I ordered a Profile Design Aerodrink system for my bike. Unfortunatly the place I ordered it from sent the older design bottle, not the newer design bottle that they actually have displayed on their website. When I get all that straightened, I will describe the saga in detail on my website. Anyway, the new bottle won’t be delivered until Monday, and my Century is tomorrow. The one I planned on using it in. *grumble* I will have two bottles mounted on my frame for the ride.
I was searching around for info about behind the seat bottle cages. Supposedly they are less aerodynamic, but mnay triathlete still use them. Why? Because they need lots of water? Because they are cool? They really are cool looking and scream This Is A Triathlon bike!
Sorry, I keep getting off on tagents. I was doing research, and I found a reference to a different setup a water bottle on the aerobars. The bottle is horizontal. It looks like it might be aerodynamic. I searched around and found the brack is made by Vision Tech and is called Drinkmore.
I like the idea of able to use a standard bottle. I think in some races, you can just discard the bottles you have, and the aid stations give you new filled bottles. That might helpful to have a standard cage.
The questions are, is the Vision Tech Drinkmore System more aerodynamic than the Profile Design Aerodrink System? I think I would be more likely to drink often from the aerodrink system, since it would be right there in my face. I could lean forward, and take a sip of water every now and then. The Vision Tech Drinkmore system would require me to pull the bottle out, pop the top, drink, close the top, and replace the bottle. I might be likely to drink less often. Not sure.
I will have to see how the Aerodrink bottle works when it comes next week.
And I still am researching the behind the seat bottle cages. They do look really cool!
Yesterday, I was riding around the Buffalo Marathon course to cheer on some friends that were running in it. I stopped at the 7.5/11 mile point. After they had all passed, I got back onto my bike to ride ahead, and found I had a flat tire! Ouch! I moved my bike back to the side of the road, and changed the tube. I had 1 spare tube, and 1 CO2 cartridge, and a little tire filler thing that I have never used. I also had a small bike tool kit. I managed to change the tube in under 10 minutes. Before installing the new tube, I ran my fingers around the inside of the tire, but didn’t feeling anything sticking through it. The spare tube had a short valves stem instead of the longer valve stem, but it worked. I threw the old tube into my back pocket. I debated about throwing the old tube away, but I decided I could patch it and at least find out where the puncture was. Whether it was from a spoke, or a pinch or what.
When I got from the race yesterday I bought some new tubes with the longer stems, and CO2 cartridges. I will carry 2 tubes and 2 CO2 cartridges with me on the century next weekend. Hopefully that will be more than enough. I haven’t have a flat in many many years.
Last night I added air to the tube that flatted, but it seemed to be holding air. Maybe it was just a loose valve, and it leaked. But this morning I found it was softer. I added more air, and stuck it in a bucket of water. I found the hole on the outside. I patched the tube using the patch kit in my tiny Park tool kit that I carry with me.
The new tube seems to be doing fine. I am going to swap it out since it has a short valve stem, and my new bike with aero rims uses the long valve stems. I had the short valve stem tubes for my Trek with the non-aero rims.
I was going to swap the tube out, and found the tire was soft. I pulled the tube out, and found the tube had a small hole in it, again on the outside. About the same place as the other one, about 3-4 inches from the valve stem. It’s like there is something sticking in the tire in one spot. But I had taken the tire off, and hadn’t marked where the valve stuff had been in relation to it. I have looked closely inside/outside the tire, and don’t see anything. I don’t feel anything at all. Ack!
Maybe I will throw a couple Specialized Armadillos on it. I had one brand new Armadillo out in the garage. So I pulled the Hutchison Quartz off, and installed the Specialized Armadillo. The Armadillo is slightly heavier (a few ounces). I remounted the wheel then went to wash my hands. I felt a small stab in the palm of my hand. I found a small metal sliver. Not sure if this is what causing my problems or what. I will probably go buy another Armadillo. I have never had a flat with kevlar lined tires. So yeah, they are slightly heavier, but if I don’t have to change flats!!!
Ack! I just read a review on how slow the Armadillos are. That people use em for training but not for races. Maybe I will stick the other tire back on, and hope that little sliver was the issue. If it goes flat this week, I can always put the armadillo on for my Century. But I can always keep track of where the hole in the tube is in relation to the tire. So that if there is something in the tire, I can locate it.
Ack! I guess better now than in the middle of a 100 mile ride!
I pulled the Specialized Armadillo off and re-mounted the Hutchison Quartz. Then I realized I mounted the Hutchison Quartz in the wrong direction. So I pulled it off, turned it around, and reinstalled it. At least I am getting lots of practice changing the tubes and tires. It may help during a bike race. I hope that little metal sliver I found was what was causing my flats! I will take the bike out for a ride later and see if I get another flat. If I get a flat, I will try to find the position on the tire where the puncture is occuring.
