Power Results from June 2014:
Power Stuff from March 2016:
Sprint – https://www.strava.com/activities/489596017/analysis/707/720
1 min – https://www.strava.com/activities/503108167/analysis
5 min – https://www.strava.com/activities/480529122
20 min – https://www.strava.com/activities/492667813/analysis/1651/5148
Actually, 20 min power has dropped 10 W. 5 minute power has dropped 10 W. 1 min power and sprint has stayed the same.
I’m really not that surprised. Didn’t do any real/good training last summer (2015) and didn’t ride much 1st semester. Gotta get back in it, boi.
Focusing on 5 min and 20 min power this year because that seems to lag behind my anaerobic stuff.
A while ago, I got the very special opportunity to shoot #2 of the special 60th edition Colnago C60. Built up with full-on Campagnolo Super Record 11s mechanical (what else?) and Bora Ultra tubulars, it’s also specced with custom Colnago-branded bottle cages and full-carbon saddle. When I put it into my car to drive to location to shoot, the value of my car doubled. That was fun.
A lot of fun to shoot. The light wasn’t perfect, but I love the setting, and I was happy to find the location.
The money shot.
This is a really comfortable saddle and totally saves 100 grams, too!!!!!!
The C60 is a lugged frame
Of course, the plaque has to be in Italian.
View from the back
Another view from the back
Does Campagnolo’s four-arm crank design and long-lever-arm front mech redesign seem familiar?
A phat bottom bracket
My favorite shot of the bunch.
Rag on Campy all you want, they do make nice stuff.
A bottle cage fit for a $16,000 bike.
Signed by Ernesto himself.
Not a straight block, but we’ll forgive
Campy Skeleton brakes with carbon pads for the Boras
Perhaps the most ergonomic brake levers of the Big Three, but maybe not the most easy-to-use, especially in the drops.
The silver/black gets really edgy
Whatever you think of them as a bike brand nowadays, this is a name that carries a lot of history
…heavy. Just kidding, this comes in at about 26 pounds.
The frame and fork are a Sekai Grandtour 2500 from 1977. I got the bike free and then overhauled it… Although the only real replacements I had to do was give it new tires. A good clean and new grease was really the only other thing needed.
SS Conversion was ~ $25
Brooks B17 was $50
Love it. Enjoy:
Remember when Nashbar was good? Rims are Nashbar too
Lugz. The original frame was a Sekai Grandtour 2500 which was Sekai’s middle-range racer. Uses Tange High Tension double-butted tubing.
Original stem. We don’t need to go racer low.
Uncolored natural cork tape from XLC
On top of the bike is a Brooks B17 Narrow that I got used and broken in for $50.
Diacompe Sidepull, single-pivot brakes. No QR.
Lugs. I was considering stripping, sanding, priming, respraying the entire bike, but that’s easily a $100+ project including all the extra tools I would need
Sugino Maxy crank spinning on a square spindle BB that I repacked during the initial overhaul. Original crank, not a new one.
The nut of the rear QR
Shimano rear QR. Solid, which I need for the Singlespeed rear hub. It’s Shimano, although it reads ‘Made in Italy’ on the back.
I borrowed one of my teammate/friend’s bike for some pics. I think they look cool. Another bike coming soon to a thisiszachwong.wordpress.com near you 🙂
Stick it in the big ring. Line up the wheels. Don’t move a muscle. Boom: Money shot. Holla.
Shimano Ultegra rear mech keeps the 10 sp shifting crisp and clean.
All cables are routed internally. The S5 cables are actually not that hard to route due to removable frame inserts.
Zipp 404 Firecrest detail. Wide rims and an understanding that wheels have to be aerodynamic from both sides have led the Zipp design to be copied by all other wheel manufacturers since.
The braking is actually really good for a carbon rim. I was pleasantly surprised. Modulation is a little eh (sort of an exponential power curve with respect to lever pull), but final stopping power is just as strong as my 105-on-aluminum brakes. Didn’t catch what brake pads they were, sorry guys. They look like regular Shimano pads, though!
25mm Michelin Pro4 tires leave just a teeeeeny bit of clearance with the seattube. Phew!
Of course. Although Cervelo has stepped down sponsorship a little since the days of Cervelo Test Team, they still remain a major player on the WPT.
Due to the shape of the aero seatpin, Cervelo uses a proprietary seatpost wedge. The screw compresses a steel clamp against the back of the seattube wall.
Because Cervelo uses a proprietary seatpost, it’s built with a two-position mount to help any rider achieve their optimal position. A much more practical solution than making riders buy different setback seatposts.
The name might be a bit cumbersome to type, but Kevin chooses a cushy Fi’zi:k Arione Tri2 Max.
Aero is everything, says Cervelo. Er… that might be someone else. Regardless, Cervelo chooses to route their cables through the top tube behind the stem. The extra bends in the cables aren’t very conducive to friction-free shifting, but it’s all about the aero on this bike.
As seen by Kevin. He chooses LizardSkins bar wrap for a grippy, textured feel.
Kevin runs Shimano Ultegra 6700 (10 speed), which packs 95% of Dura-Ace Performance into a more wallet-friendly price package.
The Black/Red/Grey/White is signature Cervelo. The entire bike looks so uniform and well-put-together.
Spare no expense. Top of the line Zipp 404s roll on Zipp’s 88 hub and the ubiquitous Sapim CX Ray spokes.
FSA is relied on by all bike companies to provide solid-but-cost-saving components. Kevin has a compact on during the winter, but will pull out the 53-11 come sprinting time.
The lowest level component on this bike are the pedals. Oh no, he’s losing 20 grams!
Last race I did Cat 4/5, the lowest category in the ChiCrossCup.
This Sunday, I’m racing 1/2/3s, the highest category in the ChiCrossCup.
Good luck, eh?
Today I had a race.
Today I had my ass handed to me.
Today I learned that there’s no substitute for hard work. I can follow Charon Smith, read Dan Chabanov’s blog, and buy a Bear Dev Team shirt, but until I start really killing myself during workouts, I’m not going to be fast.
Today I learned that stuff doesn’t equal speed, it equals money that you don’t have any more. I can plan out which 900 dollar power meter I’m going to buy next February, look for carbon bars that will suit my exact ergo preferences, and read reviews upon reviews of the newest aero wheels, but it’s not going to put me into 1st place.
Here’s to getting smashed. Here’s to smashing in the future.