Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The C-40 has arrived and a sad story....


Well, there it is...my honey's new, very fancy, Eurotrash bike with full 10 speed Chorus group. I picked him up at the train station with it after work on Monday. He had been talking about getting a lighter bike for a while. He used to be able to ride his touring bike with me on workouts. Then, he could only keep up with it on 'easy spin' days. Now my 'easy spin' requires that he actually get something light with racing tires so he's not doing lactate intervals while I am doing 'easy spin'. And, he might want to enter races like Mt. San Bruno hill climb and Mt. Tam hill climb (he's a billy goat and I'm a big-engine sprinter type). So, he'd been looking at getting a Ritchey Breakaway titanium so it would be light and he could travel. Anyway, I digress....

His new boss somehow got engaged in the conversation and suggested that he might have just the thing. It turns out his older brother, Kurt, was an avid cyclist in New York, and an avid smoker as well. Kurt was riding a century last year and had a massive heart attack and died. Kurt's bike ended up with the new boss. He rides a little, but it's more like the bike path with his wife and kids in tow. He has no need for an uber-fast racing machine. Nor does he have the time and energy to sell the bike. So, he *gave* my man the bike.

We're going to make a few mods to make it more user-friendly, like maybe a compact crank, a wider cassette, and move the Chris King clinchers over from another bike we're going to sell. I will probably take over the carbon wheels for the occasional TT race or fast crit.

In any event, it's an incredible gift. Hopefully, Kurt's memory will be honored by his bike seeing many happy miles along the roads in California.

4 comments:

CyclistRick said...

That is complete EuroTrash ;-) So, with the CK hubs the bike will now go B-z-z-z-z-z-z instead of whoosh-whoosh-whoosh; it will be audibly detected from great distance either way, esp. on fast descents. Next step - put it on a scale so we know what it weighs so we can see if it satisfies the inner weight-wienie.

Chris said...

Chatterbox. That is a cool bike. I have never ever seen those wheels before. What do you know about them?

Also, does your husband ooze breast milk while he rides with you? Maybe I am mistaking what lactate means. lol.

velogirl said...

Chris, Rick only oozes breast milk when he's ovulating!

CyclistRick said...

VG, you are not supposed to tell my secrets!

Chris, the wheels are Nimble Crosswinds; Nimble is a company from Austin, TX (http://www.nimble.net) that makes CF based wheels. Sort of interesting in that the bodies are universal; front and rear are the same just different hubs. You can browse their website for more info, which is what I have been doing.