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.
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.