Kickin' Up The Stress A Bit...
It's 10 P.M. Do you know where your bike mechanic is?
If you're my buddy/bike mechanic guru Tom you've just left my house after an emergency house call to replace a worn out XT middle ring. Wasn't supposed to happen this way. I got a new SRAM chain and cassette which Tom put it on this afternoon and clunk, clunk, chink... Things were not meshing. 42 and 22 worked fine. No go on the 32! Sssssso he busts out one of these!....
God help me! This is NOT what you want to see on busted out on your bike the night before you leave for a race. It worked though. Tom used it grind the "hooked" teeth of the middle ring back to as normal as possible and it REALLY helped. The bike shifted smooth and was running good, BUT we were both nervous about the chain/ring under pressure, so since we had now extra ring and didn't think we could get to a shop before closing, the decision was made to swap cranks between El Santo and The Dos Niner. I would start the job and Tom would stop by later to finish and fix my mistakes after he got back from some family stuff.
By the time I got home though Tom had tracked down a middle ring for me, picked it up, and would stop by around 9:30 or so to help me put it on. What mechanic does this??? House calls??
Could I have got through the race with the dremmeled ring and the El Santo's? Sure, with some stress and bitching, but because I'm damn lucky to have a friend like Tom, I'll never have to wonder about it during the race.
I could have done without this bike drama the night before I head up to the Springs, and the "junk-kick" weather that is gonna greet me, but it's taken care of and now all I have to do is ride.
Other good news too, J. "love2ride" B. is coming up to Seven Springs to hang out and ride some. Nice! Always cool to have friendly faces to hang out with. See you tomorrow JB!
Before I split I wanted to throw a couple sneaky-peekys at you of some '07 Twin-Six jersey updates....
The '07 Brew Pub...
More color, easier too keep clean for the dirt worshipers and better to keep the nips hidden. Right Brent?
And the '07 Argyle. So sweet, so swank!...
Had the chance to see some of the swank brand new jerseys too, stay tuned here and at TwinSix.com for those in the next couple weeks. They T6 guys also got some feedback on the fit of the '06 jerseys, made some adjustments, and are pretty confident folks are gonna dig the new fit.
Thanks for letting me share these guys! You're gonna rock Vegas (Vegas baby!!.. Vegas!... Vegas!)
Time for some sleep. Check in with you all on Sunday.