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Monday, January 19, 2015

Saving an old bottom bracket

These old bottom brackets were not meant to be rebuilt.  They last long enough that buying a new one every year or two is not that big of a budget crisis.  As this is old technology, and on my beater bike, I decided to revive the bb instead of replacing it.  This particular one has a titanium spindle, so would have been a pricey replacement.

Here is my trick:

Using 80 Weight Gear Oil.  Add oil to a baggie and let sit for an extended period of time.  Spin the bearings to help assist the oil penetration by moving the spindle inside the shell often.

This is not as good as axle grease, but you would never get grease inside the bearings using this method.

I also use a similar method to oil those suspension bearings that have the metal dust covers.

Make sure all the dirt is cleaned off before oiling your bearings to reduce the chance of contamination.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Products on deck products
Brake pads
aluminum wheel valves (in colors)
tire sealant
ESI Grips

Bar Mitts Road bike winter covers

Magellan Cyclo 505 Bike Computer

Coppi Merino Cycling Cap
Wool cap

Cool little hat with a brim to be worn under the helmet, or alone in any outdoor activity.

Volagi Liscio
Disc Brake Equip Road Bike

Other long-range products:
Truckerco brake pads
Truckerco tire sealant
Electric scooter
Fuji cross bike

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Speed Banana 4-Hour Epic Saga

Speed Banana Epic Sage 4-Hour XC
formerly Winter Thaw
Yellow River
Stone Mtn, GA
Sunday April 19, 2015
One Day Only

CycleYouth is hosting Speed Banana's Epic Saga, a 4-hour multi-lap timed race.  This is shorter than a 6-hour race, but longer than a regular XC event and will provide a full filled day of riding on great trails.

The trail system uses all the best single track at the park to offer a fun and rewarding loop for all. Old-timers will remember some of the original trails that are back in use.  The loop has been created to maximize singletrack, and offer a true mountain bike experience. The course has been modified from last year's XC version slightly to make multiple laps just a little easier, but all the challenge is still there. 

The loop is approx 6.8 miles in length and about 90% single track. Parking and start/finish are at the Horse Parking area.

For other park users including HORSES and HIKERS the River Side trails will remain open, although the Horse parking lot will be in use by the race.

We will run races in heats for 8-11 Kids, Beginner, Sport and Expert (Cat III, II and I), as well as First Timers.  First Timer class is just that; first time racing.

Kids 8-11 1.6 mile loop using portions of adult loop.  Kids 8-11 will start at 8:40AM so racing parents can be there.

See for the official race website

A big thank you to our series sponsors, for whom we would not be able to bring these events to you.

  • Pro Gold for a fine selection of chain and cleaning products.

 The course starts in the horse parking area and makes a counter clockwise loop.  This map shows all the trails. The heavy lines are the course and the thin lines the unused trails.
  You will not be able to follow the map unless you are very familiar with the trails.
This gps file is accurate, and starts next to the horse parking kiosk. If you have a mapping function on your gps unit then you should be able to follow the race course.  At each intersection check the map to see where the trail leads. Sometimes the trail the course uses is not the obvious route of travel.