Boring things first? Sure.
I've had my NOX Composites Farlow 29" rims (on Industry Nine Torch hubs/spokes) for just over a year now.
Even tho I've been eyeballing a set of NOX Composites Kitsuma 29" rims for even molar volume... since it looks like I might be sticking with 29" wheels on the rigid SS. I know they'd be slightly heavier, but whatever. Cheaper than the full suspension single speed ideas that keep creeping into the back of my mind.
Since I'm talking about things that are round, I can say in that same time, I've had zero flats with the Ardent 2.4/Ardent Race 2.2 with TruckerCo Cream tire sealant. Zero. Sure, there are lighter tires, but you know what I like? Not changing flats. This... muy bueno.
Also another "since,"
The HandUp gloves. Rigid riding with minimal gloves and zero padding plus ESI grips are the ticket. If you say there's something better, you haven't tried this yet.
Togs? They're staying on.
I mention all these "comfort" items for a reason. It sounds stupid to say it, but most, if not all, of my physical problems feel @95% better after a week of 16+ hours on a rigid bike. My shoulder feels good. My thumb... still a little stiff and not full movement there yet, but zero pain. I'm pretty stoked to say that all systems are probably better than they have been in awhile. I've been doing a few new things to aid recovery as well, and I got through (the five day version of) TSE feeling better at the end than I've ever felt before. Boom.
Although this blog is all about me and bike and not my family or recipes, I did my best to include some bits about the other single speeders last week. I can't really report on the racing action that I was nowhere near, but I saw pictures...
speaking of being there and all single speedy, there were two others that I never mentioned at all:
and Karen Brooks.
Anyways, there they were, duking it out with all us testosterone-fueled dickheads in the single speed class. First time we've ever had more than one female single speeder? I think so. Normally, it's just Karen. There was also Tanya Hanham from Canadianica the first year... but two at once?
So mebbe we get enough for a female single speed class next year? Mebbe? C'mon... it will be so much fun (in that way that pain is fun).
I think that's all the thoughts I have about TSE related things. Seven weekdays in a row of blerhg, so time for a break to figure out what's next.