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new cycling gearbox

(via Bicycle Design)

I learned today of an amazing new transmission for bicycles that houses 18 speeds in the bottom bracket (where the pedals connect). It looks like an amazing feat of engineering, and perfect for mountain biking. I’m always wondering what the next big mechanical change in cycling will be. I think this may be it. The only problem is that the frame has to be custom as well. I’m assuming this company will sell complete bikes initially, and perhaps other bike makers will design their frames to accept the gearbox.

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mileage so far

Looks like I’m doing pretty good with my resolution so far. I already have more mileage this January than I did last year, and I’ve got a 30-40 mile ride today. Though I didn’t ride on the rollers this week, I did get out last Saturday with the club, and will be going out again today. I’d still like to ride the rollers during the week, even though I’m getting a real ride in today, but it is very hard (mentally) to hook the bike back up to my training setup after getting outside.

I felt really good last week, too…surprisingly good. Obviously, I have lost some strength and stamina, but not as much as I did last year during the winter, so I’m doing something kind of right.

Update (2010|01|24): Here is the updated graph after today’s ride.

it is resolved

Instead of making a resolution that is to last all year, which I will have forgotten by March anyway, I decided to merely try and do something for two or three months. I am going to try and be more dedicated to riding my bicycle on the rollers to be better prepared for this year’s cycling season. I only rode them a few times last winter, and I was in much better shape than the year before, so I know that it will help me. (I have only ridden them one time so far his winter.)

The problem with the rollers is that the ride is very boring. One of the things that I enjoy the most about cycling is getting somewhere and seeing things. The other thing is that it is hard to really get in a tough climbing workout on rollers. Even though I modified my rollers to make them easier to stay on, hard efforts tend to send me and the bike off the front or back .To remedy this I’m going to make my own fork stand so that I can do some sprinting and climbing workouts. (You may be thinking, “Why don’t I just get a rear-wheel trainer?” Problem is, my feet are so big that they would hit the trainer where it attaches to the rear axle!) I’m excited about this little project, and this resolution. I’m off to get a ride in right now!

One last thing…check out this video of how Lance Armstrong is beginning to prepare for next season: