Last modified: April 23, 2013

Prepping the Space Horse for Almanzo

the before photo

Yesterday I started prepping my Space Horse for the Royal 162 mile race at the Almanzo coming up next month.  The goal was to shave a little weight with some parts that I had lying around gathering dust.

I guess I should start this with why I chose the Space Horse. 

Well my friends, that tale starts with Kyle Kelley (of Tracko and Golden Saddle Cyclery frame) and John Watson of Prolly is not Probably.  Both are dear friends, as well as a couple of swinging dicks looking for any opportunity to twirl their meat.  When I suggested that they come visit for the Almanzo 100 they both decided that the ante had to upped to the 162 mile version, that there wasn't enough climbing and the 100 was too easy.  "Dude, do you have any idea how hilly Texas is? 7000 feet aint' nothing."  " I ripped 1200 feet on Cloudbonk bro." etc, etc. 

I'm paraphrasing of course, but these two yahoos got no idea what the Southern Minnesota bluff country has in store for them.  I realize the numbers aren't that impressive, but there aren't any flats, and a century on pavement sure as shit ain't a century on dirt. 

I myself will freely admit to being scared shitless of the 162.  I've never ridden that far in my life, much less on gravel and the spring snows (5 inches last night) are really hampering my training plans.

With the race in mind and looming, I decided to get my bike ready. 

In previous years I have ridden a single speed Nature Boy or my Mr. Pink.  This year though the Pink was out, because I wanted something with a Compact gearing, and decided upon the Space Horse instead of my cross bikes for the simple fact that my Space Horse steerer has 10mm more spacers in it and I'll take any comfort I can get over the 12 hours the 162 is going to take us.

Yesterday I started doing some mods:

I had a carbon SRAM Force crankset lying around my desk, so I put that on to shed some weight, I changed the brakeset from the Tektro's to a set of Shimano CX-70's that I had from my Macho King proto, and put on my cross racing wheelset which consists of a 28 hole 2 cross build on a Hed and King hub, in place of the existing 32 hole 3X Shimano build that I use for commuting / light touring.



I shed about 1lb  from the bike, and will lose even more when I ditch the 35c T-Serv's in favor of 33c Clement LAS's and lightweight tubes for the actual event. I also plan on digging around for a lighter weight seatpost, as the Kalloy one I have on there is a real chunker.

Now I just need to get out there and get some more miles in. 


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April 23, 2013

You should head down to Illinois, we got a shit ton of gravel round here and the GRAVEL METRIC is coming up in a month, so everyone is out riding gravel and B roads.

Please put Prolly in the hurt.

georgie o

April 23, 2013

Wow that ride sounds like THE MOST FUN EVER!!! Good luck and I am envious I cant come along to it.
Enjoy the training & I’m sure you’ll do fantastic on the day.

Jon Fischer

April 23, 2013

Good read while waiting for my new Space Horse frameset to arrive on the Big Brown Truck.  Good choice on those Clement LAS tires, have them on my current gravel rig and will likely transfer them over to the Space Horse build.  Mine are a fair bit wider than the claimed 33c though when I put my calipers to them over the weekend, not sure if it was the rims or what but I found them to be a squat 36mm or so.  All the same, should serve you well for 162mi of gravel.


April 23, 2013

“a couple of swinging dicks” HAHAHA! Couldn’t have summed it up any better. I can’t wait! See you in 3 weeks!


April 23, 2013

All I had to do to prep my Moon Cow for Almanzo was to straighten the derailleur hanger after my falls this winter. :)


April 24, 2013

Can you direct us to the B Roads in Illinois??

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