I have been using a Cycleops Wind trainer for the last couple years. I got a great deal on it. Free! I had been thinking of buying a mag trainer or a fluid trainer at the time, and then one day while driving to working, someone had stuck a wind trainer out on the curb for someone to take away. I took it! It has worked great. I have been using it more and more. And with my goal of doing an Ironman triathlon, I am probably going to be spinning even more. The wind trainer works great, but it is noisy. I have to have the TV turned up to full volume to hear it.
So I decided to start shopping for a new trainer. I read lots of reviews. The fluid trainers seemed to be quieter than the mag trainers. The Cycleops trainers seemed to be built sturdier than other trainers, so I decided to stick with Cycleops . And among the Cycleops trainers, the Fluid 2 seemed to be the quietest from the reviews I have read. I believe the resistance is supposed to be more road-like as well.
I debated about buying one off of ebay, but was concerned about have problems, and not having any warranty protection. I searched around and found a Cycleops Fluid 2 trainer at a place name Modern Bike (ModernBike.com) for $230 and free shipping. Nice. I ordered it and they shipped it the same day. It is scheduled for delivery on Saturday. It will be be nice to spin and have it be quieter. Maybe I will be able to spin down in the living room while watching TV with my wife.
I’ll probably sell my Cycleops Wind trainer on ebay to help recoup some of the cost of the fluid trainer.
I planned to do a 20 mile ride this morning. The plan was to make a 10 mile ride to a McDonalds down in Farmington, NY, have breakfast, and then ride another 10 mile route home.
I got up, got all my stuff together, and headed out the door. This was only the second ride on my new bike so I didn’t want to go too far. The roads I was riding riding on were rolling hills, going into gently rolling hills. Nice back roads.
Unfortunatly I only got about 4.5 miles out when I got a speck of dirt in my left eye. I was wearing my new wrap-around sunglasses which were doing of a good job of keeping the wind out of my eyes. But somehow I still managed to get some dirt in my eye. I stopped and tried to get it out. Small specks of dirt can be painfull when you have contacts. I thought I got it, and started to go again. But then I realized it was still there. I stopped again, and tried again to get it out. No luck. It was very uncomfortable. I decided to turn around and head home. I got most of the way home, when I noticed the dirt wasn’t bugging me anymore. Apparently it had worked its way out. I continued my ride home.
I was thinking that I might need to carry some saline solution for my contacts in case this happens again. But then I was thinking I could have just used water. But I didn’t have any water bottles mounted on my bike yet. I thought about mounting one this morning, but decided I was only doing 10 miles out, and 10 miles back with a meal in the middle. I wouldn’t need any water for that. And one of my new aero bottles is scheduled for delivery today. So I would have had to put it on, and take it off again later today. Oh well. I am hoping to spin tonight. And maybe I will go out for a ride tomorrow.
Having a new aerodynamic bike, I wanted aerodynamic water bottles. I researched what would be the most aerodynamic water bottles, and I came up with a couple. One, I could mount a standard water bottle on the downtube, and it will according to wind tunnel tests, will make the bike more aerodynamic than without the bottle. But I also found another water bottle system, the Razor water bottle from Profile Design. It also fits on the downtube, and I believe it is supposed to be even more aerodynamic. I ordered the bottle with the carbon fiber cage. The downside is it only holds about 20oz of water.
Another water bottle system that increases the aerodynamics of the bike is the AeroDrink system, also by Profile Design. This is an aerodynamically shaped bottle that is mounted between the aerobars. It has a straw that sticks up so the rider can drink while maintaining an aerodynamic position. I think this will be useful. It also holds about 32 oz of water. When I did a long training ride last weekend, I found that I didn’t drink enough water. I think if the bottle were right there in my face, I would at least take occasional sips. Now one drawback of the AeroDrink bottle system was that it didn’t have a cap. It had this stupid yellow mesh sponge thing that was jammed into the bottle mouth. But everthing I have read about this was bad. People would hit a bump and water would slosh out. But I emailed Profile Design, and found out the newest version of the AeroDrink bottle has a cap. Most places I looked at still had the old version. Even the local bike shop. I asked them about ordering one. They looked and found them back ordered. But I found a place online that had the new version. So I ordered it. It should arrive later this week. I can get it mounted, and do some training rides with it. I think it will come in handy for my century ride in a couple weeks. Having two bottles will be useful since I can load one with water, and one with Gatorade maybe.