Tiffin and I were somewhere between Mudlick Road and Turkey Run Road in Buckhannon, WV. These are some rutted out abandoned country roads that are primarily used by ATV’s now. I put some 29 x 1.8’s (46mm) tires on my cross bike, and decided to see how well it did. Everything was fine, other than the frame and fork clearances for mud…
Posts Tagged ‘cyclocross’
Posted in Humor, Uncategorized, Video, tagged adventurecross, All-terrain vehicle, ATV, bontrager, Buckhannon, Buckhannon West Virginia, cx, Cyclo-cross, cyclocross, geax, kenda, MTB, mud, Parts and Accessories, Recreation, saguaro, small block 8, XC, Youtube on 10/06/2012 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Love, Number of Reasons, tagged Cyclo-cross, cyclocross, Dugast, Eastern Time Zone, FMB, green mud, green sprint, green tire, Michelin, michelin green, michelin green tire, michelin mud, michelin sprint, mud, tire on 10/04/2012 | 2 Comments »
Who doesn’t love the celeste beauties that were the Michelin Mud and Sprint tires from the early 2000’s?
These tires are becoming more and more scarce, and this is a very sad thing since their color is recognizable even a half-field over on a cross course, even when covered in mud and slop!
The pneus vert has a spot in everyone’s heart that has ever seen them. Check out these postings:
The Michelin Mud (v.1) has a review of 4.33/5 on RoadBikeReview: http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels/tires-clincher/michelin/cyclocross-mud/prd_112167_2489crx.aspx
With the Michelin Sprint (v.1) having a 5/5 review: http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/wheels/tires-clincher/michelin/cyclocross-sprint/prd_112168_2489crx.aspx
CXMagazine.com has an obsession of showing how much these tires sell for on ebay: http://www.cxmagazine.com/green-with-envy-another-nos-green-michelin-mud-cyclocross-tire-auction
Take a look at this forum post on RoadBikeReview that talks about the reverence held for these tires!: http://forums.roadbikereview.com/cyclocross/michelin-green-tires-112014.html
“The green was a compound that has a cult following, myself included. Michelin will tell you that the new rubber is better I am sure. Are they Mudds or Sprints? All green (inc sidewalls) or tan sidewalls? How is the tread wear? “
“Sorry I can’t help with a source, but I’d sure like to know if any supplier you find has the green Sprints…I’ve tried every online dealer I could think of, visited about 2 dozen local shops, Googled, all to no avail.”
“the 2s seem to hook up ever so slightly better than the 1s, but the 1s clear mud better. I like the 1s better. if you are consistently washing out the front tire it means your bike is under-stering. It generally means you weight is too far back. The closer your nose is to your front hub, the more weight is on your front tire. Experiment on a slick surface. At will you should be able to switch your weight on your bike where you can induce over-steer (your back tire washing out) and under-steer. Also, be very careful when using your front brake while cornering on slick surfaces. Your front brake is for slowing, your rear brake is for steering. That’s a really long way of saying the tires aren’t your problem.”
There is even a petition going with seven pages of posts: http://cowbell.cxmagazine.com/forum/topics/who-wants-michelin-to
This is on a site where you have to register, wait for moderator confirmation, then sign up before being able to sign the petition! Dedication!
Many people finding remains of these legendary tires are not sending them to FMB (http://www.fmbtires.com/) to be glued onto a tubular casing, either for the specific purpose of being a tubular, or because the casings of the tires are dry-rotting.
These are on Dugast casings: http://www.cxmagazine.com/green-michelin-mud-cyclocross-tire-more-than-dugast
Well, this is where you can do your part. Contact Michelin. http://www.michelinman.com/contact-us.page
You can also call them: 1-866-866-6605 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (M-F) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Sat.) (Eastern Time)
I emailed them, received a quick message from an automated response unit, then another from a human. After this THEY SEND A SURVEY. Make sure you state that your inquiry or resolution has not been solved. They will call you. Speak to the person on the line and make it clear to them that they need to reissue these green tires.
The marketing lady I spoke to said that they need some consumer confidence before doing a pilot study, and if there is enough attention, they will forward their claims to the home office.
