Tuesday Night Ride

Just a casual ride with Sharon, Karl, and Mark. This was the first ride outside of my hallway for my new Zip007 carbon bike.

Initial test included some hops to make sure it was solid. It is, but I’m still uncertain. It’s definitely more flexy than any bike I’ve ridden, but only in a twisting angle along the axis from from the rear dropout to the top of the head tube. It handles power nicely, and feels like riding from a mattress.

You know the feeling when you hit something (ball, tree, whatever) with an aluminum bat? That spike of hit, and the vibration that continues… well, that is all gone. There’s still the feeling of the road, and bumps, etc. It’s just that none of that echoes/resonates in the frame. You feel it once, the first time, without the sharp parts.

Acceleration is quick. No creaks, which means good assembly and not TOO wispy. I can compress the center of the top tube with my hand, if I lean down on it. So I figure a crash would shatter this thing.

It’s really light. I didn’t think it would matter much, but it does. I named it “Carbon” on all of my apps/devices, but Erica and I decided it should be named “Snappy”.

It’s VERY responsive, and handles turns better than any of my other bikes have. It’ll take me a few hundred miles to really settle into it, but I have the jist of it after 20ish last night.

I *do* have a huge stack on the steerer tube, which looks way dorky, but I’m very tall. It’s comfy, so I may just leave it as is. We’ll see what my actual performance looks like after a few rides, but I’m most likely using this bike for HH100. That MIGHT be because I left both of my other bikes unrideable. *oops*

28.0mi Distance
1:59:23 Moving Time
1,043ft Elevation (?)
43 Suffer Score

197W Weighted Avg Power
1,035kJ Total Work
129 Training Load
76% Intensity

Heart Rate Analysis
Z1 Endurance < 106 36:03 30% Z2 Moderate 106 - 141 1:14:45 63% Z3 Tempo 141 - 158 8:35 7% Z4 Threshold 158 - 175 0s 0% Z5 Anaerobic > 175 0s 0%

Zone Distribution
Z1 Active Recovery 1 – 142 W 1:05:13 55%
Z2 Endurance 143 – 194 W 14:31 12%
Z3 Tempo 195 – 233 W 10:10 9%
Z4 Threshold 234 – 271 W 7:12 6%
Z5 VO2Max 272 – 310 W 4:53 4%
Z6 Anaerobic 311 – 388 W 6:36 6%
Z7 Neuromuscular 389+ W 10:12 9%

Distance: 27.96 mi
Time: 1:58:27
Avg Speed: 14.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,043 ft
Calories: 1,023 C
Avg Temperature: 91.0 °F
Time: 1:58:27
Moving Time: 1:57:59
Elapsed Time: 3:18:06
Avg Speed: 14.2 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 14.2 mph
Max Speed: 34.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,043 ft
Elevation Loss: 1,076 ft
Min Elevation: 539 ft
Max Elevation: 662 ft
Heart Rate
Avg HR: 114 bpm
Max HR: 155 bpm
Avg Power: 155 W
Max Power: 1,042 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 180 W
Normalized Power (NP): 237 W
Intensity Factor (IF): 0.879
Training Stress Score (TSS): 151.5
FTP Setting: 269 W
Work: 1,096 kJ
Avg Bike Cadence: 68 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 110 rpm
Avg Temperature: 91.0 °F
Min Temperature: 82.4 °F
Max Temperature: 100.4 °F
Split Time Distance Avg Speed
Summary 1:58:27.2 27.96 14.2
1 16:23.0 3.50 12.8
2 12:56.6 3.50 16.2
3 12:09.4 3.50 17.3
4 14:03.7 3.50 14.9
5 14:41.8 3.50 14.3
6 15:33.0 3.50 13.5
7 14:56.3 3.50 14.1
8 17:43.5 3.46 11.7
Temperature: 91°
Feels like: 91°
Wind: 15 mph N
Humidity: 30%
Source: KDFW
Additional Information
Device: Garmin Edge 500,
Elevation Corrections: Disabled
Power Average Calculations: Use Zeros
Summary Data: Original

Bike Stuff

Lots of bike stuff done today.

The R600 from Mark is in good shape. Bearings “looked” good, but the old grease had shiny flakes. Replaced the bearings and grease. Cones and races looked fine. Braking surface is at probably 40%, so I scuffed it a little with a diamond file, and deburred it all around.

Replaced the missing spoke from the donor R550 and got lateral true in good shape. I’m not sure about dish, but it’s within 4mm. There’s 2mm hop (dip really), but I got tired of messing with it. The spoke nipples are at the hub, and I kept turning them the wrong direction. I think one of the spoke heads is going to pull through. It seemed a little deeper in it’s seat washer than the others.

I have to say this is just about the tightest rim I have ever mounted a tire on. First bead of a gator was painfully snug, and I couldn’t reposition the tire without popping it back over the rim. The second bead absolutely required a steel lever. On the flip side, it was really happy to take 120psi.

The R550 wheel is now missing 2 spokes, and the cone is damaged from the previous owner riding with the cones over-tightened. Also, one race had faint rust from having been wet, but it wiped out. I cleaned, repacked, and reset cone spacing. It’s as good as it can get without putting money into it. Basically, it’s a spare parts. It’s almost exactly the same as the R600 wheel, though the R600 axle, cones,and hub seem a tiny bit lighter, and the dustcap is black plastic vs chromed plastic. The 550 finish is bead blasted, vs the 600 which is mirror finish.

Helped mark install some new Ksyrium Elite wheels. Adjusted lateral true, and sent him for a 1.85mm spacer (11-speed hub, 10-speed cassette). Adjusted brake tension and rewrapped the bar tape from the hoods up. Test ride was good, and his speed sensor is working properly.

New black bike is coming together. Installed the replacement chainrings on my DurAce 180mm Square Taper (1990s?). XT pedals installed. Rival brakes are installed and adjusted. Wrong color of cables came, but Ice Grey is good with Ben. I wanted black-carbon but I’m settling for plain black. I need to install the speed/cadence sensor and the saddle bag from the old black bike.

The only parts I need are cables and rear wheel. The black cables show up tomorrow. I may be able to pick up an R10S rear from Ben on the promise of helping him build up his project bike when all the parts come in. We’ll see what a 20-spoke rear wheel is like with me on it, but ideally, it’d be temporary until my other wheels come back from Easton.

Then, all that’s left will be fit/comfort adjustments, and maybe throwing the wheels onto a truing stand.

Picked up a 17mm cone wrench, and have blue and mavic spoke wrenches on order. Also, ordered some cassette spacers for 10-on-11, 10-on-8/9/10, and another gigpack of shop towels.