I have to say, 2013 was the best year of riding I’ve had in a long time. It came at the expense of hiking and canoeing, though. According to my Strava logs, I rode for almost 70 hours and logged around 360 miles of riding (combined between my commuter and mtb). There were a handful of rides I did not log, so in total, I probably reached 400mi or close to it. My goal was to get to 500mi on the mtb by itself, so I did come up a bit short.
I mentioned in my last post that I recently moved. My new place has a basement that makes for a perfect gear storage and bike workshop. I took advantage of that space to do a frame swap for my commuter. Bye-bye On-One Pompetamine. Your rear dropouts and disc caliper mount were a pain in my ass and it was time to replace you with something that just worked.
Welcome, Salsa Vaya. You sure are a sexy commute bike.
As with the rest of you, my holidays have been pretty busy spending time with family and friends and doing the holiday party circuit. I’m trying to avoid gaining more weight, as I already weigh more than I want to (last check at 184lb) and I think I managed to avoid that.
I tried to make time to be active over the holidays, too. The first of those was the 2012 edition of the 5k’s of Christmas, which I ran 2 winters ago also. This time it was held in Carmel’s Central Park.
I ordered a Paul Components Stem Cap Light Mount to use on my On-One Pompetamine commuter bike, and it arrived via USPS today.
It has indeed been awhile since my last update. I’ve been BUSY trying to get my thesis done. I really haven’t done much GPS tracking of any rides lately because I’ve just been riding when I can. And lately, that’s meant lots of commuting duty so I can keep my cycling legs under me.
The Pompetamine has been getting some miles on it lately. It’s also had some changes since I posted up my original build pics. Here’s what I’ve done to it:
This post has been a few weeks in the making, but please forgive me. I’ve been riding my new bike when I haven’t been working. It’s nice that even though my workload has increased, my riding miles have also increased because of this new bike.
The great thing about this bike is that it doesn’t matter where I take it. It can handle trails OR roads. Now I’m not doing Scooby at the SFA Rec Trails on this thing, but I can get a dose of dirt on it when I need one.
My next paycheck came, so I was able to start buying the last bit of parts I need to finish this build. I bought:
Easton EA70 2 bolt seatpost
Sugino 46t chainring
Crupi 18t cog
Tektro RL520 black brake levers
Surly hub spacer kit
carbon headset spacers
red ano bits from Purely Custom
-6mm chainring bolts
-valve stem caps
-cable end crimps
used Brooks B17 saddle from ebay
bontrager buzzkill bar end plugs
-Velocity Dyad black reflective rims
-Shimano M629 hubs
-DT Champion straight gauge spokes
-red alloy nipples
Origin8 centerlock to 6 bolt adapters
Specialized Crossroads 700×38 tires
Ok, so I’ve had to shift gears regarding the commuter bike project because the old Trek was just the wrong size frame. I ended up selling off that old Trek and buying an On-One Pompetamine frame/fork. This is a steel 700c road bike with track dropouts and disc brake mounts. It goes so far with the disc brake mounts that they’re the ONLY brake option for this frame. I bought one in a glow-in-the-dark paint scheme (the fork was not available in that color, so I went with black).
I’ve got the old Trek 420 completely stripped of all its components. The last part that needed removing was one of the rack bolts. It was seized into the frame. I tried everything and had to take the last resort of drilling it out and chasing the threads. That took care of the problem.
I’m going to call around locally to find out what it’d cost to have the frame bead blasted here. I thought about chemical strippers, but this frame has so many nooks and crannies that it would take me forever. If I was going to do a rattlecan paint job on it, I’d probably make the effort. But I’m going to have this frame professionally painted and if I don’t get it, the painter will have to redo it. That would defeat the whole purpose.
I picked up an old Trek 420 road bike from the Bike Shop recently with the goal of turning it into a better commuter than the one I’ve been using. My old commuter is just an old mountain bike with some lights, reflective tape, and a horn. Not especially fast on the road.
I did a post about it earlier this summer. Like I said, it’s not fast. I use it because I have it, and that’s pretty much about it. My goal with the Trek is to turn it into a simple, reliable commuter with fenders, a rack, and a new life.