Do your part and spread the word!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged abra racing, Buckhannon West Virginia, cx, cyclocross, dirty road, dirty road ride, hillbilly roubaix, hillybilly roubaix, New Year, petit roubaix, Roubaix, West Virginia on 01/01/2012 | Leave a Comment »
Everyone in West Virginia has been rejoicing in the wonderful weather this late into the season. Tons of my friends have posted on Facebook photos or Garmin courses of their New Year rides.
I decided to show Jeff the Petit Roubaix course here in Buckhannon. This was a great ride with some interesting discoveries. As I stated last time I talked about the Petit Roubaix, there was a tunnel… maybe 100 feet deep that I did not explore. We finally went through it, on our bikes, and found out that it could be rideable… in certain conditions. Also, with the large rock walls on both sides, we both scaled one of the sides to see where the path went.
This was a random mailbox we saw. First time I’ve ever seen people use a bike in a little mailbox design. Look how the N’s are backwards!
Lastly, a video of our little trek into the tunnel, footage of the other side, and use scaling the rock wall in cleats.
The ride overall was a success, with it being 30 minutes faster than the last time I took it on. The rain held off long enough to get home, and I’m hoping that we can either get a TON of snow, or avoid it all together.
I’m hoping the rides keep getting better this year, and that I get even more miles in!
What are your cycling related New Year Resolutions?
Check Facebook to see what others did during New Year’s Day: http://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaCycling
- Happy New Year! Let the riding/writing begin! (chasingthemiles.wordpress.com)
Posted in Event, tagged bike bridge, bike rope bridge, Birch River, Christmas, cyclocross, dirty road ride, duck, frametown, hiking, Recreation, strange creek, West Virginia, WV on 12/30/2011 | Leave a Comment »
First off, what’s up with the weather? All week, it’s been in the 40’s and 50’s, when last year, we had 18 inches of snow!
Heck, Yukon Charlie can even tell you that I bought a pair of snowshoes this year, thinking that there was going to be a time where it no longer made sense to ride in the snow…
Well, in Braxton, there’s not a speck of snow, unless you count the morning frost on the grass and your car’s windshield. This weather just invites you to go out and do something, anything that makes you appreciate and thankful that it isn’t snowing.
First day, the girlfriend and I went on a dirty-road ride to some general store-esque shop that provides goods for the local residents, since the closest Kroger or something of that sort is 15-20 miles away. If you’ve ever been to Duck, West Virginia (Yes, Duck.)… I’m sure you’re familiar with Nottingham’s store, off of Route 4.
I took a ton of photos of Llamas, self-made town signs, and rope bridges to get to their home. Most of these pictures were taken with a disposable camera that I got from an Amgen Tour advertiser and decided to use it while I could still get it developed.
This footage shows the lovely scenery that exists in WV:
Here’s a few of the pictures I took:
The next day, we took the dogs out to the meeting point of the Elk River and Birch River, hiking around on the girlfriends cattle trails and tractor paths. Her dog was very excited, ran around in one of the really shallow areas, and we climbed a small waterfall and decided to take some pictures.
While hiking isn’t my forte, and I don’t think I could do it on a day-to-day basis… It was fun romping around and exploring land that I’ve never ventured on before.
The refreshing part of this non-cycling excursion was just enjoying this weather!
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged bicycle, bike hack, bike setup, brake, cantilever brakes, cr720, cyclocross, Disc brake, Parts and Accessories, straddle cable, straddle wire, tektro on 12/28/2011 | Leave a Comment »
I HATE SETTING UP CYCLOCROSS BRAKES.
I hate setting them up more than installing disc brakes. The straddle cable is the worst part… Centering the pad spacing between the rim, then attaching the main brake cable to the straddle cable… Just ugh. I know I’m complaining, but it’s one of my biggest bike aversions.
I’ve recently kinda stumbled upon a bike hack in order to make it easier. I was being cranky and was trying to find a way to properly align the straddle wire between the left and right side and needed a clamp. Couldn’t find one (inside the house), so I thought I could tie them together… Too much work… I then ran into the tool room and grabbed our smallest elastic band strap (12″).
