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3rd annual Blubber Burn Classic

Posted in bikes, Cyclocross, Events, MTB by capitalcitycycles on January 21, 2012


It’s that time again.

3rd annual Blubber burn is upon us.

It’s the same basic concept as the last two years.

Meet at the Heartland Dump Parking lot on January 29th. Register from 10:30-11:30.

Race starts at 12 and costs five buck which will go directly to South Island Mountain Bike Society since we will be riding on their trails.

“Race Clothing” encouraged.

I will probably run a similar course to last year, unless we have lots of snow, then I’ll make an easier course.

It’s a cross race, so if you have a CX bike show up on that. If you don’t have a CX bike you can use a Mountain bike but only if it’s single speed, or the shifters are locked out. There will be race officials that will inspect mountain bikes, and we can help with “singlespeeding” bikes as well. Mountain bikers will also be held back at the start line for a few seconds.

The course will most likely be the same as the last two years:

It starts at the north end of Inventive. From there it goes up Emergency one to Fire drill to Rollie ridge to Crazy horse, then down the fire road and skips into the bottom part of Nite shift and then up the fire road back to the start. I imagine the lap is only about 1,5 to 2 km but it is very challenging on a cross bike. For about 80% of the course you’ll be in your 3 lowest gears.  There will be some sort of barriers.

Some photos from two years ago:

some here as well:

Bike Check

Posted in bikes, Custom builds, MTB, Rides by capitalcitycycles on June 30, 2011

After years away from the discipline I thought it was time to get back into touring and since we have this blog I thought our readers might be interested in seeing what I use for multi-day excursions. Of course this is a pro bike shop build so perhaps not within the reach of your average guy but as a bike shop we like to showcase our unique skill set and the sort of quality parts we can provide. Enjoy:
Frame is custom orderd SporTek mtb stepthrough. I like the ruggedness of a mountain bike frame as opposed to dedicated touring frames. I also like the semi-stepthrough frame for when I’m winter touring in geiters and crampons.

For panniers I use Blackburn racks with custom made powder coated pannier grates (no these are not from a laundry hamper). For the front I like to drape reusable shopping bags of the crate an I usually fill those with water and sometimes rocks for more high speed stability…more on that later. I use backpacks for panniers, and on the front I use a milk crate for the added rigidity of a plastic enclosure and in there I have a seat belt for Charlie Sheen my slightly un-purebred Whippet.  The crate is also great to sit on at the campfire at night, and with slight modifications can be used as a helmet. Drivetrain is a 21 speed setup with Falcon thumb shifters and  Shimano SIS derailleurs, but that’s the most bombproof system there is…I know because I blew up five drive trains with sticks of dynamite before deciding on this setup (they were the only ones that were usable after the explotion.

Charlie Sheen the Whippet

Wheels are Joytechs, tires are Cheng Shins. Cranks are one piece, with ceramic bb. Pedals are composite, hempbased and again use ceramic coated bearings. Grips are ODI, Stem is a custom made Everti Titanium 17degree quill with matching bars. Bottle cage is Chris King and I use Vitamin water bottles. Seat is velo sport with titanium rails and natural gel padding. Seatpost is titanium.

Perhaps what sets this bike apart from your average touring machine is the custom Univega rear spoiler system. The only drawback of using a mountain bike frame as a basis for your touring rig is that the wheelbase is very short. This makes it a bit unstable at speeds above 79kmh and I noticed that my rear end would wander a bit in those circumstances, especially if I was using the hovergear. Therefore I added the spoiler which makes for much better tracking at high speed and gives me more traction in the back for high speed, loaded, climbs. The last thing you want is your rear end levitating when you don’t want it to, and the spoiler takes care of that. It’s a composite system existing of steel struts, and a natural fiber wing. It’s a prototype, but the patent is pending.
Go forth with vigor,


Thursday video…

Posted in MTB by capitalcitycycles on March 3, 2011

Check out this video of Chris Akrigg . This guy’s all right.