Friday, April 25, 2008

Coolest 24 Hour

You only have a day or two left to register for the "Coolest 24 Hour" race. They also have an 8 hour category and a 24 hour and you can race on a team in either (I think). So sign up and come hang out with us! We have spare propellers if you want to become a Velo Nerd for the weekend, and do remember to ask for stickers!

I just learned we're getting a keg of beer and we'll be sharing it. So please do come over and find us and say hello!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Boggs Results

The results are in from BoggsIII and they're good!

DJ and I rode 8 laps, Nicole, Jun and Bob rode 7, DaveC 6, DavidB 4 and Erin rode 3.

Nicole was the only one of us to get a medal (as usual)

I'm fairly sure everyone had a blast, I sure did and it was nice to ride over 100Km.
What a great course, great organization and lots of fun. Many of us wore propellers on our helmets, that's how you know we're there!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

8 Hrs of Boggs III is coming!

This weekend is the 8 hour race at Boggs (Cobb, CA), lots of us will be there, we hope to see you there too. If you're overtaking a dork on a bike with a shirt and tie on and a propeller on their head, please do stay hello. Well all be camping out after the race too so say hello!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

SDG - kicks ass

SDG makes bike seats and other things. Along with having a kickass name, SDG means Speed Defies Gravity, they also appear to look after their customers. It was purely by accident that I ended up with one of the best saddles I've ever had. When I got my custom Merlin frame (2nd hand so not really custom at that point...) I tricked it out with a Giro Fizzik saddle and went for a double lap around Foxboro, MA and by the end of it I was pretty close to peeing blood. Oh man, it hurt. I sent it back to Cambria Bike and they looked after me like they always do and I asked for the SDG Ventura in silver glitter. It was pimpin' and I never felt like I was peeing blood after riding it.
That was 10 years ago, since then I've only found one other for sale, a SDG Ventura Ti with titanium rails and I've been moving the saddles around between my bikes since then. My non titanium SDG saddle suited me just fine through at least eight 24 hr races (on a team) and my first ever solo 8 hr race with no problems at all. I've sired a daughter so no worries on that front either. Just recently the rails have looked a little bent. But it was still comfortable and I wasn't surprised. I had it WAY back on the rails even with a Easton post which has a little layback. I used to have a Race Face XY seat post, but that broke (it was sucky Race Face after all, of course they wouldn't warranty it even thought it was less than 1 year old, never, ever buy Race Face).
On Monday it broke, just after landing a jump the rail snapped. No biggie it was still pretty ride-able for the rest of the climb and one more descent. It'd had a good life and I still had my Ti Railed one. Every now and again I search for SDG ventura to see if I can find one, hopefully a glittery one, but I never have any luck. I sure got my money out of it, I'm fairly sure that over the last 10 years I must have ridden over 10,000 miles on it.
I fired a quick email off to SDG to let them know that I'd had a good run with it, and to ask on the off chance if they had any spare rails that might fit. They quickly replied asking me to send in my seat and, no promises, but they'll see what they can do! I was so stoked, so I wanted to post here and let y'all know you can count on SDG to at least try. After my recent terrible experience with Race Face it was so nice to find a company willing to try and help. Even if they don't manage to hook me up, I'm sure my next saddle will be from SDG, perhaps even a fancy ibeam jobby.

UPDATE: SDG delivers great service! they fixed my saddle and mailed it back to me, cost me nothing! Keep buying SDG equipment folks, they rock! Also heard of them doing the same for Jun when he broke his saddle. I'm delighted.