No, I'm not having a mental "meltdown", the snow is melting RRRRRapidly and I gotta tell you, I'm stoked!
The dripping of the snow and ice off the roof is music to my ears. Weekend temps look like I might get some road time in. Hope so.
With thoughts of spring riding in my head, a PayPal account full of recent eBay dumps, and a credit card in hand I made a BIG pre season order to Bikeman.com today. I got all the little stuff that I'll need to get my Trek road bike in shape for big spring miles, to get the Dos Niner "race ready" and all the tid bits that I'll need to make sure that the Mamasita build can commence as soon as the frame comes in, my wheels are done, and the goodies from the fine folks at SRAM and Rock Shox find their way to me in the spring.
Speaking of the Mamasita. If you've been on the new Salsa site and looked close, you may have noticed that there has been a misprint with the geometry. They're aware of it, and it will be changed soon. To know if you're seeing the correct specs, the Large frame should be listed with a top tube (horizontal) length of 25". Or you can check out THIS link over on Bikeman.com of the correct specs.
I also ordered up my early season Hammer supplies. Last week I got my Heed direct from Hammer and today via Bikeman.com I got all my gels and some extra Perpetuem. I'm anxious to try out the Tropical Gel. It has 25 mg of caffeine per serving to give you a little kick in the junk during those night and early morning laps. I went with all the flavors that go well mixed with Perpetuem (Vanilla, Banana, and the above mentioned Tropical)
Road Cassette Opinion: 9 Speed Shimano 105 vs. Ultegra 12/25
My road bike came with an Ultegra rear cassette, and each time I've got a new one, I've gone Ultegra. UNTIL NOW. The more I thought about it, I could not come up with a reason to justify spending and extra $30 to save 46 grams.
I believe a road bike is THEE training tool, but when you race a bike that weighs 27 lbs., 46 grams on your 20lb. road bike is not much at all, and not worth $30. I mean I log a TON of road miles and everyone one of them is done wearing my muddy mountain bike shoes, black socks and occasionally a CamelBak! GASP!!! HA!
All this bike stuff put the legs in a snappy mood for some nice tempo work on the trainer tonight. Good times. Sure hope spring is around the corner.