I attached it to one side of the brakes, then over the seatpost for some mild tension, back to the other brake. Tadaa! The brakes were touching the rim, and I could eye things to an accurate adjustment :D
I know, not the most groundbreaking hack ever, but it did save me about five minutes per set. Yes, I’m typically that terrible at it…
Do you guys have any other hacks that help set up cross brakes?
- Cyclocross bikes – a quick primer (zakpegg.com)
ABRA Racing just sent out this tentative schedule for 2012’s races. I thought I would share:
Calendar Advisory: 2012 ABRA Event Schedule Release
More than 4000 athletes and cycling fans will be marking their calendars for the 2012 ABRA Events!
Subject: 2012 Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association (ABRA) Event Schedule Release
Date: March 18, 2012 – Dec. 9, 2012
Event Locations: Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland
Morgantown, WV (Dec. 14, 2011) — The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association is pleased to announce the release of its 2012 racing calendar. This coming season we are pleased to bring you the additions of an Oval (track) and Mountain Bike series to the professional list of events that the Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association already promotes in the Mid-Atlantic region.
More than 4000 cyclists and fans are expected to compete, participate and cheer athletes through 39 races for the coming 2012 racing year. Cyclists and fans are invited to ‘save the dates’ for the 2012 editions of the ABRA Road, Criterium, Oval, Cyclocross and Mountain Series as well as favorites like the Hilly Billy Roubaix.
2012 ABRA Cyclocross Series dates along with the dates of the 2012 Pennsylvania Cyclocross State Championship and 2012 West Virginia Cyclocross State Championship, ABRA promoted events, will be released in the coming spring.
A complete list of the 2012 schedule is now live on the ABRAracing.com website under the schedule page at http://www.abraracing.com/Schedule.html
About the Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association
The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association is in its fifth year promotions and things just keep getting bigger and better! Point series events can be found in and around Western Maryland, North Central WV, South Western PA., and Eastern Ohio in 2012.
§ Number of 2012 Events: 39 Races
§ Race Series: Road, Criterium, Track, Mountain and Cyclocross
§ Host Cities Hot Spots: Pittsburgh, PA – Morgantown, WV – McHenry, MD – Youngstown, OH….
§ Estimated Total race miles for 2012: 1745 miles in Pro/Expert category
§ Predicted total number of registrations for 2012: 4333 entries
§ Riders’ origin: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, New York…
Sponsors needed for the coming season! Contact us!
Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association
985 Bethel Church Road
Maidsville, WV 26541
If you have any news or info you’d like to share with WV Cycling, feel free to contact me!
Posted in Event, Video, West Virginia, tagged allegheny highlands trail, cyclocross, Elkins, going fast on a bike, heart rate, Kingsford Charcoal, parsons, rail trail, The Purple fiddle, tucker county on 12/15/2011 | Leave a Comment »
Went to Elkins yesterday to hop on the Allegheny Highlands Trail,what I like to call it, the Elkins Rail Trail. There’s sparse snow on the ground, and the trail is starting to feel kind of sloppy due to the excess moisture. With the terrain slowing me down a bit, I wasn’t expecting to be going that slow, but I still pushed my hardest.
That is my problem. When casually riding, I still end up in Zone 4-5, trying to finish as fast as possible, regardless if my goal is time or distance. I mean… this is a rail trail… Isn’t it supposed to be about fun and leisure, not blowing up at 186bpm for no reason other than trying to go faster? I don’t race, but this is still off-season.
How do people tell their selves to go slower? Do they bring along their girlfriend/wife (ba dum tsssssh!)? About 2/3rds of the way through the ride, I told myself that redlining this is silly, and I should just be going aerobic… I planned on keeping my heart rate around 140-150.
Didn’t happen. I don’t even think I grabbed my waterbottle until mile 12 or something? I did stop at the Tucker County border (unintentionally) and took some photos and video. Awesome rock walls with ice and snow aplenty. I had to jump over a two foot wide creek to get some of these shots, and this made me feel like a genius wearing carbon road shoes… I never said I was brilliant.