mistake, I didn’t have insurance on it, and I don’t plan on buying a new one, so I’m just going to tough it out and hope for the best.  If it can last until January 27, 2015, I’m good.  Seriously bums me out though.  Big time.  Oh well, I gotta just move on.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

april_18_2013_fitbit_data

Ran out to the ballpark at lunch.  More running stuff en route to me since my running habits seem to be more consistent than my riding.  I also was able to get out of work at a decent hour, and stopped by the shop to drop off my carbon tubulars.  Should be good to roll in the near future!

Tags: , , , , , ,

Swiss-Army-Knife-Bike-Tool

Not too bad.  $48 retail.  Curious to see how that’ll hold up over time, but it’s an interesting concept – less bulk, more options (potentially).

Tipped from Bike Rumor.

Tags:

2014-Cannondale-Synapse-endurance-road-bike4

2014-Cannondale-Synapse-endurance-road-bike1

Wider bottom bracket, wider/flatter chain and seat stays, high modulus carbon, tapered head tube…and a 25.4mm seat tube.  Not like any of us are going to be racing a Paris-Roubaix anytime soon, but it’s still a bit interesting to see where the tech is going for pros.

See more on Bike Rumor.

Tags: , , , ,

april_16_2013_fitbit_data

Ran out to the ballpark and back for lunch, and was able to step out of the office a couple times to get some fresh air.  Too much time in front of a computer makes me feel like I’m being lazy, so walking around helps.  Side note, it’s been hilariously windy lately – I’m hoping it’s going to die down soon, because yesterday, it hit 50mph+ along the Marina Greens.

I’m waiting on tubulars to come in so I can get this wheelset on the track:

april_16_2013_ebay_carbon_tubular_track_wheels

Not bad for the price.

Tags: , , , , , ,

april_6_2013_fitbit_data

More crazy work in the last part of the week left me with zero time to myself…which is okay this time because it transitioned right into a goodbye celebration to one of my favorite co-workers.  Either way, I’m hoping things start settling down again in the next couple days.  Tomorrow, I’m running a 5k fundraiser in the Marina with a handful of my co-workers.  Should be fun, I think.  The runners are going to be timed, so it’ll be my first timed running event ever.  Not completely sure how I’ll feel or place, but it’ll be interesting.

Oh, and 88mm china carbon tubulars are en route.  Sorry for copying you, Tim.

Tags: , ,

april_1_2013_fitbit_data

Ran at lunch today, and went for a couple short walks so I wouldn’t go crazy sitting at my desk.  Same old.  Wednesday night track racing is just around the corner.  The Optimo is geared at 49 15 now, since I took the 15t cog back from my spare wheel.  Pretty excited!

Side note, this morning it was raining like crazy.  It cleared up in the afternoon, just before more clouds rolled in, and then cleared away once more to some windy weather.  Strange springtime stuff, but typical nonetheless.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

« Older entries