Personal News, World Travel, and a Sweet Niner Air9 Carbon

Hello World. Apologies for the lack of updates over the last week. Things have gotten a bit mad lately as I am appearing tomorrow for the MCAT exam for medical school entry. I have been preparing for a year since, at the day before my last scheduled appearance, I suffered a mild concussion and shattered clavicle on my road bike. I am known for being stubborn and was on my motorcycle and bicycle within a week, and then went for surgery and was riding regularly again after another week and a half.

I am also sadly missing a great short track race, so best of luck and godspeed to the racers at Bicycle World and Fitness (the guys that let me pretend I’m a racer with their fast riders)

I will be making a quick run around the globe next month. Destinations include a day in Paris, a trek through India, and a final stop in Tokyo, where I will no doubt be purchasing lots of bicycle parts and potentially a frame from my old neighbor M. Makino (one of the 3Rensho builders)

Now without further ado, I present some bike porn for my readers:

Niner bikes builds only 29’ers. They build fantastic 29’ers at that. They recently unveiled a carbon fiber frame: Here is their bearded race team member assembling his new single-speed rocket.

We at highflange like singlespeeds. We also like big wheels. This has both, and it’s fancy looking carbon…and rigid. These are all great and fun things on a bike. Enjoy watching the buildup: I’ve included the new Carbon and a buildup review of the older model scandium air9

niner air9 buildup (Scandium)

Another reason to work in that lunch ride during the work week…

A recent study published in the journal of the American Heart Association showed a disturbing fact: just being active isn’t enough to curb off heart disease, and even cancer. That daily ride isn’t going to necessarily save your health, if, for the rest of the day you are about as active as your pet fern.

I like to think that most cyclists are a picture of the active lifestyle, however even I can be lazy to epic proportions, especially after a grueling endurance level ride. My daily work involves a lot of moving around and walking across campus (I’m a “career student” that counts, right?) but when school isn’t in session I realize that my MacBook Pro gets way more seat time than my saddle.

This may motivate those of us with sedentary desk jobs to take that lunch ride, or at least get up and do a few jumping jacks and situps every 30-45 minutes to keep the blood clots from forming. The article urges us to find simple ways to get excersize: park your car farther away from your destination and walk in, use the stairs. I’m a little dissapointed that bicycling as transportation wasn’t even mentioned as an afterthought, but that’s why we have this blog.

So, ride your bike to work, or to lunch, or do your job while riding on the trainer if you work from home (at least put on pants for Chrissakes. I had a friend that worked from home who considered sweatpants/boxers his “work attire”). The point is get out there and get blood pumping and keep it pumping. You won’t just live longer, you’ll enjoy those last years of life a lot more.

[LA Times via Slashdot via Gizmodo]

Road Cycling meets Gran Turismo: Telemetry Data

I’ve always thought car racing was neat. It’s even more fun when you can see the actual workings of the car, the rpm the driver shifts at, the engine temperature. All these pieces of data are neat for the real geek who loves to tear into the core of how things work.

I stumbled upon this today:

Imagine being able to collect all that data on a real time display. You can measure your body just like a high performance v8 engine (or in my case a mediocre performance economy car engine).

I really enjoyed the clean layout of the data. You could easily, at a glance, see everything that was going on with the rider with heart rate, power output and speed and “zone” data. Integrating this into a virtual instrument cluster on the bike is the next step, naturally, to getting a clear picture of the idiosyncrasies and workings of the “motor” that’s powering your bicycle.

I was training, last year, using a Garmin Edge (first edition) unit and found it to be great, but cumbersome because of limited battery life. I just might have to save up for the new version, now.

If only the display/cluster layout looked like this:

or this

Do any of you foresee a time in which powermeters and other such high tech devices will become the norm in consumer cycling?

Only a few more days of arduous studying for me, then it’s back to training and some travel…

First road ride of the season:

Bike Trail
HighFlange team goes on the first of many training rides this year. It’s time to break out those skinny tires. March brings the road racers out of hibernation.

Some of us have some new weaponry that need to be mounted for this season: