After a couple feet of snow fell around the front range last weekend, Lennard and I thought it would be a good idea to skin up the El Dora ski area and take some laps on the Corona Bowl. While in the parking lot gearing up, we were informed that that was not allowed. We decided to take a backcountry tour into the Indian Peaks wilderness. After breaking trail through heavy snow for 3 miles, we were finally at the base of our run. We ascended the 600 vertical feet through the slush to the top where we were greeted by a great north-facing tree run that was un-tracked.
Archive for April, 2010
It’s been a great winter of riding the track at Boulder Indoor Cycling. The new Zinn magnesium track bike has really proven itself out there. They are so light, yet stiff, and super smooth. The magnesium frame corners on a rail and stays in control at very high speeds. Magnesium damps vibration better than any other frame material, which gives the rider much more confidence when riding really fast. Other frames send vibrations through to your body which means, you won’t feel as comfortable at high speeds.
We weighed both of these bikes. The white one weighs in at 14.9 lbs and the yellow one weighs 15.8lbs. They were built for a 6’5″ and a 6’6″ rider respectively. With Lennard’s unique compact frame designs and the vast benefits of using Magnesium make these track bikes the best performing track bikes a tall rider could ever hope to ride. A magnesium track bike for an average sized person would also destroy the performance of a similar carbon fiber bike. There is really no comparison once you get on the bike. Come to Boulder Indoor Cycling if you want to test ride the yellow bike in this picture.
Thought I’d post a shot taken at my club’s mixed ability Team Time Trial…
I know I’m bigger than the other guys – but this shot makes me look enormous
The mixed ability TTT is a bi-annual event for our club where the handicapper puts together riders of varying levels of ability. Great way for people who don’t normally ride together to get to know each other. You don’t know you’re team until you get to the start line. Usually won by the team that gels the best and quickly figures out the best way to organize themselves.
This bike’s meant that I’ve gone from a follower to a leader in this event. Was able to sit on the front for much of the night.
Now I know why they love to draft behind me…