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…
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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!
Being in college again, and super busy, it has been hard to get out on some long rides lately. Luckily this weekend, I was able to get a really nice 3hr cross ride in. Take a look:
There are so many beautiful abandoned county roads and old dirt trails that can be explored!
Posted in Event, Video, West Virginia, tagged Racing, cycling, Sports, abra, JR Petsko, wvu cycling, gunnar shogren, Cyclo-cross, Mountain biking, Road bicycle, Ohio, Races, APCXS, Betsy Shogren, Gerry Pflug, Stephen Cummings, Michael Mihalik, Joseph Ruggery, Steel City Endurance, Breakaway Velo, Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling, Iron City Bikes, DPS Penn, Beaver Valley Velo, University of Pittsburgh, Pro Graphics on 11/07/2010 | Leave a Comment »
This Saturday was the Appalachian Cyclocross Series Race #6 sponsored by Michael Miller DDS in Buckhannon. The race was set on a balmy saturday morning, with the temperatures hovering just above freezing the entire time. For this being a very ‘southern’ race, as it is considered for WV Cyclocross, there was still a pretty fair turnout, and a lot of fun was had. I ran around the race course, shot some video, and got some post race interviews too.
I saw a lot of people from Trek of Pittsburgh, Steel City Endurance, Western Maryland Wheelmen, Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling, Iron City Bikes, WVU Cycling, Pro Graphics, Mountain Mama, and even a few Ohio guys.
The course was moderately short, even in terms of a cross course, but it was rough. The grassy fields were mowed the day before, but were sorta lumpy. It took the energy out of people pretty quickly. There were three noteable barriers that you will see in the videos: Typical 12″ cross barriers, a very small stream path that had to either be jumped or hucked over, and a chicane laden vertical switchback that was very entertaining for the spectators to be around.
Lots of racers were using dedicated cyclocross bicycles, and I even saw a classic 1976 Raliegh road bike out there along some of the mtn bikes and whatnot. Everyone seemed to have fun, and JR really put on a good race.
Now, here’s the videos:
Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Pre Race
Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Race Footage 01
Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Race Footage 02 / Post Race Interviews 01
Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Post Race Interviews 02
Watters Smith Cyclocross Race – Post Race Interviews 03 w/Gunnar
Posted in Event, Uncategorized, Video, West Virginia, tagged 720p, Bontrager RXL, cross bike, cross bikes, cycling, Cyclo-cross, cyclocross, cyclocross bike, cyclocross bikes, cyclocross season, eddy merckx, first ride, garmin 500, Garmin Connect, google earth, google maps, hutchinson bulldog, hutchinson tires, kml, kodakzi8, pake, season, Shimano, Sports, the cannibal, Ultegra on 09/08/2010 | 1 Comment »
The local crew took me on a ride that may or may not be a local race in the near future. It was grim, demoralizing, tough, treacherous, steep, fast, and fantastic. I called it an indulgent ride, since I was longing to use my off-road skills, for this is the first year that I have owned a cyclocross bike. Barry, he just called the ride masochistic. Indulgence, masochism; I guess it all matters how much you actually enjoy the pain.
Here is the course we took – The elevation profile says it all… While there were a few dips that gave us a break from the constant climbing, it was still uphill 60% of the ride on washed out roads.
The roads… if you can call them that, were great. No only were there gravel sections, but we also encountered mud, animals, rutted out segments, and even parts of abandoned roads that had cracks in the dirt itself… Like some tube eating monster was trying to come out of the earth and attack us.
Check out the video:
My bike held up well, and felt more nimble than I expected. I didn’t fall, and barely had to hike the bike. I came home feeling tired, and slept quite well that night.
I can’t wait to do it again.