I rode my CX bike yesterday for the first time since last November. I thought I should probably test out the bike since I am racing tomorrow. Dominic had the bike all ready to go for me when I came home from work. He mentioned that he put his old 10 speed Ultegra shifter and cog on the bike, since he broke my 9 speed shifter that D2 sent me last year.
I took the bike to the Devou practice course. After a few attempts uphill AND on the flats, I realized the cog was for a fucking road bike, and my front sprocket was too big (38).
In order to tackle these hills tomorrow, I was going to need a smaller sprocket. Or a bigger cog. Which would require a long derailleur. Which I don’t have.
My buddy Mark H. emailed me this morning that he had a 34 sprocket with a 110 bolt pattern. I didn’t want to have to change out my carbon BMX cranks which would have been the case if we used the sprockets we had downstairs. The only problem was that Mark was at work, and didn’t have the sprocket with him. Dominic was working tonight and couldn’t work on the bike. So Mark, being a p-hill neighbor, friend of mine from 20 years ago, bike racer, and THE ONLY successful bike messenger in the city, he agreed to wrench on my bike tonight after work. I brought him a bottle of Kwak and a 4 pack of Duvel for his efforts.
We’ve had rain and 60 degree temps all week, and that kind of weather makes me so excited about CX, I am about to jump out of my skin. Bring on the mud!
Oh, and Dirty Biker just left me this link on FB page. SSCX World Championships to be held in San Fran? Oh man, there has to be a way to get there.by